Esperanza is a loving dark brown mule abandoned at the Refuge last spring. Even though she is young and quite fit her owner had no use of her any more as her back leg was completely dislocated and stuck back in the wrong position. This image is shocking to someone that sees it for the first time but nature has healed her leg in a way that it does not hurt but also does not permit her to work. Esperanza is an adventurous girl that has escaped on several occasions just to go on a walk in the surrounding fields!!! As soon as she hears a volunteer’s car approaching the Refuge she returns before we even notice that she is gone and stands in front of the door waiting to rush inside and have her breakfast served!