WE DID IT! WE SAVED THE DONKEY AND A BLM MARE (in one day!!). Bucket Fund receipt and another donkey story…

Even though the site became overwhelmed with traffic and crashed for most of the day (fixed now), the email subscribers pulled through with a huge save yesterday!!  THANK YOU!!

This is RITA!  SHE IS SAFE and will now live peacefully at a Sanctuary in CA.

In case you missed it, here is yesterday’s story of the 10 year old, unhandled jenny who was on the Fallon feedlot, destined to be sold to Mexico or the local ropers.

But luckily for us, even though the main site was down, since we send out our emails to subscribers early in the morning, they had a full copy of the blog with donations buttons working just fine.

So, the email subscribers single-handedly saved the jenny, now named RITA!,  plus a BLM mare who was going to suffer the same fate.  Not only did we raise enough money to bail them, but they will be vetted, treated, receive their health certs/Coggins, ship out of Nevada to CA and be fed for a bit.


What a great way to start the week, eh?!

And, my humble apologies to those who tried to donate but couldn’t get to the site.  I’m sorry for your frustration and greatly appreciate your tenacity!

Our receipt.



I was sent this story from the Denver Post.  Here is the link to the full story.

LOVELAND — Colorado State University veterinarians and veterinary students giving the once over to 150 horses, 150 alpacas and llamas, donkeys, sheep, goats and calves displaced by the massive High Park fire think one of their patients may have done some pasture heroics before she was evacuated.
Ellie was one of two companion donkeys brought to The Ranch at the Larimer County Fairgrounds this week along with with four draft animals.
“One of the volunteer haulers who brought this group in told me this herd was standing in a lush, green meadow, and when they arrived, the lead donkey, with singed whiskers, walked up to him and laid her head into his chest,” said Kim Ellis, the head equine nurse at the CSU veterinary hospital.

A neighbor who knows the animals is convinced Ellie moved her herd to a safe spot and kept them there.

Read more: Vets think donkey minding draft horses did pasture heroics during fire – The Denver Post

Here she is!



Woman Saves Newborn Foal from Stomping Wild Stallion

Woman Saves Newborn Foal from Stomping Wild Stallion

Read ORIGINAL STORY, click here.

Written by Lynn Paterson of Britsh Columbia, Canada

Two weeks ago, I was wandering around my yard with my tea in hand when something moving caught my eye just outside my back fence. It was a newborn foal, still unable to stand without toppling over. I looked around, and found no mom. A few of the wild herd males watched from a distance. I kept talking quietly to him and took pictures. Eventually a big stallion came over and pushed and nudged the little guy for a while, trying make him leave the placenta on the ground, but baby was staying close to the smell of mom.

Guess his papa decided it was best to kill him than leave him to die a slow death — these are wild ponies, after all. So, much to my horror, the big horse grabed the baby horse by the shoulders and snapped him around hard, trying to break his neck. Standing beside a pile of cut branches and behind a chain link fence I might add, I grabbed a long branch and screaming and cussing my head off, I whipped the huge stallion and, probably only because he had a poor grip on baby, the baby went flying away and flopped on the ground. I thought he was dead. The big horse swung back around and tried to stomp baby, so I whipped at him again to run him off.  It worked and he and the waiting herd thundered off into the hills and I never did see mom.

The baby was not dead, but he was shivering and bleeding and going into shock. So I kept talking to him, thinking he was dying. Suddenly his whole body jerked hard and he stumbled to his feet and tossed his little head. Well, now I was in tears!  How could I not do everything possible to help this tough little guy? I Googled “wild horse” and found a breeder up on Wild Horse Mountain Rd in Summerland, British Columbia. Her name is  Shelly White…and she’s my hero.

click here to read story

In less than an hour, Shelly and her friend Lorraine arrived with a horse trailer, soft ropes and salve for his belly button, and they rescued the baby horse. He is now guzzling goat’s milk like crazy. Shelly’s nursing mare at the ranch is slowly but surely warming up to the little foal, so hopefully he will soon be nursing from her.

The foal, now named “Rocky Fortune,” has had his first visit to the vet, and had his plasma IV to jump start his immune system. He did not need stitches in his nasty shoulder wound; ointments and gauze wrap seemed to be be enough for now.  Shelly says Rocky is already looking better and has grown and filled out in such a short time. Thank you God and Shelly for giving this baby a chance at life.  See the rest of the photos

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase



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  1. Shirley

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I was worried whether the jenny could be saved, and your wonderful readers came through for her. We are working out travel logistics to get her to the sanctuary. I will follow up with additional information (and hopefully photos) as soon as possible.

    The gray BLM mare is being picked up tomorrow and will be taken to the safety of a nearby foster, where she will stay until she can be transported to her safe haven later this month.


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