Loving Long Ears Donkey Therapy & Sanctuary needed blankets for an early cold snap, and the community was all ears.
A donkey wrapped in a warm blanket donated to the Loving Long Ears Donkey Therapy & Sanctuary in Southlake.(Courtesy Loving Long Ears Donkey Therapy & Sanctuary)
This week’s early cold snap took the donkeys at Loving Long Ears Donkey Therapy & Sanctuary by surprise.
The animals’ coats were too short to adequately keep them warm, so founder Jules Peterson put a call out on a Facebook page for Southlake moms.
Soon enough, the home along White Chapel Boulevard where the donkeys live was blanketed with donations. Peterson credits the power of the gentle animal for the outpouring of support.
“Donkeys love people,” she said. “They are more like dogs than horses.”
Peterson should know; she’s been around the latter since she was a child, but is firmly on Team Donkey. Her 2-year-old nonprofit is dedicated to rescuing them before they end up slaughtered. She says it is one of only four such facilities in the country.
Peterson moved the animals from Grapevine after initially founding the nonprofit there. For the past year, the five donkeys have lived on acreage on the north side of the city, but she is searching for a permanent home.
The nonprofit’s mission has been modified due to COVID-19, but its main goal is to rehab the animals and to provide therapy to humans.
From kids with behavioral issues to adults with special needs, the donkeys have a unique ability to forge relationships with their human partners, said Peterson.
“Plus, they’re so darn cute,” she said. “Everybody loves donkeys.”
Loving Long Ears is hosting a Halloween event on Saturday at the facility from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page.