Foster Farm: Terms & Conditions

Field and Stable Management

There must be at least one acre of grazing per donkey, preferably within sight of the house. There should be a shelter (minimum 200 square feet for two donkeys) and a permanent source of water in the area. Feeding recommendations and weight control guidelines laid down by The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) must be followed.

All poisonous plants including trees and plants in or around the paddock area must be removed. (E.g. oak, black walnut and butternut trees, yews, tansy ragwort, poison hemlock, field horsetail, buttercup, oleander, bracken fern, St. John’s- Wort, Nightshade).

All fencing and gates will be maintained to a high standard to ensure safety and security of donkey. Small animals that may be chased by donkeys should be kept out of their paddock.

The Foster Farm agrees to undertake the hard work of feeding, mucking out loafing areas, picking out donkey’s hooves regularly, and grooming, together with all aspects required to keep the donkey and the environment to the DSC standards.

Farrier and Veterinary Care

The donkey must have its hooves trimmed by a competent farrier. This is usually done every 8-10 weeks. De-worming must be done at least twice a year depending on circumstances and vaccinated annually against Rabies and Tetanus. If Equine Flu or West Nile Virus are found in your area, then these vaccinations should be administered as well upon recommendation of your veterinarian.

A veterinarian or farrier must be called if the donkey becomes ill in any way. Report non-routine treatment to your Field Officer. Record all farrier and veterinary treatment on the “Donkey Health Record” and make records available at each inspection. Sign waiver giving veterinarian permission to release donkey’s medical records to the DSC.


All costs to care for the donkey are assumed by the owner of the Foster Farm. These will run into the hundreds of dollars per year. Depending on the distance, the Foster Farm will be asked to contribute to the cost of trailering the donkey from the DSC to the Foster Farm and The DSC Donkey Care Manual.

Availability of Donkeys

The DSC cannot undertake to satisfy particular requirements with regard to the type of donkey wanted. Many of our donkeys are rescued and therefore their history and background may not be known. However, every endeavour will be made to match homes and donkeys. DSC donkeys will be placed as pets and will not be placed as guardians to flocks of sheep or herds of cattle or goats.

DSC donkeys may not be ridden

Also, DSC donkeys may not be used for commercial purposes or financial gain such as donkey rides, parties, etc.

No Breeding

No breeding is permitted with DSC donkeys. If a jennet is found to be in foal she will be returned to the DSC with her companion and the resulting foal will be the property of the DSC.


The DSC donkey can be placed on a Foster Farm to be a companion to a donkey already in residence. Otherwise, donkeys are placed in pairs, or occasionally more. In the event of one of the pair of donkeys dying, the DSC, in consultation with the Foster Farm owners, will reassess the situation. If the cause of the donkey’s death is unknown then a post mortem must be performed and the results forwarded to the DSC.


The person responsible for the welfare of the donkey must be over 18 years old. This person must be a resident at the Foster Farm on a full time basis. The whole family should be agreeable to having donkeys. Before DSC donkeys are placed, the person responsible for them must attend a half-day Basic Donkey Care workshop at the DSC for which there is no charge. The Foster caregiver(s) agree to spend sufficient time with the donkey to help develop a bond and increase the sociability and well-being of the donkey


A DSC Field Officer will inspect the Foster Farm and the donkey at least twice each year. Whenever possible, appointments will be made.


The DSC reserves the right to remove the donkey if it is found to be in ill health, mistreated, if any of the Terms and Conditions is broken or for any other reason.

Change of Circumstances

The DSC must be notified of all changes that may affect the donkey, e.g., addition or loss of other animals sharing the paddock/shelter, loss of facilities due to storm damage, etc. If the person responsible for the DSC donkey is going to be away for longer than a week, then the DSC should be notified and given the name of the substitute caretaker.

The DSC must be notified of plans to move house, whether you wish to keep the donkey or not. New premises will be inspected and passed by the DSC in reasonable time. Changes to phone numbers and email addresses should be reported immediately.

Insurance & Liability

The Foster Farm agrees to carry liability insurance during the time it fosters a Donkey Sanctuary of Canada donkey. The foster farm indemnifies the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada against all claims arising out of any claim relating to the donkey in its possession under the Donkey Sanctuary Foster Farm Program.


Donkeys placed in the DSC Foster Farm Program will remain the property of The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada.