Ellis

Ellis

Ellis

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    Name: Ellis

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Grey

    Markings: None

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2017

 

Ellis is a gorgeous grey donkey who lives at Longears Lodge with his mother Elinor. These two donkeys are incredibly bonded and you will never see them apart from each other. 

Ellis
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Taco & Consuela

Taco & Consuela

Taco & Consuela

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    Name: Taco

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Red Roan

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/2014

 

 

    Name: Consuela

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Red Roan

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/2011

 

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Did you know ears Taco on right Consuela on left
Consuela Taco Mom Daughter
Lenny

Lenny

Lenny

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    Name: Lenny

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Brown

    Markings: None

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2017

 

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Lenny as a foal. This picture was the inspiration for our logo! 

Lenny Megan
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Dory

Dory

Dory 

Dory

 

    Name: Dory

    Type: Mule

    Color: Chestnut

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 3/5/2005

 

Dory is a lovely, older red molly mule who came to live at Red Bell Run after being rescued by Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue. Thin and in poor condition, Dory found herself in an auction in North Carolina bound for an unknown fate, in danger of being passed around on the auction circuit until she was sick or sold for meat. After going through quarantine, our friend Tia Bonkowski asked if she could come to Red Bell Run. Dory was not very handleable, on the older side and definitely needed a soft landing with people who were knowledgeable about mules.

Mules, being a cross between a Donkey stallion and a Horse mare exhibit behaviors of both, but they are in general, more flight oriented than donkeys who will stand and think about things before deciding whether to stay or flee. Mules tend to put a good bit of distance between themselves and perceived danger, more like horses. 

They are quick, athletic and one-third stronger than a horse the same size. Mules also have great memories and have been known to hold grudges, so they require consistent and kind handling. A good mule is a great equine companion; those that have been mishandled can take a long time to bring around.

The Longears staff spent many hours convincing Dory that she wasn’t going to be abused and breaking through her wall of fear. Mules never forget and it’s clear that Dory has had some rough handling in the past. It was a day of celebration when Megan Cortez, one of our leads at Longears, was able to pick up all four of Dory’s feet without a fight. Dory, who used to stay as far away from strangers as possible, now comes up to the gates to greet visitors and loves her treats. Dory has decided that Red Bell Run is not such a bad place and has settled in at the Longears Lodge. Her best friends are an Ark Watch Foundation Hinny named Raisin and a 28-year-old miniature horse named Old Spice. They have separate quarters next to each other at Longears and spend their days having the run of the barn, arguing over hay and bossing each other around. Our Dory is a special girl and she is well-loved here at Red Bell Run. 

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Dory and Old Spice 

Joy

Joy

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    Name: Joy

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Brown

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 12/28/1992 

“I received a call from the Equine Director at the Humane Society of North Texas. A jenny, heavy in foal, was in a kill lot. Would we help? Yes, we would. We moved quickly to get them to safety. Joy, a lovely dark chocolate, standard jenny, soon gave birth to a little jack that we named “Christmas Beau,”…and then the trouble started. Joy had a horrific infection, pus dripping from her udders, and both became extremely ill, spending the next 9 months in a vet clinic; Beau being bottle-fed and both being treated for the infection. Poor Beau developed pneumonia which lasted months, requiring a nebulizer and intensive care. For months each time the phone rang, we expected the worst. Several times we were told they had very little chance, but they never gave up and neither did we. Today they thrive here at Red Bell Run in our donkey herd. Joy is a gentle soul and Beau has become quite a character and visitor favorite. 

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Amanda

Amanda

Amanda

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    Name: Amanda

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Brown and white

    Markings: Pinto, Blaze

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/1982 

Amanda is a gentle girl and has a talent for knowing when others need comfort. At around 40 years old, she is one of our oldest residents here at the Sanctuary and her story is a special one. She was rescued from a kill pen by The Ark Watch Foundation suffering from pneumonia and horrifically neglected feet. She was sent to a vet clinic to recover and made her way to us at Red Bell Run. While at the vet clinic, Amanda became bonded to another Ark Watch rescue, Phineas. Red Bell Run happily accepted this special senior pair. Together they shared a stall, raised an orphan and generally fussed, grumbled and loved their way through several happy years. Unfortunately, Phineas passed late last year, but Amanda has formed new friendships with Jacques and Joy. They are often seen giving each other grooming sessions and hanging out together. 

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