Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue was incorporated as a 501-(c)(3), non-profit organization in 2007. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of donkeys and mules in need. By providing educational opportunities that increase awareness of the human/animal bond as well as the specific needs of long ears, SYA is able to improve the lives of donkeys and mules everywhere.
While Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue enjoys working with other rescues whenever we can, we remain an independent 501(c)(3) non profit donkey and mule rescue. We have no affiliation with any other rescue organizations.
The rescue is located at the home of Ann and Jeff Firestone in Acworth, NH. The rescue has no "official" hours, but welcomes visitors BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! An appointment can be made by calling the rescue: 603-835-2971. Please respect Ann and Jeff's privacy by calling ahead for an appointment. Meanwhile, please check out our Adoption Page.
We receive many emails from people asking us to save animals that are either personally owned, at a broker or auction house. We want to make sure everyone is aware of how our rescue works. Although we would LOVE to save every mule and donkey in need, the reality is we can't. We DO NOT buy animals from individuals. If anyone wants to buy an animal they consider in need and surrender it to the rescue, if it meets our criteria (no jacks) and we have room we will be happy to take it in and find it a new home. Purchaser must be responsible for transport to rescue as well. Surrender forms are available on our website or you can email us and we can email or snail mail you one.
We are happy to be opening back up to visitors in small family groups, up to five people at a time. We will have only one family group on-site at a time.
We require all to wear a cloth, surgical, or N95 mask, and even though we are outside, to practice appropriate social distancing from any workers at the rescue.
As always, this is done by appointment only. Thank you!
In spite of all that is going on in our world, there are still donkeys and mules in need. If you think you may have room in your lives for a long ear, please check out our For Adoption page.
Spring Fundraising 0nline Auction - April 3rd to April 10th
Congratulations to the winners of the SYALER 2022 Spring Fundraising Auction!!
WINNERS: Your winning comment will be acknowledged on Facebook. Payment may be made here via our PayPal link (for PayPal or Credit Card payments):
Or by check payable to SYALER and mailed to: SYALER 23 Saw Mill Road, South Acworth, NH 03607.
***Important!!! With either method, you must include a shipping address and/or phone or email address and a reference (item number is best) for the item(s) that you have won.***
Once payment is confirmed, we will pass your information on to the donor and they will ship the item directly to you, or if you won a service, they will contact you to make arrangements.
DONORS: As soon as we get the shipping and/or contact information for the winner(s) of your item(s), we will send it to you by email along with a tax receipt for your donation. You may then ship the item(s) or contact the winner if necessary.
This usually takes a week or two to sort out but if you haven't heard from us within two weeks, please let us know and we will look into the transaction. Please contact us with any questions at email@example.com
Thank you to ALL who participated in the 2022 auction—your support is essential and appreciated!
Our 2022 Calendar is now available!
Each calendar is $23 plus shippng.
Or...check out our Special Calendar Sale!
Buy any item on our merchandise page for 15 dollars or more, and get our new 2022 calendar free! Spend over $50.00 and get 2 free calendars.
This sale will be going on now until February 14th. Buy some one special in your life a Valentine’s Day gift and help save donkeys and mules at the same time.
Sale applies automatically and will not appear in check out so if you do NOT want a calendar, please email us and let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a Long Ear to Lunch - Sponsorship Program
Please consider our sponsorship program which enables you to sponsor a donkey or mule for as little as $10 a month. Your generosity can make a huge impact on the life of an animal. Your consistent donation every month will help feed and care for a donkey or mule in the rescue.
All of our animals are examined by a veterinarian upon intake, they are vaccinated, have blood drawn to ensure a negative coggins and are given any medical care they might need. All the animals have their hooves trimmed every seven weeks and are dewormed as needed. They are all fed according to their needs and are given supplements to make sure their vitamin and mineral needs are addressed. All of this costs money which is why we are offering not only the ten dollar a month level of sponsorship but $15, $20, $25 and $50 or more. If you are so inclined to donate even more than $50 a month, we will be very, very grateful.
We greatly appreciate all of our wonderful donors who have helped us get to where we are today. We are proud to say that we have placed nearly 500 donkeys and mules in permanent, loving homes since our inception seven years ago. We could not have done it without your ongoing support!
We are often approached by people wanting donkeys to protect either sheep, goats, or other stock from coyotes or other wildlife threats. There are several reasons we do not adopt animals to be used in this manner.
- Mini and some small donkeys are no match for a coyote. Having seen donkeys after a run-in with a domestic dog, I have no doubts a wild animal would inflict at least as much damage. It is simply not safe.
- We have taken in many animals as surrenders due to the fact they attacked and in some instances even killed the stock they were meant to protect.
- Being on pasture all day is a big NO-NO for donkeys. We need to keep in mind that donkeys are a desert species that have evolved over the years getting by on minimal forage of minimal nutritional value, which they have to walk miles on hard, rocky ground to reach. We do them NO favors by putting them in a big, grassy pasture. They are NOT little horses with big ears! Their dietary needs and metabolism are much different than those of a horse. We strongly recommend a dry lot for at least part of the day. They need some time on terra firma. Our pastures in New England are often wet throughout the year. The moisture is not good for their feet. We use sure pack or stone dust as a base for our dry lots. They do need some time to be grazing and browsing but all day every day is too much.
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