The Trust was recently asked to help rehome five donkeys located in the lower North Island. There are three jennies of various ages and two jack foals at foot – Sarah, Bogart, Lauren, Humphrey and Ava. (Please scroll down for their profiles and photos.)
The herd originally included two mature jacks who have already been rehomed and gelded. As the jennies were running with these jacks there is a strong possibility that the jennies are pregnant.
Before the Trust can consider rehoming these donkeys, the foals need to be gelded and weaned, and we need to know if the jennies are pregnant, so all five donkeys are currently in a temporary home in the Wairarapa with one of our Trustees.
The Trust will incur a number of costs in the coming months including gelding the two foals, pregnancy scans and pre-birth care, worming, tetanus injections, frequent farrier visits, and floating of the jennies’ teeth. Floating the teeth is when the teeth are filed or rasped under sedation to reduce sharp edges.
The donkeys have already had their first tetanus injections, farrier appointment and have been started on a worming program after a fecal egg count.
Our vet will do tests and possibly a scan to see if we can establish if any of the jennies are pregnant. It can be difficult to confirm pregnancies in donkeys. If any of the jennies are pregnant, they will remain at their temporary home until they give birth.
We really need your help
We are estimating it will cost at least $3,500 to provide these donkeys with the care they need. This is a huge cost to the Trust so any support you can give us would be very much appreciated.
If you are able to donate towards the care of these donkeys , please click here
He is very gentle and while unhandled has his mother’s calm nature.
His first farrier visit went without a problem.
Ava is Bogart’s older sister. She is a very beautiful dun coloured donkey with big black eyes. We think she is maybe 4 years old. She is unhandled but wants to be friends so she will be very easy to train once she knows what it is all about.
He does have pink skin right around his eyes and a pink muzzle so will need constant protection from the sun in the summertime. He is a real character.