Adoption Policy




This agreement is entered into between Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (“PVDR”) and. (“Applicant”).

By applying to adopt a donkey from the PVDR (“PVDR Donkey”), Applicant agrees to the

following terms and conditions:

1. PVDR may evaluate each applicant and make a determination as to suitability of

Applicant as an owner of a PVDR Donkey. The determination of whether an Applicant is

suitable for adoption of a PVDR Donkey is in the sole discretion of PVDR.

a. PVDR may consider the following criteria for determining suitability of an

applicant. The list is non-exhaustive and PVDR may consider other criteria in its

sole discretion.

i. Animal ownership history

ii. Criminal history

iii. Financial ability to care for a PVDR Donkey

iv. Equine experience

v. Property size/condition


2. Prohibitions: No PVDR Donkey shall be used for cinematographic, business,

promotional, financial, marketing, or commercial use without the prior written consent 

of PVDR. No PVDR Donkey shall be used for breeding purposes, used for roping/rodeo 

or other cruel sports, or be leased or loaned for same. No PVDR Donkey shall be used 

for purposes of being a guardian for or protecting other animals.

3. Applicant shall keep the PVDR Donkey on the Applicant’s property listed in the

Application, and shall not keep the PVDR Donkey in a boarding facility. A PVDR

Donkey must not be moved to a new property without the prior written consent of 

PVDR. In such event, PVDR’s right of reverter may be invoked and PVDR may treat the

relocation of the PVDR Donkey as theft. PVDR reserves any rights it may have under

applicable law or in equity, including but not limited to the right to report the incident to

local or state law enforcement.

4. Applicant shall be the primary caregiver for the PVDR Donkey. A PVDR Donkey shall

not be “gifted” to another party.

5. Applicant shall, at all times, own at least one other donkey to provide companionship

for the PVDR Donkey. If at any time the Applicant does not own another donkey,

PVDR may exercise its right of reverter under Paragraph 17 of these terms and

conditions unless Applicant agrees to adopt a second PVDR Donkey. Applicant

understands that while the PVDR Donkey can cohabitate with a horse, the PVDR

Donkey must still have at least one other donkey companion, and that a horse is not a

substitute for the donkey companion requirement.

6. If Applicant has one or more PVDR Donkeys in its possession, Applicant must limit

the total number of donkeys in its possession to six, unless otherwise approved in

advance by PVDR. In the event Applicant violates this provision, PVDR may exercise

its right of reverter under Paragraph 17 of these terms and conditions.

7. Applicant shall provide PVDR Donkey with year-round access to clean, unfrozen water.

8. A PVDR Donkey shall be regularly groomed and hooves maintained on a regular basis, as-


9. Applicant shall not breed a PVDR Donkey. PVDR Donkeys shall not be in a home with

an uncastrated animal from the equine family. If a PVDR Donkey is pregnant at the time



of adoption, Applicant shall castrate any male offspring and provide proof of said

castration to PVDR within six months after the birth of the foal or as soon thereafter as

both of his testicles descend. Applicant agrees to use a veterinarian that is familiar with

donkey castration.

10. I agree that PVDR representatives may be granted reasonable access to the male foal to

conduct any freeze-branding or AVID chipping that PVDR deems necessary.

11. If there is any change in the health of a PVDR Donkey, PVDR must be notified

immediately. PVDR must be notified before a decision to euthanize an adopted animal 

is made.

12. Applicant shall not sell, trade or loan the PVDR Donkey for any reason. In such event,

PVDR’s right of reverter may be invoked and PVDR may treat the sale, trade, or loan as

theft. PVDR reserves any rights it may have under applicable law or in equity, including 

but not limited to the right to report such incident to local or state law enforcement.

13. Upon the death of Applicant, the PVDR Donkey shall be returned to PVDR.

14. If PVDR deems an adoption to be unsuccessful at any time, the animal must be returned.

If there is a conflict with another animal, the adopted donkey can be traded for another.

15. Applicant shall immediately return a PVDR Donkey to PVDR if the Applicant is no

longer capable of caring for a PVDR Donkey for any reason.

16. Applicant is financially responsible for a PVDR Donkey, including all necessary feed,

shelter, farrier, dental and medical expenses. Applicant agrees to provide sufficient

feed and shelter, and farrier, dental, and medical care, to PVDR Donkey on a year-

round basis.

17. PVDR reserves the right to deny Applicant the opportunity to adopt a Donkey from

PVDR for any reason.

18. Applicant agrees to grant any representative of PVDR access to the adopted

donkey(s) with reasonable notice. The purpose of these visits is to ensure that the

adoption was a success for both Applicant and for the donkey(s), ensure that the

adopter is complying with the Adoption Policy, and to take photos of the adopted

donkey. Adopter may ask any questions that may have arisen since receiving the

PVDR Donkey(s).

19. Right of Reverter: An Applicant obtains ownership of a PVDR Donkey upon adoption;

however, PVDR retains the exclusive right of reverter, in its sole discretion, with 

regard to any PVDR Donkey adopted by Applicant. PVDR may exercise said right 

of reverter in the following circumstances:

a. Significant change in the health of the animal. A significant deterioration in

health shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of PVDR.

b. If Applicant cannot care for the animal or for any reason does not desire to care

for the animal.

c. If Applicant attempts to sell, trade, transfer, or loan the PVDR Donkey for any


d. If Applicant violates Paragraphs 5 or 6 of these terms and conditions.

e. If neglect or abuse of the PVDR Donkey is suspected. Determination of neglect

or abuse is in the sole and absolute discretion of PVDR.

f. If Applicant materially violates these terms and conditions.

g. If PVDR learns that Applicant has materially misrepresented any aspect of their

property or ability to properly take care of the PVDR Donkey.

20. PVDR Donkey Adoption Disclaimers

a. The Applicant understands that the information provided regarding the PVDR

Donkey being adopted might have been received by third parties and that

information may be educated estimates of unknown facts about the PVDR

Donkey; therefore PVDR does not warrant accuracy or correctness of such


b. The Applicant hereby indemnifies and saves harmless PVDR, their directors,

employees and volunteers, from all losses, damages, costs, expenses, liability,

claims, actions and judgements of any kind whatsoever, including without

limitation, attorney’s fees and litigation costs arising out of or caused by any

damage or injury inflicted by the PVDR Donkey once the adopter has taken


c. The Applicant understands that upon taking possession of the PVDR animal,

he/she assumes all liability for the animal and any injury or damage, which may

occur to or because of the PVDR donkey, and that PVDR is absolved of all


d. The Applicant understands that there are laws in regard to equine ownership

which vary by State, and agrees to comply with the laws of the State in which

he/she resides.

e. The Applicant understands that he/she will be responsible for all legal fees and/or

court costs incurred by PVDR in an effort to enforce (i) PVDR’s right of

reverter, or (ii) that portion of this contract that requires the sterilization of all

male offspring as provided for in Paragraph 9 of this Agreement.

f. The Applicant understands that PVDR Donkeys are Donkeys with unknown

medical histories and, as such, may have been exposed to a variety of diseases,

including diseases that may be transmitted from animals to humans. These

diseases can have an incubation period of up to several weeks, that the PVDR

Donkey may show no signs of illness at the time of adoption. If an adopted

PVDR Donkey shows signs of illness, the Applicant is responsible for seeking

veterinary care for the PVDR Donkey and is also responsible for all medical



*This PDF is for informational purposes only. Adopters are required to compete a Docusign at the completion of the adoption process.

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