From a distance the sound is unmistakable. Donkeys are the mission at Lusco Farms Rescue near Malvern, Iowa..
Scott Shehan and his family put together a shelter for unwanted donkeys about five years ago on a small acreage east of town.
"Many of them have been abused," explained Shehan in an interview with WOWT 6 News. "You have to teach them that humans won't hurt them."
More than 60 donkeys have received care at Lusco Farms and most of them have been placed in new homes.
"They make a great pet," said Shehan. "They're a lot like a dog, they'll follow you everywhere."
During our visit, two young donkeys named Maggie and Cupcake were led into a new addition to the operation. A garage size building with a concrete floor that will serve as the new medical center.
"When the Vet visits, it will be much easier out of the mud to treat them in the enclosed pen inside."
Both donkeys received a chip implant for identification and this reporter had a chance to help.
The chip is inserted just under the skin along the neck through what looks like a small hypodermic needle.
Cupcake proved to be a good patient but the rookie volunteer failed in his first and only attempt. The electronic reader did not locate the chip so Shehan stepped in to complete the job.
"Now Cupcake carry's information around with her for easy identification for future owners. Eighty percent of our work is taking care of them, getting them back to health for a new home"
Several donkeys are ready for new homes and they will be on display at an open house Saturday July 5 from 10am to 3pm. A barbecue lunch will also be served for a free will donation.
Lusco Farms Rescue is located at 32295 Lambert Ave in Malvern, Iowa.
For more information click on the link included with this story or call 712-624-9699 or 402-658-8927.