Wednesday, December 22, 2021

SCAM ALERT 12-22-2021



We received information that an individual/s is posing as the owner of Amberwood Sanctuary and offering to sell donkeys.  They are accepting down payments through PayPal.  Just a reminder,  Amberwood Sanctuary is a forever home and neither do we sell nor adopt out donkeys.   

Monday, December 20, 2021

Thank You Board Members


We need to thank two of our board members for their years of dedication and ongoing support.   Steve Burdick maintains the daily operations of the sanctuary, which included the critical period when Carol was out of pocket due to her hospitalization and rehabilitation.  Mr. Derst “Deke” Austin has been a longtime supporter of the sanctuary.  Mr. Austin provides complimentary legal advice and resources regarding the legalities of operating a nonprofit.   

These are huge undertakings by both individuals, and we appreciate all that they do!

Sunday, November 21, 2021

We are Hiring! Looking for Barn Help!


We are hiring!

We are hiring barn help.  Please contact Carol Knight Watson at 229-792-6246 or Steve Burdick, Board Member, at 229-886-5838.

In other news, we have two November birthdays. 
Claude will be 21 and Sable turned 5. 

Thursday, October 21, 2021


Dear Amberwood Family,

It is with a heavy heart to let you know that our Eliza passed away yesterday afternoon.   A volunteer noticed Eliza lying in the grass.  When a staff member heard the news and went to check on Eliza, she was gone.  We may never be able to determine the cause of death.   

Eliza was 28 years old and her daughter, Gabrielle, is 24 years old.  Late yesterday, Gabrielle was lying in the very spot where her mother had died.   Our hearts are broken, but we find comfort in knowing Eliza was loved by her family of donkeys and humans.

We will be presenting a tribute to Eliza in the next few days.

As always, thank you for your support.  

Amberwood Sanctuary


Monday, August 2, 2021

Carol Knight Watson 8-2-2021

 Hello Amberwood Family,

We were hoping to have an update on Bonnie for you, but our focus has switched to Carol.   Bonnie was scheduled to have a check-up on 8/3/2021 at Auburn University Veterinary Clinic.  The check-up has been postponed since Carol fell and broke her hip on Friday.  She had surgery on Saturday and next step is rehab.  Carol will probably be out of commission for about 6 weeks.

Steve Burdick, Board Member and Carol are coordinating the care of the animals.  We may need some volunteers down the road and will keep you posted.  We remain positive that everything will be fine.  Thank you for caring and supporting us through the good and tough times.  

Amberwood Sanctuary


Sunday, May 30, 2021

A Bonnie Update on May 30, 2021

Bonnie had her checkup at AUVC this week.  Her foot is healing nicely, but she is still required to wear her special shoe.  She is free of her pen and can roam with the other donkeys.  She is making strides against the white line disease.  It is too soon to tell if she is making strides against the Cushing's disease, but we are optimistic she will respond well to her meds.

We are very pleased with her progress, and she will return to AUVC for another appointment.  We have decided to keep the GoFundMe campaign running, since Bonnie requires ongoing treatments and visits to AUVC.

As always, thank you for your donations and well wishes! We are very grateful for your support. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

AmazonSmile App

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Amberwood Sanctuary Inc" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Amberwood Sanctuary Inc" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Sunday, May 2, 2021

A Bonnie Update 5-2-2021

 Bonnie had her checkup last week at AUVC.  There was a new development, and that is Bonnie has White Line Disease, which was a bit of a surprise.  We provided a link for you to learn more about WLD.  The good news is this can be treated by keeping her foot dry, avoiding puddles/water, and time with a farrier.

Bonnie’s incision is healing, but she still needs to be in isolation for a couple more weeks.  Bonnie is continually being treated for the Cushing’s Disease and is still on pain medication.  Her next visit to AUVC will be near the end of May.

As always, thank you for your concern and support.

White Line Disease


Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Bonnie Update 4-29-2021


Tomorrow, Bonnie is headed to Auburn University Veterinary Clinic for a checkup. Carol Knight Watson and Steve Burdick, Board Member, will be transporting Bonnie on the long journey.   We will keep you posted on Bonnie’s progress.

We have a special thank you to Steve Burdick and Crystal Garcia, volunteer.  We appreciate their time and talents to ensure the donkeys are getting the best of care.  This is no easy task.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

A Bonnie Update


Bonnie is not a happy camper in isolation.   Initially, she was cooperative and allowing Carol to give her medication through a syringe.  She also allowed Carol to apply ointment to her incision.  Lately, when Bonnie sees Carol entering the pen, she tries to avoid her.  The good news is Momma Carol is persistent and ultimately prevails.

In other good news, Bonnie continues to touch noses with Patty and other donkeys as they visit.  She is eating and her incision is starting to show signs of improvement. Bonnie will be returning to AUVC next week for a checkup.

Thank you again for all of the donations, and all the well wishes extended to our Bonnie.

Monday, April 19, 2021

A Bonnie Update 4-19-2021


Here is Bonnie in her temporary residence.  Her daughter, Patty, does not want to enter the pen, but will come over and visit her mom. They like touching noses.  Bonnie does not appear to enjoy the isolation.  The good news is she is eating.

There is a bit of a concern that her incision is not healing as well as expected.  Carol will be sending videos to AUVC of Bonnie’s leg for them to evaluate. 

We want to thank Crystal Garcia, volunteer, for providing us with these pics.

We appreciate everyone’s support, and we hope you have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Bonnie is home!

 Bonnie came home yesterday.  She is still experiencing pain and needs to be isolated from the other donkeys.  The good news is Patty, her daughter, can be by her side.  Bonnie has a long road ahead of her between the rehabilitation and addressing the Cushing’s Disease. There is the added expense of transporting Bonnie from Georgia to Alabama to visit her vet.  Bonnie returns to AUVC in a couple of weeks for a checkup.

Your support is still needed and any amount is appreciated.  We hope to have pictures for you very soon.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Bonnie Update on 4-11-2021.


Here is today’s video of Bonnie at AUVC.  She is still in pain, and she is working hard.  She continues to were the special shoe that aids with her walking.  She will need the shoe for several months as part of her rehabilitation.

Happy Birthday Gabrielle!


Friday, April 9, 2021

A Bonnie Update on 4-9-2021

We have a bit of a setback to report regarding our Bonnie.  She is still dealing with pain from her foot surgery, and AUVC just diagnosed her with Cushing’s Disease.   This disease does not have a cure, and it can result in overactivity of the pituitary gland.  The goal is to treat Bonnie through medication.

If we have any developments over the weekend, we will let you know.  Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and support.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Bonnie Update on 4-6-2021

Auburn University Veterinary Clinic reports that Bonnie is making progress, and they are able to manage her pain.  

Please help us reach our goal to pay for Bonnie's medical expenses.  Please share the GoFundMe link.  Thank you so much!



Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Bonnie's GoFundMe

 Please spread the word!  Please visit Bonnie's GoFundMe fundraiser at

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Update on Bonnie


Update on Jake

 Update on Jake

Jake is about the same, a little wobbly.  His vet thinks his ailments might be a factor of being an older donkey.  The encouraging news is he has gained a little weight, and his heart sounds good.  His mom takes it one day at a time, and she ensures he is loved, happy, and comfortable.  

Sunday, January 24, 2021



 We realize this is a very large request.  We are unable to make this kind of purchase at this time, since our funds are tied up in the daily care of our donkeys, and the ongoing repairs after being hit by Hurricane Michael in 2018.  We are interested in a used and/or new truck that is the same size of a Ford F150.  We have no preference regarding make or model. 

We have included a picture of our current truck, which is a 30-year-old Ford F250. After 30 years, we have reached a point where we are making constant repairs.  We are no longer able to drive it on public roads.

Here is how your generosity will benefit you and/or your business: 

  •   We will post your generosity on both our Facebook Page and Blog
  • We can’t guarantee, but will make efforts to generate media exposure of your generosity.
  • You will be mentioned in our next newsletter.
  • This is a tax write-off.
  • You will have the satisfaction of knowing your generous donation will make a difference in the lives of our donkeys, caregivers, visitors, and volunteers. 

 If you are interested in helping us, have questions, or have any leads, please lease contact Carol Knight Watson at (229) 792-6246 or email        at

Thank you!

 We know! It has been a Long time with no updates from the sanctuary; and, we are so sorry! There has been so much going on. But we will beg...