April 2018: Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue

 Twenty miniature donkeys at the PVDR ranch in San Angelo, Texas, were transferred to a horse ranch in Arizona in 2016 to be adopted out.  The Arizona ranch fielded so many calls from across the U.S. they had to use a lottery system for the adoption.

Twenty miniature donkeys at the PVDR ranch in San Angelo, Texas, were transferred to a horse ranch in Arizona in 2016 to be adopted out.  The Arizona ranch fielded so many calls from across the U.S. they had to use a lottery system for the adoption.

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (PVDR) is a 172-acre ranch in San Angelo, a city in west Texas, with a population of about 100,000, whose primary mission is to rescue and rehabilitate donkeys and wild burros that have been neglected or abused.  At any given time, they have between 1,000 and 3,000 donkeys and burros under their direct care, either at the main ranch or one of their Sanctuaries.  They also adopt out rehabilitated donkeys through their Adoption Centers, and undertake educational initiatives across the country about the plight of the "American Donkey".

 Mark Meyers, the Executive Director of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, with a wild burro in the Mojave National Preserve near Death Valley National Park in eastern California along the Nevada border.  These burros needed to be relocated.

Mark Meyers, the Executive Director of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, with a wild burro in the Mojave National Preserve near Death Valley National Park in eastern California along the Nevada border.  These burros needed to be relocated.

We have been supporting Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue for three years now.  PVDR sends out regular email updates about their rescue initiatives, including adorable photos of and cute stories about the donkeys they rescue.  They are very proactive in their efforts, and respond immediately to any donkey "crisis" they are made aware of, including even in the Caribbean islands recently, where donkeys were initially brought over by the Spanish in the late 1400's.  Often, PVDR's efforts are undertaken on blind faith, and simply out of compassion, not yet having the resources to adequately fund them.

In addition to responding to their fundraising efforts for various rescue initiatives or crises, Premier Veneers has made a monthly commitment to feeding one donkey on their ranch in San Angelo.