Kindest cut will help the donkeys

By Kyabram Free Press

JENNA Ward has always loved animals.

And as her urge to help animals grew, she decided she had to act on it.

That’s how the Kyabram local came up with the idea of shaving her head to raise money for the Tongala Donkey Shelter.

The Donkey Shelter cares for around 200 donkeys and with limited staff, finds itself hard pressed for funds.

The Tongala shelter is run by Dr May Dodd and her right-hand-woman Jess Smeaton, it costs around $25,000 per year to run and relies purely on donations and fundraising to stay afloat.

“I decided a couple of weeks ago the Donkey Shelter was where I wanted to put the money,” Ms Ward said.

“That was after I decided I wanted to shave my head to help animals, I did a lot of research as to where my money could go.

“I was looking everywhere but once I read what they were doing out here at the shelter and saw how close to home it was — I knew this is where I wanted to put it.”

Ms Ward encouraged locals to get behind the Donkey Shelter and support local people doing great things.

“They are just really awesome people out here looking after animals for no benefit of their own.

“As soon as I came out here and saw what they were doing I was blown away — they have such a calm atmosphere.”

Ms Ward will be shaving her head this Friday, to date she has raised $570 and is working towards her goal of $1000.

To donate to the shelter in support of Jenna’s shave, head to

Some other ways to support the shelter are donate ropes or halters, which are roughly $20 each, donate a small bundle of hay which feeds 5 donkeys for $15, or a big round bail for $40, which feeds roughly 15 donkeys for a whole week.

GTS Farm Supplies are the holder of the donkey shelters account for feed and takes donations on 5859 0597.

You can sponsor a donkey for $75 minimum a year, or donate materials to build shelters.