Gus

Gus

Gus

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    Name: Gus

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: White

    Markings: None

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2017

 

Gus has quite a tale to tell. He was loaded on a trailer heading to auction and an unknown fate when the driver stopped at a gas station. An elderly gentleman happened to see Gus, who is relatively rare in the donkey world since he has a brilliant white coat, and asked where they were taking him. Upon learning that Gus was being disposed of, the man asked if he could have him. The answer was yes, so Gus was taken to his home. Unfortunately, Gus’ new home didn’t have fencing appropriate for a wily donkey and soon Gus was running the roads of Anderson County, NC, and making a general nuisance of himself. Animal Control was called and after consultation with Gus’ owner, Gus was surrendered to Anderson County. 

 

Red Bell Run was asked to take Gus as he was unhandleable and had some skin and eye issues that desperately needed to be addressed. From months of sunlight exposure Gus’ eyes had chronic conjunctivitis and were very painful. it turns out that poor Gus is albino (or nearly so) and requires daily care and a special fly mask to protect his skin and eyes from the sun. He would require several weeks of special treatment for the skin under his eyes (which had been scalded by constant drainage from his eyes). His poor nose also showed the effects of being exposed to the sun. Daniel Martinez, our expert donkey wizard, and the staff the the Trailside Barn started training Gus to make it possible to give him the care he needed. Several months later Gus’ eye issues are under control; Gus has learned to enjoy being grooming; and our staff is even able to pick his hooves with a little patience. Although Gus will have to have lifelong care for his condition, he is now happily living with his friends at the Trailside Barn and becoming a model citizen. 

 

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Ella Grace & Gracie

Ella Grace & Gracie

Ella Grace & Gracie

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   Name: Ella Grace

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Red 

    Markings: Star

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 12/10/2019

 

   Name: Gracie

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Red Roan

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/2014

 

Ella Grace’s mom, Gracie, had been left to fend for herself with several other donkeys by an uncaring owner. Once the grass was eaten in their pasture the entire herd escaped the broken-down fencing in search of food. The two jacks in the herd (Vinnie, Ella Grace’s sire, and his partner Buddy Jackson) plus the three jennies wandering the roads and upsetting all of the neighboring equines didn’t go over well. The neighbors called Gracie’s owner and asked him to retrieve his donkeys. Sadly, the owner roped Buddy Jackson and proceeded to drag him down an asphalt road behind an ATV. You can imagine the damage that was done to poor Buddy Jackson. The neighbors were, of course, outraged, and called the authorities and ended up taking in all of the donkeys (Vinnie, Buddy Jackson, Ruby, Moonshine, and Gracie). Needing help, they reached out to us. The entire herd came to Red Bell Run to be properly cared for; they were all refed and dewormed and Buddy Jackson endured two months of ongoing treatments for his mangled legs. Then we realized that the herd of five was going to be a herd of seven!

It wasn’t long before Gracie began to have that “swallowed a giant pumpkin” look. The problem was that the herd had been on fescue pasture. Fescue has an endophyte on the grass blades which causes many issues with equine pregnancy including lack of lactation and thickened placentas. Knowing of Gracie’s neglect during most of her pregnancy, we sent her to Tryon Equine Hospital to ensure that help was on hand when the baby arrived.

In due course our Ella Grace made her appearance and it was immediately obvious that Vinnie was the lucky dad! They are the same beautiful red color and have striking white blazes on their faces. Ella Grace also had the longest ears of any baby donkey we’d ever seen! She did have some issues with her immune system because of fescue toxicity and received a plasma infusion before coming home, but is now thriving and healthy.

Ella Grace has become one of our “superstars” and was recently featured in a local art show. She is as sweet as she is beautiful and lives with her mom Gracie and her best friend Early in our Trailside Barn. 

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Moonshine

Moonshine

Moonshine

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    Name: Moonshine

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Brown

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/2019

 

Moonshine came to Red Bell Run as part of a horrific abuse case. Her sire, Buddy Jackson, had been pulled down a road by an ATV, tearing his poor legs to pieces. We gathered up the entire herd and Moonshine is safe forever at Red Bell Run. Because she suffers from a severe congenital heart defect she may have a limited lifespan but we’ll make sure she enjoys every moment of it! 

 

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Nick

Nick

Nick

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    Name: Nick

    Type: Miniature Donkey

    Color: Grey

    Markings: None

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/1984

 

Nick is one of our much-loved miniature donkeys! He was rescued by Circle of Friends in Oklahoma City, OK from the dog catcher. He had escaped from his home and was running down a highway when he was spotted, landed in the county shelter and was scooped up and sent to Red Bell Run. At 35 years old, Nick has a variety of ailments but nothing slows him down! He has fibrotic lung disease common in older donkeys and lost an eye recently to endotheliitis. He has recovered well and is happy taking his naps and running the Trailside Barn with his friends! 

 

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Early

Early

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    Name: Early

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Grey

    Markings: None 

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 3/15/2020

 

Early is a standard donkey who was placed here at Red Bell Run when he was just a few weeks old. When he was born his mother wouldn’t let him nurse and he ended up needing 24-hour newborn care at Tryon Equine Hospital with Dr. Setlakwe. He is now 2 years old and has found his forever home here at the Sanctuary. Early has such a unique personality! He is full of energy, loves attention, and enjoys his time out with his herd mates, April and Ella Grace. Our farm tours are his favorite because he loves meeting new visitors and getting all the attention he can get! In fact, he loves tours so much that he will stand on the edge of his stall and stretch closer to his visitors. Early also really enjoys “helping” out around the farm if he gets the opportunity. He does this by doing barn chores the “Early” way, like holding his own lead rope, helping fill waters by biting the hose and grabbing or misplacing pitchforks. He is so loved and we are happy to have him here on the farm!

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Jazmine and April

Jazmine and April

Jazmine and April

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    Name: Jazmine

    Type: Donkey

    Color: Black

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 11/26/2017

 

 

    Name: April

    Type: Donkey

    Color: Brown/White Paint

    Markings: Blaze

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 5/26/2019

 

Jazmine and April were rescued by the Ark Watch Foundation with a group of donkeys bound for slaughter from a farm in Arkansas. The Humane Society of North Texas took this large group in for the Ark Watch Foundation, but there were several in much worse condition than the others. After consulting with the Ark Watch Foundation, The Humane Society of North Texas, and Reata Equine Clinic, it was decided to pull April (who was just a foal), her mom Jazmine, Jazmine’s sister Lula, and another older donkey named Smithers. The plan was to send them to Red Bell Run since their many health issues would prevent them from being adopted. Jazmine and April duly arrived at Red Bell Run with their friends; Jazmine’s health issues were addressed and are now stable. Miss April has grown up into one of the most beautiful donkeys at the Sanctuary. Jazmine and April still share a close mother-daughter bond and are happy with their Trailside Barn family!

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