Donkey Manager Michael was once one of the residents of the Vision of Hope church in Monmouthshire. It’s a church and supported rehabilitation unit for young people who have had a hard start in life. The residents enjoy breathtaking views and plenty of activities including fun with the donkeys.
It’s not hard to see why Michael feels so at home here.
The home has fostered five donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary over a period of more than ten years, and has rescued five others. Each donkey has been given a brilliant home and a future.
Just like the young people who come to the church for various reasons.
I visited their newborn colt who has been named Spike in honour of one of the home’s original foster donkeys who sadly died some years ago and who is still remembered.
Michael spends time training the donkeys for agility, they go on outreach visits to schools and care homes and to church Nativity services and Palm Sunday parades. The donkeys are so active and 33-year-old Shadow enjoys just the same regime as the younger donkeys. He gets younger every year!
His great health is a credit to Michael’s energy and hard work. Vision of Hope is an excellent home for donkeys of all generations which is a privilege to have in my area.