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Donkeys / Burros
« on: November 26, 2009, 15:49 PM »
Blatant plug here for a lovely lady who many of you might have seen on national TV. Marleen Verhoef and her Donkey Sanctuary - El Paraiso del Burro here in Asturias. We met Marleen through friends earlier this year and visited her 8 hectare Sanctuary to see the 18 donkeys, 4 dogs, two horses and two cats. Needless to say, life's strange twists and and turns has resulted in Luis and I taking on the publicity and marketing for the Sanctuary as a way of raising its profile and hopefully increasing the level of volunteers and funding required to run such a place. There is a lot to do with very little resources. Although there is a website of sorts, one of our first tasks is to develop a new site (in progress) and to start two new blogs - in English and Spanish (up and running). We now have profiles on Facebook and several other lines of publicity and marketing are actively being pursued.

Marleen has given up a comfortable life and retirement in Holland to care for older and retired donkeys here in Spain......some say she is mad, some say she is foolish however, we believe she is a truly passionate lady who has a genuine desire to give these noble creatures a better quality of life in their autumn years. We are always open to suggestions and ideas on issues such as fundraising, legal help, volunteering, marketing, grants etc and would willingly accept sponsorship or practical help such as graphic design, web advice, printing....

As a starter the Sanctuary is part of the Association Animales de Oriente but we are in the process of obtaining 'Association' status for the Donkeys.

This is early days for both us and Marleen - but we have lots of ideas and plans for the short and long term - Please have a look at our blogs, join the facebook group or become a fan of the Sanctuary also on facebook. The new website will be up and running in the new year so bookmark us and follow our story as we develop and grow over the coming months. Get in touch, keep in touch and if you want to visit, let me know and we can organise something. The links are as follows:

http://paraisodelburro.blogspot.com/ - Spanish blog
http://donkeyparadise.wordpress.com/ - English blog
http://www.paraisodelburro.com/ - Old website - updating in progress
http://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paraiso-del-Burro/176139387987?ref=nf - Facebook page (or search for paraiso del burro)

If you want to contact either myself or Marleen please emailblogburro@gmail.com

Many thanks

Ian



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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2009, 22:15 PM »
Hi Ian (and welcome back to the forum btw  :))
I've joined the facebook fans and sent messages to friends. How about Adopt a donkey? I admit I haven't looked at the blogs yet so perhaps that's been done. Mind you, could be a bit sad as they┬┤re not in the spring of their lives  ::)
I'd be happy to have some kind of posters/leaflets if you'd like to pm me.
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2009, 09:33 AM »
Hi Lisa

Many thanks. We are planning a Donkey Sponsorship programme but not ready for it yet - probably when the new website is up and running. Brochures and leaflets are being planned but are likely to be home produced until funding can be found - I will let you know when they are ready and post some on to you. Thanks for your support and notifying friends. Please follow the blogs (if you have time!)

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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2009, 11:33 AM »
Hi Ian

Ive also joined your facebook thing and sent to friends who I know have joined to, all good stuff.

Good luck with it, look forward to reading the blogs as and when.

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2009, 15:09 PM »
Hi ian, please feel free to plug this project in this topic as much as you like..... be nice to see the updates and progress... let us know when the new website goes up.... :)
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2011, 18:16 PM »
El Paraiso del Burro is growing slowly and becoming a respected and well known sanctuary for older and retired Donkeys here in Asturias. It is a while since I posted and there is lots more new content on the blogs (English and Spanish) and the Website (English, Spanish and Dutch). There are a couple of TV interviews with Marleen Verhoef who owns the Sanctuary and discussions about the care of these donkeys.

Feedback would be great - we are planning to set-up facilities for donations, sponsorship and adoption so if anyone can help out, please get in touch.

http://paraisodelburro.blogspot.com/ - Spanish blog
http://donkeyparadise.wordpress.com/ - English blog
http://www.paraisodelburro.com/ - Old website - updating in progress
http://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paraiso-del-Burro/176139387987?ref=nf - Facebook page (or search for paraiso del burro)

If you want to contact either myself or Marleen please email: blogburro@gmail.com

Many thanksMany thanks

Ian