Turkey (Again): Smoke The Donkey Is Stuck – The Turkish Government Is **** – Please Sign The Petition.

Smoke is stuck.

Remember Smoke the donkey?

Retired Marine Colonel John Folsom emailed you in February about bringing his buddy Smoke from Iraq to Nebraska to be a therapy donkey for wounded warriors.

I knew his journey would be dangerous and fraught with risks. But, I never thought I’d be writing you today. Frankly, I wish I didn’t have to.

Last week, Smoke started his trip from Iraq to Nebraska.

We carefully planned every step of the trip. First, we’d drive Smoke across the border into Turkey and then north to Istanbul where he’d fly to Paris and on to New York.

As I write you, the Turkish government is denying Smoke entrance. The Deputy Turkish Minister of Agriculture changed his mind and told us Smoke cannot pass.

There’s no time to waste. SPCAI staff is on their way to Turkey to try to persuade the Ministry to reverse their decision. We need to show them how important Smoke is. He was there for our Armed Forces in Iraq. It’s our turn to be there for him.

Will you sign this petition right now telling the Turkish government to “Let Smoke Through!”?


Your signature will help us make the case to the Turkish officials. I know if we band together, we can change their minds!

Thank you for your support and for your quick response.


JD Winston
Executive Director
SPCA International

Picture credit: SPCA International
P.O. Box 8682 New York, NY 10001

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