The Smiling Donkeys: A Tale of Love and Affirmation at Long Hopes Donkey Shelter

At Long Hopes Donkey Shelter, a haven filled with love and affirmation, donkeys find a new lease on life after being discarded and mistreated.

Victoria, the dedicated woman behind this extraordinary mission, has made it her life’s purpose to care for these gentle creatures and provide them with the love and attention they need to thrive.

Beyond the usual feeding and grooming, Victoria has a unique daily ritual with the donkeys. She spends time with each one, petting, hugging, and whispering words of affirmation into their ears.

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These affirmations, praising the donkeys as intelligent, strong, independent, and loved, are more than just whimsical acts. They serve as a testament to the sensitivity of these creatures, who respond positively to human emotions.

Many of the donkeys at Long Hopes Donkey Shelter come from backgrounds where they’ve never been around humans.

Initially, fear and apprehension are evident, but Victoria’s calm and confident demeanor and her affirmations gradually help them overcome their fears and learn to trust and bond with her.

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For 24 years, the shelter has been rescuing donkeys and providing a haven for these often overlooked and discarded animals. They even offer lifelong care for senior donkeys, ensuring they live out their golden years in comfort and dignity.

Victoria’s love for animals and fascination with the donkeys’ kind hearts, resilience, and capacity for forgiveness inspired her to dedicate her life to their care and well-being.

Each of the 56 donkeys at the shelter receives personalized attention and affirmations tailored to their needs, contributing to their healing and rehabilitation as they adjust to their new life.

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Some of the lucky donkeys find loving homes through adoption, but the shelter remains a permanent safety net for those who outlive their owners’ ability to care for them. This unwavering commitment ensures no donkey is left without a home or the love they deserve.

The remarkable response of the donkeys to Victoria’s care is evident through their unconditional love and contentment. The happiness they exude becomes the greatest reward for Victoria, cherishing every moment she spends with them.

Long Hopes Donkey Shelter’s story highlights the transformative power of love and affirmation, reminding us that every creature, no matter how small, deserves kindness, respect, and a chance at a better life.

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