"Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained" Melody Johnson

Humane Society Receives A $760K Grant To Save The Wild Burros (Donkeys)


Update 9/5/2013


Thanks so much for your willingness to help out with The Platero Project.

Please see this link for a press release we issued a few months ago about this project:


We are working in cooperation with the BLM-promoting their adoption events via Facebook, blog, twitter, networks of donkey lovers, etc.-a link to the BLMs adoption schedule can be found here:


Numbers of burros that end up at each event varies and usually is not known until a few days before the event I do know that 14 are headed to Decatur, AL for adoption tomorrow and Saturday.

Pictures are usually not possible, unless I can talk a specific BLM employee into snapping a couple of photos.

Attached is the application for the Burro Training Program I mentioned to you earlier. Trainers need to fill it out and return it to me via email at hhopkins@hsus.org or they can call me at 503-747-8894 to arrange to fax it.

Trainers interested in participating in the burro training program can pick up a burro at one of the BLM holding facilities listed here:


Burro (donkey) pick ups may also be arranged in advanced at satellite adoption sites or internet adoption pick up points please contact me for more info regarding this option.

I hope this info is helpful and please refer folks to my email or phone number with any questions.

I am working on an informational pamphlet but it is not yet complete.

Thanks Again,



Are you looking for a couple of donkeys?

“I highly suggest you consider adopting (2) wild burros.”  Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm

Please go to the humane society first as so many need homes and remember donkeys always come in two’s to be most happy and healthy.  


Heidi Hopkins, Humane Society at 503-747-8894 for details of at least twelve hundred wild burrows needing homes yesterday.

My offer

If you adopt a couple of wild burros I will provide you with free coaching, consulting and training (health, diet, farrier and more) tips, I will teach you how to be the Donkey Whisperer for your wild donkeys (burros). This is my way of giving back to the most miss-treated and mis-understood equine the most humble donkey,

If we do not find them homes they will end up being sold to kill buyers and sent to slaughter houses.

Rocket Man giving me a hug after the semi-truck accident


I am honored and oh so pleased to share this angelic program has asked me to be part of this grant to save the wild donkeys.      

Select Humane Society Of The United States Of America Receives A Grant To Save The Wild Donkeys

“More information to come as I learn about my role and what I will be doing to help. Advertising is my number one priority to try and save the life of a wild burro (donkey) as so many burrows need homes.” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm

As the recipient of a five-year $760,000 grant from an anonymous donor, The Humane Society of the United States has launched “The Platero Project” to promote the protection of wild burros managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The aim of the project is to develop partnerships and programs to research the effectiveness of contraceptive vaccine on wild burro herds and to reduce the number of wild burros currently living in BLM holding areas, by increasing adoptions and relocating difficult to place burros to sanctuaries. The project was financed by a donor who cares deeply about the humane treatment of burros, and it is named for the Spanish Nobel Laureate Juan Ramon Jimenez’s book about faithful and friendly donkey named Platero.

More information to come as I learn about my role and what I will be doing to help. Advertising is my number one priority to try and save the life of a wild burro (donkey) as so many burrows need homes.

Please re-blog and share on all your social media networks.  Will you help by sharing this page?


Heidi Hopkins, Humane Society at 503-747-8894 for details of at least twelve hundred wild burrows needing homes yesterday.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!





10 Responses to “Humane Society Receives A $760K Grant To Save The Wild Burros (Donkeys)”

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      Let me clarify Farrier and trimmer 🙂 My mammoth donkey wears shoes on the front my mini donkey does not. 🙂

      All donkeys, horses and mules need a trimmer every 7 weeks to keep their hooves healthy.

      Thank you for the question!


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      If the wild donkeys up for auction do not find homes they will be going to kill buyers here in the U.S.A.

      Thank you for the article, tears for all the donkeys livng in our most fragile world. Thank you for sharing this article.



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