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About Us


The Longhopes Donkey Shelter was incorporated January 2000 but began in 1998 when the founder, Kathy Dean, went looking for her own donkeys. She knew there were unwanted donkeys needing homes but she was unable to find them, because unwanted donkeys were usually sold for slaughter at local sale barns. Wanting to offer an alternative, Kathy learned that rescuing donkeys was impossible without a facility where the donkeys could be rehabilitated and trained until a new owner was found.

In August 1999 Kathy and her husband Alan Miller bought 20 acres in Bennett. That month Kathy took in Rocky, a 42 year old donkey whose owner could no longer keep him. By January 2000 Kathy had 9 donkeys. That was when Kathy decided to formalize her passion and create an equine shelter to serve donkeys in the Rocky Mountains.

In 2000 Longhopes became a Colorado non-profit corporation and 501(c) 3 tax-exempt charity 84-1538890

Longhopes is managed by a non-compensated Board of Directors.  Meet our Directors.

We Believe

  • A healthy donkey needs the companionship of at least one other donkey.
  • Donkeys have an incomparable ability for rehabilitation and affection.
  • No donkey should be bred until all existing donkeys have homes.
  • We must all be part of the solution to the overpopulation of animals.
  • The lives we create lives we create lifetime responsibilities.
  • A “No-kill” shelter must provide humane euthanasia to stop suffering.

Longhopes has rescued over 800 donkeys and placed nearly 730 in adoptive homes.

Longhopes was the first U.S. donkey shelter to be accredited by the Global Federation of Animal  Sanctuaries.  We are also a member of the Colorado Nonprofit Association.

Our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt verification

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