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JUNE 2024



Jojo & Charley Brown's Story

Two of our babies, JoJo and Charley Brown, continue to amaze me every day. They were not born here at Oscar’s Place; they were born in an auction yard. We rescued them and their mothers, and brought them here when they were about a week old. 


The baby donkeys who were born at our ranch have never experienced fear or anything uncomfortable in their lives. They think humans are the best thing on the planet! But that’s not true for donkeys who weren't born here. But for some reason, JoJo and Charley Brown are completely socialized and in love with people. 


They don’t even have the normal baby antics. Normally, when I (Ron) get down on my knees, baby donkeys like Perl and Skye will come right up to me right away. They want to play, roughhouse, and nip my shoulders. But JoJo and Charley Brown just want to cuddle! When I get down on my knees, Charley Brown will walk up to me, go nose-to-nose, snout-to-snout… then, he’ll take a few steps over and rest his head on my shoulder. 

That’s how he wants to interact with humans. He’s not interested in roughhousing (he and JoJo do plenty of roughhousing on their own). He just wants humans to hug him, and it’s the sweetest thing ever. Both of their moms get a bit jealous, actually—they also want all the butt scratches and the love. For the time being, Charley Brown and JoJo have completely captured our hearts—and they are an impossible force to ignore

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About the Photographer:

Johanna Siegmann is an internally award-winning portrait and architecture photographer, specializing in photographing people with their pets. A collection of her unique images, which capture the relationship between humans and animal, has been published as In Good Company (Notable People with their Pets), available online globally and via special order from your local bookstore. Johanna believes in giving back to the community, and a portion of the proceeds from the book are going to charity. She has donated her time and talent to Oscar’s Place for this calendar project.

About Oscar's Place:

Donkeys are some of the most loving and trusting creatures on Earth, and when they suffer because humans are unkind, Oscar’s Place steps in. While we’re just a team of everyday individuals, we deeply care for and are committed to providing a safe haven for donkeys in need.​  We focus on donkeys because the world's donkey population is being decimated. Not by disease, global warming, or predators. But because there is a high demand for their hides in the creation of a traditional Chinese medicine. 

They deserve better than to be abused, crowded into horrifying transport containers, and shipped off to slaughter factories. Our mission is straight-forward: To every donkey that makes its way to Oscar’s Place, we will do everything in our power to keep that animal safe, healthy & happy for the rest of its life. 

We love animals, and quite frankly, we need to team up with other people who also care about what happens to these beautiful creatures. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to make a big difference.When you make a donation, you help a donkey recover emotionally and physically from its past.


You are restoring their belief in humans as caregivers. Your impact even makes it possible to re-home donkeys to carefully-screened adopters, which enables us to bring more of these precious animals into our care system. Again, we’re not special, but our team consists of caring employees, volunteers, veterinarians, and farriers – all with a singular objective: to help donkeys recover physically, mentally, and emotionally. Every person on-site is committed to hands-on interaction with our donkeys, every day.Loving them. Calming them. Healing them. We want to show them that humans can be good. Can you save a donkey’s life today or can you share this message?


Thank you so much for caring.

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