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And two makes Seven!

And two makes Seven!

As per our previous post, the Trust was asked to help rehome five donkeys, Sarah, Lauren, Ava, Humphrey and Bogart. ...

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Weatherby of Mamaku

Weatherby of Mamaku

Weatherby came to the Mamaku Rescue and Rehoming Centre with a number of nasty gashes as he was constantly escaping...

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Donkeys love visitors

Donkeys love visitors

Recently Pauline of the Mamaku Rescue and Rehoming Centre welcomed Pippi, Gregg and Susie to the centre out of Rotorua...

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Harry of Mamaku

Harry of Mamaku

Harry was a jack (an entire male donkey) who was exhibiting typical jack-like behaviour that made him difficult for...

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UPDATE - sponsors have been found. Thanks so much to Belinda C for her increased sponsorship of the Not-So-Famous-Five, and to Nadia Mason for sponsoring Jasmine. Your support is so very appreciated.

Help - we need sponsors!

Are you able to help with sponsoring a donkey, or five! We currently have Jasmine needing $25 a month in sponsorship, and the little herd of 5 needing another $50 a month.

We know that $50 a month is a lot of money, so if you are able to contribute $20 a month, we would love to hear from you.

What does your money go towards? Sponsorship covers the day to day care - feed, farrier, worming. The routine things. It enables the human that is looking after the donkey to do the best job possible without having to worry about funding their care. Sponsors are the backbone of the work we do.

What do you get in return? Visiting and cuddle rights, advanced notice of things happening with "your" donkey, photos, little stories about their antics.

Here's a bit more about them:
Jasmine lives in Rotorua, after her owners had to sell and move. Jasmine came to us with her friend Angel, but sadly Angel had health complications and passed away. Jasmine started to limp, and after x-rays, it was found her pedal bone had rotated meaning she has a history of laminitis, and she has some arthritis. This means she will need careful diet management for the rest of her life, and pain management. Therefore she will remain with Pauline in Rorotura for the rest of her days. Jasmine has now bonded with Duchess Florence, and the two old girls are the best of friends. Jasmine already has one sponsor who contributes $25 a month, but due to her special diet, we need to increase this up to a total of $50 a month.

There are a number of posts below about the Not-So-Famous-Five that are residing in Masterton. They were surrendered to us recently. There are 3 jennys (2 are pregnant, and we await the results for the other jenny), and 2 jack foals. Five (soon to be 7 or 8) is a lot of mouths to feed, feet to trim, worms to control. They are currently sponsored, as a group, to $150 a month. But we really need to get this up to $200 a month if possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring, or have any questions, please either PM or send an email to Rebecca at publicityofficer@donkeymuletrust.org.nz
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UPDATE -  sponsors have been found.  Thanks so much to Belinda C for her increased sponsorship of the Not-So-Famous-Five, and to Nadia Mason for sponsoring Jasmine.  Your support is so very appreciated.

Help - we need sponsors!

Are you able to help with sponsoring a donkey, or five!  We currently have Jasmine needing $25 a month in sponsorship, and the little herd of 5 needing another $50 a month.

We know that $50 a month is a lot of money, so if you are able to contribute $20 a month, we would love to hear from you.  

What does your money go towards?  Sponsorship covers the day to day care - feed, farrier, worming.  The routine things.  It enables the human that is looking after the donkey to do the best job possible without having to worry about funding their care.  Sponsors are the backbone of the work we do.  

What do you get in return?  Visiting and cuddle rights, advanced notice of things happening with your donkey, photos, little stories about their antics.  

Heres a bit more about them:
Jasmine lives in Rotorua, after her owners had to sell and move.  Jasmine came to us with her friend Angel, but sadly Angel had health complications and passed away.  Jasmine started to limp, and after x-rays, it was found her pedal bone had rotated meaning she has a history of laminitis, and she has some arthritis.  This means she will need careful diet management for the rest of her life, and pain management.  Therefore she will remain with Pauline in Rorotura for the rest of her days.  Jasmine has now bonded with Duchess Florence, and the two old girls are the best of friends.   Jasmine already has one sponsor who contributes $25 a month, but due to her special diet, we need to increase this up to a total of $50 a month. 

There are a number of posts below about the Not-So-Famous-Five that are residing in Masterton.  They were surrendered to us recently.  There are 3 jennys (2 are pregnant, and we await the results for the other jenny), and 2 jack foals.  Five (soon to be 7 or 8) is a lot of mouths to feed, feet to trim, worms to control.  They are currently sponsored, as a group, to $150 a month.  But we really need to get this up to $200 a month if possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring, or have any questions, please either PM or send an email to Rebecca at publicityofficer@donkeymuletrust.org.nz

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Winston & Archie would be happy to sponsor when additional donkeys come into your care😁

My hubby and I will sponsor the one in rotorua. Please pm.

Omg cute I want to sponsor jasmine and meet her 🥺🥺❤️ Alex Smith

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One of our wonderful sponsors visiting her sponsor donkey Nibby today.

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Awesome photos! We appreciate your support, Jennifer!

I want to acknowledge our sponsors today. These caring and generous people regularly donate towards a specific donkey's care and expenses.

The donkeys are either with us for a long time - they might be pregnant or injured, or they are with us forever - they might have been ill-treated and cannot safely be rehomed, or are elderly.

Most donkeys receive sponsorship of $50 a month, sometimes spread over several sponsors. Although a couple of donkeys receive a bit more for special feed and medical costs.

The money is used on that donkey's feed, farrier, worming, and teeth care. Any other vet bills are covered by donations made to the Trust, calendar sales and other fundraising.

Without our sponsors, the future for these lovely donkeys would not be quite as rosy. Of course, we would still help them, but we might not be able to do it to the same degree. You take the financial burden off their carers and allow them to do all that needs doing for the donkey to be safe, healthy and happy.

We thank you 🌻🌺 Below are the happy faces of some of our sponsored donkeys.
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I want to acknowledge our sponsors today.  These caring and generous people regularly donate towards a specific donkeys care and expenses.  

The donkeys are either with us for a long time - they might be pregnant or injured, or they are with us forever - they might have been ill-treated and cannot safely be rehomed, or are elderly.

Most donkeys receive sponsorship of $50 a month, sometimes spread over several sponsors.  Although a couple of donkeys receive a bit more for special feed and medical costs.  

The money is used on that donkeys feed, farrier, worming, and teeth care.  Any other vet bills are covered by donations made to the Trust, calendar sales and other fundraising.

Without our sponsors, the future for these lovely donkeys would not be quite as rosy.  Of course, we would still help them, but we might not be able to do it to the same degree.  You take the financial burden off their carers and allow them to do all that needs doing for the donkey to be safe, healthy and happy.

We thank you 🌻🌺  Below are the happy faces of some of our sponsored donkeys.

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So glad to be able to help with Nibby and Neddy. Handsome boys

Happy to help Mintie and Chester have a safe secure life❤❤

Sarah Rule protect me

The Trust's 2022 Calendar is now available, get in quick and secure your copy today: donkeymuletrust.org.nz/calendar/ ... See MoreSee Less

The Trusts 2022 Calendar is now available, get in quick and secure your copy today: https://donkeymuletrust.org.nz/calendar/

UPDATE - a huge thank you to Flo's existing sponsor who has generously increased her sponsorship to cover Flo's fine dining.
We really appreciate all your support B.

Duchess Florence needs your help. Flo cannot eat hay. She quids it, which means she is at risk of choke. Her teeth have been checked and are fine now, but she still quids. This means that she is on hard feed all year round.
Duchess Flo has one sponsor already, and this money covers all her other expenses. However, it doesn't cover Flo's hard feed.
We are looking for sponsorship of $40 a month. This would take a huge financial burden off Pauline, allowing her to take on more donkeys in need.
In return for your sponsorship, you will get a certificate of sponsorship, quarterly updates and photos about Flo, and you will have an open invitation to visit Flo.
If you are able to help, please send me a private message. Thank you.
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UPDATE - a huge thank you to Flos existing sponsor who has generously increased her sponsorship to cover Flos fine dining. 
 We really appreciate all your support B.

Duchess Florence needs your help.  Flo cannot eat hay.  She quids it, which means she is at risk of choke.  Her teeth have been checked and are fine now, but she still quids.  This means that she is on hard feed all year round.  
Duchess Flo has one sponsor already, and this money covers all her other expenses.  However, it doesnt cover Flos hard feed.
We are looking for sponsorship of $40 a month.  This would take a huge financial burden off Pauline, allowing her to take on more donkeys in need.
In return for your sponsorship, you will get a certificate of sponsorship, quarterly updates and photos about Flo, and you will have an open invitation to visit Flo.
If you are able to help, please send me a private message.  Thank you.

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Am i missing something what is quids

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Absolutely right, it is all about the donkeys.❤️❤️❤️

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It sure is! Sally. Toby. Precious.

Yep!!

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Poppa and Bear had their first trim. Poppa showed Bear how to be brave. Bear kicked (a lot) but Bruce the donkey whispering farrier with endless patience worked his magic. ... See MoreSee Less

Poppa and Bear had their first trim. Poppa showed Bear how to be brave. Bear kicked (a lot) but Bruce the donkey whispering farrier with endless patience worked his magic.

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Fabulous! They did look like they had good strong hooves 😬

Jayne De Silva

I love these two

We are delighted to have these two ladies safe and sound in our paddocks. They were facing a very uncertain future. Thankfully the owner allowed us to take them. They will now be put on a carefully managed weight loss program which will involve very little grass and quite a bit of hay. ... See MoreSee Less

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Oh they are gorgeous good their in your hands to help improve their health, hope they can be rehomed at a later date❤

Wow they are gorgeous Pauline! I'm over the moon they are safe and sound with you ❤

Great work, well done.

Omg they are gorgeous 😍

I am loving these two!

They are beautiful !

Lovely colours

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Update on the boys:

We still haven’t picked names 🤷‍♀️. We just can’t decide, there were so many great suggestions. Right now we are trying out Poppa and Sonny Jim.

They have had a big few weeks. They have been gelded. They coped very well. But they both now have a bit of infection. So the vet has been back, cleaned the wounds, and put them on antibiotics. They got a tetanus vaccine at the time of gelding too, with a booster shot due soon.

The bill for these boys is around $1500 already with more to come. If you are able to help us with is, please donate at donkeymuletrust.org.nz/donations/

100% of all donations go on the donkeys’ care. After it, it’s all about the donkeys 💕
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Update on the boys:  

We still haven’t picked names 🤷‍♀️. We just can’t decide, there were so many great suggestions. Right now we are trying out Poppa and Sonny Jim. 

They have had a big few weeks. They have been gelded. They coped very well. But they both now have a bit of infection. So the vet has been back, cleaned the wounds, and put them on antibiotics. They got a tetanus vaccine at the time of gelding too, with a booster shot due soon. 

The bill for these boys is around $1500 already with more to come. If you are able to help us with is, please donate at https://donkeymuletrust.org.nz/donations/

100% of all donations go on the donkeys’ care. After it, it’s all about the donkeys 💕

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Diego and Quiote as in Donquiote. Just donated but didnt put name in ref. Hope they are both healing well after lil ordeal. Pass on my cuddles.

Cookie and Crumb Poppa and Bear Pangō and Mangō Con and Roy Banjo and Ponch

Such pretty lads!

Omg I love these guys xxx

Names Needed

These two handsome chappies were recently surrendered to the Trust. They were up for sale on Trademe as entire Jacks. We contacted the owner to express our concerns, as Jacks can be dangerous. The owner assured us her boys were lovely (and she was right!) but decided it was probably best that they went to experienced humans.

So we have collected them, and assessed them, and will be following their journey as they settle into their new lives.

They are father and son. Dad is the black one, and he's 15 years old. Son is the dark brown one, slightly shorter, and he is 12 years old. They are energetic and inquisitive, and have shown very little Jack behaviour so far. They also have the loudest brays we have ever heard!!

The first thing we need to do is name them! We have a few suggestions already from the Trustee's which I'll put in the comments box. Please share your name suggestions with us below.

And keep an eye on this page to see updates on their progress.
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Names Needed

These two handsome chappies were recently surrendered to the Trust.  They were up for sale on Trademe as entire Jacks.  We contacted the owner to express our concerns, as Jacks can be dangerous.  The owner assured us her boys were lovely (and she was right!) but decided it was probably best that they went to experienced humans.

So we have collected them, and assessed them, and will be following their journey as they settle into their new lives.

They are father and son.  Dad is the black one, and hes 15 years old.  Son is the dark brown one, slightly shorter, and he is 12 years old.  They are energetic and inquisitive, and have shown very little Jack behaviour so far.  They also have the loudest brays we have ever heard!!  

The first thing we need to do is name them!  We have a few suggestions already from the Trustees which Ill put in the comments box.  Please share your name suggestions with us below.

And keep an eye on this page to see updates on their progress.

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Sherlock and Watson

Gus, Winston, Bert and Ernie

Del Boy and Rodney 🥰

They're lucky to have you care for them and good for the owners for caring enough for them to make this decision. I think they deserve their own names and maybe cause they bray so loud Trumpet and Bugle.

Gus Winston, Ernie and Barnaby have been used numerous times. However it doesn't look like Bert or Horacio have been used at all. How about Rawiri, Ari, Kauri, Nikau and Wiremu?

Zorro and Diego

Awww I'd like them to be called mine 🤣 - what about Gordon and Bennet 🤗

Did they not have names already??

Chip and dale?

Tom and Jerry or Bert and Ernie.

Don't they already have names?

Austin and Morris

Hudson and Halls

Kirk and Michael (Douglas)

Anzac and Gallipoli

Espresso & Mocha!

Barnaby and Horacio.

Pete and pio

Dad and Dave

Laurel and Hardy

Guinness and Stout

Jack & Daniel's

Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker, Jim Beam

Black Jack and Aces

Pepsi and Cola

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What a difference a few months of TLC make. The top photo is of Prince in December 2020 when he was first collected. The next photo is of Prince now. He has been wormed, feed, and loved. Now that he is healthy, he will soon be gelded and have his teeth done. It's hard to believe this is the same donkey. Thanks Pauline for doing what you do, and doing it so well 💕 ... See MoreSee Less

What a difference a few months of TLC make.  The top photo is of Prince in December 2020 when he was first collected.  The next photo is of Prince now.  He has been wormed, feed, and loved.  Now that he is healthy, he will soon be gelded and have his teeth done.  Its hard to believe this is the same donkey.  Thanks Pauline for doing what you do, and doing it so well 💕

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Isn't it amazing what a mineral deficiency does.

Aww bless proof of the pudding Pauline all your hard work and efforts are very evident in his condition and what a difference you've made 💖💙💜

Well done Pauline another donkey rescue that now has a chance of a new home after passing through your safe care👍

Really impressive Pauline. Great job

Super outcome, he looks a treat...thank you

Wow what a difference. Well done Pauline, lil bit of TLC goes a long way.

He is such a dude! Great work yet again, Pauline!

He looks so good. How old is he

Well done Pauline if he comes up for adoption think of me please

Mine!

Great effort 😃

Thank you for your love and dedication 🙏❤💕

What a beautiful boy Pauline Sainsbury, keep up the fantastic work 🥰

Well done friend you have done a fantastic job, he sure has been taken care of and loved. He is a beautiful boy.❤

He looks wonderful...

Looks great job well done

Love your work Pauline ❤️

Pauline you are incredible.

😍

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Update - Indiana has a new best friend on the way to her. One of our Rescue and Rehoming Centre's had a donkey coming up for adoption that was the perfect match for Indiana and her family.

We haven’t met this donkey or owner, but they have asked us to share their story to try and help. Please contact them directly if you are able to help.

Does anybody have a single jenny looking for a forever home? We live in the beautiful Manawatu and have 4 acres of paddock. Our beautiful donkey Indiana has just lost her lifelong friend and we want to find a new companion for her. Please send a Facebook message to my daughter @Keava Rose McKeogh for my contact details if you would like to talk further.
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Update - Indiana has a new best friend on the way to her.  One of our Rescue and Rehoming Centres had a donkey coming up for adoption that was the perfect match for Indiana and her family. 

We haven’t met this donkey or owner, but they have asked us to share their story to try and help. Please contact them directly if you are able to help. 

Does anybody have a single jenny looking for a forever home? We live in the beautiful Manawatu and have 4 acres of paddock. Our beautiful donkey Indiana has just lost her lifelong friend and we want to find a new companion for her. Please send a Facebook message to my daughter @Keava Rose McKeogh for my contact details if you would like to talk further.

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There is a Jenny on trademe right now - also on her own looking for a friend

Thank you so much for sharing. Those reading the post - please message me if you would like to talk further, and I can put you in touch with my mum, who is not on Facebook.

There is a jenny advertised on tm in Dargaville if youre interested

Allie Downie-Boyte this could be a great home for Pepper

Hope this turns out okay.

Amy Blok

Andrea Thomson

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One of our Trustees, Alan, with one of his donkeys Molly 💕 enjoying some cuddles

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You and Wendy have given so much time and love to your Molly. When you accepted her she came with lots of trust issues which you have worked through and now she has total trust in you both. What a fabulous result ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Awww cuteness overload. My goat really needs a paddock mate. A donkey would be perfect!! 😍😍😍

This is my Molly she is now 33 years young

A very lucky donkey.

I love this photo , the epitome of love & kindness & absolute trust.! ❤❤

♥️❤️

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what is that you are feeding them?

So cute!! 😍

Jayne De Silva

Beautiful girls, love you both.❤❤

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Thank you to Janet Keen for this stunning picture of the her royal highness Duchess Florence and Pauline from Mamaku Donkey Rescue and Rehoming Centre.  It is stunning 💖

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Perfect light and subject ❣️

Stunning photo 😍

Gorgous

What a lovely picture!

What a great photo

Love this .!!! ❤❤

Beautiful

BRilliant!

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Sunday brunch with my bestie

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Flo having her afternoon tea 😎

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Morning

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Hello, guys!

Evening!!

Afternoon 😎

Morning

Good afternoon

Evening😁 from Violet

Onward, donks!

Gorgeous😊

Hello you 2 Gorgeous Critters 😍😍

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EXPERIENCED home required

What a journey it has been for these three: from being picked up in Whangarei by Ken and Sally Follas and held at their property for a few weeks, then being transported down to Pauline’s at Mamaku Rehoming Centre where she held them until I could pick them up and finally home to Taranaki.
So why the long journey? These three beautiful donkeys were advertised on Trade Me as freebies with options of being split up – a practice we at the Trust do not recommend or condone. Pauline had tried contacting the owners and left numerous messages with no response. They were still on Trade Me so I tried phoning and reached a granddaughter who said her grandmother was not well, was moving into care and her property had been sold so the donkeys and goat had to go. As these three had been together all their lives – 20 years in the same 7-acre paddock - it would have been a welfare issue if they had been split up. They were all bred by the Windsor stud with the two jennies being full sisters.
They arrived at Motukawa along with the goat, who, when he saw my goats joined up with them without a backward glance which left the donkeys without a leader. Consequently, the trio was quite lost for a week or two until they figured out a new leader amongst them. They had never been on hills before so they had to learn to go up and down hills and as a result, they are getting more exercise. They are three lovely donkeys looking for a new home.
Contact me at Motukawa RRC (details on our website donkeymuletrust.org.nz/contacts-and-links/) if you are interested.
EXPERIENCED HOMES ONLY thanks.
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EXPERIENCED home required

What a journey it has been for these three: from being picked up in Whangarei by Ken and Sally Follas and held at their property for a few weeks, then being transported down to Pauline’s at Mamaku Rehoming Centre where she held them until I could pick them up and finally home to Taranaki.
So why the long journey? These three beautiful donkeys were advertised on Trade Me as freebies with options of being split up – a practice we at the Trust do not recommend or condone. Pauline had tried contacting the owners and left numerous messages with no response. They were still on Trade Me so I tried phoning and reached a granddaughter who said her grandmother was not well, was moving into care and her property had been sold so the donkeys and goat had to go. As these three had been together all their lives – 20 years in the same 7-acre paddock -  it would have been a welfare issue if they had been split up. They were all bred by the Windsor stud with the two jennies being full sisters.
They arrived at Motukawa along with the goat, who, when he saw my goats joined up with them without a backward glance which left the donkeys without a leader. Consequently, the trio was quite lost for a week or two until they figured out a new leader amongst them. They had never been on hills before so they had to learn to go up and down hills and as a result, they are getting more exercise. They are three lovely donkeys looking for a new home.
Contact me at Motukawa RRC (details on our website https://donkeymuletrust.org.nz/contacts-and-links/) if you are interested. 
EXPERIENCED HOMES ONLY thanks.

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We would be kean. In Taranaki w 3 acres. Got arapawa sheep and two alpacas. But not experienced w donkeys always wanted some. Been bought up around horses so know about basic care of and feet etc.

I do love me a donkey, must be the Sicilian blood. I wish I had the space for them, donkeys are the most amazing companion animals, they give so much affection and ask for so little.

Sorry they can't be split as we can take one..we lost our two male donkeys last year leaving our Sammi on her own with 3 miniature horses who will have nothing to do with her..she honks and bellows and I know she's wanting a donkey friend..so we can defo help if you know of a donkey needing rehoming...we live in Taranaki...happy to pay for transportation within reason..x

I can take them. I’m not experienced but I have a friend that is and willing to help and I can do some research and get educated on how to look after them properly

So beautiful! I have 3 acres in Okato. There's no shelter for them though. Total LSB. 2 Alpaca, 4 goats, 3 sheep...

They are gorgeous! Well done team! Here's hoping they find a new home soon 🙂 Lucky we are too far away!

Jim coull midhurst look in phone book he has some

They are stunning, I hope they find the perfect home.

How much acres do they need?

Thank you for not splitting them up. 💜

Danielle Prance

Jenny Thomson I know you're an ex donkey owner... any room at your place?

Oor.. Fleur von Batenburg ?

Omg. My dream to own a donkey... To own all 3 wud be an absolute dream. I love the ppl that kept them together xox. If i had a farm house n grazing id take em... How precious

Christine Anderson

Lisa Vujcich Daryl Theobald 😍

Hi you should put this on the FB group Building Dismantlers buy sell swap

Fleur Kern. Here's your chance. They'd love to come and live at your house. 💖

Kylee McLaughlin

What wonderful work you all do

Maxine Alexandra Parry?

John Earney

Lizzie Gilmour 😍

Ange Matheson 😄

Samuel Lemon

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Love them, gorgeous markings on the coloured donkey. I have one like that but is more white with brown patches❤

These are nice. Where are they?

Wow Pru, these really are stunning donkeys!

Stunning 😍

Beautiful

Beautiful!

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