Angel, who CAPE rescued several months ago, has been making giant steps forward (literally!). When we met Angel, she had suffered with chronic hoof pain for years. Our vet asked if we could help Angel - and we are so glad we did!
We started with a full blood panel which indicated that Angel had untreated Cushing’s Disease. Her coat was matted and overgrown. She could barely put weight on one of her front hooves. We started her on medications to treat the Cushing’s, inflammation, and pain. We soaked her hooves twice a day to help release fluid from a reoccurring abscess. Our vet worked to get her hooves in good condition and then we ran x-rays.
Angel’s two front hooves were problematic, but we were mostly concerned for the hoof she wasn’t putting weight on. The x-rays didn’t give us any clear answers. With surgery, our vet was able to remove a benign tumor, which seemed to provide instant relief. Angel’s hoof has been wrapped up for 6 weeks, and with each weekly wrap change, we are impressed with the healing.
We believe that introducing Angel to the rescued herd at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary has helped her improve in so many ways. She has bonded with Papa Antonio, a wild burro rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management and held in a Nevada Prison. Papa and Angel are often seen grazing the pastures side by side.
It has been an honor to help with Angel’s recovery. She is sweet and gentle, and her eyes tell quite the story. Angel has been patient and trusting of our help, often resting her soft head in our arms as we give her meds or check her hooves. She still has a road of recovery ahead of her, but today she barely limps when she walks and now puts full weight on her injured foot. She’s gotten to a good weight and her coat looks fantastic. She is a very different donkey than the one we met months ago.
Thank you to everyone who has helped support Angel’s medical costs. Our vet still comes weekly to care for her hoof and Angel’s medications are expensive. We are very grateful for the support from our CAPE community and we look forward to witnessing Angel's steady improvement. If you would like to sponsor Angel, please go to www.capeanimals.org/donkeys
Since 1992 thousands of animals have been rescued, cared for, adopted into loving homes, and given sanctuary by CAPE. I cannot overstate my great appreciation for your generous and continued support over all these years. You are part of the team that provides the vital assistance which enables us to save so many lives. And for this I thank you!
Our end of year goal has been to raise $50,000 to help with our ongoing veterinary care, animal care, feed and supplies. As this letter goes to print, we still need to raise $18,000. Your donation today will help us meet that goal.
I am happy to tell you that CAPE has continued to advocate, rescue and care for animals despite the restrictions of working during a pandemic. Our outreach and social media platforms are interactive and unique and this year we have had a huge surge in the number of people who engage with us to learn more about what they can do to help animals. The CAPE Animal Sanctuary is bustling and our dog rescue programs continue to focus on saving dogs who have special needs. CAPE currently has 49 animals in our care – many who otherwise would have faced a lifetime of homelessness, neglect, or death. Your generous donations made saving their lives possible!
As this very intense and difficult year comes to a close, we at CAPE look forward to 2021 with some new and innovative plans to help animals in the upcoming year. So many people have stepped up to foster animals, to give generously, and to spread the message of CAPE’s mission - Every animal deserves to live a full life free from suffering.
I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy New Year and to join with you in the vision and the goal of making our world a compassionate and safe place for all living beings.
With much warmth and gratitude,
JP Novic, Executive Director
The story of Billy the burro is a sad one. A lonely burro abandoned in the middle of nowhere, on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land between Battle Mountain and Elko. Alone and unable to find enough forage and water to survive, he grew thin. His hooves grew long. He stood by the road waiting for someone to come and save him.
The story of Billy is also a happy one ... a story of people from all different walks of life coming together to save a little burro who needed a friend.
Employees of a mining operation became increasingly concerned about Billy. They always saw him standing by the road. He would climb into your truck if you let him, they said. Billy was very hungry, not only for food but also for companionship. The employees called the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the remote land on which Billy was dumped. The BLM wild horse specialist, Shawna Richardson, reached out to The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) about finding a home for Billy.
Meanwhile, the miners became so concerned with Billy that they convinced a local ranch manager to bring him home, where he would be safe and fed until a permanent solution could be found.
Everyone wanted to find Billy a good home. AWHPC knew immediately where to turn - to its coalition partner, the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE) sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA. Already home to rescued burros, we knew the sanctuary would be a little slice of heaven for Billy the burro. An anonymous donor who founded The Platero Project, a program dedicated to promoting awareness about America's wild burros and keeping them wild and free on the range, stepped forward to fund the rescue.
Because Billy was not a wild burro, he was not protected under federal law. As a result, he was classified as "estray livestock," and his fate was in the hands of the Nevada Department of Agriculture, which agreed to allow us to purchase him directly in order to spare Billy the trauma of being run through the livestock auction.
That was one year ago. Billy is now adjusting beautifully to his life at the sanctuary. His weight is perfect, his coat is shiny - he looks so different than when he first arrived at the sanctuary as a very malnourished and depressed burro. He is extremely connected to his herd of five other burros. His best friend, Platero, and he are constantly playing and running around together in the burro pasture. CAPE Director, JP Novic said, "Billy has a distinctive bray that sounds more like a honking fog horn than a hee-haw. He brings a huge smile to everyone's face and we are so lucky to have him at the sanctuary."
After being dumped alone, in the wilds of Nevada, Billy was rescued thanks to great teamwork by the BLM, employees of the mining operation, the manager of the local ranch, the Nevada Department of Agriculture, AWHPC, the Center for Animal Protection and Education, and thanks to the generosity of the anonymous donor. It took a village to save this little burro, and he is now living out his life at a peaceful and serene sanctuary!
America's burros are protected by law, as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West," but they are facing a genetic crisis caused by small and geographically dispersed populations. This could lead to their extinction in the US. The Platero Project, funded by an anonymous donor and managed by AWHPC, is dedicated to elevating the status of burros and preserving and protecting these icons of the West by keeping them wild.
If you would like to support animals like Billy, please visit www.capeanimals.org/make-a-donation1
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Papa Antonio ❤️ Thank you for joining us in the celebration of senior animals this week! We hope you enjoyed getting to know some of the amazing older animals who CAPE has rescued. It is a total joy and honor to help these animals thrive into their golden years.
Thank you American Wild Horse Campaign for collaborating on Papa Antonio’s rescue and helping him flourish for the rest of his life.
If you would like to support CAPE’s many rescue programs, please donate www.capeanimals.org/make-a-donation1.html
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