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Patient ~ Humble ~ Courageous A Heritage of Injustice and Abuse The donkey was domesticated some 6,000 to 12,000 years ago. Long before the horse was tamed, people were riding donkeys and using them to help with farm chores and as pack animals. This kindly, gentle-eyed, velvety-nosed creature has been humankind’s uncomplaining companion and burden-bearer throughout all history. But the usual reward for his loyal service has been neglect, abuse, and ridicule. In 1977, a little dark brown and very wild burro from the Mojave Desert inspired the Watson family to embark on a life-changing journey that continues today. After driving to Valley Wells, California, to adopt our burro through the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, we brought her home to Georgia. We named her Amber and loved her completely. After some time and much caution, she loved us back. And so began our life’s work.

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