Wild Burro Rescue and Preservation Project

Olancha, CA

A non profit, tax exempt animal protection organization dedicated to:

the live  capture-rescue, rehabilitation and lifelong care of otherwise doomed wild burros

We, here at Wild Burro Rescue, want to take time to thank ALL of you who have been helping our burros by donating through Pay Pal, Venmo, our GoFundMe campaigns and now our monthly E-flyers. Without your help, we would not be here! Our burros send lots of loud, happy brays your way for all you do for them. THANK YOU!

we also accept Venmo payments @diana-chontos


We would like to let everyone know that we had a very difficult year last year and so we resorted to the help of a professional fund raising group called Fund Raising Strategies. Many of you are getting the mailers from them now, showing a mailing address in Los Angeles, CA rather than our address here in Olancha, CA. The reason being, this is how they are able to keep track of donations received. They have expanded our donor base and have helped give us more exposure out in the public.

Desperate needs means desperate measures. It has caused some confusion as the style of the writing in the flyers is so different than what many of our long-time donors are used to seeing. But please bear with us as we try to move forward with this method to raise money for our burros and their needs.

You are more than welcomed to mail your donation directly to our address here in Olancha:

PO BOX 10 Olancha, CA 93549-0010

 thank you for your patience!

NEW - Stickers and  Pins!

Our new 2017 newsletter is now ready to view!

(Click on photo below)

The Desert Companion Magazine has featured Diana and the burro sanctuary in their publication!!

Follow this link to read a well written article for the "Desert Companion" magazine by Krista Diamond.


Please click on the photo to read the article.

At the right is an article that was printed in the National Parks Magazine written by Nicolas Brulliard about our sanctuary here in Olancha, CA.

It is a very informative read!

Nicolas is a journalist and former geologist who joined NPCA in November 2015. He writes and edits online content for NPCA and serves as associate editor of National Parks magazine.

Site updated Wednesday May 9, 2018


We have something new here at WBR: Transfer Sticker (put on your bumper, laptop, or car window)  - $6.50 and Pins - $5.00
P.S. The sticker is white. The blue in the pic is the transfer paper.

Show your support for our burros by ordering some!You can pay via Pay Pal using wildburrorescue@ gmail.com or Venmo: @diana-chontos.

​Be sure to add your name and address and how many you'd like to order in the "notes" and THANK YOU!

National park magazine

Below is our 25th anniversary newsletter that we published last year in 2016. Take a look!

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The coming warm/hot weather means one thing to us here at Wild Burro Rescue: FLIES! Every year we go through a horrible ordeal with the millions of flies that plague our burros, mules and horses. Many are alergic to the fly bites.

We already got a jump start with our Bunks and Burros event this past March 16-18 when a bob cat was rented out and was used to shovel out the manure from two of the larger shelter for our burros!

Our next step is that we have contacted the folks at Spalding Labs. They have the "fly predators" and this spring/summer we will be using this method.

"Fly Predators are the natural enemy of flies, but never bother people or animals. Without resorting to chemicals, you’ll kill flies before they emerge. That way they never get a chance to bother you or your animals or reproduce by the gazillions.
You simply sprinkle Fly Predators near all manure areas every three to four weeks during warm months. It just takes a few minutes and you’ve done your fly control for the month. It’s as simple as opening a sack of potato chips!"

This will cost us roughly $400 per month to combat the flies. You can help by making a donation of any amount. You can use your Pay Pal app and hit the "send money" button and type in wildburrorescue@gmail.com or you can use Venmo @diana-chontos​. Thank you!

Website updated and maintained by Karen Gilligan, VP WBR

Preparing for the hotter weather

Moving Forward: A Unified Statement on the Humane, Sustainable, and Cost-Effective On-Range Management of America's Wild Horses and Burros

Below you’ll find the Unified Statement. We’re excited that 84 groups and experts endorsed it, representing equine advocates, animal welfare organizations, ecotourism businesses, photographers, rescues, ranching operations, equine professionals, and so many others from across the country. With all the bad news that we’re facing in our country today, this is a bit of sunlight. We want to make the most of it. Thank you so much for signing on with Wild Burro Rescue, for your encouragement, and for all that you’ve been doing. It means a lot to us.

As (Wild Burro Rescue) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, all charitable donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  (Wild Burro Rescue) does not trade, share or sell a donor's personal information, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to all donor information received by (Wild Burro Rescue), online and offline, whether electronic, written, or oral. Due to state charity registration requirements, we are unable to accept donations from District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.​ Donations from these states are not eligible to receive a tax deduction.We are in the process of getting registered in the above states.

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