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PEACEFUL VALLEY DONKEY RESCUE INC
April 2, 2011

How I initially heard about PVDR, I don't recall. As a manager and as a business owner I was very impressed with what Mark Meyers had achieved in only 3 years. He had to have had a business background. Because I wanted to know more I emailed him, and he responded. He did formerly own his own business. I went to Charity Navigator and found nothing at all , but I was so impressed with his results that I became a donor.

Since that time several years ago, I continue to be amazed at Mark and Amy's passion, zeal, and dedication to donkeys. Even the children are dedicated to the donkeys. I continue to be impressed by Mark's leadership and entrepreneurial skills as he has developed and defined new ways to find homes for adoptable donkeys through his satellite programs and the ways in which he has found to care for donkeys as economically as possible.

The man thinks, and he produces extraordinary results. I have worked with dogs and with horses and understand the level of commitment that he has. Animals are 24/7 physically and emotionally hard work. I wish that I could find PVDR some huge donors, people with a large capacity for charities, to help Mark and Amy financially to endow their work for the future.

While I personally donate to about 5 charities, PVDR is the only one that gets an automatic check every single month. I only wish it could be more. And now I see that PVDR is included in Charity Navigator ratings and is improving its financials each year.

For the Meyers family, PVDR is all about love in the highest sense of the word. I hope that everyone reading my review will dig deep into their pockets and help PVDR reach its goals.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the great expansion of their programs in other states with additional ranches and satellite programs to place adoptable donkeys in forever homes. With the books he's written and through the educational programs offered by PVDR, more and more people are learning the value of donkeys as pets which allows PVDR to keep rescuing more donkeys.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that Mark can find larger donors so that more money could go into the programs and less to fundraising. PVDR has very low administrative expenses. PVDR needs to create a foundation that would endow the care of the donkeys. Also, I don't know if Mark and Amy have thought about their successors in this organization for future years. I bet they have thought about it, but I don't know what they've done about it. Sue Flannery, BSN, RN, CFP

MY ROLE:
Donor & I email Mark suggestions at times, but basically I am just a donor.

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