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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Video of Donkey Clinic at Waiki'i Ranch August 27 - 28

Nothing I could tell you about the clinic would be a bit better than asking you to watch this Big Island Video News report. It takes less than 5 minutes, and every second is action packed, in living color, and loaded with information.  Remember, everything you see is done to veterinary equine protocol of the highest standards and the jacks are anesthetized. There is a reason for everything, to protect the donkeys and the people helping them.

The Waikoloa talk story about donkeys last Friday at the Church was very well attended and we had many special guests. Up front, in addition to the usual cast, we had the four veterinary volunteers from Salinas, California, plus State Senator Clayton Hee. In the audience, were folks who had adopted donkeys and talked of their experiences. 

Senator Hee rode tall in the saddle in the clinic on Saturday and Sunday and was a big help. I was privileged to be at the clinic, watch from outside the fence, and meet all the volunteers. Another Friend of the Waikoloa Nightingales joined me and got to talk story with people from all the Islands, including paniolo on horses and utility vehicles. Horse trailers and trucks galore. Wow, so impressive. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New! Waikoloa Nightingale Tote Bag Supports HSUS Waikoloa Donkey Fund

Nightingale Tote Bag

A Hilo friend of Malama Waikoloa Nightingales, Tanya Kearns, has been successfully selling these well made totes on her Etsy "Manila Extract" store. ( (Click the Nightingale Tote Bag caption to go directly to the tote.)

10% of the proceeds from the sales go to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Waikoloa Donkey Fund. That fund pays for medical supplies and other necessities for Dr. Brady Bergin to continue to provide his professional services  to the Waikoloa Donkeys that are being re-homed (adopted), with all males castrated. Without that financial support for supplies, he could not continue his work.

I've drawn compliments from all over, carrying mine around. It's perfect for holding all the stuff one might need for a meeting or a trip to the beach or while out shopping. These are finely crafted bags, neatly finished  in and out.

Manila Extract also donated clutch bags, good for holding essentials and small items to put in the gifts for the Mainland volunteers coming for the donkey clinic. You can see a similar one here

Monday, August 15, 2011

Waikoloa Talk Story August 26th, 6:30, at Community Church

Talk Story about Waikoloa Donkeys
Friday August 26th at 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Waikoloa Community Church Fellowship Hall
Paniolo Ave., across from Waikoloa School

Malama Waikoloa Nightingales is hosting a Community Talk Story to review the latest developments with our Waikoloa feral donkeys. All Waikoloans are invited and encouraged to participate. 

The leaders of humane efforts to re-home Waikoloa Donkeys are Brady Bergin, Waimea veterinarian, plus Inga Gibson and Keith Dane of the United States Humane Society (USHS). They will review accomplishments and explain the immediately upcoming clinic to examine over 100 captured Waikoloa Nightingale donkeys, castrating the jacks, and readying them for re-homing (adoption).  

USHS Medical Associates veterinarian clinic volunteers from the Mainland will also be on hand for information sharing. Other recent developments, local adoption activities, and the plan to safely fly about 100 donkeys to a renowned donkey rescue in Southern California, in September will be highlighted. This means the vets and their assistants will be creating thorough documentation and "chipping" of individual donkeys so some may be shipped out-of-state.

Community questions and concerns about these volunteer efforts will be addressed, in a Q&A session.

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