In an effort to control the Big Island's wild donkey population, the Hawaiian Humane society and a local veterinarian have rounded up about about 100 feral donkeys and are cooperating with Peace Valley Donkey Rescue to move the donkeys to California.
Drought conditions led the donkeys from the highlands into populated areas in search of water. Donkeys were appearing near the highway and a school.
The Humane Society and a local veterinarian have been trapping and sterilizing animals from the rapidly growing population estimated at about 400 to 600 donkeys.
At the end of the month, a clinic is to be set up at a ranch to castrate captured male donkeys.
Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue has agreed to take in 80-100 Hawaiian Donkeys that will be flown from Kona to Los Angeles on a transport airplane designed for cattle.
These donkeys were captured as part of a population control project. As there are few available homes for the donkeys in Hawaii, they are being brought to the mainland by Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (PVDR), our nation’s largest donkey rescue with facilities all across the country.
Upwards of 100 wild donkeys from Hawaii’s Big Island are scheduled to fly to LAX on September 17th, 2011 and land at approximately 12:30am.
Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue was established as a non-profit organization in the year 2000 in Acton, CA by founders Mark and Amy Meyers. They have since rescued thousands of donkeys from abuse, neglect, abandonment in 27 states as well as captured hundreds of wild burros throughout the Western States that were under threat of destruction.
The Meyers will fly to Kona Airport just prior to September 16th departure to take charge of the loading of the donkeys. Pacific Airlift will be transporting the donkeys aboard a specially modified cargo plane that was designed to transport cattle and horses. The plane will be met in Los Angeles by Peaceful Valley’s transport teams and taken to PVDR’s 140 acre California Facility in the Tehachapi Mountains near Bakersfield, CA.