There is a place on the Eastern plains of Colorado an hour from Denver that will make you feel better. No, it is not a spa that will pamper your body. No, it is not a place that will fill your stomach and feed your body. And no, it is not a soul cleansing temple that will make your spirit soar. No, this place is a place of hope. A place for dreams. And a place that loves. Longhopes Donkey Shelter is as the name implies a rescue facility that gives life to donkeys.
Back in '99, Kathy Dean and husband Alan Miller bought 20 acres (now 40 acres) out near Bennett, CO. and “took in” in Rocky, a 42 year old donkey and a dream was hatched. Donkeys are taken in when an owner can no longer take care of them, or rescued from neglectful ranches, or they are purchased from slaughter houses. So far they have rescued and found homes for over 500 animals while providing a home and rehabilitation there for 40-50 donkeys at a single time on their 40 acres.
You can find out more about Longhopes Donkey Shelter from their website; www.longhopes.org or you can call ahead (303-644-5930) and get a tour of the facilities which is what my family and I did. Yes, I said family. Yes, it is family friendly. Yes, donkeys will love your family too. Yes, you can sponsor a donkey without taking it home (www.longhopes.org/ears.html). And yes, you will feel better for doing so because it is not about you ... it is about caring!