Thanks to the hard work of Mark Meyers, 120 Hawaiian Donkeys will join the 300 existing donkeys at Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, the largest donkey rescue in the nation.
For more than 12 years, Mark Meyers has relied solely on donations to run the million dollar operation which seeks to provide a safe, loving sanctuary for wild donkeys in Tehachapi, California.
The donkeys from Hawaii were transported from Kona, Hawaii to LAX on a 747 jet. Donkeys were once used on Hawaiian plantations. “They were brought over in the 1820s for the sugar cane and the coffee industry and, when they were no longer needed, they kicked them out on the lava flows,” said Meyers in an interview with KGET TV 17. The donkeys started multiplying and became a nuisance to the natives as many are hit and killed on the roads.
Meyers says the stereotypes about donkeys are simply not true and that the animals are very loving and loyal, just like your typical dog.
To learn more about Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue or to donate to this wonderful cause visit their website.