The Perfect Gift for the Person Who Has Everything

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What do you get the man or woman who has everything? Joanna Collins, the owner of A Touch of Beauty Spa, gave the gift of a lifetime of happiness to one lucky donkey filly in India – and at the same time, she found a great way to honour her friend Jock Zonfrillo, an executive head chef at an award-winning restaurant in Australia.

Late last year, veterinary staff with the Animal Rahat sanctuary for working animals in Maharashtra, India, spotted a donkey who was in severe distress and limping through busy traffic. The Animal Rahat team immediately moved her out of the street and called for the group’s animal ambulance. Now safe and recuperating at the organisation’s sanctuary, the donkey quickly became pals with another resident donkey named Bondy. The two play like puppies, tease the resident dogs and roll around in their sandpit.

Little Jock

Little Jock

Collins adopted the donkey by agreeing to sponsor the animal’s care for a lifetime. In return, she was given the honour of naming the sweet filly. She named the donkey Little Jock after her friend, the equine-loving chef. Collins’ support will enable the Animal Rahat staff to provide Little Jock with food, shelter, and veterinary care for the rest of her life. Unlike other “give an animal as a gift” programmes, donkeys, bullocks, sheep and any other animals in Animal Rahat’s care never end up slaughtered for meat.

In India, working animals (horses, bullocks, donkeys and camels) and animals on the streets suffer enormously. Animal Rahat attacks this problem with a three-pronged approach: free veterinary services for working animals, education in local communities on the humane care and treatment of animals and a permanent sanctuary for animals who have been retired from their labours.

Joanna with Jock Zonfrillo

Joanna with Jock Zonfrillo

“It’s an honour to have such a sweet little donkey named after me”, Jock says. “I’m glad to know that there are thoughtful people like Joanna Collins who make a world of difference in animals’ lives by providing for their lifetime care.”

Having trouble finding the perfect gift for the friend or family member who has everything? Consider making a donation to Animal Rahat, which is currently trying to raise enough funds for two new animal-emergency ambulances.


  • Brien Comerford commented on January 14, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I love donkeys, burros and all creatures even a small minority of humans !

  • John Alexander Gibson commented on January 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Such compassion, if only all of us were like Joanna. Donkeys like so many other animals are enslaved in the entertainment industry, circuses and pleasure rides (pleasure for the person not for the animal). All animals should be able to live their lives they way they want to, we always have to mindful of an animals feelings and emotions. I hope little jock has many more years of happiness.

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