Valentino is an owner surrender in his 20s from Northern NM who came to us in March 2020 together with his two female companions, which were our adoptees being returned as per adoption contract. Valentino was originally a rescue donkey with severe hoof neglect whose former owner managed to help him along in various ways until she ran out of resources in the end. He learned a lot about herd life here at our farm and became one of the best socialized donkeys in the herd. He also learned to stand for the farrier exceptionally well as long as no force is used. At his old age, Valentino is scheduled to go to a home in Colorado belonging to two veterinarians to keep their other rescue donkey company. He will thus receive the best conceivable veterinary care as he gets older. He will be leaving us sometime in March 2023.
MARCELA AND ASCIENTA (NUTMEG AND CINNAMON)
Marcela and Ascienta are originally from Texas; we rescued them with the help of a local Texan and, together with a large group of other donkeys, sent them to a cattle ranch in Quemado in 2012, where they stayed until 2017, when a new manager did not think the donkeys were effective guardians. They under went some ground training and found a new home at a small farm in Los Lunas but where returned again in 2022. They are currently undergoing more ground training with their future adopters before they will leave for their new home in Moriarty sometime this spring.