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Agia Marina Donkey Rescue

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by Barbara Doulgerakis on 10/03/10

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1. Fanourios said on 10/3/10 - 02:03PM
You are doing a wanderful job,it is a credit to you,it's hard wark but the benefits are well reseved by all the donkeys keep up the good wark.BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!
2. Stellios H said on 10/6/10 - 09:47PM
Great work. Just as well for the donkeys that there's Agia Marina Rescue. Hopefully you'll have the support you and the donkeys deserve. I'd love to adopt a donkey..I've fallen in love with olive. Keep up the good work...
3. Pamela Benbow said on 10/9/10 - 09:37PM
Barbara, I am overjoyed to see your website! It is exuberant and beautiful in its presentation and is a pleasure to visit. I'll take a closer look soon. Thanks so very much for letting me know about it. You might consider a web cam too. It would be great fun for us away from Crete to see the donkeys in real time. I have a friend who has a donkey sanctuary on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and she's installed a donkey webcam and it's such a pleasure to tune into. I've been on sabbatical from my duties as Editor of the Greece Community on the Best Friends Network, but I may be able to post a brief story about your new website fairly soon. I'll send you the link when I get it up. With profound respect for the work that you do for the donks of Crete! Pamela Benbow
4. Titch Bird said on 10/28/10 - 07:59PM
Great website Barbara - I'm loving all your lovely photos of the donks! You do such a fantastic job against all the odds, thank you so much for caring for these beautiful animals and giving them a happy ending to their hard lives. Bless you xxx
5. Pamela Benbow said on 10/29/10 - 08:14PM
I do think quite often of you and volunteers and especially of the lucky donks who have managed to meet you! It's hard work and good work and you're a very unusual and strong woman to do it. Donkeys are little philosophers, I think, and I love to see photos catching them in pensive moods. Warmest thoughts, Pamela
6. Paul and Sarah de Neumann said on 12/3/10 - 03:35PM
Well done Barbara for providing such a caring home to such lovable donkeys. It was so good to see them enjoying life at last. Keep up the good work.
7. Linda Gibson said on 12/10/10 - 06:18AM
Inspiring!!!! What awesome photos and a worthwhile cause you have adopted. Grantedsome of the stories are tragic, but for you to offer some kindness and compassion in their last hours is the Barb we know and love...not to mention the rest of you all! Keep up the good work, Wendy especially would be so proud of you, as I am XXX
8. Ann Heath said on 2/10/11 - 01:00PM
I admire your continued dedication in helping these poor donkeys, and for giving them the love and attention they truly deserve...bless you - you are a angle. Donkey pics a lovely.
9. Jo Ellis said on 12/21/11 - 08:41PM
I'd like to take that 'donkey dealer ' and tie him up in the back of a van..What is he thinking of trying to get money for a donkey that is odviously in a bad way,underfed and in poor health. Hope he has a terrible 2012 (after bringing the donkey back of course )
10. Barbara Smolinski said on 1/3/12 - 06:01PM
I have always loved any and all creatures and do what I can to save what I can. I hope and pray that there is a special place in HELL for the 2 legged beasts that harm innocent animals. If there is any justice in this world I hope the animals will receive it. I tried to save a little dog named Cristine that a former neighbor who returned to Greece owned. Eleni died after a flight to Australia to visit her sister. The dog went to live with another sister in Athens and I was told lived in the hall, unloved and uncared for. Eleni loved her little dog and would have been very sad to know what became of her. I tried to arrange her return but was unable to see that happen!
11. Betsy said on 4/30/12 - 12:52AM
I just came across your beautiful and inspiring donkey website. I am from the United States with family in Greece. I live on a farm with 3 horses, many dogs and cats and a very special donkey named ELIA that adopted me 5 years ago. I am very blessed to have these souls in my life to teach and watch over me. I will be visiting my cousin in Crete this summer and will most definitely come to visit and help in any way I can.

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Donkey wisdom & quotes

In 2010 and 2014 I was very fortunate to be able to spend a week at the Donkey training Course Centre at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, England.  The courses were invaluable to our work here with the rescue donkeys and with highly skilled unforgettable experience.
The Donkey  poem

When fishes flew and forests walked 
And figs grew upon thorn, 
Some moment when the moon was blood 
Then surely I was born. 
With monstrous head and sickening cry 
And ears like errant wings, 
The devil's walking parody 
On all four-footed things. 
The tattered outlaw of the earth, 
Of ancient crooked will; 
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb, 
I keep my secret still. 
Fools! For I also had my hour; 
One far fierce hour and sweet: 
There was a shout about my ears, 
And palms before my feet. 

Gone but never forgotten...

These  sweet donkeys each arrived at the Agia Marina Donkey Sanctuary with their own story.  Sadly we already had to say goodbye to some of them.  They each had their character and they will all be missed and in our hearts forever...
MELINA  a big donkey from the village of Moroni, she has worked hard for over 35 yrs pulling a plough and has problems with lameness...
Spirit went together with Agapi, Mavrouka & Dude to a lovely estate in England.  Both him and Dude passed away of old age
PELEGRINO in his 41st year !! a record for donkey age , a real oldtimer from the village of Agia Varvara, he gets tired and grumpy sometimes but we all try to be very kind to him
09 2011 : Pelgrinos passed away early tonight aged 43 yrs. R.I.P. dear old boy, you will be sadly missed ♥
2010 : Ermes died suddenly today, we are all feeling very sad at Agia Marina. We was rescued him three yrs ago after being abandoned and tied to a power pole in knee deep mud for months..Ermes you will be very sadly missed here, R.I.P. dear old boy x
the photo was taken the day he arrived...
Dude went together with Agapi, Mavrouka & Spirit to a lovely estate in England.  Both him and Spirit passed away of old age
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending” … This is what we keep in mind when rescuing yet another donkey, dog or cat. No matter how sad, desperate, frustrating or unfair a situation is, we try our best to give these animals the best new start in their life and forget about their past.
The summer season is starting soon so our Sanctuary will be open for visitors again. During the winter season, we hardly have visitors here and use our time to repair and prepare for the next season. Like every year, we hope to welcome many visitors. There is however another side to this and that is the one of dis-traught visitors seeking help, bewildered by the conditions they witnessed. So-metimes people are demanding that we help and insist it is our duty. They do forget that we have been sacrificing ourselves (time, money, …) for a very long time and that we can’t go back to our comfortable home after the holidays are finished. Of course not all tourists are like this. Some of them will become friends who follow and support us any way they can. Some even adopt an ani-mal and take it home to give them a chance to a better life.
Greece is still struggling and not just the people. Animals are the first ones to be left behind. The streets are full of them and they are not a main concern for the Greek government.
We really need all the support we can get so hopefully there will never be a day where we might have to refuse a donkey simply because there is no more space or money so it can make that big new start in their sad life.
A very big thank you to all our friends, fans & supporters who either donated their time, money or friendship so we can keep helping the Greek donkeys that need our attention and of course that well deserved new start in life