Ep 086 Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue: Can’t you see that I’m a Donkey? Rescue Me! (thanks, Aretha)
It’s donkey time again! The Donkey Welfare Symposium was a wild one last October (there were libations and tattoos and singing farriers and speakers from exotic ports of call), and it looks like this year’s virtual conference will follow that theme. “Donkeys in the Wild” is kicking off virtually on October 30 -31, 2020, and we’re celebrating by bringing you our interview from last year’s event with Jessica Anselment. This intrepid soul is the author of two donkey-related children’s books and a blog called, “A Donkumentary” (follow below for links).
Jessica spoke with us about her own rescued donkeys, and talked about the many reasons why donkey rescue and education are so important. She also advocates for the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, which is a pretty big organization. Their main facility in San Angelo, Texas “is home to 1,000 donkeys at any time,” with satellite adoption centers and sanctuaries across the country. They work with Federal and State authorities to remove animals from public lands, take charge of abused and neglected animals, give them time to adjust to their new situation, and find adoptive homes where they can thrive. Think about the logistics on that one, folks. There’s more to it than just getting one recalcitrant beast in a trailer for a quick move.
The donkey is an often-misunderstood animal that might just be smarter than us in some things. This leaves us asking…who’s the ass here, anyway? Whatever your answer, we think that’s a compliment.
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