This month law enforcement officers were informed about a donkey alone and wandering around. After being held to see if anyone would step forward for the male donkey he was classified as a stray and placed into the care of True Blue Animal Rescue. The donkey, named Colonel in honor of the up coming Memorial day, was fixed and given a stall while he recovers.

Colonel is what is known as a Jerusalem Donkey. So called due to the dark cross on it’s back. The story of the Jerusalem donkey is that it was the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and also followed him to Calvary out of pure love. Appalled by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but could not leave his master. The shadow of the cross fell upon his shoulders and back, forever marking him and all of his descendants.


Colonel is a very friendly donkey, and not only is he halter broken, but he leads well! Everyone so far that has come into contact with him is taken with his gentle eyes and kind nature. For those not familiar with donkeys they make great guard creatures and companion animals for cattle, horses and even sheep. Donkeys are very brave and bray loudly when someone or something new is nearby that they feel does not belong, much like a guard dog.

Many people with herds will tell you a donkey will protect their animals from things like stray dogs or coyotes. This past “horse day” Colonel took his job of braying seriously, announcing two cars pulling up to the T-bar barn. Once Colonel has recovered from his surgery he will be up for adoption to a good home.


TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal rescue organization. If you would like to help animals such as this one, please consider donating to TBAR, volunteering, fostering, or adopting. Donations go directly toward care, feed, and veterinary care of the rescued animals and every little bit helps us to help another animal in need of safety and rehabilitation. Rescue a pet: adopt instead of shop and spay or neuter your pets!

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