Donkeys have a reputation in our society. Their name is invoked as an insult, popular cartoon characters turn into donkeys when they do something stupid or are overindulgent. This negative assessment of donkeys puts them at serious risk for neglect, mistreatment and makes it easy for them to be devalued and labeled as not worth saving.
If you spend just a few minutes with a donkey you will see nothing is further from the truth. They are highly intelligent, incredibly affectionate and enjoy the company of people. In fact, if donkeys do not have companions they will become depressed, just like humans. Donkeys have an incredible memory – they can recognize other donkeys for up to twenty-five years after meeting them! Wild donkeys, called burros, live in desert plains, where they can survive on little food and water for long periods of time. Donkeys generally weigh up to 570 pounds and they have gray to reddish brown hair, long ears and small feet with sharp hooves.
Unfortunately, just like horses in this country, when donkeys prove too difficult or costly to care for or grow too old to be useful they are loaded into cramped trucks with no food or water, often times for more than twenty-four hours. This grueling journey is just the beginning of their nightmare for at the end of this experience these sensitive, incredible beings are met with a violent and inhumane death.
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Jesse & Carson
We welcomed this precious pair of donkeys to our family in January. They were both rescued from a PA auction house where they were to be sold to a “kill buyer” and destined for slaughter. These sweet young boys still show the scars of their past treatment by humans. We are gaining their trust with kindness and a gentle touch. Jesse is friendly and will approach his human friends for some TLC. Carson is shy but we discovered he enjoys having the inside of his big ears scratched! They are best buddies and spend their days playing in the big paddock behind their barn.