Summer & Jeanette

Jeanette and Summer communing.More Than a Summer Romance Summer is the Grand Dame of the Sanctuary, at 43 our oldest resident and definitely queen of the barnyard. She greets everyone who enters, making friends with all.

Volunteer Jeanette Plant is one such friend who holds a special place in her heart for Summer. “She was the first donkey I met when I started volunteering here nearly 5 years ago. She came right up to greet me when I arrived in the barnyard, and followed me everywhere my first day.

“Now, I always reserve the last bit of my weekly time here for Summer. I never forget to stop for a visit.”

Whether Jeanette is picking up poop (a critically important job here), grooming, or helping out with the Long Ears Boutique or a committee, she says she feels like she’s the lucky one. “Coming here completes my week. It’s so peaceful. At the end of each day, 
I feel like I’ve done something worthwhile and made a difference.”

The difference is clear with Summer. Before she came here in 2002, she had been abandoned in a stall by her owner, along with several other animals for a year – cared for by the property owner. Her hooves were in bad shape. Her stall was filthy and cold. 
She had suffered terrible neglect.

Yet she blossomed right away here at the DSC and is happiest when receiving loving attention from volunteers, staff and visitors.

Jeanette sings from the same song sheet as many of our wonderful volunteers who give so freely of their time, hard work, and compassion for animals. “I get back more than I give. Here are these big animals, sometimes very badly treated before they get here, and they are so gentle and trusting.”

And speaking of singing, Jeanette sings to Summer at the end of every visit. 
What song? “ ‘Over the Rainbow.’  She seems to like it!”


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 19:48
On Sunday September 25, we will be closed to regular open day visitors until 12 pm (noon) while we will host our fourth annual PACE for the Donkeys 5K Trail Run. Once we have completed the run and the awards ceremonies and cleanup, we will open...
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 16:40
Join us on September 25 for our 4th annual PACE for the Donkeys 5K Trail Run (or walk)! Visit our PACE website for details and or go ahead and register directly at The race will be run on the trails and through the fields of the...
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 14:59
Book a private tour of the Sanctuary - perfect for groups large and small - to learn about the history of the DSC, the work we do with the animals and the special nature of donkeys. A guide will greet you upon your arrival, and accompany you...
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 14:05
In the 2016 season, we’ll be open on Sundays 10 am to 3 pm, May 1 until October 30. We’ll also be open on Wednesdays In July and August (10 am to 3 pm). When you visit, you can look forward to meeting many of our resident 90 donkeys and mules, you can...
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 13:02
We look forward to meeting you! But first, we’d like to mention right up front a couple of things we have learned need to be made clear before you visit:  strollers/car seats/infant carriers/wagons are not permitted in areas where the donkeys are...