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Donkey Dreams Sanctuary

Where donkeys are free to dream

Littleifeld, AZ   |  donkeydreams.org

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Mission

Our mission is to provide donkeys (of all ages, sizes, and types) a forever home so they feel seen, cherished, and loved for the rest of their lives (which can be up to 50 years). We offer human and donkey experiences to facilitate an exchange of love, joy, and peace.

Ruling year info

2016

CEO

Amber Raleigh

COO

Edj Fish

Main address

PO Box 951

Littleifeld, AZ 86432 USA

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EIN

81-3650509

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wild burros (donkeys) have lived on the public lands of the American West for generations. Much of that land is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is tasked with balancing multiple uses of that land. Wild burros bring incredible benefits because they create and manage watering holes for up to 65 species, reduce fire danger through grazing, assist with pollination, and promote biodiversity. Unfortunately, the BLM has elected to remove wild burros, often through violent round-ups. As wild animals, burros do not fit into traditional roles and are not suited for traditional adoptions or placements. After a roundup, these donkeys are at risk of slaughter if they are not rescued. The immediate issue facing us is saving the lives of wild donkeys who are entering the slaughter pipeline after being rounded up and displaced from their homes. These beautiful animals need a permanent and safe sanctuary where they can live out their lives in comfort and happiness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Domestic Donkey and Wild Burro Rescue and Care

Donkey Dreams provides forever homes and care for domestic donkeys who have fallen into neglect or when their caretakers are no longer able to humanely care for them. We also provide forever homes and care for wild burros who have been rounded up or captured on public lands, especially those who are seniors, special needs or not suited for domestic donkey life.

We maintain the social well being of the animals by rescuing family and bonded groups so they can remain together the rest of their lives. We also prioritize giving our donkeys an environment suited to their natural desire to roam and break into smaller herds and families.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of permanent residents of Donkey Dreams

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our main programming at Donkey Dreams Sanctuary is the rescue, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary of wild burros (and some domestic donkeys). At Donkey Dreams Sanctuary, our rescued donkeys bring with them a wide variety of stories. Some are domestic donkeys kept as pets or working animals whose owners are no longer willing or able to care for them. The majority of our current herds are wild donkeys displaced from their homes during roundups facilitated by the Bureau of Land Management, National Parks, Military Bases, and the US Fish and Wildlife Department.

A few things make our sanctuary unique. To start, instead of focusing on rescuing individual donkeys, Donkey Dreams rescues groups of wild donkeys with their herd-mates or family members. As an example, in 2023, we rescued a total of seven mom and baby pairs (fourteen donkeys total) from slaughter auctions. Keeping social relationships intact is vital to the well-being of the donkeys removed from their homes. Next, we have designed and expanded our sanctuary so that it is conducive to how wild burros live. There are wide-expansive areas to roam, various sources of enrichment, appropriate food and water options, and multiple enclosures and fencing options for groups of donkeys to live as a herd as they do in the wild. Finally, we ensure each donkey receives plenty of individual attention at the level they desire and are comfortable with, including cuddles and brushing from sponsors!

Donkey Dreams ended 2023 with 44 donkeys, a new and improved donkey care program, a kind and compassionate donkey sponsorship community, and the acquisition of 2.5 neighboring acres to expand the sanctuary to give our donkeys more room to roam, graze, and play. During this time, we also curated multiple income streams, grew our social media reach, and raised awareness about the plight of wild burros rounded up from public lands. Seeing what we have all created in our first full year as a donkey family is amazing.

One challenging element of working in animal welfare is that many funders, grants, and organizations want to see the benefit that a nonprofit offers humans in order to provide financial support. While our leadership has personally experienced the power of human-donkey interactions, these interactions are not the main mission or objective of Donkey Dreams Sanctuary. We have resisted the pressure to implement human-animal programming quickly, welcome large numbers of volunteers, and hold events at our sanctuary. We have done this because the well-being of our donkeys is our number one priority.
As we have taken a pragmatic look at our nonprofit and our goals, our priorities right now all serve our donkeys. These projects include our 2024 Infrastructure Redesign Project, a backup water system (grant funded), and obtaining various certifications such as the EQUUS Guardian Certification and certification from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. While programming serving humans is part of our long term plan, our current outlook is focused solely on the health, safety, and well-being of our donkeys. They are our first priority.

After almost doubling our herd in 2023, we are pursuing two types of support in 2024: project support for various infrastructure projects and general operating support from like-minded foundations who are passionate about the plight of wild burros. Ultimately, we are looking to form long-term relationships with a few foundations that are passionate about animal welfare and who would like to be a part of the Donkey Dreams journey.

We have already applied for several grants to support the structural projects we would like to accomplish in 2024. We also continue to grow a robust sponsorship program. Now, we are looking for foundations inspired by our mission.

Financials

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Donkey Dreams Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amber Raleigh

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/4/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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