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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW -- Saturday December 31st, 2016
One year ago today, Virginia Donkey Rescue incorporated, and started what we thought would be a long process to obtain our 501c3 status as a nonprofit from the IRS. We thought we would have a year to plan and prepare and make everything perfect.
We had our IRS determination letter 5 weeks later, and the donkeys (and other critters) started flowing in including:
We don't leave animals behind that need homes, but only equines are supported by VDR donations - the rest become members of our personal farm until we can find a good home for them.
We also assisted 3 donkeys and their owners with our Rescue In Place Program and fostered 27 donkeys for Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (also not supported by VDR donors).
In 2016 we also:
This left us with 14 adoptable VDR equines at the end of 2016 (2 of which have adoptions pending) and 6 adoptable PVDR donkeys, all of which have adoptions pending.
From an organizational standpoint this year, we also:
Watch our Year End Thank You Video - Without You!
Meet Levi! Intake #2 -- Monday February 8th, 2016
Well, that sure didn't take long. Levi makes our 2nd donkey in less than 6 weeks from opening our doors.
Levi is a standard gelding, brownish/dun with the typical donkey cross. He's approximately 9-10 years of age. He is an owner surrender (due to the owners situation, not because of anything Levi did) that was picked up on Monday 2/8/16.
What we were told:
What we suspect:
What we've observed so far:
What's next for Levi:
My prediction for Levi:
We will update this post when he is ready for adoption and will post his adoption fee after the vet and dentist have seen him.
Our First Intake as Virginia Donkey Rescue -- Thursday January 21st, 2016
This actually took longer than I expected - 3 weeks since opening our doors, and we have our first VDR donkey! When I met him, he was shaking from the cold. Despite not being handled in 4 years, he let me walk right up and cuddle him. I thought to myself, "I want to hug him, and love him, and call him George," - a rather obscure reference to an old Bugs Bunny cartoon. When I shared the news with our Board of Directors about him, one of them wrote back, "I want to hug him, and love him, and call him George". So, meet George .. or Georgie, because that fits him better.
It's hard to tell here, but Georgie is a very compact, small standard donkey. He has shorty legs and a short body, and is just so cute and sweet. He has a longish main and forelock, and is very fuzzy.
Of course we want to keep them all when they come in, but in Georgie's case, we just might. He was obviously trained and loved until he was one year old. He still loves people - although is understandably a little shy. He still remembers how to lift his front legs (we haven't tried the back yet), and he's good about getting his halter on. We still need to work on leading, but that will come in time.
I think Georgie will make a great VDR Ambassador and as our first donkey intake, he deserves that honor.
~ Kimberly Clark, Executive Director