Visit shelter for day of donkey delights

November 29, 2017

From left: Jess Wheeler, May Dodd, Georgia Brown, Sparky the donkey, Cindy Sirko and Wendy Parish are getting ready for the upcoming open day.

IT’S not every day you get to surround yourself with donkeys.

But on Sunday, December 3, the Tongala Donkey Shelter is opening its gates to let people mingle with about 200 of them.

There will be donkey stalls, hot and cold food, a guided walking tour and much more.

Founder May Dodd said donkeys were friendly, curious and affectionate in nature — very similar to a dog.

She started the shelter in Diamond Creek and having now moved the shelter to Tongala she’s keen to have the donkeys meet the locals.

“The lead-up to Christmas is a great time to have the open day as it’s getting closer to holidays and everyone is looking for something to do on weekends,” she said.

“One of the things we’ll be focusing on is how the donkey played such a large role in the Christmas story.”

And if you’re stuck for a Christmas gift, why not sponsor a donkey?

For $75 dollars a year it’s the gift that keeps on giving and if you’re feeling even more generous you can buy a donkey for the shelter for $300. Best of all, you can name it whatever you wish.

Considering there are only three donkey shelters in Australia — the closest being in Newcastle, NSW — the open day is an opportunity we are lucky to have.

May will tell you there’s not much that compares to a donkey’s love, so pop into 1949 Mathieson Rd, Tongala to find out for yourself.

The shelter is open from 11am to 3pm and entry is $20 per car.

For information, call 0411 825 056 or email [email protected]

- Lachlan Durling

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