"You can't change the world by rescuing one Long Ear, but for that one Long Ear, its world is changed forever."
To adopt an animal from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue you will need to download, fill out, and submit an Adoption Application in doc format, or
Adoption Application in PDF format. to Ann Firestone either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or U.S. Mail at:
Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Adoptions will not be considered without an adoption application. We check refereneces and will let you know when your application has been processed and can discuss matching you with the right donkey(s) and/or mule(s).
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.
Listed here are donkey's and mules who are currently available for adoption. Adoption fees may vary, based on any individuals level of training, ie under saddle, driving, etc.
All animals will be up to date on rabies, tetanus, and have a current coggins if applicable.
Once your application has been approved we will happily keep your animal(s) here for two weeks at no charge. We understand that it can take time to get your property properly set up for your new additions. After two weeks, we charge a boarding fee of $75.00 a week per animal.
Visit our Adoption Information page for more information on how to adopt a long ear from SYALER.
As a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization the money needed for the care and upkeep of the animals in the rescue comes from donations, sales of merchandise, as well as adoption fees. In spite of that fact we are lowering our adoption fees for now to try to help make adopting a donkey or mule a bit more affordable.
The poor economy has affected us all. We only have eight animals at a time in the rescue. This ensures every animal getting the individual care and attention it deserves. Every time an animal goes to itís new home, that makes room for another to come in. Hopefully the move to lower our adoption fees a bit will help more people be able to welcome a long ear into their lives.
Thank you to Jennifer Schmuck for the following:
As donkey lovers we are not only concerned about the physical well-being, but also the mental well-being of our long ears. For a donkey's well-being it is essential that a buddy for grooming, hanging out together, and in the case of geldings playing and wrestling together is provided. In almost all cases this should be another donkey. There are exceptions, as in cases in which a donkey, given the choice, prefers horses or mules for company. But in general a donkey deserves donkey company. Social life and language of the donkey, equus asinus, differs from that of horses and mules.
A hinny can be a good companion for a donkey, and there are donkeys that prefer horses or mules to another donkey. As long as the donkey is given a choice and bonds with a horse or mule even though donkeys are present. That cannot be stressed enough. So, keeping the well-being of your donkey in mind, a companion that fills the needs of your donkey must be provided. Grooming and hanging out with each other peacefully is an innate need of donkeys. As is playing for donkey geldings. Because of this, SYA will only adopt out donkey pairs, or single donkeys to a home with a resident donkey.
We do our best to keep this page current but please be understanding if you call about a long ear listed on this page and find that he or she has already been adopted! We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes but please, if you are interested in having a long ear in your family, and you find that the one on this page has been adopted already, talk to us about your interest and we will do our best to help you find your new best friend.
Ann Firestone - Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue,
23 Saw Mill Road,
South Acworth, NH,
03607 (603) 835-2971
Adoption fees are:
Minis 600. Pairs: $900.00 Mini Singles: $750.00
Nelly and Luke
Nelly is a stunningly sweet 16 hand, 19 year old Belgian draft mule. She has had rabies and tetanus vaccinations, and will have her Coggins blood pulled next week. She has been started on clicker training and loves it! She is great with the vet and farrier.
Luke is a 15 hand, 19 year old Belgian draft mule. He is very stocky, loves attention, and has been started on clicker training. We would love them to go together but it is not necessary.
Rupert and Mr. Peabody
Rupert is an adorable, sweet heart of a mini donkey. He is 17 years old and utd on rabies, tetanus, and has a negative coggins. He came in to the rescue with his best friend with whom he had lived with his whole life. Unfortunately both donkeys colicked badly shortly after they arrived and we lost his buddy Merlin. Rupert was despondent. He was very sick due to the colic, and the fact that he came in with a pre-existing issue of COPD which was exacerbated by the stress of the move and the colic. It was touch and go for a few very stressful days but little Rupert made it! He was so very depressed without his buddy though. We managed to find hi a donkey buddy, Mr. Peabody. The two took one look at each other, sniffed each other, and have not been apart since. They are BFFs!!
Rupert is on daily medications that he will have to be on for the rest of his life most likely. These meds cost "about" 200. a month so he will need to find a home with someone who can afford to give him the medications he will need.
Mr. Peabody is a two year old standard donkey. He is utd on rabies and tetanus vaccines and has a negative coggins. He is a mischievous, funny, cute little donkey.
While they may cost a bit more than most to maintain, these two are as cute as the day is long and will pay it back in love by the bucketful!
Adoption fee: 750./pair
Nellie and her son Oliver
Nellie is a 22 year old standard jennet. She is a sweet pea. Good for vet and farrier and is utd on rabies and tetanus vaccinations and has a negative coggins.
Oliver is her 18 year old son. He is a standard donkey gelding and as sweet as the day is long. He to is good for the vet and the farrier and is utd on rabies and tetanus and has a negative coggins.
The only issue with these two is that they are OBESE. They have been living on second cut round bales available 24/7! We are gradually cutting back their hay intake, but both have very cresty necks that will probably stay that way. These donkeys will need to be on a dry lot at least some of the time.
Adoption fee for the pair: 750.00
For various reasons, these animals are not quite ready to leave. We are accepting applications to adopt but will need to discuss their varying needs.
Hope: The photos of this (we think Percheron cross?) Draft mule just do not do her justice. She is as beautiful as she is sweet and with a little more confidence building here, she is quickly becoming an in your pocket pal. Hope is eager to learn and has just been started on clicker training, and she loves it! Her previous owners told us she has been ridden and driven lightly in the past, but we haven't tried yet as they are still settling in.
Blossom and Daisy are standard donkey jennets. Both as sweet as the day is long. They are both very shy and fearful. I do think once we can concentrate some time on working with them again, they will come around quickly. They came in separately but bonded to one another instantly and will need to be adopted as a pair.
Betty White is an adorable hinny. She came in from auction with sooo much baggage. With help from our friends at Empowered Equestrians in York, Maine, and follow up by our own volunteer trainers, she has progressed by leaps and bounds. On arrival she was a knot of anxiety, worried about everything, and not afraid to let us all know that keeping our distance was a good idea. Since then her whole body language has changed. She is relaxed, there is a soft look to her eye and she is very interested in people and what they might have to teach her. She is so close to being ready for adoption. A little more "fine tuning" and she will be available.