Posted on behalf of Edgewood Longears Safehouse in Edgewood, New Mexico (Note: This is where we adopted Buck.)

This post is for all the pregnant jennies that we at Edgewood Longears Safehouse rescued from Southwest Livestock Auction on November 8 and that haven’t found a home or sponsor yet, as well as for a husband-and-wife team from near Las Vegas, NM, that is expected to have a newborn foal soon. All of these jennies (and the one husband) need sponsors to help them get through the winter, so that they can give birth without worries and get ready for adoption to a new forever home. Please read their stories and consider sponsoring one or the other. We are private people and do not have access to most grants for which official rescue shelters can apply; hence our funds are very limited. 

Sponsoring an animal from our rescue herd would involve sending a donation of $50 (which covers all the groceries) or $40 (which covers most of them) each month either by check to our private address or (marked as a gift) by Paypal to We’ll keep you updated about your sponsored donkey and the progress she/he has been making.

Bonnie (the spotted one) and her man Gandhi were found abandoned near Las Vegas, New Mexico. The NM Livestock Board took them in, hoping to accommodate them at a local sale barn or rescue. But the official rescues were full and most NM sale barns no longer accept donkeys (Dennis Chavez’s being the main exception). Through another rescue we were asked if we could take them in. They received a Coggins test and Gandhi was gelded, all at the NM Livestock Board’s expense. 

When they arrived at our Edgewood facility, we noticed that their hooves were unusually short and their feet are hurting. We suspect that this may be from their wandering around on rocky terrain for too long; perhaps the coldness of the ground here in the wintry mountains adds to it. We hope it’s not founder. We are currently negotiating with some potential foster places further south to take them in for Bonnie’s foaling event. Gandhi is also feeling miserable right now as he is recovering from his surgery. They’re both on bute right now, and Gandhi is also on antibiotics. 

Bonnie is already bagging, so her foal will be there within a month from now; in fact, it could come any day at this point. We might have a great home waiting for this donkey family, depending on how well they recover from their various health challenges. Until then Bonnie and Gandhi each need a sponsor.

Bonnie and Gandhi are currently located at our Edgewood facility.

Update (11/28/11): Bonnie and Gandhi are both doing much better today, Bonnie’s feet are obviously better, and Gandhi is perkier, too. I stopped the bute for them, and they’re nonetheless fine. Can’t wait to see them run once they’re fully recovered!

Luna Belle was among those rescued from Southwest Livestock Auction in Los Lunas on November 8. She already has an album of her own, since she was found with the worst case of overgrown hooves that we have personally encountered. She was trimmed for the first time on November 14 and will need several more trims before we can say that she may have fully recovered from that neglect. 

Luna Belle is most likely pregnant but not as advanced as the others. She has become very friendly with humans after her trimming experience; before that she was pretty much untouchable. She is friends with Sheila, a paint jenny who is not pregnant at this point. We may put Luna Belle and Sheila up for adoption once Sheila has had her hooves done and received some gentling lessons. 

Luna Belle is located at our Tijeras facility.

This is Marylou, a large, big-boned brown and friendly jenny who may have another four or five months to go—possibly even longer— before she gives birth. She was among those that we rescued from Southwest Livestock Auction on November 8. She is coming along in her interactions with humans and should be easy to train soon. 

Marylou is currently located at our Tijeras facility.

This is Claudette, another pretty and friendly chocolate brown jenny far along in her pregnancy. She was among those that we rescued from Southwest Livestock Auction on November 8. She has terrible hooves right now and needs to get a trim soon. 

Claudette is currently located at our Tijeras facility.

This is Silver, another pretty jenny with a gray roan coat who is also far along in her pregnancy. She was among those that we rescued from Southwest Livestock Auction on November 8. She also needs a trim soon. 

Silver is currently located at our Tijeras facility.

This is Stella, our white pregnant jenny. She’s friendly and curious. A potential adopter in another state has expressed some interest in her, but nothing has been settled yet, and in any event she won’t be moving any time soon. It could be another 4 months before she gives birth. 

Stella is located at our Tijeras facility.

This is Champagne, a pretty rare pink jenny. When we picked her up at the feedlot she completely panicked near humans and wanted nothing to do with us. Today, for the first time, she touched my hand softly with her nose. 

Champagne’s pregnancy is pretty far along, too. 

Champagne is currently located at our Tijeras facility.


He’s here and he’s safe.

He will never be roped again.

It is through this blog that we have had the fortune of becoming acquainted with some extraordinary people, and many extraordinary donkeys. We’re grateful to our new friend Gayle for sending us the following to share with all of you. ♥

In Gayle’s words:

I finally paid a visit to PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary near Roseneath, Ontario last Sunday. Founder/proprietor Sheila Burns introduced me to many of the individual Donkeys, then kindly allowed me to wander at will amongst them with my camera.

I must say I have never visited a more peaceful place, nor met so many gentle and trusting creatures. What struck me most was how well they all got along and how well they accepted an unfamiliar person in their midst. Large groups gathered around the hay feeders and ate companionably, while others paired off for mutual grooming, or dozed in the sun.

I didn’t see one single act of aggression or dominance the whole time I was there, nor did any of the group around the hay feeder mind at all when I joined them and poked my camera lens in their faces while they were eating. Considering some of their histories, the calmness and trust they show is indeed a tribute to the care and healing they have received at the Sanctuary.

At present there are about twenty equines in residence mostly Donkeys, but also three Mules, and one Pony. They’re all different sizes and ages, and have widely varying life histories, some being rescues from abuse and neglect, others given over when a caring owner was no longer able to care for them, or had passed away. The oldest is Lucy, age 42.

Several others are well into their twenties and thirties, including PrimRose herself who is now 34 years old. These seniors and some of the rescued animals will stay at the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Other younger healthy animals that have not endured traumatic early lives, or that have been physically and emotionally rehabilitated, may be made available for fostering / adoption to carefully chosen individuals subject to terms and conditions to ensure their continued wellbeing, thus making room for newcomers.

Although PrimRose is officially a Donkey Sanctuary, no needy large animal is ever turned away which is why two Sheep, a Goat, and four Potbellied Pigs also call the farm home. I’m sure Wynonna over at the 7MSN would approve.    

Please invite your Blog Viewers to visit the Sanctuary’s website. There are three Photo Galleries there: Donkeys, Other Animals, and New Faces. Each has photos and brief biographies of several of the Sanctuary residents. (To access each “New Faces” bio you need to click on his/her picture.) There’s also some educational information under the “Donkey 101” tab.     

As for myself, I’m partial to Annabelle and Leon.

Annabelle in three months has gone from a being a skinny little lice-infested Jennet so bloated with worms as to appear pregnant, to being one of the most beautiful and charming little Donkeys you’d ever want to meet … I dare say as adorable as Bernard, but in a dainty feminine way ! It was very hard to get an in-focus photo of her as she is so people-friendly that she kept coming closer and closer to the camera.

Leon is a handsome young Donkey of 6 years who was caught in the middle of a domestic situation and spitefully turned loose to fend for himself … on a road ! After some time he was caught and held by Animal Control which insisted, when he wasn’t claimed by the owner, that he go to a Livestock (Meat) Auction rather than being sold directly to the Sanctuary. He was in decent body condition but with a severe case of overgrown hooves making it difficult for him to walk. Three months, two farrier visits, and a castration later he is moving freely and ready for adoption.

Annabelle, Leon, and the lamb Christina-Rose were all rescued by being purchased at the same auction.   


And here’s Joey, a longer term resident who had been badly abused but is now happy and friendly, and who has the cutest long ear hair. 

The latest two rescues, Simon and O’Sullivan of whom you already know from Sheaffer’s Blog, are also pictured. They share a paddock and have become fast friends. O’Sullivan still looks pretty rough, and being quite old will take a long while to recover, but he is on the mend enjoying all the attention and providing fly-swishing services to his new friend Simon who as you know has a broken and immobile tail, but is otherwise in good condition.

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