Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:23

Joy the Donkey inspires hundreds with story of recovery Featured

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SMYRNA - An animal in Smyrna has beat the odds, miraculously recovering from a deadly situation.

Joy the donkey has brightened the lives of those who have faced hardships like she has.

"She's got a huge personality," said Brandy Clark, manager of A Life Line animal rehab and rescue.

Joy is a donkey living at A Life Line animal rescue in Smyrna.

"We rescued Joy when she was 21 days old. She had been on display at a fair," Clark said.

When Joy was young, she had a broken neck that went untreated, causing an infection that spread to her spine.

"This is all scar tissues, that was abscesses on top of abscesses on both sides of her throat," Clark said.

"We told the vet, when we first rescued her, and they said she should be put down," said Luetta Goodall, president of A Life Line. "But we said she fought this hard."

So the non-profit rescue consulted animal surgeons, like Dr. Michael Davis from New Hampshire, as well as Dr. Barrie Grant  from the west coast.

"He graciously looked at her x-rays and told us what we needed for him, and he flew from California and donated his surgical time to fix her," Clark said.

Now, Joy is recovering. But even with the donated surgery and time, the procedure left A Life Line with a hefty bill - $12,000.

"We are not state funded, we are only here because of money we put into it, and the money from people's generosity," said Clark.

The non-profit is looking for help paying for Joy's care, so this miracle donkey can continue bringing smiles to the hundreds of people following her story.

"Her name certainly fits her because she gives everyone joy that is around her," said Clark.

"Something about Joy just gives them a ray of hope, this little donkey who's been through everything," said Goodall. "It was meant to be."

To donate to A Life Line, visit www.paypal.me/alifeline. You can also send donations to A Life Line, 73 Smyrna Center Road, Smyrna ME 04780.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!