The Issue: Abandoned Donkeys Left to Fend for Themselves
When pastures dry up and crops fail to sustain farms, farmers sometimes abandon donkeys in the wild, turning them loose in every environment from the desert to the highway. In 2011, farmers in Texas abandoned hundreds of donkeys in the wake of the drought that began in 2010, according to a report from the Associated Press. Additionally, wild burros are at risk of being killed or displaced as developments take over their natural habits. Many of these “wandering refugees” have been abandoned to fend for themselves and can only find solace with rescue organizations and sanctuaries.
The Campaign: Providing Food for Rescued Donkeys
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue to provide grass hay and supplements for rescued donkeys on the San Angelo sanctuary ranch. For every $150 raised, the organization can feed one donkey for one month. Donkeys need to eat about 2% of their body weight over two to three feedings per day. Hay that has a low protein level—such as bermuda, orchard, and grass hay—can help regulate the donkeys’ dietary needs.
Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue
Mark and Amy Meyers bought their first donkey, Izzy, more than a decade ago. Though they only sought a pet, their close relationship with Izzy inspired them to take up a cause. Soon after buying Izzy, they noticed that other donkeys in the neighborhood were suffering from abuse and neglect. They took immediate action: Amy began adopting the donkeys, and Mark spent his evenings talking to the donkeys and tending to their ailments. After they adopted their 25th donkey, they decided to start their own rescue organization, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.
Peaceful Valley, which currently cares for more than 2,500 donkeys, rescues domestic donkeys that have been abused or neglected and wild burros that have been displaced from their natural habitat. The donkeys are often found injured and wandering in the wilderness or are surrendered by their owners. PVDR has a network of rescue professionals stretching from Coast to Coast and Border to Border. Satellite locations include Scenic, Arizona approximately 90 miles north of Las Vegas near Mesquite Nevada. After being rescued, they live in one of the farm sanctuaries in Texas, Arizona, Oregon, or other satellite locations. Peaceful Valley has worked with capture programs, private landowners, and numerous government agencies—including the National Park Service, Fish and Game and Bureau of Land Management—to ensure that all donkeys have a safe place to live. Toward that aim, Peacefully Valley also holds clinics, trains donkey owners to better care for their animals, and educates the public about the nature and history of donkeys to improve their plight.