For the love of donkeys

Posted on behalf of Edgewood Longears Safehouse in Edgewood, New Mexico:

Cinca was born October 24 and had such long legs that her foster mom decided to wait a little before notifying us to see whether the foal was ok. But as you can see in the pictures, she is doing very well and LOVES to play. Roxanne was a pregnant jenny rescued from Southwest Livestock Auction on October 16 together with another pregnant jenny and a gelding. The foals would have died at the feedlot had they been born there. The jennies were penned up together with intact jacks and stallions, and the feedlot owner has the reported practice of killing all surviving foals to save on feed.

Potential adopters and homes will be screened. Roxanne had trust issues at first but has been coming along wonderfully since her rescue. She is now accepting a halter and is becoming friendlier every day. Potential adopters of Roxanne and her baby should be aware that Roxanne probably was abused in the past and will need a patient and understanding environment to thrive in. Roxanne is about six years old at this point, thus at a good (donkey) age to be trained in various disciplines or even just for showing (she’s very pretty with a rare red dun coloring). Adopters will sign a contract with us granting us first right to buy the donkeys back if they are to be sold; the contract will also stipulate that they are not to be used for breeding and will need to be kept on a strict grass hay and/or barley straw diet.

Roxanne and Cinca belong to Edgewood Longears Safehouse but are currently in foster care at Kiva Donkey Rescue in Bernardo, NM. The two are up for adoption as a pair. If you are interested in visiting them, please call Diane Wiltshire at 505-480-2806 to set up an appointment. Bernardo is right on I-25 a short distance south of Belen, NM. All details concerning the adoption should be discussed with Dorothea or Andrew of Edgewood Longears Safehouse; please contact them at longears.safehouse @ (remove spaces!). We will ask for a moderate donation toward our rescue expenses in return for ownership of the donkeys.

It’s been far too long since I posted on our For the love of donkeys page.

Photo credit: John Rennison/The Hamilton Spectator

Thank you to Kim who sent us this very sweet story to share with you:

I work at our local SPCA and we have a summer camp for kids. So far this summer, we’ve gone to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada 3x for our field trip. It is a fantastic place that deserves more recognition. Can you believe Ontario has TWO donkey sanctuaries?!?

Anyways, a reporter from our local paper recently went along on a trip with us. You can see the story and video here:–donkey-doody-duty-builds-character

And you can check out the sanctuary’s website too…

Kim at The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

And, since most of you are donkey fans, I’m putting in a plug for a new page I recently started on Facebook: For the Love of Donkeys. While I began the page as a forum to talk about and bring a stop to the practice of using donkeys as a training tool for roping horses, things are now at a bit of a standstill with our local government. Are you surprised?

In the meantime, I’ve found a plethora of happy stories that exist out there about donkeys – all over the world! I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’m enjoying finding them. We want the world to know how wonderful donkeys are! ♥

I’ve always been a fan of Reese Witherspoon and her movies, from Walk the Line to Legally Blonde to Sweet Home Alabama.

Jason Merritt / Getty Images file

Yes, she’s beautiful, and yes, she’s an Academy Award-winning actress. There’s another reason to love her though. 

Reese Witherspoon has donkeys.

Their names are Honky and Tonky, and she calls them badonkadonks. Reese also has two pigs, three goats, a horse, three dogs and 20 chickens.

I found out about Reese and her donkeys because a friend sent me an email with the subject, “because you need to know about this”.  Norma’s email included a link to this article, which details a bit about Reese being in a donkey dispute with her neighbors. (Norma knows I love everything donkey.)

Apparently, Reese’s neighbors aren’t enamored with Honky and Tonky’s braying. We think her neighbors must not know how wonderful donkeys are and hope they’ll get to meet Honky and Tonky so they can attach the braying to something outrageously cute and friendly.  

In the meantime, we want Reese to know that all of her fans at Morning Bray Farm support her, Honky and Tonky, and that if she’s ever in Albuquerque, she’s totally invited to come and meet the Boyz. ♥

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