Meet Jason, who this week, became the 200th donkey to go out on our foster scheme. He will be joining another one of our foster donkeys called Horatio at his home near Saltash, Cornwall after his donkey friend sadly passed away.
It is common for donkeys to form strong bonds with other donkeys in particular so we often re-home donkeys in pairs for this reason.
More donkeys than ever are being relinquished to the Sanctuary so fostering is a great way of making space for new arrivals in need of our specialist care.
Only suitable donkeys go out to foster homes, mostly at a young age so Jason, aged 16, is an exception.
Jason's groom, Pam, told us that parting was bittersweet. “I love him to bits and will miss him a lot. He’s such a gentle, sweet donkey. But I’m thrilled that we managed to find a foster home who were looking for an older donkey so we could match them with Jason.”
Michael Crane, Head of Welfare, said that he was really pleased to be celebrating our 200th donkey being re-homed on our UK foster scheme this year. “Donkeys are great animals to be around, and bring so much joy into people’s lives. The donkeys also enjoy close contact with families- so the foster scheme is terrific all round. It’s fantastic that we can share the pleasure of being with donkeys every day whilst also making precious space available for new arrivals.”
For more information on our foster scheme visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/foster-a-donkey