Sponsor a Donkey
When you sponsor a donkey for just $150.00 per year. Your funds contribute to the ongoing expenses necessary to provide for the donkey's needs.
A sponsor receives, with a tax deductible receipt, a subscription for the quarterly newsletter and a simple gift featuring the donkey, plus a digital sponsorship certificate.
Current Donkeys Available to Sponsor
Stella is a standard-sized, fawn jenny with a wide cross over her withers. She was born in 2008 and lived with a loving family of donkeys and humans on the NSW Central Coast. Sadly, one by one her ageing donkey companions died, leaving her an 'only donkey'. This caused her and her humans distress so she was surrendered to DWWH in the hope of finding a new donkey family with volunteers to love and care for her. Stella is independent, afraid of strangers, but she bonds readily with frequent volunteers who give her kindness and patience as they groom her and tend to her needs.
She has many confidence-boosting donkey friends to share her time grazing and roaming in contentment and peace.
Missy is a standard-sized, black jenny in her mid to late teen years. She and ten other companion donkeys arrived at DWWH intensive care unit in 2011. All were neglected, malnourished to the point of starvation, frightened and unfamiliar with kindness and comfort.
After months of special dietary routines, Missy gained trust in humans, self-confidence and learned acceptable donkey behaviour very quickly. She also gained weight rapidly and ten months later delivered a beautiful jenny foal we named Aria-Jean. Such a surprise to us when we noticed the signs that birth was imminent. The delightful mother and daughter combination thrived on lots of love, good care and handling. They enjoy being part of our ambassador group when we have functions or outings to promote the charity's work and donkeys generally.
Maria is a black jenny born approximately 2004. She was sold by her breeder as a weanling, along with her donkey friend Pedro. They lived happily with their owner and two Clydesdale horses until Pedro died suddenly at approximately 15 years of age. Maria was grief stricken and became withdrawn from the social interaction she once enjoyed. She was offered comfort-food by her owner, trying to help her regain her zest for life. The extra rich food harmed Maria causing crippling hoof abscesses and excess weight gain. Her kind owner contacted DWWH for assistance and chose to surrender her for specialist, daily hoof care to relieve her of this affliction. After ten months in intensive care Maria was sound on her hoofs and although her weight is still more than acceptable, she is happy and content with love and care and donkey friends to enjoy each day.
She is predisposed to hoof diseases so she must be monitored closely for early onset of any hoof affliction that may arise, crippling her again.
Aria-Jean is the daughter of Missy, who is also a sponsor donkey. Aria-Jean was born on 5th September 2012. She was the first of three foals born nine days apart at the intensive care unit. All were out of mothers who arrived as part of a large group of starving and neglected donkeys and it was a surprise to discover three of those tragically emaciated jennies were in foal. Aria-Jean and her two other foal companions were lavished with all the love volunteers could give them. They grew up amid the bustle of the daily routine. The triplets', as they were affectionately known, watched volunteers fill wheelbarrows with stable waste, then they tipped the wheelbarrows over at every opportunity.
Aria-Jean was the leader of the triplets' mischievous ways but she always behaved obediently around her mother, Missy. She shares her grazing hours with her mother and other donkey companions, looking forward to daily interaction with volunteers who care for her ongoing special needs.
Melody was born on 8th September 2012. Her mother is Ali, one of the same large group of emaciated, rescued donkeys that were brought to the intensive care unit in 2011. Melody is an independent but charming Jenny who, along with the other two foals born within days of one another, made up the beloved triplets, as they were called by volunteers. It was quite an adventure entering their facility, especially with a stable rake and a wheelbarrow, which without fail, was toppled over, the rake dragged away in fun and on more than one occasion the foals attempted to climb into the wheelbarrow. As they grew the volunteers taught the triplets more acceptable behaviour and were given tie-up and leading lessons in the muster area. Melody suffered catastrophic injuries when she became wedged in the fork of a tree trunk when she was three months old. After she was released from her unfortunate dilemma her mother rejected her.
Melody had to return to intensive care for special infant care, or she would die. Melody requires a kind, firm handler and is an energetic, playful jenny in good health and condition. Her outgoing personality dictates that she receives special care and ongoing supervision.
Jilly is a small standard, silver-roan jenny with attitude at times. She was surrendered to DWWH in 2009, when she was six years of age. Her relocation was one of great distress for her owner whose life had suffered catastrophic changes, and the beloved donkey had to be parted from her owner. Since coming into care Jilly has had difficulty on occasions relating to various people but it has been discovered she loves the company of children so we ensure she has that pleasure often. She sighs when the gentle hands of children stroke her or brush her coat. The days she has to have her hooves trimmed is where we notice her feisty nature as she dislikes having her feet touched.
We provide every comfort and distraction to ensure her hoof care is done quickly and without stress for Jilly.
Chocolate was born in 1998. He is a charming, gelding who lives contentedly among a group of donkeys without a fuss or care. He has a kind and gentle heart on the inside and a healthy chocolate coloured coat of hair with a long mane and thick tail brush. Chocolate was transported by DWWH volunteers in 2013 from the South Coast of NSW, leaving his birthplace after his mother died and his devoted owner who knew a happier life awaited him with donkeys to share his days. Chocolate has a history of hoof ailments and we are vigilant in spring and summer for any change that may cause a repeat of his crippling hoof issues.
Chocolate is a beloved gelding who enjoys all the love and care we provide to maintain his good health and he returns it ten-fold.