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Lusco Farms Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Lusco Farms Rescue The mission of Lusco Farms Rescue is to provide immediate shelter, veterinarian care and nutrition for all equines. A special emphasis will be placed on the well being of miniature ponies and donkeys. Volunteers at Lusco Farm Rescue will provide care without passing judgment on those involved in the situation. Our main purpose is to rehabilitate and find safe and caring homes for the equines that have come into our care. "A donkey is a special. Are you special enough to be a friend?

Results: We have worked diligently this year to get our name out to the local agencies and general public in regard to our misson. We have adopted 12 donkeys and mules to wonderful homes. We have also taken in over 20 donkeys, mules and ponies. Improvements were made to a hay storage area and water lines run to the paddocks. This was only possible by the generous grant award by a major animal health company. We Started a therapy program for individuals with mental disabilities. The donkeys are taken to local agencies for residents to pet and interact with. These agencies also bring residence to the rescue to visit.

Target demographics: Specific emphasis is on donkey and mules of the equine family.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The largest and most difficult rescue to date: Four Mules and a donkey all need help when an owner has given up hope of finding a rescue to take her animals. Team Lusco steps in to provide hoof care for very overgrown hooves. The Fab5 are on their way towards finding homes. We have rehomed over 100 donkeys since 2011!

Geographic areas served: Omaha - Council Bluffs Metro, Southwest Iowa, Northwest Missouri and Eastern Nebraska.

Programs: Adoption service. Emergency rescue services, Non jugemental approach to animal surrender situations.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue to donate to, my family and I had several to choose from but these guys won our hearts over. Scott & Lu are a husband and wife team, with the help of their children, family, & friends. You can call them up at anytime of the day with a question or a rescue and they drop everything to help you out. We have met them on several occasions and they are very knowledgeable and friendly. The animals in their care definitely come first!!!!! Such a truly amazing rescue. If the Shehans aren't out at an event educating people on the plight of the unwanted donkeys, you can find them at the rescue either building something or fixing something. God Bless you all!!!! Please keep up the good work!!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I donate to this wonderful rescue every month. I wish it could be more but I do know that my donations are used solely for the animals you can see it, they are forever improving the lives of these precious animals. I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer. Lusco Farms is a family run rescue with lots of volunteers whom none of them get paid. If you are looking for a forever friend please consider checking this wonderful rescue. Lusco farms the orginal donkey rescue in SW Iowa..thank you for saving these animals! You all are amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I always donate to Lusco Farms. This rescue is the best rescue in SW Iowa, believe me I know, I had dealt with others in the area and this one is top of the line. The donations that they receive are always spent on the animals, you never have to worry there. You can visit them at anytime and you will find the Shehans and several volunteers working on their latest project. The animals always come first at this rescue. I will continue to donate to Lusco Farms. Love the people, love the animals, glad they are here to help the unwanted equines of the area...an amazing rescue, helping those who can't speak for themselves. WTG Lusco Farms

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lusco Farms is an amazing rescue. Scott, Lu and their many, many volunteers are a top-notch bunch of people who are truly dedicated to the care of the abused, unwanted mules, donkeys, & mini ponies. My family & I have had the pleasure of meeting this group on several occasions. The staff answered all the questions we had. We are planning to adopt an donkey as soon as we get our place finished. You can call them up anytime and they will drop everything to help you or an animal in need. They took time out of their busy schedule one Sunday to show us around and explain what they do. Truly an amazing time. They are forever improving the rescue, whether building a new building, fixing fences, fixing existing buildings, basically always taking care of the animals in their care. You can definitely see where your donation is going, unlike some rescues that are out there. Lusco Farms Rescue is the most amazing rescue located in southwest Iowa. If you are looking for an animal, please check these guys out, you definitely won't regret it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an adopter, a donor, & a volunteer for Lusco Farms. Lusco Farms is truly an amazing rescue for all horses, donkeys, mules, that have been neglected and/or abused. This is truly a place to heal. Lu, Scott &the staff provide a second chance to these animals and make sure their adoptions are a perfect fit for the sake of all animals having a forever home. The rescue depends solely on donations, they have no paid staff. They use the donations 100% on the animals that they rescue. They are great at keeping the public informed on everything they do!!!

1 Kate63

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel so lucky to have adopted a donkey from Lusco Farms.

Last winter we suddenly needed a companion for our horse. We had never even seen a standard donkey up close, but we loved them when we visited Lusco. The staff made sure we had all the information we needed, and they even hauled our donkey to our door. They clearly were invested in her; they stayed as our horse met and accepted the donkey.

We got consistent support and advice as we cared for our donkey and then moved donkey and horse to a boarding barn. From there, we better established ourselves at home for horses, and we took on a boarder. We no longer needed Donkey.

Lusco Farms came and got her from us, graciously thanking us for caring for her as long as we did. They were able to adopt her out to someone else. Everybody wins! What a great charity!!

1 David181

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have known Scott and Lura since we adopted Honobee over two years ago which we adopted for a stable mate to our ailing mare. She passed a year ago this time and adopted a second jenny to be with Honobee. An unforeseen situation caused us to surrender both donkeys back to Lusco farms but we have kept our relationship with Lusco farms to the point we plan to foster donkeys for them over the summer months only to help take weight off their herd. We have donated hay to the equine as well and support their fundraisers. They do a fantastic job with their rescue by taking a misunderstood equine by the public and educating them to find forever homes.

averagelady2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I have supported Lusco Farms from day one!!! This is a rescue that truly cares about the animals... they are totally made up of volunteers that give 110% of their lives to caring for these amazing animals. They are forever trying to make the public aware of the forgotten equine, truly being the voice for these animals. Lusco Farms....the orginal donkey rescue in SW Iowa!!!!!!!! God Bless you all!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most amazing rescues in southwest Iowa. Lusco Farms is truly a place to heal for unwanted donkeys,mules, & mini ponies. The staff there are great on educating you all about the forgotten equines, truly speaking for the ones who have no voice. I have attended a few of their fundraisers and this is truly a great bunch of people who really care. They take them in, care for them and find "forever homes" for them.. Such an amazing organization!!!! Kudos to Lusco Farms!!!

2 SKM89

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I am a member of the public, I also have firsthand knowledge of this terrific group through the Southwest Iowa Animal Coalition. This group works tirelessly to not only rescue and provide the care these animals need, but also to adopt them out. They can be seen regularly at area adoption events, bringing the donkeys along for the public to see, and to educate the public about donkey rescue. Many of the donks that are rescued have been neglected, Lusco Farms takes them in, provides the food, attention and vet care they need until they can be rehomed. If this isn't dedication, I don't know what is.

2 bluedog

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two donkeys from Lusco Farms Rescue in Malvern, Iowa. What a wonderful rescue organization this is....totally dedicated to finding safe, new homes for donkeys in need. It was clear to us from our first visit that Lusco Farms provides a much needed service in an area that lacks other animals in need. We received top-notch support and guidance through the adoption process and the rescue continues to be available to us whenever we have questions about donkey care....they also love to hear updates on how our new "donkey kids" are doing! It's wonderful to find such caring people and such a great non-profit!

2 Shirley17

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lusco Farms Rescue is very dedicated to the rescue of unwanted donkeys, burros, and horses. Every weekend, and often during the week they can be found responding to someone with unwanted donkeys, or building new places for the animals they take in. They can frequently be found spending their weekends educating people on the responsibility of animal care and ownership. They diligently pursue ways of making their farm a place for those animals in need of loving care. It's obvious they love what they do when you talk with them. Their enthusiasm is contagious. I adopted 3 of their donkeys. They spent their Sunday driving over 300 miles to deliver them to me, and then spent time explaining the care and feeding of them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lusco Farms is an amazing example of what a small group of dedicated people can do to help animals in need. Donkeys are a misunderstood and under-represented part of our world, and the Shehans are working to address the problems faced by these amazing creatures.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our donkey, Blondee, from Lusco Farms Donkey Rescue and it was a GREAT experience. The Shehans were so accommodating and helpful in letting us come meet her and then when we picked her up. The donkeys at Lusco Farms are healthy and happy and incredibly well cared for. I'm constantly amazed at how far the Shehans will go to rescue donkeys, they do much more than other rescue groups would do to bring donkeys in and to get them adopted.

We are going through a cross-country move and Lusco Farms is helping us out with some of our livestock and I know my donkeys are in the best possible place until I can get them moved because they are staying at Lusco Farms. I would be so worried if I had someone else taking care of them but with Lusco Farms I know they are getting the specific care and understanding that donkeys need.

3 Melanie27

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted 2 donkeys from Lusco. Scott was so helpful through the whole process. It is so great to see these animal get another chance and to know that someone will help them. Until they find their new forever home Lusco will take care of them and love them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFTER VISITING LUSCO FARMS RESCUE THIS PAST JULY, WE LEARNED A LOT OF TIME AND VERY HARD WORK GOES IN TO THESE VERY LOVABLE ANIMALS.
SCOTT & LAURA'S DAY STARTS AT 4 AM EVERY DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK ! BEFORE THEY GO TO THERE JOBS.
THEY HAVE TO FEED AND WATER ALL OF THESE DONKEY'S, JUST LIKE A CHILD.
THEY HAVE TO KEEP THERE LIVING AREA CLEAN, AS THE FLIES WILL INVADE THERE LIVING PLACE.
THEY HAVE TO KEEP A SPRAY ON THEM JUST TO KEEP THE FLIES FROM BITING THERE LEGS,FACE,AND BODY.
THEY HAVE TO HAVE THERE FEET TRIMMED SO THEY CAN WALK WITH OUT PAIN.
THEY HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE FRESH HAY AND STRAW FOR FOOD & BEDDING.
MUCH LOVE AND ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO THESE SWEET INNOCENT ANIMALS.
I NO I ONLY TOUCHED ON A VERY FEW THINGS ABOUT THIS SPECIAL PLACE IN MALVERN,IA.USA FOR THESE DONKEYS,
OH YES I FOR GOT THE HORSES,AND NOW GOATS.
THERE IS A LOT MORE TO THIS STORY. BUT I WANTED TO SHARE WHAT LITTLE BIT I LEARNED.
SCOTT,LAURA AND ALL THE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS I DIDN'T MENTION GIVE THERE ALL AND I AM PROUD OF ALL OF THEM.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I own a Harley-Davidson motorcycle store South of Council Bluffs, IA. At our grand opening I was approached by Scott Sheehan, who spoke to me about Lusco Farms Donkey Rescue. I had never heard of 'donkey rescue' before and was immediately moved by his love and concern for these tender animals.

As such, I directed our store to partner in any way we could to provide Lusco with marketing, cash, and building community awareness. Lusco brings some of their animals out for petting, so our customers and public can see the work and progress of the donkeys.

We look forward to maintaining our sponsoring partner status with Lusco Farms, and invite anyone with "Heart" for donkeys to join in.

Bruce Eide,
Loess Hills Harley-Davidson
Pacific Junction, Iowa

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work with people who have physical and mental challenges. I called Scott at Lusco Farms to see about bringing some of the people I serve to see his miniature donkeys. We pulled the bus right up to the barn. Our people, many in wheelchairs, got out and they brought their donkeys to us. They worked with each individual to get them comfortable with the animals. The donkeys often rested their heads on the laps of the people in the wheelchairs. It was a great experience and I would recommend them to anyone for pet therapy, for adoption, etc. Kudos to Lusco Farms!