Layla is an adult mini donkey. In April of 2016 we brought her and her bonded partner, Jojo, from a killpen in Texas, along with nineteen other donkeys (they went to different homes). They were just 24 hours from being sent to slaughter in Mexico. Layla came terrified of people. She was skinny, with a sewn up eye socket. The eye socket became swollen just ten days after she was home. She immediately went to WSU for emergency eye surgery. Upon exploration the veterinarians found that someone had left, and sewn in, parts of her damaged eye into the eye socket! She and Jojo spent three weeks together at WSU. She came home to a foster while we closed on our property. After a few months she regained normal weight, and then continued to grow bigger. Layla was pregnant! One year later she gave birth to Becky Jo. We don’t know who Becky’s dad is- but from what we can tell he was NOT a mini donkey! She was taller than momma at four months old. Momma Layla, Becky Jo, and Jojo, will live their natural lives out at the sanctuary as a family, free from fear and suffering.
Jojo is a young “paint’ mini donkey, and the bonded partner to Layla. They both were chosen by us from a killpen in Texas, 24 hours from slaughter. Donkeys bond for life and separation can kill them. We knew we had to bring them both together. Jojo looks up to Layla like his mamma. Jojo even stayed with Layla at WSU during, and after her eye surgery. He is very shy and wary, but is willing to give you his rear end for scratches. Once he gets to know you he will let you hug and brush him.
When Layla first gave birth to Becky Jo she kicked Jojo out of the barn. If he would even peek in to see what was going on Layla would lay her ears flat against her head and give him a very mean look. If he didn’t back away quickly enough she would turn and kick at him. Aboout two weeks later Layla let Jojo back into the barn and they all are one family now,
We love that we can offer sanctuary to animals like Jojo- he will never be separated from Layla or Becky Jo in all of their natural lives.
Becky Jo is our miracle baby here at the sanctuary! She was born on March 9, 2017. Becky Jo would not be here today had it not been from the supporters of Noble Animal Sanctuary that helped bring her mother from Texas. Her mother, Layla, was just 24 hours from being sent to Mexico for slaughter when we saved her. At first we did not know Layla was pregnant. We just noticed she continued to get bigger and bigger. Twelve months after arriving here at the sanctuary, Becky Jo was born!
Becky Jo is a standard size/mini donkey cross (we are guessing) so she is bigger than her mom. She has no reason to fear people, making her bold and affectionate! She makes us laugh with her bucking and silliness in the pasture. She brings a light-hearted spirit to the sanctuary!
People often ask if we will separate and adopt out Becky Jo. Donkeys form tight family bonds and we would not ever want to separate Layla’s happy little family.
ShyAnne is a senior mare. Rumor has it she was a trail horse rescued by a rescue on the west side of the state that became defunct. The man from Benton City that rescued her and several others from that situation became senile and stopped taking care of the horses. He called a kill-buyer from Sunnyside to purchase his horses, which means they would go to slaughter in Mexico. His neighbor heard the news, and begged him to give her a week to find another option. She contacted us and we were able to rehome two younger horses, but we wanted to keep ShyAnne, as she was a senior, and going blind.
ShyAnne bonded to Oreo at a foster’s home and we brought them both here. They lazily graze the day away in the pasture.
Oreo is an older paint mare. She came with ShyAnne from her foster’s home. Oreo is incredibly loving. She enjoys being groomed, massaged, hugged, and petted. She will become Shyanne’s ‘lead mare’ if Shyanne becomes totally blind.She and Shyanne graze the days away at the sanctuary without a care in the world.
We don’t know anything about Oreo’s past, but we can tell that she was loved by her humans during in her life.
It is shocking to many people when they find out that over a hundred thousand horses are sent to slaughter each year in the United States. Most of the horses are healthy horses that are not wanted by their owners any more.