Donkey and pony rescued in the cold rehabilitating in Brewster

BREWSTER – After spending the fall into a cold winter without proper shelter, a 16-year-old Mare Pony and 10-year-old Gelded Donkey were recently surrendered from their former home in Bristol County and are now getting the care they need at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center.

The animals were discovered during a routine inspection at the 25-acre farm property in Bristol County.

Due to the extreme cold (12 degrees with a wind chill of minus 20) and an inability and lack of desire to provide adequate shelter and protection from the weather, the owner agreed to surrender the animals to ARL.

The surrender uncovered a number of concerns. The pony and donkey’s diet was inconsistent, they had a lack of potable water, and additionally had badly overgrown hooves which needed immediate attention from a farrier; another sign of neglect.

In Brewster, the animals have their own barn space, and access to an outdoor paddock. They are also adjusting to having an improved, proper diet and despite their former situation, they are extremely friendly, happy and enjoying daily human contact.

The bonded pair are receiving veterinary care and are moving towards being made available for adoption. I invite the media to see these amazing animals first hand, and they serve as yet another reminder that ALL animals need and require adequate shelter, food and water, particularly during extreme weather conditions.

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