Save Your Ass LongEar Rescue
New England's only 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Donkey and Mule Rescue
23 Saw Mill Road, South Acworth, NH, 03607 (603) 835-2971

Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue was incorporated as a 501-(c)(3), non-profit organization in 2007. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of donkeys and mules in need. By providing educational opportunities that increase awareness of the human/animal bond as well as the specific needs of long ears, SYA is able to improve the lives of donkeys and mules everywhere.

While Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue enjoys working with other rescues whenever we can, we remain an independent 501(c)(3) non profit donkey and mule rescue. We have no affiliation with any other rescue organizations.

The rescue is located at the home of Ann and Jeff Firestone in Acworth, NH. The rescue has no "official" hours, but welcomes visitors BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! An appointment can be made by calling the rescue: 603-835-2971. Please respect Ann and Jeff's privacy by calling ahead for an appointment. Meanwhile, please check out our Adoption Page.

We receive many emails from people asking us to save animals that are either personally owned, at a broker or auction house. We want to make sure everyone is aware of how our rescue works. Although we would LOVE to save every mule and donkey in need, the reality is we can't. We DO NOT buy animals from individuals. If anyone wants to buy an animal they consider in need and surrender it to the rescue, if it meets our criteria (no jacks) and we have room we will be happy to take it in and find it a new home. Purchaser must be responsible for transport to rescue as well. Surrender forms are available on our website or you can email us and we can email or snail mail you one.

Dear friends,

I do not think I am alone in wishing good riddance to the year 2020. It has been a tough one for so many of us. I hope this finds you at home with your loved ones, safe and sound. It has been trying for the rescue as we have had to, for the second year in a row, cancel our fundraising events. This was hard as we so enjoy sharing the farm during our Open House. We love having visitors see the animals, what we do here and how we do it, and to give people the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the donkeys and mules. The kids love seeing the varied breeds of chickens and meeting the super friendly pigs. It has always been a fun event with old friends and adopters meeting newbies and sharing stories and tips. Our merchandise shop was always open at these events and lots of shopping went down!

We also had to cancel our annual Donkey and Mule Benefit Fun Show. This is a much-loved event, attended by our community locals as well as adopters bringing their animals to participate. It is such a fun event which has always been very well attended. We set up our merchandise shop in the gazebo and enjoyed watching shoppers discover our new merchandise. This year we suffered the added blow of having Equine Affaire, our biggest fundraiser of the year canceled due to Covid.

Adoptions have been slow, but steady. We have had fewer animals come to us this year than in any year before. A lot of these animals came in with physical/medical issues and a couple with behavioral issues that needed work before being ready to be adopted. Treating the physical/medical aspects can get very expensive, very quickly. Due to the support of all of you, we have been able to give these animals all they need to get on the road to recovery and find their way to their new home.

Thank you does not feel adequate as I feel so much more than just thanks. I feel more gratitude than I know how to put into words. I feel hopeful in the fact that there are so many wonderful people in the world, with open hearts and minds who have done so much to help us. I feel love. I love the animals we care for. I love being able to do the work I do. I love having met so many wonderful people through this work. Many adopters have become life long, dear, and treasured friends.

I love and am incredibly grateful to have Hannah Exel as a part of it all. I could not have gotten through this year or last without her. Our "weekend warrior" Noah Guttierez does a fabulous job for us as do our wonderful volunteers who help with everything from manure removal to donkey walking and grooming. Our Fab Friend Lyndsey Lewis makes sure our website always looks amazing. Of course, SYALER wouldn't even be if my husband Jeff, whom I love big time, had not gotten me a donkey for my birthday, over twenty years ago.

I extend my heartfelt thanks and best wishes for peace, love, compassion, and kindness to you all in the coming year. I close with one of my favorite quotes:

"We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time." -- Henry Beston

Ann W. Firestone, President & Co-founder

We are happy to be opening back up to visitors in small family groups, up to five people at a time. We will have only one family group on-site at a time.

We require all to wear a cloth, surgical, or N95 mask, and even though we are outside, to practice appropriate social distancing from any workers at the rescue.

As always, this is done by appointment only. Thank you!

In spite of all that is going on in our world, there are still donkeys and mules in need. We have recently taken in seven animals who will be looking for their new home.

Thank You!

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Take a Long Ear to Lunch - Sponsorship Program

Save Your Ass Longear Rescue Please consider our sponsorship program which enables you to sponsor a donkey or mule for as little as $10 a month. Your generosity can make a huge impact on the life of an animal. Your consistent donation every month will help feed and care for a donkey or mule in the rescue.

All of our animals are examined by a veterinarian upon intake, they are vaccinated, have blood drawn to ensure a negative coggins and are given any medical care they might need. All the animals have their hooves trimmed every seven weeks and are dewormed as needed. They are all fed according to their needs and are given supplements to make sure their vitamin and mineral needs are addressed. All of this costs money which is why we are offering not only the ten dollar a month level of sponsorship but $15, $20, $25 and $50 or more. If you are so inclined to donate even more than $50 a month, we will be very, very grateful.

We greatly appreciate all of our wonderful donors who have helped us get to where we are today. We are proud to say that we have placed nearly 500 donkeys and mules in permanent, loving homes since our inception seven years ago. We could not have done it without your ongoing support!

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We are often approached by people wanting donkeys to protect either sheep, goats, or other stock from coyotes or other wildlife threats. There are several reasons we do not adopt animals to be used in this manner.

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Merchandise page.
We have lots of great stuff for sale and wonderful gift ideas. Treat yourself and your friends while helping our long ears!

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