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Posted:  May 19, 2016

CAVE CREEK, AZ (The Republic | azcentral.com)

A group of miniature donkeys that went viral in March after a Cave Creek horse rescue posted that they needed to be adopted have found forever homes.

But before the adorable animals move in with their new families, Triple R Horse Rescue is inviting people to meet the donkeys in Cave Creek.

Anyone can visit them from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the rescue’s home at Spur Cross Stables, 44029 N. Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek.

Fourteen donkeys will be at the ranch, and visitors will get the chance to see them, pet a few and maybe even get a picture up close.

A new life after abandonment in Texas

The 14 made their way from a sanctuary in Texas to the Cave Creek rescue a few weeks ago.

They are some of about 150 miniature donkeys that were rescued in Texas after people who wanted to breed and raise miniature donkeys became overwhelmed and abandoned all of them in the wild, according to Ken Bacher, president of Triple R Horse Rescue.

The Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue in Texas rescued them and contacted rescues across the country to take some of the donkeys and help train them and get them adopted.

"They were just turned loose and they don’t know what people are. Had they raised these like normal, they tend to be really sweet little guys to be around," Bacher said. These 14 are more skittish.

"Most of them, once they figure out that nobody is going to hurt them, they calm down really quickly," he said.

A higher calling as companion animals

All 14 are being adopted by people in Arizona who already have equine animals such as a horse, donkey or mule.

"The Number 1 reason people want to adopt them is just they’re so just so damn cute," Bacher said, laughing. "But in most cases they want them because they have a horse and they want it to have a friend."

It's cheaper to feed a mini donkey than a bigger animal, making them an economical choice for people looking for a companion animal.

After Triple R Horse Rescue posted on Facebook about needing adoptive homes, the rescue received thousands of calls from around the world. After a rigorous screening process, it had more than 100 qualified people in Arizona who could adopt a donkey; the rescue group had a lottery to determine who would get one.

Although the group is no longer accepting requests to adopt, anyone interested in helping the rescue can donate by bringing cash or a check to the event, or sending a donation to Triple R Horse Rescue at P.O. Box 4925, Cave Creek, AZ, 85327.

For more information visit triplerhorserescueaz.com.

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue also made and sold customized Polaroid photos to raise money for the rescue. Each Polaroid in the Massive Mini Project has the animal's microchip number and comes with a key chain.

To help the other donkeys in Texas, donate to Peaceful Valley by texting MINI to 41444.