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Will You Help To Stop Another Donkey Basketball School Fund Raiser Event?


On February 19th, 2014 another Donkey Basketball school fund-raiser event begins.  Will you help Stop this event as we have all the others?

Just takes a few minutes to send an e-mail to the local newspaper and the event coordinator at brunswick2014afterprom@gmail.com. News article explaining when this event starts in Feb 19, 2014, 2014. Select Newspaper article to read all about this event.

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The event, which will take place at 7 p.m. Feb, 19,  2014 will feature 32 live donkeys – yes, you read that right. Donkeys. Four teams of eight players each will then ride the donkeys in an effort to score baskets, similar to traditional basketball.  – Copied from the news paper article above.

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We need to STOP DONKEY BASKETBALL!  This fund-raising event is coming to a school of children on Feb 19, 2014. Donkey Basketball is in-humane. How the teachers think this is good for students to learn to abuse introverted scared donkeys  is beyond my comprehension with all the violence going on in schools today.


“Donkeys are mostly introverts and do not like loud noises! Donkeys have weight limits to be ridden, no more than 20% of their body weight including the tack. Donkeys lay down when scared and overwhelmed as they are into self-preservation. Donkeys pull back when scared. Donkeys buck when scared or too much weight is on them or worse on their butt and not the right position. ” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm

Please select Donkey Basket ball to read why this is in-humane and teaches our children to bully. Abuse of animals has been proven to increase the odds of human abuse.. 

My E-mail:  To the coordinatorbrunswick2014afterprom@gmail.com

Donkeys are mostly introverts, do not like loud sounds. Donkeys lay down when scared as they are into self-preservation this is why they use them and the mule 1/2  horse and 1/2 donkey in the Grand Canyon.
What are you teaching the children to abuse an animal that is afraid and lays down?

Please stop this fund-raising event now!  We are starting a huge group to go to the newspapers and we would like you to be reasonable and just think about this from the donkeys prospective. The donkey is the under-dog and the most abused of all the equine in our world. Donkeys have weight limits. Donkeys are not fed or given water for hours to days before an event like this. Please Stop this abuse now as you can do the right thing and be a human angel. Teach our children to respect animals it is already proven when a child learns it is ok to abuse an animal adults are next. This is abuse.

Thank you for your consideration,
Melody Johnson,
Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Please send your e-mail, stay calm, no emotion and explain why this event should be stopped to brunswick2014afterprom@gmail.com.  & sign into the  Newspaper article and leave your comment.

Key points:

1.  What are we teaching our children?

2. Donkeys have weight limits no more than 20% of their body weight.

3. Donkeys are introverts they do not enjoy loud noises. Bucking is fear based and can be too much weight or not riding in the correct place. Never ride on the butt.

4. Donkeys lay down when under stress and abuse.

5. Donkeys are smart and do not have to be pulled to walk on, they are very smart.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!





Why Is My Donkey Chasing My Cows?


Donkeys NEED a strong playmate to grab ahold of the neck, play tug with a food bowl and chase after.  Donkeys are not horses they are donkeys and they play different from the horse.  If you have a herd of cows and a donkey chasing after them I would say your donkey is bored and more than likely young and has no donkey to play with he/she is bored to death. 

Never leave a donkey with baby sheep, goats or baby cows as the donkey can get bored and pick up the youngster by the neck “donkeys play really rough and can kill the animal not big enough to defend itself.”  Donkeys are not being crazy or mean they are just doing what donkeys do playing, they need a play mate that can play the way Donkeys play.  Check out my youtbue video Size Does Not Matter to see how donkeys play.

Ideas To Stop This Behavior – Remember Donkeys Are Thinkers and They Get Bored Easy

1.  Make sure your donkey has toys, black feed bowl or orange traffic cone – Donkeys like to play with their mouths all the time

2.  If your donkey is a Jack turn him into a John

3.  Please remember Donkeys go in two’s, get your donkey another donkey to play with and chase.  Never ever leave your donkey with an animal too small as donkeys are just being donkeys they play really rough with their mouths and grab the neck of the playmate.  This is why donkeys have such thick necks compared to the horse as donkeys grab the neck of another donkey.  My donkeys would never attempt to grab my horses neck. Why? She is a strong big horse not a donkey!  Smile.

Please share information and enjoy your donkeys as donkeys are most happiest with another donkey and remember Donkeys are indeed precious gifts from GOD.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



Elephant Advocacy – Rukinga A Three Week Old Baby Elephant

Look how beautiful Rukinga a male three-week old baby elephant is!  “Rukinga is fragile and precious as he is suffering the greatest loss of all the loss of his mother to poaching.”   This little guy is available to foster! Just click the foster link and click on his name.  Thank you!

Reblogged from the Elephant Advocacy select Those Left Behind enjoy!

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!





Death Sentence For Entire Pack Of Wolves In Washington State – Care2 Help?

Death Sentence Issued for Entire Pack of Endangered Wolves

Please select Death Sentence for Entire Pack Of Wolves In Washington to read and make an informative decision.

Please select Defenders of Wildlife Blog explaining in more detail how complicated this has become for the endangered species the wolf, truly sad.

What You Can Do

Today October 5th & 6th the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a public meeting in Olympia.  Part of this meeting will be used to address the department’s handling of the Wedge pack situation.  If you are able to attend this meeting, please plan to be there.  Those arriving in time to register will have three minutes to express their concerns to the commission.  Click here to see meeting details. Contact the Fish and Wildlife Commission Office for further information: Phone (360) 902-2267  Email: commission@dfw.wa.gov

Looking for a TVW live webcasting of the meeting?

You can watch the staff update starting at 1 p.m., and public comments beginning at 3:15 p.mwith these links.  Select http://capitolrecord.tvw.org/2012/10/wedge-pack-wolf-meeting-set-for-this-afternoon-watch-live-webcast-on-tvw/#.UG8k903hpnQ

What do you think?

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!





Psst Did You Hear The News? WordPress Does Not Play With Internet Explorer Anymore


For the past couple of weeks I have been having a problem trying to use the reader (tags) in WordPress ahh computer software makes the brain keep on spinning.

I sent a question to WordPress technical support.  Received an alert today that fixed the problem; Must use Google Chrome as the browser not Internet Explorer.  

Share the news so we can all keep reading our most favorite topics and blogs. 🙂

Twenty Six Starving Horses Were Sezied


Please do your best to share information to help these horses by supporting in any way you can this includes forwarding on the internet.  Here is the news article select News.

People Helping Horses


Dear Scott & Melody ,

I am in need of help, immediately!

When you hear the news, you will understand why.

Earlier this month, at the request of Animal Control, People Helping Horses assisted in the seizure of 26 starving horses

Late on a Monday night Officer Diaz called me. She didn’t waste any time before asking,

“How much room do you have in your barn?” Her next sentence made my heart stop: “I need to seize 26 horses, TOMORROW.” 

As the implications of what she was asking sunk in, my whole body shook with emotion.  In my mind I knew there was absolutely no way I could meet the needs of 26 new animals. 

Fancy's Portrait
Meet Fancy

Yet, I knew that People Helping Horses is the only rescue in our area that can even come close to accommodating such numbers. The only other alternative for the 26, already hurting and abused horses, would be the auction yard; in other words, death

I couldn’t let that happen. For me there was no choice, I had to help!


Then I remembered that it wouldn’t be just me helping. It would be YOU as well.

You have proven yourself to value the life of each and every horse, and I knew that if I agreed to take on this challenge, YOU would partner with me and help in any way you were able.

So, although I knew that on paper there was no way to come up with the finances it requires to undertake such a large group of sick and starving horses, I said yes.


Fancy on Arrival
Fancy on Arrival

I didn’t sleep that night.  What was I thinking?  Twenty-six new horses!  How in the world were we going to financially support that many new horses in the barn?

We are already down $120,000 in donations, just in the first four months of the year.

To meet the needs of 26 new horses is going to cost us an additional $15,000 PER MONTH!

As you can see, when I first said I need your help IMMEDIATELY, I was not exagerating.  I will be honest; I don’t just need your help.  I need a miracle.

Can YOU find it in your heart to give $500, $100, or at least $25?

Since that phone call, the horses have moved into our stables.  It took two full days to move them.  Now it has been nearly two weeks of veterinary visits, assessing, feeding and one emotional two day stretch to save a horse that in the end, could not be saved.

Lifting Fancy
Lifting Fancy

Yes, you did understand that correctly.  We have lost one of the original 26 who were seized.  The horses we collected came in such bad shape that even the efforts of five people and two days could not repair the damage that had been done.

As much as my heart broke after that loss, I had to look and realize that there are still 25 animals that CAN be saved.  They have made it through the hardest part and anow they need us to do our part.

Now is the time for YOU to step in and…

Change the Life of a Horse… FOREVER!

Please Scott & Melody, be the miracle that these horses need and send your most generous gift, TODAY.

Every horse we collected was obviously starving, their hipbones clearly visible. Each was infested with lice, covered in rain rot and mud fever in addition to being hypothermic.The cost of adding so many horses to our barn, each with so many needs, is staggering.Hay prices have risen to $345/ton. With a healthy horse eating half a ton per month, we are looking at almost $5000/monthin hay alone.My best guess is that it will take 6-9 months for these horses to recover which means $30,000 to $45,000just to feed these horses through their recovery.Veterinary costs will be another $8,000.Farrier fees will be close to $4,000.These numbers already take into consideration the drastic donations and cost-savings that are being offered by the veterinarian and ferrier.Scott & Melody, it is going to take an estimated $50,000to rehabilitate these horses.FIFTY Thousand Dollars.

I don’t have that money.

That $50,000 is still only for the rehabilitation. To train and prepare these animals for new forever homes will take even longer. It could be an additional 6-9 months before these beautiful horses are ready to be adopted.

These numbers are overwhelming. The resources required to change the lives of these horses seems impossible to me.

However, I KNOW that YOU care about these amazing animals as much as I do. Please don’t delay in showing your support.

The need is great.

Please, send as much as you are able. Without YOU these horses will not survive. WITH you each of these horses has the opportunity to move from near death, to vibrant life.

Please, send us your most generous gift… today.

Gretchen SalstromPeople Helping Horses, Founder & Executive DirectorMake a Donation to People Helping Horses

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



Here Is Your Chance To Be A Human Angel


The carriage horses petition is building Momentum again and they need your support all  it takes is a few seconds to sign the petition to stop abuse of horses. 

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New York City’s Carriage Horses:
A Dangerous And Inhumane Industry That Must End

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to contact Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages, of which IDA is a member, reports that there have been nine adverse incidents involving carriage horses that have resulted in vehicular accidents, injury to horses or passengers, or in one case, the death of a carriage horse. All of these have occurred since July 2011, spanning a period of just nine months, averaging out to about one incident per month.

horse_carriage_accident_jpgMost incidents occur when a horse “spooks,” a situation in which a horse suddenly becomes frightened and takes flight, dragging the carriage behind him. In a noisy, chaotic environment like New York City, things that can spook a horse are a constant reality.

There are also horses who collapse or become entangled in carriages and harnesses. Sometimes they collapse for no apparent reason, like Charlie, who collapsed and died on the street in October. His death is still unexplained.

A noisy, congested city is no place for horse-drawn carriages. These horses suffer day-in and day-out, from pulling carriages in all manner of weather extremes, to their dark and lonely nights spent in the barren warehouses where they return at the end of their nine hour days. By law, they can work seven days a week.

You can help by speaking out against the cruel carriage horse industry in NYC.

what you can do graphic1) Use the form at the bottom of this page to send a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It is important for him to understand how people feel about this inhumane industry.

2) Snail mail: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Hall, New York, NY 10007.

3) Sign up to participate in Lobby Day on May 1. If you live in the New York metropolitan area, sign up to participate in Lobby Day on Tuesday May 1, 2012. Concerned animal advocates will travel to Albany to urge support for pending bills (A07748 and S5013) that would ban the carriage horses in NYC. League of Humane Voters has arranged for a bus to transport individuals from NYC to Albany and back. You can sign up at this link: http://carriagehorselobbyday.org/.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to take action now!

Here is a brief summary of carriage horse incidents occurring in the past nine months:

  • July 16, 2011– a carriage horse spooks and bolts, galloping from Fifth Avenue, up Central Park South to 7th Avenue, hitting a taxi and car on the way
  • End of July, 1011– a carriage horse spooks and falls while pulling tourists in Central Park
  • July 25, 2011– a taxi crashes into flimsy horse-drawn carriage, causing serious injuries to driver and passengers
  • October 23, 2011– Charlie, a NYC carriage horse, collapses and dies on West 54th St. on his way to work. The cause of his death is still unexplained.
  • October 28, 2011– a carriage horse spooks on Central Park South and runs into the traffic, eventually crashing and falling in the park. He is no longer in the industry.
  • November 4, 2011– Luke, a NYC carriage horse, collapses on West 60th St. He is down for 15 minutes.
  • December 4, 2011– a carriage horse named Charlie (another Charlie) collapses on West 59th St. He was painfully pulled up by his bit. He is no longer in the industry.
  • February 14, 2012– a carriage horse suddenly falls in Central Park and breaks his leg. He is no longer in the industry.
  • March 3, 2012 – an unnamed horse spooks on 11th Avenue and 52nd St., dragging his empty, overturned carriage into the street.

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I am a member of In Defense of Animals, and I implore you, as Mayor of New York City, to bring an end to the cruel industry that forces horses to pull cumbersome carriages in heavy midtown traffic.Over the past nine months, there have been no less than nine adverse incidents involving carriage horses that have resulted in vehicular accidents, injury to horses or passengers or, in one case, the death of a carriage horse. This terrible track record reveals an industry that must be shut down.NYC is one of the most congested cities in the world. Slow moving horse-drawn carriages pose a safety issue to the public and carriage riders and often get in the way of emergency vehicles.The horses are denied the freedom to roam and stretch their limbs on a daily basis, something essential to their health. By law, horses are allowed to work nine hours a day, seven days a week. Although they are supposed to get a 15 minute break every two hours, there is no way to enforce this provision.The romantic image of the horse-drawn carriage is a myth. I would never take a carriage horse ride and I would discourage anyone from ever doing so. All recent polls of public opinion show that more than eighty percent believe the practice should be ended. Both Frommer’s and Fodor’s guides to NYC warn tourists and visitors against supporting this inhumane and dangerous industry. New Yorkers and tourists feel its time to end this cruel industry. Please act to remove this blight from your wonderful city.

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