2024 is Going to be An Exciting Year for The Donkeys of the Heart!
O,,As 2023 draws to a close and a brand new year is ahead of us, we have so much to be thankful for, and we have many exciting things on the 2024 horizon.
Volunteer Growth – Many new volunteers have joined the DOTH team this past year. Some are helping Sophie with the daily care of the donkeys and others are helping with events, outreach, website, and newsletter. DOTH is always looking for caring people to join our team. Could that be you? If you are interested, no amount of your time is too small.
Donkey Events – November saw another successful event at The Grotto Cafe in Cave Creek. People love coming out to meet the donkeys and the donkeys love meeting new people. Additionally, several donkeymanship classes were hosted at the donkey ranch. Classes provide another opportunity for the community to meet the donkeys and learn all about them.
Many more events like these are planned for the new year, so please stay tuned and check back often;
The next donkeymanship class is January 6, 2024 at 1:30 – 3 pm.
New Riding and Driving Programs – In 2024, DOTH will be starting a riding program and a driving program with the Donkeys. The riding program will start in the spring and will be classical riding using an English saddle. The riding program will use Alfred, Felix, Violette, Charles, and Albert. At the end of 2024, the driving program will get underway using Charles and Edgar.
Fundraising and Sponsors — We are so thankful for all of the individuals and businesses that currently support us. However, as a non-profit organization, DOTH is always looking for new ways to raise funds, and people and organizations to help sponsor our mission going
forward. Please contact us if you’d like to help.
“Ears Up” Newsletter — Stay up-to-date on what’s happening with the donkeys and all upcoming events.
Holiday Fundraiser — The Violette Holiday Donkey art illustration fundraiser by DOTH’s artist in residence, Katie Stearns, was a huge success! Violette’s holiday illustration is available on holiday cards, clothing, tote bags, and many other fun items.
NEW ROAD — We are getting a new and improved road! Some improvements have already been made and more are coming. Now it won’t be as much of an ‘off road’ experience getting to the ranch.
DONKEY STALL IMPROVEMENTS — Work on the donkey stalls will begin in the first few months of the new year. You can imagine how happy the donkeys are about this! Stay tuned for more details.