Leah Beltran haelyroc at
Fri Jul 29 15:28:14 PDT 2005

Awesome, Good job Mary.

On 7/27/05, Mary Kaye Ashley <mka at> wrote: 
> Those of us who are volunteers in the various skunk groups understand how 
> much you love your skunks. We also understand that at some point in time 
> there may be a change in your life circumstances beyond your control which 
> dictates that you can no longer keep your skunks, regardless of how much you 
> love them. Perhaps you have taken ill, are moving to a place where the 
> skunks aren't welcome, have had a financial reversal, etc. Please know that 
> you're not alone and that we do understand that things like this happen in 
> life! Over the past couple decades we've seen many legitimate and painful 
> situations where this has happened to the most caring and loving of pet 
> owners. We judge no one and there is NO SHAME in coming to us for help if 
> you need to surrender your skunks to one of our organizations.
> Today I rescued six beautiful, pet quality skunks from an Animal Services 
> facility who were literally hours away from being euthanized because that is 
> the policy of this particular facility. Some government-operated facilities 
> will not accept skunks, and others will but don't have a comfort level 
> adopting them back out to the general public. If they aren't able to call a 
> properly licensed individual with experience in the respective species of 
> exotic or farm animal, their policy is to euthanize regardless of whether or 
> not the skunk or other animal is pet quality. Ten years ago my name was on 
> file with this facility, but something apparently got lost in the shuffle 
> due to changes in managment over the years. Fortunately there was an 
> employee who cared enough to buck the system because she hated to see good, 
> innocent skunks put to death whose only fault in this life was that their 
> family was moving. Thus began a series of phone calls in which I believe 
> that God/Universe intervened and led someone to finding me and dialing my 
> number.
> If you ever find yourself caught up in a similar situation, PLEASE KNOW 
> THAT WE'RE HERE TO HELP and do not hesitate to contact one of us. There is 
> absolutely no shame in your situation and we don't judge you and your 
> circumstances. We just want to do the best we can for your skunks.
> On a personal note, if the family involved is still a member of a skunk 
> list and is reading this, please know that your babies are safe in my home 
> tonight. Their bellies are full and they are getting settled in. I will do 
> the very best I can for them and you no longer need to worry about what will 
> become of them. I know that you loved them and I am so very sorry about the 
> sense of loss you are experiencing and for whatever happened in your life 
> that gave you no other choice but to give them up. You are good people and I 
> fully understand how hard this was for you.
> Mary Kaye Ashley
> Vice President, National Board
> American Domestic Skunk Assoc. Inc.
> 1311 Hamlin Drive
> Clearwater, FL 33764
> (727) 532-6830
> mka at
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