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News spring 2016
New donkey BAYA gives birth to GIPCY
It has been a while since Aide Aux Anes has adopted any new donkeys. Taking care of more than 90 donkeys all by myself is already an enormous task.
If I would have given shelter to every donkey that was ever presented to me, then there would be around 1000 of them walking around here by now. And I am not exaggerating...
I get contacted every day from all parts of France. But since I would like to keep the shelter and the provided care up to a certain standard, there is no room for more… It just wouldn’t do the shelter any good...
However, sometimes I do make an exception…
On Sunday 24 January 2016 I welcomed a female named BAYA at the shelter.
There was a young donkey walking around next to her, but the owner has already sold it. Baya herself was pregnant and the best solution for her was to come live at Aide Aux Anes.
Baya is scared easily by human beings and absolutely cannot be petted. Upon her arrival she didn’t look pregnant at all, she was actually quite thin.
But after a month or two she started to gain weight. Finally she was getting enough to eat. And then came the moment that I decided that she would have to spend her nights alone in a dry and clean stable. For about 4 weeks I didn’t get enough sleep because I checked on her twice every night.
Until, finally, on May 3rd at 9.30 p.m., she gave birth to her son
He was quite small and very weak at birth, but he soon started to heal and he is now a very happy and healthy young donkey.
Gipcy will be staying at our shelter Aide Aux Anes for the rest of his life and will never have to live in the awful circumstances in which his mother was found.
These donkeys have died in 2015…
September 21st : Poupoune
September 21st : Fanchon
October 1st : Zorro
And on January 6th 2016: Nanette
Times she was bad, times she was pretty good.
But always the situation was was “acceptable” for Sophie.
Since a while Sophie got also problems with getting up and walking (including rheumatism).
And very recently the situation deteriorated….
Sophie couldn’t anymore (getting up)…
The veterinarian has at my request Sophie – with her head in my arms – euthanized.
Dear Sophie, thanks for all the love you have given me in the eight years you lived here.
Rest in peace dear Sophie, I will never, but really never, forget you.
Times flies. The young foal Gipcy, born on May 3, 2016, is early April 2017 castrated at the age of eleven months.
After Gipcy had recovered sufficiently from his surgery I moved him together with his mother Baya to one of the pastures where they normally will stay the rest of their lives.
Collection of donkey wines
The Aide Aux Anes has at the moment in her shop several different “donkey wines” in various price ranges for sale.
Red, roséand white. For the true wine lover...and collector.
Only on site at the donkeysanctuary for sale.
With every bottle of wine free Aide Aux Anes coaster / willow.
Large new shelter in pasture…. but not without problems…
In a large pasture which the donkeysanctuary has in use now for about two years, I have been working many hours to bild a large shelter for the donkeys.
The construction is nearing completion but that didn’t go without “a blow or a push”.
Once when I had the roof up, a heavy storm struck and a big part of the roof ( 8 x 4 meters ) was blown away...
On the pictures can be seen how with a “manitou” wich reaches till 14 meters high, the roof again was put reasonably in place.
The 17 donkeys currently in this pasture have at least the ability to hide in this shelter whenever they want.
Deceased donkeys in 2016
June, 19th donkey Diane has died at the age of 26 and August, 9th donkey Chipie (age unknown).
Aide Aux Anes is now a Charity
Good news for everyone who supports financially the donkeysanctuary Aide Aux Anes, because at the end of April the donkeysanctuary has become a “charity” in The Netherlands, retroactive till Januari 1th, 2017.
The donkeysanctuary is also now recognized by the Dutch tax office as a charity and you can now deduct your gifts from your tax.
This is possible for everyone in The Netherlands, French people in France, Dutch people who live permanent in France, but also probably for people in other countries of the E.U. because of the European rules to respect the charities in other countries.
Identify you !
Talking about donations…. Sometimes it still happens that the donkeysanctuary receives a gift and I have only a name or a part of a name of the donor.
If you belong to that categorie of people that has given a donation to the donkeysanctuary but after that you have never heard anything from me, please contact me so that at least I can thank you for your support.
On monday april, 10th 2017 I had to let sleep Sophie...
From June, 3 th 2009, the day that Sophie is become to live here, she was already ill.
The former owners wouldn’t take care of her anymore.
Sophie had a chronic bowel disease, comparable with Crohn’s disease.