Moon Pie is the most recent arrival at K9 Airlift’s Rescue Barn in Huffman.

He is a tiny miniature mule, the size of a large dog, with hair the beautiful color of milk chocolate and a dappled belly. His mane looks like Tina Turner’s hair with highlights. This quirky little fellow has an abundance of personality, similar to that of a talk show host.

K9 Airlift is a 501(c)(3) charity, focused primarily on animal rescue and welfare. The Rescue Barn is populated by a diverse group of farm and domestic animals who had faced imminent death at the time of their rescue. These fortunate creatures have now found sanctuary and love for the rest of their natural lives.

Moon Pie’s story is all too common. He had been taken to an auction barn where he, along with other livestock, faced the likely outcome of being slaughtered for animal food. Their final days and hours would be filled with terror and suffering as they would be crowded into transport and processed at a faraway slaughterhouse.

A kindhearted gentleman was at the auction that day and recognized that Moon Pie had likely been a family pet and could not allow for him to face such a horrible end. He offered the highest bid for Moon Pie and purchased the little mule. With no facility to house Moon Pie, the gentleman made inquiries far and wide to locate a safe haven for his new charge.

With an abundance of good luck, Moon Pie was matched with K9 Airlift’s Rescue Barn. It was a perfect fit. There, he has joined the menagerie of horses, burros, cows, a hinny, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, turkeys, guineas, chickens and a feral cat colony. As Moon Pie stepped out of the horse trailer, he acted as if he had been prepared to play to the assembled audience. The other animals welcomed him into their lives with a cacophony of barnyard calls.

In this little corner of the world, all is truly well today.

David and Lynne Jennings are retired federal agents who formed K9 Airlift and who operate the Rescue Barn. If you’d like to help by volunteering or making a donationget more information from k9airlift.org or by mail to K9 Airlift, P.O. Box 600, Huffman, TX 77336. You can also contact them at 713-854-9080 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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