Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue celebrates anniversary with open house

ACWORTH, N.H. – Come hug some mini donkeys, admire a medley of mules and kiss a mammoth donkey at Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue’s 10th anniversary celebration Open House in South Acworth, New Hampshire on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The celebration is free and open to the public and will feature live music, kid activities, positive training demonstrations, refreshments, a huge inventory of donkey related merchandise in the non-profits’ brand new store and of course kisses from gentle mammoth donkey, Louise, and hugs and ear scratches for the farm’s friendly mini donkey herd.

Over 40 donkeys and mules have been rescued. Photo from

As New England’s only non-profit donkey and mule rescue, Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue (SYALER) has been dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing donkeys and mules since it was incorporated ten years ago. During the past decade SYALER has not only helped hundreds of animals in need but has also been a resource for providing training and educational opportunities to enhance the equine-animal bond, with a specific focus on the needs of long ears.

SYALER founder and president, Ann Firestone, has owned and loved mules and donkeys for close to 30 years. She has spent her life working with all kinds of animals as a vet tech, wildlife rehabilitator and dog trainer. After owning her own mules and donkeys and meeting other long ear enthusiasts who, like her, found themselves adopting animals needing homes, she realized the need for an organization that specifically worked to shelter and care for donkeys and mules. Thus, a rescue was born and Ann and her husband, Jeff’s, Broomtail Farm in South Acworth, became a haven for long ears from across the region.

SYALER provides housing, feed, veterinary care, companionship and necessary training for up to 40 donkeys and mules a year. Many arrive with physical issues, have not had much human interaction or training or are even feral having been rounded up from the western range. Ann and her corps of patient, dedicated, and hardworking volunteers tend to the needs of the animals to help them become more adoptable and eventually find a perfect placement and home of their own.

The Open House will be held at Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, 23 Saw Mill Road, South Acworth, N.H. Everyone is welcome though for safety reasons we ask that you leave your pets at home. For the latest information find us on Facebook, Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, check our website or email us at

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