Adopt a Donkey

How do adoptions work?

Adopting a donkey for yourself?

Your adoption will last for an entire year from the date of purchase. After that, it will simply expire.

Your donkey would love it if you continue to adopt them after that, though.

You can renew your adoption when it is due for renewal (we’ll drop you an email to let you know when the adoption is about to end).

However, you can also set your adoption to automatically renew before it is due to end. This saves you the bother of having to go into your account and renew it.

Buying an adoption as a gift?

Just as when adopting a donkey for yourself, gift adoptions last for an entire year from the date of purchase.

When you reach the checkout page, you will see on each adoption a tick-box marked “This is a gift”. Simply enter the email address of who you are gifting the adoption to and we’ll take care of the rest.

The recipient will be emailed and invited to create an account for themselves where they can manage the adoption.

What an adoption pack includes:

What a renewal includes:

Extras available:

All of the donkeys currently resident at the Sanctuary are shown below and are available for online adoption.

Click on a donkey's image or name to see your adoption options...


The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary depends on the kindness of people like you to keep us going. Just helping with the cost of a bale of straw means we can continue providing a safe home for our four-legged residents.


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Setting up a regular donation from as little as just £3 per month allows us to better plan how we’ll be able to help our residents over the coming year…

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Renewing an adoption made prior to 22nd November, 2020?