Our foster scheme finds loving homes for donkeys in our care who would benefit from the kind of one-to-one attention private homes can provide. After completing the application process, we carefully match new foster owners with just the right donkeys – something which is very important towards ensuring a happy future for both donkeys and foster owners.
It’s always a joy to see Foster Donkeys in loving homes living stimulating and fulfilled lives. Terry and Wellington live in a fabulous foster home with Hettie and Bob in Dorset. Terry and Wellington, known to many as “The Angels” scattered donkey happiness at an Easter service and also visited a Retirement home, bringing joy to all the residents. Its humbling to see donkeys in foster homes where they are able to share their donkey magic with others to promote well-being for all.
Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention! Recently on visiting one of my foster homes in the south of England I realised that there are more than one way to work around a problem. Monty is now in his thirties and over the years his hooves have developed seedy toe, a condition that occurs commonly in donkeys living in the wet UK. This condition can then lead to the occurrence of uncomfortable abscesses which Monty has suffered from in the past.
Donkey Manager Michael was once one of the residents of the Vision of Hope church in Monmouthshire. It’s a church and supported rehabilitation unit for young people who have had a hard start in life. The residents enjoy breathtaking views and plenty of activities including fun with the donkeys.
It’s not hard to see why Michael feels so at home here.
The home has fostered five donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary over a period of more than ten years, and has rescued five others. Each donkey has been given a brilliant home and a future.
I’m just back from a visit to a fantastic foster home where donkeys and humans are forging amazing bonds.
Cormac and James have been fostered to a college in Staffordshire since April. The residential college caters for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds and with emotional difficulties.
Not only are the donkeys a real hit as part of the girls’ education and rehabilitation, but as always, the donkeys themselves respond so well to troubled souls.
It’s an upsetting time for everyone when foster donkeys have to be put to sleep. Especially for the donkey friend that is left behind. They mourn as much as we do. It has been known for a donkey to give up on life with the loss of their friend. They can stop eating, drinking, become very quiet or sometimes destructive.
So after the loss of Joseph, who was so loved by his foster family and who lived to the grand old age of 35 in their care, Paddy started to bray loudly, and he even broke down part of the fence. Most unlike Paddy.