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.
2019 Cabin Fever Online Auction
We are excited to announce that the 2019 Cabin Fever online auction is scheduled for the end of March, dates to be announced soon! Would you please consider supporting the rescue with a donation of an item or service? Past donations (which do not have to be donkey or animal related) have included gift certificates of all kinds, antiques, hand-made items, vacations, food, farm produce, jewelry, books, art, animal training, musical instruments, tack, and much more. They all add to the fun and excitement of the bidding, and the proceeds help to cover the rehabilitation, medical, and nutritional needs of the mules and donkeys that are in our care. The value of your donation plus shipping costs is tax deductible, and we will send a receipt for your tax records.
If you are interested in donating an auction item or service this year--thank you! All you need to do is send us the following info (we need everything in order to process your donation) by March 5, to email@example.com
1. Item Name
We ask that you be willing to ship your item to the winning bidder. If you have any questions you can also call Joan at 413-559-8414.
Thank you so very much for your support of our auction and the SYA rescue!
Take a Long Ear to Lunch - Sponsorship Program
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!
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.
- Mini and some small donkeys are no match for a coyote. Having seen donkeys after a run in with a domestic dog I have no doubts a wild animal would inflict at least as much damage. It is simply not safe.
- We have taken in many animals as surrenders due to the fact they attacked and in some instances even killed the stock they were meant to protect.
- Being on pasture all day is a big NO-NO for donkeys. We need to keep in mind that donkeys are a desert species that have evolved over the years getting by on minimal forage of minimal nutritional value, which they have to walk miles on hard, rocky ground to reach. We do them NO favors by putting them in a big, grassy pasture. They are NOT little horses with big ears! Their dietary needs and metabolism are much different than those of a horse. We strongly recommend a dry lot for at least part of the day. They need some time on terra firma. Our pastures in New England are often wet throughout the year. The moisture is not good for their feet. We use sure pack or stone dust as a base for our dry lots. They do need some time to be grazing and browsing but all day every day is too much.
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