A few days later we had a visit from a stray donkey. He was just wandering down the road when one of the girls drove by on her way home from work - and he just followed her home. We encouraged him inside the fence line and fed him for a few days. He wandered off later with the cows and is still probably with them in another field.
Yesterday we saw two horses wandering down the road. One is a very sad and boney white horse that we had been spotted once before out by the road. The other one is less boney and spotted brown and white.
So this is how it is in the country. When someone wants to get rid of one of their animals, or can’t feed and look after it any longer, they just turn it loose on the road. Someone said it’s because they can’t sell them either. We had heard of stray dogs on the road before, but horses and donkeys??
We must admit, we liked having the donkey. We even named him James. So when we asked around we found that there are several ways to adopt a stray. You can ask the neighbors if they or someone they know has lost the animal. You can make an announcement on the local talk radio that you’ve found a stray and wait for the owner to contact you. You can post a notice on your gate that you’ve found a stray. You can ask around up at the feed store where everybody knows everything. But the sad truth is most likely no one wants it. If you don’t want it either, you can call the county sheriff and they will come and try to catch it and take it to the animal shelter.
|Neighbor's cows grazing in our field|
|Stray donkey we had for awhile|
|Sad abandoned horse|