Long drought leads to hundreds of donkeys being abandoned

Rescue groups take in donkeys that are abused and caught in roundups on federal lands

Keith Gantt, Karla Gantt

Abandoned donkeys recovered by Keith Gantt and his wife Karla Gantt are seen in Athens, La. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation’s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Written by
Janet McConnaughey
Associated Press
Keith Gantt, Karla Gantt

Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can’t give away. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

 With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned donkeys by the hundreds, turning them into wandering refugees that have severely tested animal rescue groups.

The nation’s biggest donkey rescue group says that since March 2011, it has taken in nearly 800 donkeys abandoned in Texas, where ranchers mainly used the animals to guard their herds. Many of the cattle and goats have been sold off, largely because of the drought and the U.S. economic slump, putting the donkeys out of a job.



  1. Reblogged this on delia1979.

  2. Evelyn Ball · ·

    What a pathetic species the human animal is!!!!!!!!! It is unbelievable how selfish, ignorant and uncaring many humans are. I can only wish the worst for these idiots. They seem to think that any other animal is disposable garbage. People like this need to suffer extremely.

  3. This is so sad praying people will share via their social networking tools to help the donkeys. Added the news article to our facebook https://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhispererpage it’s heart breaking news. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Donkeys are such wonderful little guys. It’s sickening to see them suffer so. Mind you, that goes for all animals.

      1. I agree, thank you for all you do

  4. […] in donkeys that are abused and caught in roundups on federal lands … … More here: Long drought leads to hundreds of donkeys being abandoned … ← NM horse-racing tracks called most dangerous in nation by NY Times Crews try to free […]

  5. Please can you add a TWEET THIS to your site so I can tweet your alerts and info ect

    Thank you

    Sarah West FOUNDER CFAWR http://www.cfawr.org Canadian Ambassador WORLD ANMAL DAY Victoria BC

  6. OMG they are so cute….how could anyone harm them.

  7. linda badham · ·

    what a terrible heartless bunch of farmers ! what a rotten thing to do. surely they could have called a rescue place instead of abandoning them. why is neutering not done here if theres too many donkeys. hope they dont get slaughtered .

%d bloggers like this: