Pasados handed a check over to the Anacortes Food bank after supporters raised almost $2000 in gratitude to the cancellation of Donkey Basketball, a sport animal advocates say is cruel. The event had been scheduled for Saturday at the Anacortes Middle School and had been a tradition at the school for years. The Anacortes Eagles No. 249 who organize it always give part of the proceeds to the food bank.
“A win-win for everybody.” Said Kim Koons.
“I’m sure the donkeys are happier now then they would be otherwise. This is very much a happy ending.”
Belinda Dye, manager of the Anacortes 100 Food Bank said they usually they get a $500 check from the Eagles after Donkey Basketball but today “We got three times more money and food.”
Volunteer Lisa Root adds “We’re happy food bank people and animals. “We appreciate it so much.”
Pasados Safe Haven formed almost 21 years ago by Susan Michaels and Mark Steinway after a beloved donkey bearing the name Pasado, was beaten to death by three teenage boys in a Bellevue, Washington park. Today hundreds of animals live on the 85 acre property of pastures, barns and woods and the non-profit continues to be active in animal cruelty legislation, education, and investigation.