Even in this world of rescuing animals there is foul play...case in point is the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue operated by Mark Meyers. He bought the domains of wildburrorescue.com and the .net and has linked them to HIS donation page. As it is set up by him to have the domains automatically renewed, we here at Wild Burro Rescue will never have those domains that have our official name.

It is an underhanded way to do business. Unsuspecting folks who think they are donating to us are actually donating to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue if they inadvertently type in a .com or a .net. We receive phone calls asking why no receipts are coming from us for the donations made. There is nothing we can do about this trickery. He will not release the .com and .net addresses to us even though we had kindly asked him to do so. We are the ones who helped him to get his 501(c)(3) status when he was first getting started, we considered him our friend...and this is how he repays that friendship?? 

We just wanted to let you know. Perhaps you can write him yourself and ask him why he chooses to do business this way. 

​~~~Diana Chontos

Wild Burro Rescue,  winter soltice 2017

Bitter cold, windy. Sun is shining. Breaking thick ice from burro's water. Feeding as I go along.
Looking above my little cabin/house, I see a red tail hawk flying low, the a peregrine falcon low, playing in the wind. 
As I watch, a golden eagle appeared about 60 feet over us all. It seemed close enough to touch. The wind whooooshing 
through huge beautiful wings, yellow beak, sparkling eyes full of joy meet mine as it soars down towards me and continues on.

 I walked back towards my cabin when a coyote song of more joy echoes thru the canyon.

Solitice greetings from our wild friends celebrating the beauty and bounty of life, an open statement, room to fly and run safe and free.

Thank you,  my dear friend, for this blessed greeting on this special day.

~~~Diana Chontos

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Well, we made it through the flooding, snow, ice and wind storms and the longest, hottest most brutal summer in 17 years. Now, at last, the blessed cool breath of autumn caresses the skies. Earth sighs in relief after baking in the hot winds of summer. Flies will soon be totally gone for another eight months. Peace and healing for all of us has begun. Let us cherish this gift of renewal to regain strength and stamina, joy and laughter. This luxury has been impossible while struggling with heat, insects and sores from the biting flies to be treated several times per day. Our only pleasure a cool soak in a sun heated tub of water. Ahhhh!

Winter flooding took a heavy toll on shelters with rivers rushing through and around them. Some were filled with mud, sand and water a foot deep. Shoveling drainage ditches to keep the water flowing out of shelters and corrals is heavy back-breaking work. A dry place for the animals is the only concern. It was awful.

We need the help of an engineer to plan a diversion of future flooding into the washes away from our shelters and road. Anyone reading this who would be able to help, please give a thought to coming out to lend a hand designing this project. I never want to experience that terrible mess again! When the animals suffer, we suffer right beside them trying to fix the problem.

So little time, so little money. So much to do. However , because of you we keep getting by and even manage to make some progress on our on-going projects. Burro time: slow and steady...our motto, our life.

Thank you all for supporting this vital work for our wild ones and their kin. For standing by us through the hard times and for sharing the kindness and compassion to help protect the earth and her children. Love is the key to all things.

All for the burros,


So many to love here at the sanctuary! Your support is very much appreciated!

A view from the Mountain

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