I’ve recently been to visit one of my foster homes in Hay on Wye, Wales where they are making fantastic progress with their foster donkeys Donk and Samson. They were originally rescued from Ireland, and despite having only been in the home since February, have come on leaps and bounds.
The family have introduced them to wearing the bridle and bit and they are now getting ready to do children’s rides and hopefully some pannier work on the farm. Great progress!
The family had no experience with donkeys or horses and were worried about their lack of experience. But they’ve done so much research and worked so hard that they’ve created the perfect environment for donkeys: fulfilling with plenty for them to do. It’s so great to see happy active donkeys in a loving home. I’m so grateful to all our homes for caring so well for donkeys like Donk and Samson and for giving them a chance to experience family life.
It just goes to show you don’t need equine experience to create a great home for donkeys - all you need is kindness and enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. It can be so rewarding for both parties too. Seeing homes like this is such a great part of my job.
If you would like to find out more about fostering donkeys, please visit the foster a donkey section.
Alternatively, if you don't have the space or time, have you considered adopting a donkey?