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GRIZOULLA - A BOOK WITH DIFFERENCE

A very kind supporter - who is also a writer, has contacted us some time ago in order to express her wonderful gesture in helping us… She has written a book which reveals the story of a small female donkey, who was born here in Cyprus in the very old days.

The name of the book is Grizoulla - named after the donkey, and it is the story of the trials, tribulations and joys of a Cypriot donkey. This kind lady has decided to donate a few copies of the book to us in order to help raise funds for our work and donkeys on the island!

A very nice book, told with affection and humour by the writer Mrs Claire Oechslin and illustrated with Sylvia Woodcock-Clarke's delightful drawings. The book will both entertain and educate children as they follow Grizoulla and her faithful friend Oreo on their journey through the sometimes harsh landscape of a donkey's life in Cyprus.

The proceeds from buying just one book can feed a donkey for two days with straw, or provide two days of medication for our elderly donkeys. Not only do you receive a lovely gift but you're also helping donkeys have a better life.

You can buy the book through our online Gift Shop section from our website.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that this book is not suitable for children under the age of 5 years old.

Grizoulla - a book with difference

Farewell dear Beau

We are sure those of you who knew Beau, will be as devastated as we were when our dear, dashing boy suddenly passed away on March 21st….

Beau had been under daily treatment for respiratory problems for the past few weeks, but unfortunately and despite our very best efforts did not improve and quietly passed away in his sleep at the age of 21 years old.

He will be greatly missed and none of us will ever forget his bold, but also kind nature.

Many of you will know the story of how Beau came to us back in 2005, aged 8 years old. He had been abandoned in a village near Limassol district and was found eating beans belonging to a rather irate farmer! He had two nasty large wounds on his face, which were treated by the vet.

He was an unusual colour for a donkey in Cyprus – more of a typical Eastern European donkey - grey with the well-recognised cross. He was a strong chap, but he was also into little tricks very often… One of them was to chew the grooms’ shirts while they were cleaning his paddock –something he really enjoyed doing! However, he was not so keen having his back hooves trimmed but as he was so handsome, we were always forgiving him for that!

As you are already aware of, we have recently replaced Beau in the Adoptions Scheme, and Pip Squeak has taken on his role. We all thank you for adopting him in the past, and for enabling us to do everything we could for him…

Rest in peace little boy – we will always carry you in our hearts..

Beau

BEAU IS RETIRING FROM HIS ROLE IN THE ADOPTION SCHEME

We would like to let you know about our lovable adoption donkey, Beau.

Our donkey friend has given many years of his life providing much love and pleasure to his fantastic family of adopters, and so we know that you will be sad to hear that from 1st March 2019 Beau will be retiring from his role in the adoption scheme. On the advice of our expert team, we felt it was time he had a well-earned rest from being in the limelight.

We very much want you, our beloved supporters to continue to enjoy all the benefits of adopting a donkey. We know how special Beau is to those of you who have adopted him, and will keep you updated when we have anything significant to tell you. In the meantime, we have nominally chosen one of our other donkeys to continue your adoption.

Pip Squeak is a brand new donkey to our adoption scheme who we think you'll adore. Came to us in November 2017 when he was just 11 months old, he is such an inquisitive and very friendly donkey and will always come across the paddock to say hello. He is very energetic and although being very tiny he is having a big heart. His best friend is Kikas and they spend a lot of time playing and galloping around in their paddock.

For those who adopted Beau already, please note that there is no need to do anything as the adoption will automatically transfer to the new adoption donkey - Pip Squeak. If you would prefer a different donkey, you are welcome to change this selection when your renewal falls due. We will contact you again when it's time to renew.

Your support for The Donkey Sanctuary and your beloved Beau has been heart-warming and we would love to continue with you as part of our adoptions family.

Beau

ADONIS - THE FORGIVING DONKEY

Back in 2015, we wrote about Adonis' rescue.

To help refresh your memory, Adonis was a beautiful and lovely natured young stallion, who was very well cared for and much loved by his owner who also had Adonis' mother.

Not long after visiting the two donkeys during our outreach at the time, we received a frantic phone call from the owner telling us that after his donkeys had been let loose by someone, Adonis had badly damaged his left eye.

After putting our vet in contact with the owner and giving him some advice to keep Adonis comfortable overnight, the owner soon realised that he could not give Adonis the proper and intensive care he so desperately needed, so we collected him early the next day. The injury to his eye was horrendous, and we did our best to treat it. Fortunately, although now blind in the eye, the eyeball was saved and Adonis made an amazing recovery. Throughout the daily treatments, it was as if he understood we were doing everything to help him. Adonis never complained and stood patiently during every procedure.

Adonis is such a brave and forgiving boy despite his eye injury adventure, and we all love him to bits!

We are so pleased to let you know that Adonis is doing perfectly fine, despite his ordeal. He is such a confident kind donkey, who loves being around people. Bless him, although he has got no bad ''habits'' he can be extremely noisy, particularly at night! He frequently wakens the holding base owner and starts the other donkeys braying - you can imagine the noise!

It never ceases to amaze us how forgiving animals can be despite going through traumatic events.

You can help us towards Adonis' care, by clicking on our Adopt, Donate or Gift Shop sections from our website.

Adonis

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

Many of you will be probably wondering why you have not received any of our newsletters so far this year…

On 25th May 2018, the EU Data Protection Directive has been replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR gives you greater protection regarding how all businesses and organisations obtain, process, store and use your personal information.

So that we can continue to contact you and send you our newsletters, we are required to reaffirm your written consent. By now, you all should have received our letter over post with all the necessary information, so those of you who have not sent us your written consent statement yet please make sure you do, otherwise we will not be able to communicate with you - especially by email or telephone.

However, we can continue sending you our postal newsletter due to legitimate interest, unless you write to us asking to be removed from our mailing list. So far this year, we were unable to send out our postal newsletter, due to some technical issues. We are working towards resolving these, so we hope to your kind understanding. You may keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for any updates about our work in Cyprus.

If any of you have not received the Consent Statement letter from us, please contact us at info@donkeysanctuarycyprus.org or select Join Us, in order to make sure we update your contact details accordingly. You can also write to us at the following address:

The Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus)
30B Agios Pandeleimonas Street
Pano Kivides
4715 Limassol
Cyprus

You may also read our Privacy Notice.

We look forward to hearing from you and having your continued support.

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MARGARITA AND HUEY LOUIS

Two ex-working donkeys have come into our care recently – Margarita who is a large grey mare, and Huey Louis, a smaller brown gelding. Both donkeys have age related issues meaning that they needed extra special care. The owner knew they could no longer work and was unable to provide them with the specialist attention they both needed and asked for our help.

The donkeys were very underweight when they arrived but with the right treatments, food and additional help, they’ve made a lot of progress. Their true characters that have emerged are interesting too.

Margarita can only be described as a bit of a diva! Now full of energy, she’s quite a bossy girl who likes to be the centre of attention with the other donkeys! She loves her food so much that we have to make it very wet to slow her eating habits down. If she has to wait outside the barn for any reason, the look on her face is so amusing – sometimes she seems to be sulking while at other times she looks cross or upset.

On the other hand, Huey Louis is very confident, calm and inquisitive. He likes to make himself known to you although, unlike Margarita, is quite happy for her to get the attention. He gives us the impression that he’ll do anything for a quiet life! As soon as he arrived in our New Arrivals Unit, unlike the others who went exploring their new surroundings, he went straight to the chopped straw in the trough and started eating.

They’re both such lovable characters who, after giving people so much enjoyment throughout their lives, definitely deserve a well-earned rest and lots of special care. You know they will get that from us!

Margarita

LIMITED EDITIONS!

If you haven't bought one of our fabulous 2018 calendars already, you need to hurry as there are only a few left! Proving to be very popular, time is running out to get one of the last copies so don't delay.

Each A4 calendar costs just €8.50 plus postage available through our online Gift Shop. Alternatively, you can phone us, send us an email at info@donkeysanctuarycyprus.org or, if you are in the area, purchase one from our office in Pano Kivides.

The proceeds from buying just one calendar can feed a donkey for two days with straw, or provide three days of medication for our elderly donkeys. Not only do you receive a lovely, practical gift but you're helping donkeys like Aspro, Yiannis, George and Harry have a better life.

Another limited edition are these super bracelets made specifically for us. The 2cm stainless steel disc is very hard wearing and has our donkey logo on one side and our name on the other side.

The brown cord, which is slightly darker than shown in the photograph, is fully adjustable and will fit almost any sized wrist.

As they are made specifically for us, these bracelets are unique and will make a lovely gift. At only €10 plus postage and packing, the proceeds from each purchase will go towards our own donkeys and those that we help on the island.

Don't forget we've got other small affordable gifts on our online webstore that would make ideal Christmas presents for your friends and family - or yourself of course!

Remember the proceeds from every item bought goes towards food, medications, treatments, donkey equipment and enabling us to help others.

2018 Calendar

AN IRRESISTABLE NUISANCE

On one of our Community Programme visits in November, we were treating a group of donkeys and met one in particular who can only be described as a bit of a nuisance!

The gorgeous looking, typical big Cypriot donkey, was so easy to handle and well behaved, we didn't think twice about leaving him to wander around the field while we attended to the other donkeys.

We should have known better as he decided that all of the equipment we had in the back of our truck, just had to be removed or eaten! Totally ignoring anything we said, arm waving and even taking him to another area, he kept going back to the truck.

Grabbing boxes, the cool box containing our drinks and food, even the truck cover, nothing was safe! Eventually, one of us had to stand guard the whole time! A logical thing to have done would have been to put a head collar on him and tie him up somewhere, but as he had us all in fits of laughter, we just couldn't bring ourselves to do it.

He actually managed to train us - 'keep scratching my neck and bottom and I promise I'll leave things alone'! We'd love to take him home with us but nothing would be safe. Perhaps we should just walk in the field next year rather than drive?

An irresistable nuisance

A PERSONAL PERFORMANCE

Several years ago, a young veterinary student called Silke, spent time with us gaining some work experience. She loved the donkeys and told her parents all about them and they later came to visit us. Since then, Silke's mother, Renata, comes to Cyprus most years as a swimming coach and makes sure she comes to say hello and see the donkeys.

This year, she brought two colleagues with her, Franz and Ida. Eighteen-year-old Ida is a tennis coach who also plays the ukulele (a small type of violin) and sings. When Ida went up to see the donkeys, she asked if she could sing them a song and play her instrument, which we said she could even though we didn't know what the donkeys would think!

Well they loved it! Chloe and Socrates in particular, really enjoyed the music and Hercules came out of the barn especially to get close.

It's a well known fact that many animals like the sound of certain music and ours certainly proved it! Thank you Ida and thank you Renata for introducing us to Ida.

Watch the video here https://youtu.be/t_W66qheDo8

A Personal Performance

AN UNEXPECTED FRIENDSHIP

We have a few donkeys with poor eyesight and all of them cope really well. Harry Potter and George are two of them and until recently, they lived in different paddocks.

Harry has been with us since 2005 and was already blind in one eye. George has been with us since 2013 and has difficulty in seeing things near to him. Although he took care of our Helena when she was a tiny foal, he's always been a loner and generally stayed out of the way, not even wanting lots of cuddles.

Harry too was a loner and could often be a little nervous of everything and everyone. We all felt a bit sorry for both of them and as Harry was getting older, we moved him into the Special Needs group. Amazingly, both donkeys seemed to sense they couldn't see properly and quickly become good friends.

Their whole personalities have changed too and both donkeys seem more confident, coming up to us for cuddles and scratches and the cheeky side of George is really coming out!

Due to their eyesight issues, neither donkey is very active. Consequently, we're always having to keep any eye on their weight although they're often seen side by side at the feed trough doing their favourite hobby - eating! It's lovely to see the two soul mates enjoying each other's company and being so happy.

George & Harry

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