Sparky

2011 miniature donkey gelding
Permanent resident at SAFE
 
SAFE’s first miniature donkey, “El Burro Esparkalo,” or Sparky for short, is a miniature donkey gelding who was seized by animal control. He was rescued with a body condition score of 9 which is dangerously obese, so he was immediately put on a diet and exercise regime. His hooves were also very overgrown, and a previous founder left him with some significant rotation. Sparky became a permanent resident of SAFE, making appearances at Heart of the Horse and our Holiday Open House. About a year after Sparky became a SAFE donkey, we were asked to take in another mini donkey gelding that we named Rojo. Sparky and Rojo are the best of friends, and spend all their time together, which is the secret to keeping donkeys happy! 
Introducing Rojo!

Introducing Rojo!

Ever since Sparky came under our care in 2022, we held the idea of another mini donkey coming through our program who could be the second pea to Sparky’s pod. Donkeys do best with their own, and we could think of no better way to improve his quality of life than by…

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Sparky Living the Good Life

Sparky Living the Good Life

Who’s that hiding under those luscious locks? None other than Sparky, of course! Our good friend Candi recently visited Sparky at his loving foster home, and found him to be just as cute as ever. But words aren’t always to be believed, so we had her take some photos…

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Check in with Sparky

Check in with Sparky

Who has the better life? Sparky or Jackie, our wonderful foster mom and volunteer holding the brush? It’s very hard to say because the level of cuteness oozing from this video should make everyone jealous that Jackie can do this everyday. To quote her “This might be…

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Sparky’s New Friends

Sparky’s New Friends

Since Sparky arrived last May, we’ve tried pairing him with a few friends for company. At first it was Ruckus, a pony, but he was adopted shortly after we paired them up. Then we tried our minis, Sunny and Shasta, but they had their routines and little home and…

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Sparky-ing Joy

Sparky-ing Joy

The novelty of meeting new horses as they come through the gates of SAFE never gets old. The horse person in all of us lights up with every new arrival — each new equine could be the very first one we’ve ever met, considering the way we act. And not to say that the…

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Welcome Ezra and Sparky!

Welcome Ezra and Sparky!

Two new equines arrived at SAFE last week, both from Animal Control seizures. Welcome Ezra and Sparky! Ezra is a very handsome grey 20 year old Arabian gelding. He can be haltered and led but has never been ridden. Ezra is a sweet guy who enjoys the finer things in…

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Sparky’s Friends:

1. Ann D.

2. Ashley F.

3. Lisa G.

4. Megan K.

5. Susanne M.

6. Debbie M.

7. Amy Q.

8. _____________________

9. _____________________

10._____________________

Every horse deserves at least ten friends! Even a small monthly donation can make a difference. Plus, SAFE horse sponsors receive discounts at local businesses through the SAFEkeepers program!

Click here to sponsor Sparky!