Meet Our Rescues!

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❤️ Sanctuary residents ❤️


Oliver is in his late 30's. He had a really rough beginning! We do not know everything about his past, but when he was saved by a wonderful rescue located in Appomattox, he required surgery because he couldn't urinate properly and had to gain 200 pounds. He is now thriving wonderfully here and slowly learning to trust people! 


Lizabeth is 27 years old. Believe it or not Jackaroo and Elizabeth are brother and sister! Just like Jackaroo, she's happiest when she's getting all the attention from humans, more so than she is playing with other donkeys! We are pretty sure she thinks she's a human too!


Jackaroo is 28 years old. We call him the treat stealer! He loves to greet people by searching the pockets of visitors to see if you brought him anything! He loves to give donkeys hugs and get his ears scratched while doing so...and for some reason he hates when he's not getting all the attention, he's the king of photo bombing people while they are taking selfies! It's hilarious!


Nora is in her early 30's and she was left on a farm with over 150 animals. She had broken withers, severely overgrown hooves, and neglected to the point of starvation but a wonderful rescue in Texas worked hard to save her life. After lots and LOTS of grain to get her back to a healthy weight, we are happy to report that we have been able to cut back her feed to almost half and she is now maintaining her weight well. Thankfully she is happy and healthy now living her best life and will never have to worry again about where her next meal will come from!

Gus Gus 

Gus Gus is 17 years old. He is a very kind donkey and he loves both ear and butt scratches! He has this big bottom lip he lets just hang when he's content and it makes him look like he's just the happiest donkey on earth! His favorite toy is old discarded boots and can be seen throwing them in the air to see how high they will go!


Baby Hatter is 14-15 years old and has cancer. We are giving him a place to live his best life possible-for  however short or long that may be! He can occasionally be seen having bursts of energy, kicking up his feet even, running as fast as he can across the field from time to time! He sure seems to be happy here at Finally Home Haven, getting as much love (and treats!) as his little heart desires!


Click HERE to read about Milo's surgery!

Milo came from a rescue in Charlottesville. He belonged to a man who lived alone with no family and hoarded quite a lot of things. He passed away, but no one happened to care about what happened to his cat. So Milo, for years, wondered to and from his old owner's house on a search to find any kind of food or shelter, but was constantly being shooed off of people's bench's and away from their porches. One day a nice woman captured him and asked if we wanted him, he no longer has to worry about having a nice warm bed and children to snuggle him! The moment he came home with us, you could tell he was so grateful to no longer have to search for a home or be out in the cold. He loves to be wherever we are and often follows us on walks in the woods even when we are hiking with the donkeys, never letting us out of his sight! 

Meet Piglet and Wilbur! Wilbur is 7 and Piglet is 5.  This father and son duo arrived over the weekend from a lady who loved them dearly and tried everything possible to make sure they stayed safe. She needed to move and reached out to several different sanctuaries but to no avail and the only other people who were interested in them, wanted to send them to slaughter. She couldn’t bare to have that become their fate since she had raised them since piglets and Wilbur had the habit of following her son around like a puppy dog. We told her that we would help ensure her beloved animals would stay safe. This duo and Wilma are belove pasture mates! ❤️


To see her beautiful transformation video click here

Meet Wilma! Wilma is just a baby who escaped slaughter by jumping off a transport truck headed to a meat farm. Her start to life was a rough one as the others trying to escape weren’t so fortunate. She landed herself in the hands of kind samaritans, who immediately got her help as she struggled with potential blood in her lungs from her hard asphalt landing and lots of scrapes and bruises. It was a touch and go situation for a while as she struggled to heal…but in the amazing hands of Pigsburgh Squealers Rescue, their never ending faith and love, all of their wonderful fosters and volunteers, they worked wonders to save her. She is still healing from a swollen joint that they believe was from impact that day but is on the mend to a completely healthy lady! She wasn’t ready to leave this world that day and her fight to live and escape from the meat industry, captured our hearts and inspired us as her story is a part of everything we believe in…that all animals matter. Wilma was transferred to us rescue to rescue yesterday as she will live out her life with us as a sanctuary resident! 

   ❤️Animals who will be ready for adoption in the next couple months ❤️

Millie and Marley

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Meet this beautiful mother and son duo Marley and Millie! These two sweet donkeys are a bonded pair and they are so incredibly cute together. Millie’s motherly instincts are so apparent as she is always checking and watching over her son Marley. Twenty years ago Millie (who is now 24) arrived to her owners and a couple of short months later delivered Marley, who was a complete surprise to all. Their owners and their kids loved them dearly and they all grew up alongside each other. However as life happens, the kids eventually went away to college and their owner started dealing with disabling health issues of her own. She desperately tried to find someone to help with them but was unable and they started developing painful white line disease/thrush in all of their hooves and weight issues, which overtime can impact their health and make them lame. She knew it wasn’t fair to them and because they loved them so dearly, she knew she had to do what was best for them. Being able to make such a selfless choice like this, even though it is so very hard-is such a admirable and necessary quality to have when making decisions for the animals we love. 

Click the arrow to see more pictures of her and how she used to live.


Click HERE to read updates on Willow!

Meet “Willow” We were contacted by a kind samaritan who had secretly been watching over Willow and bringing her food. Willow lived alone in the woods in a small round lot secluded at the end of an empty property where no one knew she was.  She had another mule for company,  her best friend, prior to the owners deciding to "humanely" put him down with a gun rather than incurring a vet bill.

There she stayed for years without another animal.

For years her owners only visited once a week ...enough to give her enough hay or water to keep her going. Her trough, (which contained merely an inch or two of water most days) was full of leaves and dirt. The owners would top it off with a little more every time they came, just barely enough to get her through. They also added bleach to this every now and then instead of cleaning it.

Her blanket tattered and torn was tied on her with twine and left on her for months at a time, even in 80 degree weather. 

There she sat, alone, for YEARS. No one to love on her, nothing to occupy her, no shelter-ever. When the neighbor through the woods found out about her, she tried calling animal control multiple times asking for something to be done. But as far as she knows-NO ONE EVER EVEN CAME.

When the neighbor reached out to us, we tried contacting the owner, but our calls were ignored. So we visited the property and were able to get the owner to surrender. She admitted to everything- including that Willow was deathly scared of men because her husband had beaten her so bad-including a time when she accidentally stepped on his foot so he tied her to a tree and beat her so badly that she submitted to a sitting position. She also admitted that she had considered shooting Willow as she had done to the other mule.

Luckily Willow is in her safe haven now, here with us, but she needs a lot of TLC and gentle hands knowing we won't ever hurt her. Her hooves are overgrown and misshapen from years of having laminitis, she needs a farrier to correct her hooves so she can stop tripping over her feet, she needs vet treatment, daily medication, and special feed, and nothing is cheap. According to her owner, her teeth have never been floated...we can't imagine what pain she has had to endure daily while just chewing!

We need help with her expenses. We couldn't just leave her there!

Please consider donating to help her get the care she’s always deserved but never had!


 Maya came to us with her baby Zoey who was born with all four twisted legs and struggled to walk. Unfortunately even with veterinarian care, casting, physical therapy and assistive devices, her genetic disorders were too much for her little body to handle. This time is now about her mother Maya, as loss is hard on almost all animals when they lose their babies. At barely 1 year old, she was bred way too early, which could very well be why her baby didn’t develop the way she should. It is clear that she never had much human interaction as she’s scared to death of every quick movement or noise, but we won’t stop trying to teach her that we are only here to help her. We sit and calmly talk to her and hope that one day she will understand that there is so much more out there than the life and four walls she once knew…and if it takes a long time, that’s okay too…we will still be right here…

“It takes nothing from a human to be kind to an animal” -Joaquin Phoenix

     ❤️Animals who are ready for adoption! ❤️



SHARE and help Roscoe find his home! ❤️

This happy boy has been looking for a place to call his own for a year now. Saved from euthanasia just in the nick of time only because he was one animal too many. We know that he wasn’t meant to leave that day and he wasn’t meant to live his life out in a shelter. He just needs that special someone to open their heart and home to him! 

He is a sweet boy who loves to play. He is UTD on all of his shots, neutered and in great health. He is 6-7 years old, would do best with older kids and as a only dog. 

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Adoption fee is $75


Halle is up for adoption! Make sure to click on the link to read more about her and how far she's come!

Click here for updates on Hallee!

Meet Hallee-5 years old and shes been hiding in her litter box at animal control for two months since her owner left. To her owner-did you know when you left her behind she would be so scared and alone? I wonder if she thought you’d be coming back?

Slowly she deteriorated as she only leaves her box to eat or drink and runs quickly back to hide, afraid of every single noise and movement, this is how frightened she has been for TWO MONTHS, day in and day out. Did you tell yourself she was better off and soon would be happy and find a home? Yet little did you know that theory was so wrong, as no one stops to see her because she never leaves the back corner of her cage.

 Mollie and Roo - ADOPTED!! 

     Alice and Jill - Adoption pending!

Click HERE to read updates on our mini donkeys!

Monday afternoon we agreed to take in a owner surrender. 4 mini donkeys (two of which are very obese) living on over 15+ acres of field for several years. Due to unforeseen circumstances they couldn’t care for them and they were unable to give them the attention they needed. They had been allowed to roam free on a HUGE plot of land and if anyone knows anything about minis-is they get fat on air. They have to be kept on a smaller manageable lot. They can develop many issues including equine metabolic syndrome including fat deposits, inability to regulate insulin and laminitis. It literally can and WILL kill them. One problem however-they were almost impossible to catch!

These mini donkeys were very smart but had not been handled often. After several hours the first day we were able to lure 3 into a shelter with feed and treats and use a gate we brought to trap them. The 4th stood from afar, she was too smart for her own good. However we had to take the moment when we had it: one would scare the other to run out of the shelter and as time went on, they were playing Russian roulette picking when and who would go in and out. We knew we were better off catching 3 than one. They obviously hadent seen a halter or a lead in a while, if ever. It took 5 of us to load them into the trailer and they fought the whole way, if only they knew we needed to help them. They were 3 very strong and heavy minis.

We returned the 2nd day with 7 people/volunteers to try and catch the last mini but we spent hours and the field was too large and she knew how to get away at every moment. There was too much space uncovered and no real spot or corner anywhere to properly trap her. The 3rd day we returned with the help of 8 people. Animals like donkeys form strong bonds with each other. She had been alone in this huge field without her bonded friend and we knew it was a possibility she would get depressed and lonely as the days went on and stop eating and drinking. Many people are unaware that donkeys can essentially die of a broken heart. Unfortunately, donkeys are one of the most misunderstood animals. They are often thought of as being expendable, but they have feelings and emotions and love, it’s a real thing. We could not give up on her, we knew we had to help her, and we knew we were running out of options. She would not come near a single person. We had to hire the help of a professional-a real life cowboy-so we could get her the help she needed.

Now all of the herd are together and as happy as can be. They were just scared and unsure, as they haven’t had much interaction and attention in a while and we will work on helping them to trust us and feel safe. They all need to be vetted/ have their teeth floated as they have no idea how long it has been since they have even seen one. We will be working with them to get used to a halter and a lead. The white one has sunburn on the back of her ears and eyes so we will be working on helping her with her skin conditions. More importantly we will be helping them to lose the weight they so desperately need to become healthy again, hopefully before it causes too many problems that are irreversible. Special thanks to Sydney Peyton, Debby Jernigan Hoskin, Tori Besecker, Barbara Dameron and Deshaun Forbes for all your help over the last 3 days!

Please-any monetary donations towards their vetting and care would be very much appreciated so we are able to focus on their health!


Click here to see Bruno's story

Bruno is almost completely done healing!

His mouth looks great, his eyes are bright, he’s gained weight and his tail has only a couple of small scabs left!


Bruno is more than ready to finally find his forever home! If you know someone who is looking for a best friend and companion- let them know!

This deserving boy is UTD on shots and neutered. His true age is unknown but we’ve settled on thinking he is more between the 5-6 year old range. He is amazing at his basic commands…sit, lay down, stay, paw and UP!

When trail walking he has unbelievable leash skills…he never pulls on a leash and watches your pace to see if he should walk faster to keep up with you or slow down to stay right there by your side. He is a mostly calm boy who loves to lounge around all day (and would be happy to do so!) but loves to run and play with toys for just a little while (in a fenced in yard) when a companion is nearby. He has been great around multiple female dogs (male dogs are questionable though) and has not been cat tested. He’s only had a couple of accidents during times when he has drank lots of water and hasn’t been able to go out within an hour after doing so (frequent bathroom breaks are always a good thing!) He sleeps through the entire night by your side!

This guy is truly something special…he is a velcro dog and is destined to be someone’s best friend. He follows you everywhere and will happily lay at your feet (or in your bed), go on car rides or just walk around the yard with you. He is a very faithful companion. He does get anxiety when left alone in a crate, so we are hopeful that he will be able to find an adopter who is retired, maybe works from home or just has the time to spend with him that he deserves. He is just a GREAT dog!

If you know someone who Bruno sounds perfect for-please tag and share! This boy has been through so much and he’s ready to have a human to call his own!

If you’d like to fill out an application: you can find it below!


Click here to read his story

New arrival: this adorable boy has lots to say!

Meet Noble- he was an owner surrender from a lady who actually loved him VERY much! She had him and his brother since they were just babies. They were best friends, always by each others side. Their mom always spent time spoiling them, as they meant a lot to her.

Twelve years went by and Noble’s brother passed. It was a loss that was very hard for her and Noble to handle and she knew that he would be alone and sad without another donkey friend by his side. As days passed she began to worry about Noble and his health, him being heartbroken and giving up-as donkeys really can be so sad that they stop eating and drinking without their bonded friend. She knew he was depressed, she worried about his eating and she couldn’t lose him too.

She wanted him to be happy and she worried about no longer being stable on her own feet, her health and being able to spend the time with him that he needed now that he was alone. In the mornings he would bray at her window for her to come out and sit with him.

She made the incredibly hard and selfless choice to give him up so that he could be happy among other donkey friends. She wasn’t in fact giving him up-she was giving him life. We know she deeply misses him but the hard choice she made with his best interest at mind, was beautiful and inspiring.

“Love is when another person’s happiness [or animals] is more important than your own.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Johnny, June and Melody

While stocking up on supplies for the animals, we came across baby ducks that were basically being given away. There were 3 smaller than the others that no one wanted who were shivering, overstimulated, scared and hiding. They were “too old” (at over a week old!! ) to sell and anyone willing to take them and raise them as “meat birds” were encouraged to get them out of there before they would be “of no use” when the other shipment came in. We know we can’t save them all but we just couldn’t imagine walking out that door leaving these sweet little faces behind to have no purpose in life other than being raised simply to be sent to slaughter as soon as they were able. (Which usually happens as early as 7 weeks old!) 

Click HERE to see the ducks at 5 weeks old!

Click HERE to see the ducks at 6 weeks old!

Click HERE to see the ducks now

Meet Lucy, Ethel and Ricky!

This young trio was rescued from somewhat of a hoarding situation where they had to get rid of them quickly or their lives would have been cut drastically short (they are only 6 months old!) We agreed to take these babies in to prevent them from being sent to slaughter before they even had a chance to live. ❤️ 

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❤️ Resting with the Angels ❤️

     Dillon 🐾

   "If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever." ️

This cuddle bug has spent his entire life, a long 8 to 10 years- tethered to a chain, starved and abused. He was supposedly used for breeding at some point, and we are not exactly sure how but at one point his leg was very badly wounded causing extensive bone damage. Due to lack of care the bone tried to repair itself overtime, so he walks with a permanent limp. He is timid and scared of everything but loves people so much already. Looking into his sad eyes, you can tell he’s never felt a loving hand, so he soaks every second up that he can, lying in your lap, just wanting to be with you, never knowing what the next second will bring. He needs to put on a lot of weight and has a long road ahead of him, learning to heal not only physically but learning that not all humans are bad. He has such a special sweet, sweet soul we can tell already, that’s why he deserved a special name- Dillon, meaning “Ray of hope” because that’s truly what he is. ❤️

To learn more about Dillon's Story, Click Here!

Click the arrow to take a look at Miltons life and how happy he was. 

A picture that was painted of a beautiful moment that happened right before he passed. He was consoling her and telling her that is was going to be ok. Painted by a wonderful artist JA Wilson ❤️

Milton ❤️

We’ve thought long and hard about the right words to say…meaningful words to honor Milton’s life and the lives he’s touched.

But, how do you find words for a soul that meant so much to so many?

Milton, who was 37+ (in which the vets think he was actually much older) crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday afternoon. He began to have more bad days than good and he started to slowly become unstable on his feet over the past several weeks. His arthritic body could no longer support him and he was in pain. We tried EVERYTHING but in the last 24 hours he just didn’t want to walk anymore. He was tired, he hurt, and we knew it was time. It wasnt fair to keep him around because we were the ones who weren’t ready to say goodbye.

In the hours before his passing, while we were mourning the fact our time with him was coming to an end, he leaned in to nuzzle one of his favorite girls faces as she was crying and all that we can say is in that moment-we knew he was saying “Don’t cry for me, I’m going to be okay.”Our sweet beloved Milton…was trying to console US.

He spent the entire day enjoying more fig newtons and animal cookies than we could have counted, being loved and kissed on. He passed painlessly and peacefully, surrounded by so many that loved him. The sky and the stars shone brightly last night as we buried him in a spot that he could watch over all of his friends.

Milton came to us about a year and a half ago and we knew going into this journey with him that our purpose was to offer him a happy, comfortable end of life for whatever length of time he had left. However, we never knew just how much he would capture the love of everyone around him and what kind of profound impact he would have on our lives and our hearts.

We racked and racked our brains to figure out how to honor his memory, but we think instead we actually want to share with you how he LIVED. He loved long walks in the woods, playing with an old boot, grazing all the grass his heart could desire, but most of all he enjoyed people. He loved spending his time next to anyone and everyone who came to visit. In the short time he had here, he was loved and spoiled, his life mattered. Our purpose was to keep him happy and comfortable and we did just that.

Rest easy sweet Milton, we are so very thankful to have had you in our lives.


Rescue is hard. You save so very many, but you also experience loss along the way. You wish each and every one of them could live forever, but that’s just not how life works. Providing a sanctuary for seniors is even harder. You know from the beginning that their days are numbered and life is unexpected, so you never know how long you have with them. They often require much more care as they age, they develop cancers such as our dear Grumpy, arthritis and many more health issues. However, the need to provide them a place to live out their days being cared for, loved and doted on near their end of life is also what drives us to continue to do what we do. Letting them live out their golden years as comfortably and as painlessly as possible, until their aged souls know it’s time.

Grumpy AKA Fig Newton (who was estimated to be in his late 30’s by the vet) is the reason we’re here. It all started with a 3 year old little girl who fell in love with a donkey. He was very scared of sudden movements and lots of people, but he loved that little girl. He lived near, so she went to visit him frequently, he often stood from afar watching carefully-eventually being lured in with what became his favorite treats (Fig Newtons) and over the years they developed a extraordinary bond that was deep and unparalleled. He taught us how affectionate and loyal donkeys can be if you only give them a kind hand and time to trust. He is the sole reason we fell in love with donkeys.

We were so blessed to have been given the opportunity for him to be with us in his final years and to provide a permanent home with the little girl who is now a 14 year old. He was the inspiration for Finally Home Animal Haven and all the donkeys we have here. He is the reason we will continue to provide a sanctuary for other donkeys just like him, especially seniors. His passing is harder than most, but knowing how much love we were able to give him in his final years helps greatly. He knew he was loved and he gave SO MUCH LOVE to his people in return, he was finally at home.

In his memory, if you’d like to make a small donation in tribute of helping more seniors like him live out their golden years, we would be forever grateful.


Click here to see his story

It is with saddened hearts that we announce the cancer was finally too much for Clarence to handle as it continued to spread to different parts of his body. With steroids he had a prognosis of 1-2 months and he comfortably made it to 3 months and 1 week. His days were filled with lots of naps, bird watching from the window, a warm bed & free area to roam, lots of people to spend time with and more food than his heart could desire.

We knew going into this with him that our sole purpose was to keep him happy and pain free for as long as he had left, as the lymphoma was not something he was going to recover from. The last couple of days he stopped cleaning himself and slowed eating until he just stopped, subtle signs that began to become more obvious that he was tired and we knew he was preparing us for the fact that he had begun to let go. The spots on his lungs had continued to grow and he started to become out of breath with any activity.

He passed surrounded by people who in the short time that knew him, had already grown to love him deeply. There was not one single dry eye in his passing. In his frequent visits to the vet, we were moved by the fact that he not only impacted the lives at FHAH but the people at Old Dominion too. He had become known as a “heart cat” in their office because of his affectionate nature, he loved anyone and everyone he met. He walked into the office like he owned the place…walking right up to the staff, giving nose bops and plopping right down in your lap, purring louder than anyone knew a cat could. That was Clarence- he was always purring and he loved people.

While we are saddened to see him pass, we are so thankful to be able to have provided him the comfort he deserved in the last leg of his journey in this life. We are so very grateful to Old Dominion for helping us provide just that.

Fly high Clarence…you were already an angel…but now you finally got your wings