Meet Archie! Archie the donkey lives at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, which is located near Guelph, Ontario.
I visited the Sanctuary a few weeks ago and was very moved by my the experience there. According to their website: "Since 1992, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada has been a refuge for donkeys, mules and hinnies who have been neglected or abused, or who can no longer be cared for by their owners."
The Sanctuary is very well run and very educational. The donkey's receive exceptional care. I would highly recommend visiting if you live in the area. To learn more, check out their website (the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada).
One of the neat things the organization does, is allow people to sponsor a donkey from the farm. The money from donations and sponsorship goes towards feed, hay, vet care, farrier care, stall bedding, etc. The website has a bio for each donkey at the farm.
As today's painting features Archie, I thought I would share his bio.
Archie is a grey dun standard donkey who was born in 1996. He came from Sault Saint Marie, Ontario with two other donkeys, Betty and Veronica. Archie had resided in the same loving home for 20 years. However, his previous owner moved farms and was finding it difficult to care for the donkeys in the new setting. Archie was well loved by the owern's grandchildren - who regularly groomed and cared for him. Archie is settling in well and is very sweet to handle. He is very curious and loves to be patted on open days over the fence."
(Click here to link to Archie's Bio)
PS - stay tuned for a few more donkey paintings during this challenge!
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