Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire
Focus: Animal care and Education.
Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is a non-profit foundation taking care of the wild donkeys of the Island of Bonaire, particularly the abused and motherless donkeys who lost their mothers in car accidents.
The primary objective of Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is to offer a sheltered, protected life to all the donkeys of Bonaire. Our information about the lives and experiences of donkeys is also raising awareness amongst the local community, schools and tourists.
When a report arrives about a live wild donkey in distress, volunteers are sent to the rescue. Sick and wounded animals are nursed and, where necessary, a vet is called upon to give medical attention. Orphaned foals are raised with a baby bottle. All stallions that arrive at the sanctuary are castrated to avoid expansion of the numbers of donkeys in care. Once the animals are recovered, they are lucky enough to spend the rest of their lives lovingly cared for at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire.
In all the years Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire has been active, a lot has already been achieved. Hundreds of donkeys were saved from the streets in miserable condition and were given a safe life in the sanctuary. Too bad there were also many donkeys that suffered from so severe illness or injuries, that they could not be cured. Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire paid for these animals the cost of putting them to sleep by a vet, so at least they were released from suffering any longer.
Costs & Benefits
Feeding the animals, facility maintenance, and assistance with the educational programmes for school kids, record keeping and observation of the donkeys, cleaning stables, care of injured animals.
Accommodation and lunch is provided at no cost. Private small house on the compound, with kitchen, shower and toilet.
No particular qualifications required, just a strong motivation and love for animals. Veterinary medicine students are welcome. Good physical condition is important. Min age 20 years old.
Bonaire Netherlands Antilles
Tel: ++ (599) 9510 7607
Location: Island of Bonaire
Average cost per day: Free
Focus: Animal care & Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 20 years old