In late November we received a call about a little donkey lying in a ditch in Boone County. When we got to him his body temperature was so low it didn't even register on a thermometer. He was rushed to Iowa State Vet Med Hospital and admitted to the ICU unit.
It took over a month at Iowa State before Donkey could be released. When he came to us he weighed half as much as a normal 5 month old donkey his age. Because his little body was so emaciated he was not able to stabilize his glucose or his electrolytes and he could not maintain his body temperature. The lack of fat on his body turned his eyelashes in and caused ulcers on his eyes. We don't know why his owner's treated him so badly but we know we will do everything to help him recover!
After a month at ISU Donkey was released and he continues his recovery at the shelter. He received so much love and wonderful care from all the doctors, staff and students at ISU. He still is trying to gain body weight but the good news is Donkey already has a potential adopter lined up!
Now that Donkey is getting better he needs a new name! In order to help with his over $5,000 in medical bills for every $10 you donate you can enter a name on the comments here or on our Facebook page donkey post. We will hold a drawing on Sunday from all the entries to pick a new name for little Donkey!