On June 10th, my family and I attended the annual Donkey Day fundraiser at Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, near Guelph. We sponsor a donkey there so it was a nice opportunity to see the rescued donkeys in person and give them some pats. There are over 60 donkeys and mules receiving care at the 100-acre sanctuary.
It was such a gorgeous, hot day! The rain held off and over 2,400 people joined us to celebrate the donkeys and the work of the non-profit sanctuary, which is run entirely by private donations. If you have a moment, read the inspiring story of founder Sandra Pady.
We also wanted to give our kids the experience of seeing animals not in a zoo or entertainment environment, and we appreciated the spirit of respect for animals at the sanctuary. A sign posted by the barn:
Among the food vendors there was Mango Chutney, from Cambridge. For lunch, we ordered their vegan platter which had pakoras, samosa and a chickpea avocado salad with chutney, which was all delicious. Mmmm, I love Indian cuisine. Great flavours without being too spicy. Their menu features seven vegetarian entrées; four of them are vegan.
The Donkey Sanctuary is open for visitors Wednesdays and Sundays May through October.