Maya’s past is a little sketchy. She came to Critteraid in May of 2012 at the request of the donkey sanctuary in Chase (Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society). She had supposedly come to Canada 15 years previously with approximately 30 other donkeys. Maya went to a gentleman in Creston as a gift for his granddaughter. When he died, the family made the decision to rehome Maya.
When Maya unloaded at Critteraid, she was met by Skippy, our miniature donkey, and it was clearly evident that she adored him. BUT, she could also put him in his place – the perfect match! After her first vet visit, we set up a farrier protocol in order to regrow all four hooves. The front feet were in particularly bad shape. This work continues presently.
As we got to know Maya, we discovered that she truly must be an angel walking on Earth, looking like a donkey. She is so kind and gentle, and she is curious and friendly. She loves children and she loves seniors, she loves middle-agers and she loves teenagers. She still has a sadness about her that has made her who she is today but she also has a willingness to try and be happy. She loves to be massaged and brushed. She is tolerant and patient while we clean out her feet and eventually, when she has had enough, she simply walks away. She is wary of strangers but once that introduction is made and you revisit the farm, that opening of the gate is her cue to herald welcome brays that trumpet through our little valley.
Maya’s farrier is Kal from True Flight Farriers. Kal is coming monthly now to ensure that Maya’s feet are cared for and treated so that she can spend her retired life in peace and comfort.
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