The search is on for people Interested in adopting a hoofed animal. Parker County Sheriff’s animal control officers have several donkeys, horses and sheep that need to find good and adequate homes.
Karen Kessler, Sheriff’s animal control supervisor, notes that animal control took in 11 donkeys two months ago. The entire donkey herd was making its way down Whitt’s Hardy Road. A concerned citizen about their safety alerted officials.
The owner of these donkeys has not been found. No one has claimed them. Each of the 11 donkeys is male, has a negative Coggins test and has been castrated. All of the gelded jacks may be adopted into permanent homes. Two of the 11 donkeys are presently being fostered and they are also available.
There is no application fee and the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter is waiving all adoption fees for county residents who would like to adopt one or more of the donkeys.
Kessler says, “We are only asking for $25 for each of the donkeys to cover the costs of the Coggins testing. We just want to see them in permanent, adequate homes.”
Animal control also have two horses available for adoption at their shelter. One horse is a mare with a good disposition. The second horse is about 8-month-old. He is a colt that was removed from a home in Peaster a week ago because of extreme neglect.
Kessler said the horses are available for adoption to a county resident with a good, safe home for an adoption fee of $100.
Per Kessler, “There are currently no serious health issues with the horses. They are in need of proper nutrition and a lot of TLC.”
Also available at the animal control shelter are six neglected Barbado sheep. These animals are one ram, one doe and four kids. The sheep may be purchased through an online auction at Texas Auction Realty.
“Anyone interested in permanently adopting these animals can contact the shelter directly or come by to see them,” Kessler said.
Kessler encourages livestock owners to register animals to help trace them should they get lost and to help avoid animals presenting road hazards should they escape. Registration forms can be obtained at Parker CountySheriff.
The shelter is located at 403 Hickory Lane in Weatherford, phone 817-598-4111.
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