Punky

Punky

Punky

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    Name: Punky

    Type: Miniature donkey

    Color: Grey

      Markings: Donkey cross

    Sex: Jenny

    Birthday: 1/1/2014

 

Our little Punky (named after Punky Brewster) came to us from a horrific hoarding situation in Oklahoma. We were advised that Punky and a group of other donkeys, some pregnant, were on a property without any feed source, no running water, and no care. The lady who had them meant well, but suffered from several issues and was in no position to care for herself, much less a herd of donkeys. Once again, the Circle of Friends Rescue Group in Oklahoma came through. After much convincing, the owner agreed to release the donkeys and a hauler was dispatched immediately. It was a truly pitiful group. One of the older, pregnant jennies went down on the trailer on the way to the quarantine farm. She survived, but it was touch and go. Punky, although skinny, wormy and with feet that had clearly not seen a farrier in a very long time, recovered with good vet and farrier care and a good nutrition plan. After several months and a lot of false starts, Punky and her friends arrived at Red Bell Run. 

Today, Punky, who is a miniature donkey, lives with her buddies at the Longears Lodge barn and track system. She can usually be found buddying up with one or more of her herd. She gets along well with the other donkeys, several of whom are always around to take care of their little friend! Affectionate and a little clown, Punky is a staff favorite and good equine citizen, easily handled for vet and farrier, and always willing to come up for a treat! 

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Sylvester

Sylvester

Sylvester

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    Name: Sylvester

    Type: Donkey

    Color: Brown  

      Markings: Donkey Cross

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 11/13/2015

 

Sylvie

Sylvie

Sylvie

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    Name: Sylvie

    Type: Donkey

    Color: Brown & White 

      Markings: Pinto

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 12/30/2003

 

Buddy

Buddy

Buddy

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    Name: Buddy

    Type: Miniature Donkey

    Color: Brown

      Markings: Donkey Cross

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2017

 

Buddy’s story starts in a dried-out piece of land in Oklahoma that didn’t even have enough foraging material to support a donkey – and that’s saying something since donkeys are genetically engineered to need very little to sustain them! Buddy and his little herd of jennies and foals were literally starving to death. No care, not nearly enough food and unfortunately, an owner who just didn’t want to give them up, no matter what condition the poor animals were in. Hoarding is a true mental illness – people suffering from this disease cannot see what is happening to the animals right in front of them. They often start out meaning well, but the desire to have “just one more” ends up overwhelming their resources and they find it impossible to give the animals up, even in the face of disaster. This was the case of Buddy and his herd. 

Fortunately, the kind ladies in the Circle of Friends rescue group found out about Buddy’s plight and asked for help from Red Bell Run. The owner was truly distraught at the situation she found herself in, but simply felt incapable of letting the little herd be rescued. After many weeks and numerous conversations with the owner, a hauler was dispatched to haul Buddy and his herd to safety. The little herd was in dire shape: starving, neglected feet, and no veterinary or dental care. One older jenny went down on the trailer. Thanks to the diligent care of our Oklahoma vet and quarantine provider, Buddy and his herd did pull through. The jennies, whom Buddy had been happily “servicing” all ended up producing adorable foals in due course.

Once Buddy recovered from his ordeal, he was gelded, and he and his herd (now healthy) were brought to Red Bell Run. There is nothing cuter than baby donkeys, and Buddy’s family proved to be just as adorable as they could be! Buddy, although gelded, remains the “patriarch” of his little herd. His last foals are all grown donkeys now, and the entire family lives at the Sanctuary’s Longears Lodge where they spend their days being very happy donkeys on our dry lot and track system designed specifically for them. Buddy is now pretty much a model citizen, although he does take affront to some of the younger males making eyes at his original group of ladies. Because he was a jack for so long, we can’t take any chances. At night Buddy has a private “suite” where he can see and visit his girls but can’t get into any mischief. Buddy has even participated in many community events for kids. We’re very proud of our Buddy and he’s a valued member of the Red Bell Run herd! 

Jo

Jo

Jo

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    Name: Jo

    Type: Donkey

    Color: Grey

      Markings: Donkey Cross

    Sex: Jenny

    Birthday: 1/1/2007

 

Raisin

Raisin

Raisin 

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    Name: Raisin

    Type: Hinny

    Color: Dark Bay

    Markings: Snip

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2007

 

In 2019 Celine Myers of the Ark Watch Foundation contacted us about a hinny named Raisin she had saved in Texas. He was in fairly decent shape and was a companion to a blind hinny named Bennie. Both needed a place to go and since Bennie was blind, we didn’t want to separate him from his friend, Raisin. In due course the pair arrived at Red Bell Run and were placed in the Longears Lodge barn. They were inseparable and lived together at the back of the barn in a specially designed dry lot area so that Bennie could find his way around. 

However, we began noticing that Raisin had white areas in his eyes. Although he didn’t seem to be in pain, it was quite concerning. Our vet, Dr. Setlakwe examined Raisin and determined that he suffers from a disease called IMMK, or Immune-mediated keratitis. This is a non-infection eye disease that causes the immune system to attack the cornea of the eye; it can lead to blindness. We noticed Raisin would have flare ups anytime he was stressed, so every effort is made to keep his stress level to a minimum. With medication several times daily, Raisin’s IMMK remains under control, and even though (being a hinny) he isn’t overly fond of having his eyes medicated, he’s a good boy and tolerates the procedures as long as there are treats involved!

Sadly, Bennie eventually had to be euthanized because of his eye issues which left Mr. Raisin alone, but not for long! Raisin proved to be quite resilient and eventually became best friends with a donkey named Moe, a Quarter Horse named Pops, a red molly mule named Dory and a little miniature horse named Spicy. Raisin and his group have private stalls in the Longears Lodge barn with attached porches and dry lots that open onto a lovely pasture. We call them out little group of “misfits”, but they really aren’t. They’re all just adorable and we’re so glad that they have found each other!

Raisin spends his days wearing a special UV-rated fly mask to protect his eyes, palling around with his buddies in the Longears Lodge barn area, and snacking on lush grass. All in all, we’re happy to say that Raisin is doing well and his eye issues are under control!  

 

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