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Virginia Donkey Rescue

Concord, VA   |  www.virgniadonkeyrescue.org

Mission

Our mission is to prevent donkey neglect, abuse, abandonment and to keep donkeys from ending up at auctions and kill pens in the State of Virginia.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Kimberly Clark

Main address

414 Stonewall Rd

Concord, VA 24538 USA

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EIN

81-0950183

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Donkeys are facing an increasing risk of ending up in auctions and subsequent kill pens where they are shipped out of the country for slaughter. This risk is growing as the coyote population is exploding. Farmers seeking to protect their investments, place donkeys with livestock as guardian animals. The donkeys are often neglected because they haven't been handled, trained, or cared for appropriately. Often times, male donkeys are left intact resulting in uncontrolled breeding. Donkeys can also get aggressive and frequently start to harass the livestock they are supposed to protect. All of these factors lead to farmers selling the donkeys at auction, where they only have value to the feed lot buyers. There are a growing number of good donkey owners that are aging out of farm life and have limited options for re-homing their beloved donkeys. The need is for education about donkeys as livestock guardians, and to provide an alternative place for donkeys to go beside auction.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rescue in Place - Safety Net Program

Our safety net program is designed to "rescue" donkeys in place when possible. It includes funds for a hay bank, veterinary care including: gelding, vaccines, injuries, euthanasia and other required care, farrier and disposal assistance when needed. As every situation is different, the funds are not designated for just one of the items and are used depending on the situation. While our focus is on Virginia and preference will be given to donkey in Virginia, we will extend this service into surrounding states on a limited, as needed basis.

Population(s) Served
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Adults
Budget
$10,000

Offering gelding vouchers to reduce the donkey population in the state of Virginia and surrounding states.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Budget
$5000

By providing education on donkey care and management information to donkey owners, livestock associations, and others affected by the states growing unwanted donkey population. we hope to see fewer donkeys surrendered or sent to auction/feedlots by providing owners with the tools and resources needed for successful donkey ownership.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Budget
$2500

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

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Totals By Year
Context Notes

This number only includes permanent surrendered animals. While most are donkeys, we occasionally accept a horses or mules, but they are the exception.

Number of sheltered animals

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Totals By Year
Context Notes

This is where temporary surrenders are tracked. These are animals that are intend be returned to their owners. The most common reason for these animals to be here is the owners illness.

Number of animal adoptions

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Context Notes

Donkeys that were adopted from our permanent surrender program. This does not include direct adoptions between owners and adopters facilitated by Virginia Donkey Rescue.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

These are donkeys on permanent sanctuary due to health or behavior issues. These numbers are included in the total surrendered count. Many of these donkeys are older and see their final days with us

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goals are to: 1) Improve the quality of life and care donkeys receive in Virginia; 2) Reduce the number of donkeys being sold at auction due to behavior and medical issues; 3) Provide alternatives to auction or other types of sales for donkey owners.

Our strategy is to provide future and current donkeys owners and animal welfare groups with information, resources and assistance to help donkeys live healthier, happier lives. Our programs include: 1) Education and outreach to livestock producers regarding managing donkeys as livestock guardians; 2) Rescue in Place Safety Net program to assist owners who want to keep their donkeys but have a problem or need they can't solve; 3) Temporary Surrender for owners who want to keep their donkeys, but have a short term need where the donkeys need to be temporarily re-homed; 4) Permanent surrender when staying in place with the owner is not an option for the donkeys; 5) Adoption program for surrendered donkeys; 6) Sanctuary program for donkeys that are not eligible to be adopted.

Currently our capabilities are greatest for taking in surrendered donkeys, rehabilitating and re homing them. We have capacity (housing) for 120 donkeys which can be managed by our current all volunteer crew at our current facilities. However, our sanctuary donkey numbers are growing and will continue to do so as our organization ages, which fills spaces for adoptable donkeys. Our rescue in place program is only limited by funding. The education and outreach program is limited by staffing to do the work. With the right resources and funding, we could turn this upside down, so that fewer donkeys need to be surrendered. By focusing on Education and Outreach - a labor intensive task - we could effectively reduce the demand for livestock guard donkeys to be surrendered. We could also help keep more donkeys in place with their owners, and keep those donkeys healthier, happier, and from reproducing. With less demand for guardian donkeys and better informed donkey purchasers, breeders would have to reduce numbers. We could focus more on low cost and free castrations, reducing unwanted donkey numbers even further. The result would be fewer donkeys needing to be surrendered and a population of healthy, happy donkeys in the state with better informed owners with good resources available to them.

White it easy to measure the number of donkeys directly impacted through our surrender programs, our real measurement of success will be fewer donkeys being surrendered. We would expect to see our rescue in place numbers go up as we are making progress, and ultimately see fewer donkeys listed for sale and less donkeys shipping from Virginia to feedlots/kill pens.

So far we have directly assisted 189 donkeys through our surrender programs. We have helped an additional 24 though our Rescue in Place Program and countless others by educating owners and potential owners about donkey ownership, care, welfare, and livestock guardian issues. Next steps will be to increasing funding so we can move the focus to the Education and Outreach and Rescue in Place programs.

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