In recent days I have much enjoyed to write a note of welcome to a special group of Sanctuary donors.  These are  far-sighted individuals who have indicated to us that a bequest to help the animals has been included in their Wills.  Such long-term commitment to the animals’ welfare is both far-reaching and worthy of attention.  The interest that these supporters have in our future can make all the difference in years to come.

If you are thinking to prepare your Will  please consider, after family and friends have been remembered, to leave a bequest to the donkeys and mules.  Upon request, either by phone 519-836-1697 or info@thedonkeysanctuary we would be pleased to send you our booklet, A Guide to Legacy Giving from The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada.  We would be gratified to welcome you to our Green Fields Circle.

Sandra Pady, Founder



Several times in any year, I treat myself to a few moments with PLATERO AND I, by Juan Ramon Jimenez. Each essay in the collection is a little chocolate truffle, so sweet and delicate.  Here is number 1.

“Platero is a small donkey, a soft, hairy donkey: so soft to the touch that he might be said to be made of cotton, with no bones.  Only the jet mirrors of his eyes are hard like two black crystal scarabs.
I turn him loose, and he goes to the meadow, and, with his nose, he gently caresses the little flowers of rose and blue and gold….I call him softly, “Platero?” and he comes to me at a gay little trot that is like laughter of a vague, idyllic, tinkling sound.
He eats whatever I give him. He likes mandarin oranges, amber-hued muscatel grapes, purple figs tipped with crystalline drops of honey.
He is as loving and tender as a child, but strong and sturdy as a rock. When on Sundays I ride him through the lanes in the outskirts of the town, slow-moving countrymen, dressed in their Sunday clean, watch him a while, speculatively:
“He is like steel,” they say.
Steel, yes. Steel and moon silver at the same time. ”

Sandra Pady, Founder