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Arizona and California

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The Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue is currently working on several wild burro projects in conjunction with the Federal Government. These projects include Ajo Arizona, the Mojave National Preserve and the iconic burros from Death Valley.


In order to accommodate the influx of wild burros into the PVDR system, we are building a new training facility in northwest Arizona. All healthy jennets will remain in Arizona until the time they are ready for adoption. All jacks will be sent to Texas to await castration during the cooler months.


The current budget for this project is $6,000,000 over the next five years.


Why do the burros need to be removed?

Burros are a non-native species in the United States and can quickly overpopulate our deserts. Destruction to ecosystems, competition with indigenous species and damage to Native American sites are examples of the problems caused by lack of proper management.


How are the burros caught?

PVDR uses the most humane techniques to ensure that the burro’s first encounter with humans is not overly stressful. This makes them much easier to gentle and accept people. Using self catching traps at water sources is our preferred method.


What happens to the burros after they are caught?

All burros are given a RFID chip with a 15 digit number for identification purposes. They will have their blood drawn and tested for common equine diseases. Once cleared they will be safely transported to one of PVDR’s training facilities and made ready for adoption throughout the United States. Any burros with medical conditions that would make adoption difficult will be placed on PVDR’s main facility in San Angelo, Texas to receive medical care for life. Any burros deemed too wild or aggressive for adoption will be placed on one of Peaceful Valley’s sanctuaries, where they will have the sense of freedom while still receiving the same medical care as those on our main facility.


How can I adopt one of these historic burros?

Simply go to donkeyadoption.org, read our adoption policy and fill out our online application.


Where will these burros be available for adoption?

PVDR has Satellite Adoption Centers all across the United States. We will be transporting the gentled burros to these facilities as they become ready for adoption.

Visit www.pvdrlocations.org for a facility near you.

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