Over the years breeding miniature donkeys we have taken many calls from people looking for a donkey to be a companion for a horse. They would not be looking for a breeding or show donkey. It became evident to us that we could find homes for many donkeys with great families in the Northeast.
We learned that there are many donkeys in the South and Southwest that need homes. Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue of Texas works with donkeys in those areas so we became a satellite for PVDR in 2016. Most donkeys from PVDR are standard size, or 36" or taller at their shoulders.
Karl and I have personally visited the PVDR headquarters in San Angelo, TX. We wanted to see the operation and be able to promote and endorse PVDR with first hand knowledge. There are certain donkeys that could not make a trip to a satellite due to health issues. They are all kept comfortable and together in a special area. There are hundreds of donkeys that need homes and so many more on the way with the Wild Burro Project (see below). PVDR is the the real deal and Mark and Amy Meyers and their dedicated team work tirelessly to save donkeys. We are honored to be a member of the PVDR family as satellite for donkey awareness and special events. All donations go directly to PVDR and are greatly appreciated no matter how large or small.
PVDR has entered into an agreement with the National Park Service to remove donkeys from several National Parks in the West and Southwest. The donkeys are a non-native species and are contributing to a competition for resources by all of the species in the National Parks, creating shortages of natural feed.
In order to preserve the native species the donkey numbers would need to be minimized by more extreme measures if the NPS had not allowed PVDR to humanely remove and place the donkeys in good homes. These donkeys are moved to a holding facility in Scenic, AZ where they are evaluated, treated medically and gentled so that they can be adopted. Then they will be shipped throughout the US to satellites for adoption. Please click the link below to find out more about adoption.
As of 2019 we no longer receive adoptable donkeys at Foster Hill Farm but refer any interested parties to Marianne at the Granby, MA satellite. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1. All donkeys must go to a home where there is another equine companion. Donkeys get depressed if they do not have a horse or another donkey to spend their days with.
2. All of our PVDR male donkeys are gelded. None of our donkeys can be placed in a home where there is a jack or stallion.
3. Suitable shelter and fencing must be provided with enough space for the donkey to get some exercise although a giant pasture is not necessary.
4. PVDR donkeys are not to be adopted to a home where they are expected to be guardians to other livestock. We receive many calls for this. Yes, donkeys can absolutely make great guardian animals for sheep and goats but they need to be trained to do this. A donkey can kill a coyote. They can also kill a goat or a sheep and PVDR does not want this to happen.
5. Dogs and donkeys are best kept separated. Yes, PVDR uses their herding dogs to move the donkeys, but they have been trained to do this. It is a good idea to keep your dogs out of the donkey pens for the safety of all. I have heard of unfortunate situations where a couple dogs have killed a small donkey. Our 3 dogs are out in the barn every day but watch from the other side of the fence.
6. The PVDR donkeys are vaccinated, ear tagged with an ID, wormed, feet trimmed and they have been taught to tie, lead and stand for their feet to be trimmed. Some have less training than others, depending on their backgrounds. Even the most feral donkey we have received here has only taken a few months to befriend and train. They are very loving and smart. Training them is interesting and rewarding.
7. It costs about $800 per year to keep one donkey in the Northeast if you pay a vet to give shots and a farrier to trim feet. They really only need hay to eat. They have a tendency to get overweight so grain is offered only as a treat from time to time. The amount of hay varies with the size of the donkey. They need a mineral salt block, water, spring shots, regular worming and feet trimmed every few months.
For more information on adopting please contact www.donkeyrescue.org or email Kim Milikowski at email@example.com.