Donkey Day is fun for the whole family

The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge invites the public to its annual open house June 23 and 24

Coco Puff is just one of the donkeys living at the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge in Chase. Meet Coco Puff and her friends June 23 and 24 during the Fourth Annual Donkey Day Fundraising Celebration.

Coco Puff is just one of the donkeys living at the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge in Chase. Meet Coco Puff and her friends June 23 and 24 during the Fourth Annual Donkey Day Fundraising Celebration.

Nestled on 80 acres in the Turtle Valley is the Donkey Refuge. A registered charity, the refuge is a permanent, secure and safe home for more than 30 donkeys that have been rescued or surrendered from all over British Columbia.

“We have dedicated our lives to ensure that the resident donkeys will heal from their physical and emotional wounds and become the happy and content animal that they so deserve to be,” said refuge founders Rob Miller and Shirley Mainprize.  “Donkeys are often a misunderstood animal that can live to be over 50 years of age and are likely to be passed from home to home in their lifetime. These donkeys often do not receive the medical, dental and farrier care that they require for good health.”

To learn more, why not make a trip out to the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge next weekend for its fourth Annual Donkey Day Fund Raising Celebration, June 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fun, family event offers visitors a chance to meet and greet the donkeys and hear their stories, as well as enjoy good food, music featuring Kelly and Blu Hopkins, Chris Stevens, Carling Xcrossing, Kamloops Fiddlers and more. Other activities include kids’ crafts, face painting, antique farm equipment, blacksmith demonstrations, as well as farrier, veterinary and equine dentist demonstrations. Admission is a suggested donation of $7 per adult, $5 per youth and a family of four rate of $20.

For more information, please call Mainprize or Miller at 250-679-2778.