Platero roamed free with his herd until he was rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He lived in a BLM holding pen for an extended period of time before coming to live at the sanctuary. Platero is very shy of humans but enjoys the company of the other burros. Like Eeyore, the donkey from Winnie the Pooh, he looks sad all the time. But we know Platero is content with his life at the sanctuary.
Celina was also part of a BLM round up and was forced to live in a holding pen. Because she was not adopted after a certain amount of time, she was destined for slaughter. CAPE rescued her and brought her to the sanctuary with Platero. Our time and patience paid off and Celina now enjoys the company of her caregivers.
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Vita and Sophie bonded after they were cruelly rounded up into holding pens by the BLM. They managed to stay together for over three years. They were almost separated when one of them was going to be adopted. CAPE was contacted and Vita and Sophie were rescued and brought to the sanctuary. Their bond is so strong that their movements are often synchronized. Vita and Sophie are still shy of humans.
Why does CAPE rescue donkeys and burros? • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) chases wild horses and burros into holding pens using helicopters in order to use the land for cattle grazing. The burros are separated from their herd and many are injured during the round-ups. • Wild horses and burros are confined in holding pens where they can linger for years. Many end up going to slaughter if they are not adopted. • In some parts of the world, donkeys are used as “beasts of burden” living lives of What can you do to help end their suffering? • You can help by adopting a plant-based diet. This will reduce the cattle industry’s impact on the public land that is home to wild horses and burros. • Be aware of legislation that affects wild horses and burros. Voice your opinions to your legislators at every opportunity. • An informative resource is The American Wild Horse Campaign, www.americanwildhorsecampaign.org. • Avoid any industries that use donkeys as “beasts of burden”. Interesting Facts About Burros: • Burros and donkeys have a large number of facial muscles that express emotions, especially around their eyes and lips. • Burros and donkeys have excellent memories and can remember places they have been to and other animals they have met. • Burros and donkeys can hear another’s bray up to 60 miles away. • Burros and donkeys are capable of independent thinking and decision making, especially regarding their safety. • Burros and donkeys are social animals and need to be with a herd. If they get lonely, they can become depressed.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer