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Many of the donkeys that you see available at our farm were purchased from Kill Pens, Auctions and from Hoarders. While HisWay Farm is NOT A RESCUE...many of these donkeys were saved from extreme pain, mistreatment, neglect and death. We get donkeys that have 10 inch longs hooves, eye infections, open wounds, halters grown into faces, and extreme sickness as well as donkeys that are just plain and simple.. starved. It is so sad to see that animals can be treated this way but farms just like ours and yours have given awesome lives to these amazing animals.
Often the rehabbing and reconditioning of donkeys is a long and slow process. For example, gaining weight. Donkeys are slow to gain weight and muscle back in their shoulders, hips and neck area. However, their stomach will grow quickly. Long hooves can not just be cut down to proper length all in one farrier visit. When hooves are in this terrible of condition several trimmings will be needed and the donkey will have to adjust to its new step over time and between trimmings.
Please be aware of websites, farms and facebook pages that claim to be rescues. While they are "Rescued" from the above mentioned situations.. the seller that is claiming to have rescued them has sat right next us at the same auctions, BUYING the donkeys. The word RESCUE is very overused in todays culture. Just because the new home is better than the last home or because someone gave away or sold an animal or even just because its at an auction or a kill pen.. does NOT MAKE IT A RESCUE.