This is the last blog entry that I will make  as  Executive Director of the DSC.  On Monday next my successor, Katharin Harkins, will move into this position and I will henceforth put my name over the title, ‘Founder’. 

For three months we will ‘transition’ and  in the process, I will be eased out of the of my day to day responsibilities.  Of course, the thought of all of this  brings with it  a healthy degree of anxiety: for 20 years the many dimensions of the organization have taken up the vast majority of my waking hours.   This will soon change. 

 On the other hand, when I consider ‘transition’ I anticipate  the many, many positive developments that will obtain at the DSC  under Katharin’s leadership.  Her  extensive communications and management experience will serve her well as she steers the organization in exciting directions.  Additionally, she brings to her work a deep,  lifelong commitment to the animals and to their welfare.  It is a good feeling to know that the operations of the Sanctuary will be in such capable hands.

So, this is not farewell but rather, please stay tuned. My commitment to the animals is as strong as ever and it will be interesting to consider their world and needs from this new, retiring perpective.

Sandra Pady, Executive Director


DONKEY DAY – What a grand event!

Our 19th annual Donkey Day was so much fun and a great success.  We could not have asked for better weather and our visitors poured onto the site: 2420 people came through the gate and there were smiles all around from younger and older alike.

Our ‘mingling’ donkeys, who circulated with volunteers in shifts,  were beseiged with pats and hugs: by 2 pm these wonderful ambassadors were determined to go back to ‘their’ side of the barn and rest.  Other donkeys had been spread amongst several paddocks and they  were content all day to hang over the fences and be praised.   Families picniced on the lawns, children played game after game and did bounce after bounce, and then hurried to the main tent and the upper barn just in time to be entertained by our exceptional talent.

125 volunteers made this all happen and special thanks go out to Ruth Gillespie, our amazing Donkey Day Coordinator.  Thanks to her careful, far-sighted planning,  we all had a great time working on behalf of our animal friends.  Thank you one and all.

Sandra Pady, Executive Director

DONKEY DAY – A Time to Celebrate

At the staff operations meeting this morning, the atmosphere was abuzz: Donkey Day will take place on Sunday!  This will be our 19th annual fundraising/open house,  our celebration of the donkeys and their special world.  This year we expect 2000 visitors and there will be demonstrations and activities for all ages, along with great food and shopping (of course). 

So, dear urbanites, come and join in the rural fun.  Leave the asphalt behind, sit on the grass and gaze at the pond.  Or better, yet, gaze into the beautiful eyes of a new donkey friend.  We hope you can make it!

Donkey Day, Sunday, June 10, 2012, 10am – 4pm.  Adults $10, Students (3-18) $5.

Sandra Pady, Executive Director