Texas Guardian Donkey Program

Peaceful Valley's Guardian Donkey Program is available in Texas only.  

Guardian Donkey Adoption Policy 


The Guardian Donkey Adoption Program is designed to place untamed jennets with farmers and ranchers. Upon adoption, these jennets will be trained to act as guardians for sheep, goats, or cattle. Guardian donkey should be placed with the flock or herd and treated as a member of said flock or herd. Guardian donkeys are trained to work alone, adding other equine or guardian animals will disrupt the desired behavior. Guardian donkeys cannot be used for pet donkeys, if you would like to adopt a pet or companion animal please click here. If you would like to adopt a donkey to guard other types of animals or if you have any questions please contact us at zac@pvdr.org. Criteria for Guardian Donkey:

  • Must be a female (jennet) in good health and with sound mind and body.
  • Donkey cannot be gentle or affectionate towards humans.
  • Donkey must be of at least standard size and build.
  • Donkey must show a willingness to live and roam with livestock.
  • Mules and hinnies are not available through this program. 
  • Donkey must show signs of aggression towards K-9’s and other predators.
  • Donkey cannot be pregnant or nursing.
  • Donkey should not be gentled. 
  • Donkey should not be used to guard or provide companionship for other equine.
  • Donkey cannot be used in conjunction with a guardian K-9.  
  • Guardian donkeys are trained to attack K-9’s and other predators, pets and companion animals should not come into contact with a guardian donkey, as she could view the pet as a threat and engage.


  1. Guardian donkeys are only available for adoption in Texas, unless otherwise approved by the guardian coordinator. The adoption fee is a non-refundable donation and the adopter will receive a tax receipt.
  2. PVDR adopted jennets cannot be used for breeding. Nor can a guardian be placed in a home with un-castrated donkeys or horses. 
  3. PVDR does not intentionally place pregnant jennets into the Guardian Donkey Adoption Program. If it becomes obvious the donkey is pregnant, the adopter agrees to notify PVDR immediately. The guardian will then be returned to PVDR and can be exchanged for another. It is best for the adopter that the pregnant guardian is returned before foaling, as she could become very aggressive and territorial in an attempt to guard her offspring. If the guardian does foal, the adopter agrees to notify PVDR immediately so the jennet and foal can be removed by PVDR and exchanged with a new guardian. 
  4. The guardian donkey remains the property of the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue and must be returned to the rescue if for any reason the adopter no longer has a need for her.

CLICK HERE for our Adoption Application

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.

  1. Animal ownership history

  2. Criminal history

  3. Financial ability to care for a PVDR Donkey

  4. Equine experience

  5. Property size/condition

  1. Prohibitions: No PVDR Donkey shall be used for cinematographic 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Applicant shall be the primary caregiver for the PVDR Donkey. A PVDR Donkey shall not be “gifted” to another party.

  4. Applicant shall own at least one other animal from the equine family to provide companionship for the PVDR Donkey. If the Applicant does not own another equine animal, PVDR may deny Applicant’s application to adopt from PVDR unless Applicant agrees to adopt a second PVDR Donkey.

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

  6. A PVDR Donkey shall be regularly groomed and hooves maintained.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Applicant shall not sell, trade or loan the PVDR Donkey for any reason.

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

  11. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Applicant is financially responsible for a PVDR Donkey, including feed, farrier, dental and medical expenses.

  3. PVDR reserves the right to deny Applicant the opportunity to adopt a Donkey from PVDR for any reason.

16. 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 or loan the PVDR Donkey for any reason.
d. If neglect or abuse of the PVDR Donkey is suspected. Determination of neglect 
or abuse is in the sole and absolute discretion of PVDR.

17. PVDR Donkey Adoption Disclaimers

  1. 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 information.

  2. 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 possession.

  3. 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 liability.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 that portion of the contract that requires the sterilization of all male offspring as provided for in Paragraph 8 of this Agreement.

  6. 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 expenses.