Alamo Girl Needs Donations to Save Miniature Donkey

Casey Garrigan, 14, is reaching out to the community and asking for help to save Abby, her donkey.

To make a donation to help save Casey's miniature donkey, go here. You can also buy See's Candy on the website, with all the profits going to Abby's surgery.


After Casey Garrigan's parents paid $2,500 in veterinary bills to help save the life of their daughter's miniature donkey earlier this month, the Garrigan's planned on bringing the donkey home and hoping for the best.

Before the family left the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, Casey, a Monte Vista High freshman, looked at the discharge report. It said "that the owner refused treatment."

"I did not refuse treatment," Casey scolded the veterinarian.

The veterinarian explained that her miniature donkey, Abby, needed a pacemaker (which costs $2,300) to ensure she would live a long life and her parents chose not to get it.

Casey wasn't pleased. The 14-year-old was going to do everything humanly possibly to save her donkey. She took action, and now asks for your help.

Last weekend, Abby created a website to help bring in donations. Along with asking for donations, she's selling See's Candy with all the profits going to help pay for Abby's pacemaker.

In just a few days, Abby has already raised $840. Casey needs to raise $2,300 by the first week of December to keep Abby alive.

To understand why saving Abby is so important for Casey, you first have to understand Casey's love of animals — all animals.

Along with two miniature donkeys, Casey has bunnies, chickens, two dogs and a cat.

Two years ago, Casey had a horse and wanted another, but her parents drew a line in the sand and said no. So Casey looked into miniature donkeys, and after searching Craigslist she discovered a donkey farm in Pleasant Hill.

She saved her money, went to the farm, and got a donkey. It cost $350, but the farm owner said that donkeys don't do well on their own. They behave better in pairs. So Casey's parents helped out and paid for a second miniature donkey.

Abby and Ashley (Abby's "sister") officially became part of the Garrigan family and became inseparable.

"If I take one out of the pen, the other one goes crazy and brays nonstop," Casey said. "But that is what I love about them. I love how they are such unique animals, with their own special personality. They are just like dogs."

Ashley has always been the more active of the two, and Casey has trained her to compete in regional and national skill shows.

Unlike Ashley, Abby has never been energetic, so Casey would enter her in costume shows.

"She is completely different from Ashley," Casey said. "Abby loves to cuddle and will walk right up to you and put her head in your lap. She has always been more relaxed so she is like my little puppy that will follow you everywhere but wouldn't hurt a thing."

Why Abby lacked Ashley's energy became more clear on Nov. 1.

After Casey had walked her two donkeys around her Alamo neighborhood, Abby collapsed in her pen. She was rushed to the After Hours Emergency Equine Vet. At first, they thought Abby had West Nile Virus, but after taking Abby to UC Davis it was determined that Abby was born with a defective heart.

So Abby needs the pacemaker, and Casey's mother is convinced her daughter will raise the money needed.

"I know she is going to reach her goal," Kathy Garrigan said. "We are so proud of her for all she has done to help Abby. She is such an animal lover and takes really good care of her pets."


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Rhonda Stock November 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I just can't believe how stupid some people can be. This story SHOULD make the community proud! This little girl was able to fundraise enough money to save her donkey's life. She is an example of someone who takes responsability for the animals that she cares for, and the community should be proud that there are people with that kind of character there. These idiots who hide behind their keyboards and do nothing but complain should be ashamed of themselves.
Rhonda Stock November 19, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I know, so did I. LOL. Someone that bitter, angry and stupid has probably never donated a dollar in their life to anything but themselves. Alex Tsurada - your other posts have shown you a heartless, uncaring, bitter jerk, so don't try to suddenly make people come over to your side by claiming to actually care about something.
Rhonda Stock November 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I sincerely doubt you have ever given to anything other than yourself, Alex Tsurada. Nice try, but no one here believes you after the verbal vomit you spewed earlier.
Rhonda Stock November 19, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Give me a break! Have you ever bought a coffee in the morning? Oh, better not complain about the price of gas because that's not a necessity. What about more than one pair of pants or an extra pair of shoes? Don't you dare complain about the price of gas or anything else. Did you buy anyone Christmas presents? Well, that's wasted money because it's not a survival necessity, so don't you dare complain about the cost of living. *dripping with sarcasm* I think all you people who obviously don't care about the things that are really important in life (like love, caring for the things that are under your protection, animal welfare, kids taking responsability to actually care about something important, etc.) should just go away. This is a beautiful story about a girl who really CARES about something, and I think she and her family should be commended for the wonderful job they have done. I sincerely hope that Casey's mom has been able to keep all of this negativity away from Casey because Casey should be incredibly proud of what she has achieved.
David Mills November 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Hello, folks. Thanks for your comments. We feel everyone has had a chance to express themselves on this matter, so we are closing off comments on this story.


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