Peaceful Pastures Donkey Rescue (PPDR) was founded to help prevent cruelty inflicted upon donkeys. Primarily focusing on donkeys with the United States, PPDR takes in abused, neglected, malnourished, ill and elderly donkeys and provides them medical, nutritional and emotional rehabilitation with the plan to later adopt them to carefully vetted loving homes. We also focus our efforts on educating the public regarding the plight of donkeys worldwide in order to bring about change in perception and treatment.
Our goals and strategic plans are created around the acronym SAFER. The following explains in more depth our key focus in supporting our mission:
hare the emotional and intellectual benefits of spending time with donkeys by hosting workshops and tours. Through adaptive learning programs, those in need will learn coping mechanisms and other life skills by caring for and interacting with donkeys. We provide ample meet-and-greet opportunities to the public during events and tours. The most common feedback we get from visitors is that they did not realize how tame and loving donkeys can be. These interactions benefit the individual, the community, and helps the donkeys advance socially. This plan is a win-win for all.
dopt out donkeys and horses to carefully vetted homes. Our comprehensive screening process ensures that adopters have the financial means to care for the animal. We require that potential adopters explain their intentions with the animal and share information about the property, shelter and other animals in the household. We view pictures of the location where the animal will stay. Adopters pay an adoption fee and sign a contract prohibiting the animal from being sold or taken to an auction or kill pen. We require the animal be returned to PPDR if the adopter is no longer able to provide adequate care.
undraise to make PPDR self-sustaining with at least 50% of operational costs provided by funds outside of donations. Currently, our donations cover over 75% of the yearly expenses. With the current economy, we do not anticipate this level of donations for 2023. We do not want to rely primarily on donations due to this uncertainty. We believe this shift to self-sufficiency can be achieved with tours, camping opportunities, events and other fundraisers, campaigns, endowments, and grants in addition to donations.
ducate during events and other public appearances about donkeys, the donkey trade and global donkey crisis, why we rescue, what the animals experience once at the rescue, and how we train the animals. Social media is also used to educate and written materials and audiovisuals to explain the tragedies experienced by donkeys are being planned.
ehabilitate equines physically and emotionally. Our rescues come from a variety of locations and arrive in various states of physical and emotional health. Rescues from auctions and kill pens are frequently terrified and untrusting, ill and/or injured. Those surrendered usually require less rehabilitative efforts but are often overwhelmed and slow to adapt to a rescue of this size. We assess the needs of all new arrivals and make a plan on how to meet them. We provide medical, nutritional, and emotional support for all our equines, and thorough assessments allow us to tailor our efforts to their needs. We also work with them on halter and lead training in a very nonthreatening environment.