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The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:
Ears the news…
It seems as though summer is in a hurry to leave. This morning was downright chilly. Fall is definitely in the air. The donkeys and mules feel it too. There has been a lot of running and bucking and farting happening in the pasture today. I have been getting calls from folks who are going to be needing to surrender their animals before winter comes. We have had a good summer for adopting out animals, with three donkeys and the adorable mini horse we have going to their new home shortly.
We have five animals in the rescue currently, four standard donkeys and a hinny, who all need a lot more training/handling/behavioral work done with them before they will be ready to be put up for adoption. We work with them almost daily, but it’s been slow going with this group. I am confident that they will come around in time, but in the mean time they need to eat and have their feet trimmed and receive veterinary care and it’s putting a strain on our bank account.
Those of you whom have been getting this newsletter for any amount of time, know how much I hate having to ask for help. I try not to do so unless we are in a pinch. We are not there yet, but heading that way, so if anyone can make a financial donation of any amount it will be very gratefully appreciated. Once the animals can no longer be on pasture our feed bills go up and I don’t feel right if we don’t have a “cushion” in case of an emergency veterinary issue arising. Our cushion does not have much stuffing in it right now. I thank you in advance for any help you might be able to offer. All donations are tax deductible.
Our annual Donkey and Mule Benefit Fall Festival will be held in Alstead at Millot Green again this year. The date is October 7th. I hope to see a lot of you there. It’s such a fun day. We will be having a big booth at Equine Affaire again this year as well. The dates for that are November 9th-12th. I hope to see many of you there as well. Both gigs are like an old home day reunion. I love seeing folks that I only get to see during these events. Equine Affaire comes on the heels of the Donkey Welfare Symposium again this year so hopefully I’ll be able to answer everyone’s donkey questions with new found knowledge!
President & Shelter Manager
The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:
Wow! How did it get to be July already? It was a very long winter and spring here, with a lot of animals waiting to be adopted. I’m very happy to say that we now have a much more reasonably sized group of individuals and bonded groups looking for new homes. Big thanks to all of our recent adopters! I’m sure this roll will continue.
We had a lovely turnout and nice day for our first of what I hope will be many Clicker Training workshops with Lyndsey Lewis. Lyndsey is great at teaching people as well as animals. It was a lot of fun.
Dedicated volunteer Mike Dunham has been making extraordinary progress with our two very shy donkeys Blossom and Daisy. The two standard donkeys came in from separate owners, but bonded immediately. They both came in too shy/fearful to be handled at all. Rather than create more fear, we work slowly with only positive reinforcement. Mike is now able to touch Daisy over most of her body, take her halter off and put it back on and lead her on a loose line. This may not seem like much, but for a donkey who was too afraid to come within ten feet of a human, this is HUGE! Blossom is coming along nicely as well, although not quite as quickly as her friend Daisy. One of our mottoes here is: “It takes as long as it takes”. We will get there!
It’s time once again to submit your photos of your favorite long ears for the 2018 Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue Calendar!
We invite you to join us in putting the “fun” back in fundraising, with our 2018 photo contest! The calendar will feature your photos of your donkeys, mules, and hinnies. The calendar will be offered for sale on our website and at event booths. Our volunteer judges will select their 13 favorite photos from all submitted to be featured on the cover and for the 12 months. All other photos will appear in the calendar in smaller format.
To submit your entry: Email your photos to email@example.com. In your email, please include your name, the name of the animal(s) in the photo(s), and a couple of lines describing your long ear(s). Rename your files in the following format: Smith_Ann_Eeyore.jpg. The contest closes on August 15, and winners will be announced on September 1st.
You all know how I feel about fund raising <G>, but it is critical if we are to pay for veterinary bills, farrier fees, food and shelter for our rescued long ears. SYALER had found new homes for more than 450 animals since 2007. Funds raised through this contest and the sale of the calendars will enable the Rescue to continue to provide these much needed services for long ears in need. For additional information and tips on photographing for our calendar, go to: http://www.saveyourassrescue.org/calendar.html
I look forward to seeing everyone’s pictures! I love when I’m in the post office, where the 2017 SYA Calendar is on the wall, and hear people in line talking about the animals.
President & Shelter Manager
The following is from WHMentors.org. This adoption is a joint effort of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, Least Resistance Training Concepts and the Virginia Range Sanctuary.
The Virginia Range horse herd, managed by the Nevada Department of Agriculture, is believed to be the largest publicly owned horse herd currently remaining in the US. The horses are managed through the cooperative efforts of the department and various qualified non-profit horse groups. While the emphasis of this management is passive population control (fertility control,) horses do occasionally spread out into the outskirts of urban areas and onto busy highways. Those that present a clear and continuing danger to motorists, and that return to busy areas after relocation attempts, do have to be removed.
State law requires the Department to dispose of any horses that are not placed with in a proscribed time at the livestock sale. Therefore every effort is being made by all parties to get these horses placed.
This is a repost of an article from harnesslink.com.
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) says its recent spring follow-up of all its adopted horses led them to the pain and suffering of one, and the missing of three others.
The 22-year-old gelding, Uncle Milt, had been in a home for nearly 3 years and the SRF had always received a prompt veterinary follow-up form every spring and fall, until this past season. SRF asked a long-time volunteer to visit after several attempts to reach them by telephone and mail had failed.
The horse was found in poor condition. A relative of the adopter later called and explained that her uncle, the adopter, had passed and they were caring for the horse but were having trouble keeping weight on him. The SRF tried to work with the family but a visit again resulted in removing the horse from their care. Ironically, the horse was accompanied in the field by another horse in great weight.
A Standardbred owner, an experienced investigator, who is happy to help, is looking into the location of the three that are missing.
The SRF urges everyone, who finds a home on their own for their horse, to have a written agreement giving them the right to reclaim the horse if they are not satisfied with the care; protecting the horse from being transferred or sold; and permitting them to physically see the horse or requiring that the adopter provide documentation from a licensed veterinarian on the condition of the animal no less than semi-annually, as a horse’s condition can deteriorate in a matter of a few weeks.
SRF has not experienced any nays from potential adopters due to its requirements, unless the person was interested in selling the horse.
SRF is unique in that it has a follow-up program, and it is solid. “Putting a horse in a home with no protection is a crap shoot with very bad odds,” says Paula Campbell, SRF’s President. “We keep a database with statistics, and it is frightening to see that 76% of first homes for these horses result in the need for another, and 46% need 2 or more homes.
If that doesn’t scream, “follow up” I don’t know what does. In NY a great deal of Thoroughbred money goes to adoption programs and the horses are put out there nearly free and clear of any protection. Many are later found at the “kill pens.”
Uncle Milt is receiving rehabilitative care with SRF, but with his age over 20 it is not likely that he will be adopted again. If so, he will remain available for adoption but will be assumed retired for life with SRF under the organization’s expense. To help or for more information contact Tammy at Admin@srfmail.com or Adoptahorse.org.
Exciting news – We received a message yesterday that our new “Angels in Idaho” will be taking three babies. Seanna, (shown in photo), Boots and Cicero will all be heading to their new home this week.
Matt and I will be transporting them. We will need roughly $375 fuel for transport and a little for Health Certificates and needed blood work for transport. So we are looking at between $400 – $500 to secure these three great homes.
(Unfortunately it won’t reduce our monthly board as they have been at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang and we do not receive any funds for “boarding” even though they were part of the 55)”. ) But it will certainly be a reduction for feed expenses and leave me more time to help gentle other wild ones and care for the upcoming orphans.) Finding them homes is the biggest blessing ever :)
IF we don’t get a call to Yakima or OR for orphans while we are out, it will be about 1600 miles round trip. We normally average around 10 miles to the gallon with a little less efficiency in the mountains, sometimes closer to 7 or 8 mpg. when pulling the heavy trailer. As always, we will be “camping” on the way whenever possible and cooking out of the trailer for the most part. The average fuel price in NV is about $2.25 a gallon for diesel, and although it is more here, we will be doing most of the driving going through NV.
EVEN BETTER NEWS – Our Angel (Kim) in Idaho is planning to take 10 of the Wild Ones that we are currently supporting in NV. This move is planned for approximately 2 months down the road, after they beef up their fencing on the large acreage. Then Kim told me of a rescue she did and it left me in tears.
“I drive truck, and while driving in North Dakota for the oil fields I parked at an auction where they were unloading a trailer full of horses. There were 5, one pregnant with a foal by her side. I walked up and said so they are auctioning off these horse today? and the man said yes, for 23 cents per pound. So I bought them all and leased 5 acres until I could make arrangements to get them here. Here’s where the rescue started. They were what started it all for me.”__
They have rescued and re-homed many horses since that day.
So you can imagine how excited I was when she said we could bring the babies now and 10 more in a month or two. This is what we need. To move these horses down the road to safe and loving folks.
Of course I have my own tears too. It is so heartwarming to find someone with such a beautiful heart, but once again I am taking my babies and leaving them with someone else. No matter how wonderful it is for them, it still breaks your heart when you have spent the time with them and have grown to love them so much. So it is bittersweet as always. You just can’t keep every one that you save, and this is what we do – find homes for them so they can have the future they deserve. But it still breaks your heart each and every time – even knowing that there will be more around the corner. How wonderful it will be when the day comes where there won’t be more around the corner, and we can all rest easy. That would be the miracle.
We so appreciate everyone who is part of this rescue and helping us keep these horses safe. Please share far and wide so we can continue to find forever homes for these horses. We also have a possible home for more of the wild ones in Virginia. We are working on that – who knew there were angels everywhere? With so many people in the United States, we only need a few to step up and help us place the remaining horses. Together we CAN do it!!
If you want to help You can go to You caring – https://www.youcaring.com/let-em-run-foundation-for-55-wild-horses-orphaned-foals-415297 to help us save these horses.
You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088
530 474-5197 If you are interested in visiting or adopting one of these beautiful horses.