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Meet Paloma and Kona, Wild Donkeys Rescued by Equine Voices

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Beading Divas November/December fundraising partner is Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary (EVRS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit equine rescue organization located in Amado, Arizona. EVRS’ mission is to rescue equines from neglect, abuse, abandonment, and slaughter. They rehabilitate, adopt, or provide a safe and loving sanctuary to equines who need a forever home. EVRS, an award-winning organization, provides unwanted horses, donkeys, and mules a forever home with all the food, love and care they need to live long, happy lives. Many have been adopted by families looking for their next best friend. But EVRS is always there for the horses who have graced their pastures.

Meet PALOMA and her mother KONA! Paloma is a darker colored, 10-year-old female donkey and Kona is a white, 20-year-old female donkey. Both came to Equine Voices in 2013, after a roundup of wild donkeys. EVRS rescued seventy-two of them, finding immediate homes for all but seventeen. Paloma and Kona were part of those original seventeen. They have been adopted and returned twice and are now lifetime residents of Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary.

Roundups of wild equine are inhumane and unnecessary, particularly for the females. Surgical sterilization done in the field can cost a jenny her life. It also costs taxpayers more money. The alternative, Porcine Zona Pellucida, or PZP birth control, is humane and recommended by veterinarians across the country. PZP is a fertility-control vaccine given to female equine on the range through an injection via remote darting. PZP prevents pregnancy in females by stimulating the production of antibodies that bind sperm receptors on the egg’s surface, thereby preventing sperm attachment and fertilization.

You can help EVRS rescue more equines like Paloma and Kona by purchasing one-of-a-kind, handcrafted Beading Divas bracelets.

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Cost per bracelet is $20. Bracelets make great gifts any time of year! The best selection is online via Etsy but in Tucson you can also buy bracelets at Fuchsia Spa in La Encantada Shopping Center, Silver Sea Jewelry in the historic 4th Avenue Shopping District (Silver Sea is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon-6pm.) and Gulliver and Friends Boutique in Tubac, Arizona (Open Thursday – Sunday 11am to 3pm).