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Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue Says Thank You!
The following is a thank you from the Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue.
Thank you to all who have responded so generously to my previous newsletter request for donations.
Everything seems to happen at once…our tractor is in need of a new clutch, our invaluable “club car” is beginning to have the fall-aparts, and we are desperately in need of a building to house our ever growing supply of merchandise.
This time of year the animals all need more to eat and I am always worried about having enough hay on hand. We want to always be able to provide the veterinary care needed for all the animals here.
We had a very sad case that pointed up why a “cushion” is needed when we took in the sweet mammoth donkey named Daisy back in June.
This donkey was as sweet as the day is long and at approximately 17 years old, seemed to be in good shape. As many of you know, donkeys are very sensitive creatures. Daisy seemed to be doing well here at first, but a few days after her arrival I looked out one morning to see her standing off by herself. Donkeys are VERY stoic animals. They mask their discomfort very well. I knew that was not “normal” behavior for her. I checked her vitals, and all seemed in order, but I knew she was not feeling well so I made an appointment for our veterinarian to come out.
To make a long, sad story a bit shorter, after three days of multiple vet visits per day, it was determined that Daisy was suffering from a nasty colic and euthanasia was what was called for. That is NEVER an easy decision to make. Of course the mental and physical health of the animal in our care is paramount and ending Daisy’s suffering was the only humane alternative.
This is not only extremely hard on the heart…it is hard on the bank account as well. The sad reality of this line of work is that there will be times when an animal is going to pass away or need to be euthanized. There is the expense of veterinary care in hopes euthanasia will not be the outcome, but when it is, the story is not over as a hole still needs to be prepared and the animal placed in its resting place.
We treat occasions like this with the utmost respect and dignity for the animal. We want to always be able to do this.
This is one of the reasons I am here asking for your support once again. People often tell me how lucky I am to be in this line of work, which I agree, but it’s not something I do alone, I could not do it without your financial support. I thank you in advance for helping me once again.
President & Shelter Manager
SYALER April/May 2016 eNewsletter
Ears the news…
Well, March and April got away from me! What a busy spring it has been!
A belated thank you to all who participated as donors and bidders in this year’s Cabin Fever Auction. It was a huge success – we raised over $5,000 for our animals! I am grateful to all who pitched in to make the auction one of our best, including my board of directors – Jean Cornish, Judy Ballantine, Jen Luethy, and especially Joan Gemme, who busted her you-know-what organizing, itemizing, posting, corresponding, and generally running the auction. It was a Herculean effort that was greatly appreciated!
For the first time since the inception of the rescue, for about a week, I had NO animals available for adoption! I guess that is the goal of rescue, but man, did it feel weird! No rest for the weary, though, because within a few days the calls and emails started coming in and we will have a full house again before long.
Last weekend we celebrated Earth Day with a Veridian volunteer clean up day, hosted by SYALER’s dear friends, Nigel and Terence Blake. It was great fun for everyone, and Nigel and his son Terence kept us laughing as we worked. Thank you everyone who came out to help!
Our own SYALER mascot, Marlin,was the subject of a recent article in The Dodo! Reporter Sarah Schweig and the rest of the staff at The Dodo fell in love with him – and who wouldn’t?! We’re thrilled that Marlin got his 15 minutes of fame and that the Rescue got some much needed publicity!
You can read the story here.
I wish you all a happy Spring!
President & Shelter Manager