How the Rescue was Started

Andrea and Jeff Durham live on a 54 acre farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina. They actually live in the very house Jeff grew up in. During Jeff’s childhood, the farm was a working cattle farm. As time went on, and lives changed, the cattle were sold, the barn caved in, and the property went back to Mother Nature.

Once Andrea and Jeff were married, Jeff moved Andrea out to the farm. Andrea, being the animal lover she is, saw infinite possibilities for animals everywhere on the farm. Jeff, however, wasn’t convinced. Jeff finally conceded and allowed Andrea to adopt a couple of goats, Tim and Tickle. Now there were two goats on the farm who needed protection from the once prolific coyote packs roaming the property. Andrea, in true fashion, pressured Jeff to get a donkey because she heard donkeys were great livestock protectors. Little did Andrea and Jeff know, you need to adopt two donkeys, because donkeys, like most mammals, are companion animals and need a friend. Now, Tim and Tickle were part of a foursome with Jessie and Ringer, the two donkeys.

With Jessie and Ringer on the farm, a hunt for a farrier and a vet ensued. Andrea was astonished to hear farriers hate working on donkeys, and some veterinarians do as well. Why is that case? Andrea began asking professionals within the equine world, she began researching donkeys left and right, and began taking notice of the farms around her. Donkeys have a terrible reputation for being stubborn, sullen creatures and a lot of professionals don’t want to work with them. A large portion of the donkeys within the upstate of South Carolina are used as livestock protection for cattle.

Shortly after adopting Jessie and Ringer, Jeff and Andrea realized the two donkeys were the gentlest animals they had ever met. These animals are not designed to be livestock protectors. Donkeys and mules crave human interaction and affection. The farmers who purchase donkeys for livestock protectors often just place a donkey or two in a field with cattle and let them be. The donkeys will usually never see a vet or farrier, or if they do, the donkeys are terrified and act out because they haven’t received much human interaction. Once the donkey has proven to be too much of a handful, or fails as a livestock protector, the donkey is simply tossed aside and lands who knows where. Andrea saw this happen time and time again.

Knowing they had the space, the love, and the determination, Jeff and Andrea set out to help and serve as many donkeys, mules, and people as they can. The goal of Long Ear Rescue is to educate people on how amazing these animals are, how to properly care for an equine, and to assist donkeys and mules so they can live the life they deserve to live where they are treated with kindness and respect.

Board of Directors

President – Andrea Durham

Andrea found a passion for animal rescue years ago when she began fostering (and failing as a foster due to adopting the animals herself) cats and dogs for various rescues within the upstate of South Carolina. During those years, Andrea and Jeff adopted their first two donkeys, Jessie and Ringer. Andrea’s love for donkeys began on day one with those two donkeys. Andrea and her husband Jeff are the proud founders of Long Ear Rescue. Andrea spent as much time as possible in an equestrian barn as a child, and has adored animals ever since. When Andrea isn’t behind the chair as a hairstylist, she’s at their farm with all of their rescue animals and the animals of Long Ear Rescue.

Vice-President – Catheryn McCraw

Catheryn McCraw’s love for animals started when she was just a small child when she believed with all of her heart that her stuffed animals were real. She made sure they were comfortable, that they all got along and that they felt safe and loved with her. Since that time, Catheryn has had a soft spot for all creatures who do not have a voice of their own, and for the past 15+ years has actively been engaged in the rescue community by fostering, fundraising, volunteering, and helping any rescue organization that needs her –  from dog rescues, cat rescues, wildlife rescues and even opossum rescues. She grew up around horses and barns, spending her summers with her father on a dude ranch in Arizona, so when Andrea asked her to join her in her mission to help her save these animals, it felt like coming home.  Catheryn is the Director of Employee Relations for a large corporation in Greenville where she lives with her husband, David, and their two rescue dogs, Stella and Annabelle. When Catheryn isn’t working or volunteering, you can find her enjoying the outdoor sun, traveling, or relaxing with a nice big glass of wine.

Treasurer – Meghan Hogberg

Meghan has worked with horses for over 25 years. Meghan is the proud guardian of a 22 year old Thoroughbred named Quint. Quint and Meghan have been together since he was five years old, and have both taught each other invaluable lessons over the years. Professionally, Meghan is a Special Education Coordinator at a local public school district and takes great pride in advocating for the rights and needs of our special education students. She has worked in the education field for over 10 years and counts herself extremely lucky to be able to work with the amazing individuals that she does. Meghan enjoys spending time with her fur-babies Roxy, Loki, and Oliver. She also enjoys hiking locally and worldwide! Meghan’s next big trip is to an elephant sanctuary in Asia over Christmas! 

Fundraising Coordinator – Kelly Quantrille

Kelly’s passion for horses and animals started as a young girl, showing in the  pony division to hunter/jumpers over the years. Horses took a 25-year hiatus while Kelly pursued  her career and raised a family. All though horses were not part of the picture , Kellys passion for animals stayed with her and she owned and rescued many dogs and cats over the years. Kelly moved the Upstate where she and her husband bought a farm and decided to pursue the adoption of a donkey, which lead to the adoption of George and Hank, and as we all know: if you have 2, you might as well have 4, so they adopted 2 horses: Maverick the 16.3 Percheron, and Max the 17.3 Percheron. Kelly is a Realtor with Keller Williams, and when she isn’t showing homes or playing with the animals, she enjoys traveling with her husband or spoiling her grandchildren.

Facilities Director – Jeff Durham

Jeff grew up on the farm that Long Ear Rescue resides on. He had no idea how drastically his life would change when he married Andrea and moved her to the farm. Jeff works full time as the parts coordinator for a local body shop, but his favorite thing in the whole wide world is playing golf. However, Andrea keeps him busy fulfilling his facilities director position by building fences, weed eating the fences, and wrangling animals. When Jeff can’t be found, he’s usually spending time with the couple’s one eyed Pit Bull, Tula, or on his tractor.


 
 
 
 

For pdf files of the Board of Directors Meetings Minutes, click here.