Local Animal Shelter Housing Donkey and Pony Rescued From Cold

BREWSTER – A donkey and a pony rescued from poor conditions at a Bristol County farm are now on Cape Cod and are looking for their forever homes.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston took in the 16-year-old Mare Pony and the 10-year-old Gelded Donkey after they were discovered in frigid conditions during an inspection of the farm. The animals were found without adequate shelter and protection from the cold. It was 12 degrees outside with a wind chill of 20 below zero.

The owners agreed to surrender the animals to the Animal Rescue League. They are now being cared for at the Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center.

“They had an inconsistent diet, they didn’t have availability to potable water, and their hooves were overgrown,” said Sandra Luppi, the Animal Care Manager at the Brewster facility.

The Animal Rescue League has not released the specific location of the 25-acre farm in question.

Officials are now getting the donkey and the pony ready for adoption.

“They’re a very bonded pair. They definitely need to be adopted together,” Luppi said. “They’re actually very sweet when you watch them. They end up in separate areas of the paddock but then they come together and nuzzle each other and rub up against each other.

They’re just great companions for each other,” Luppi added.

Animal Rescue League officials say the pony and the donkey have been extremely friendly and are enjoying daily human contact.

The Brewster facility is outfitted with barn space and an outdoor paddock, making it possible for them to take in livestock when needed.

Officials are reminding people to make sure that all animals have access to food, water, and shelter, particularly during extreme weather conditions.

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