Juno is a brown Standard donkey with a white chest, belly and legs. Her dark brown eyes are enormous. Before being given a lifelong home at the Sanctuary, Juno lived in an abusive environment. She was regularly hit with a shovel and fed very little. When a kind-hearted neighbour was able to persuade her owners to sell Juno, the donkey was brought, on the brink of starvation, to the neighbour’s farm. Juno’s new owners had no experience in the kind of specialist care that Juno required, however, and so they requested that she be taken in by the DSC.
Since her admission in late 2008, Juno has been living with the oldies and special-needs donkeys on the farm. This small, quiet herd is providing the kind of company that is required by this extremely nervous, shy creature. We anticipate that many months will pass before Juno will be able to stand still when a human approaches. In the meantime, she is receiving consistent and gentle care. On a regular basis, she is moved into a stall where a staff person can brush her and speak to her quietly. Over time, we are hopeful that Juno will learn that she does not have to be fearful in the Sanctuary’s safe world.
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