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.
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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