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!pic        One of these days, I’m going to adopt a donkey. I’ve always lived in the city, so it hasn’t been possible yet. But I’m moving to New Hampshire (still in an apartment - but who knows what the future will bring).

If anyone is currently thinking, “Hmmm, you know - I think I’d like a donkey.“, here’s what you do:

1) Check with your local zoning authority and get any necessary permits. Donkeys are burros are generally referred to as farm animals.

2) The next thing you’ll need is a pen, at least 24’ x 24‘, with adequate protection from the weather in your area - and an exercise yard.

3) Before you get your donkey, make sure you’ve got money set aside for food and vet bills - just as you would do if you were going to adopt a dog or cat. Also, know ahead of time that donkeys can occasionally be quite loud. Make sure you and your neighbors are okay with that.

4) Do you have time for a new pet? Donkeys are social creatures and need daily loving. They also need regular grooming, including hoof care. Most experts suggest getting your donkey a friend - either another donkey, or a pony. If you already have horses, you‘re golden.

5) Donkeys come is three sizes. Measuring from the ground to their shoulders (withers),: miniature (35” or less), standard (36” to 55“), and mammoth (56” and up). So you’ll want to decide how big a creature you want.

6) Now the fun begins. It's time to choose your pet. Be sure to get one from a reputable rescue organization. I've been donating to [Link Removed] for years, and I really love them.

7) As you go through the adoption process, you’ll be asked to fill out forms and sign statements, usually promising not to re-sell your donkey without letting the rescue group know about it, not using your pet for commercial or breeding purposes - you know. They want to make sure they place these sensitive, emotional creatures into happy homes.  

8) Finally, you and your adoption contact will decide how you‘re going to physically get the donkey. There are many transportation methods and costs, so that will have to be arranged.

9) When you get your new donkey home, remember that the trip - and the separation from its buddies at the sanctuary - will have been distressing for him. Give him the extra TLC he’ll need. But I don’t have to tell you that - if you‘re wanting to adopt a rescue donkey, you already know about TLC!

In our compassionate effort to help the earth’s creatures, we often forget about little lost donkeys. But all anyone has to do is look into their loving eyes and stroke their soft foreheads, and they’ll remember.

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