Geld your Jack, please

Why you should geld your Jack (unless you are intending to breed)

Why you should geld your jack

Jacks are the stallions of the donkey world.  If you are not intending to breed then we encourage you to geld your jack.  We strongly discourage having jacks as pets.
All jacks can be dangerous.  Jacks can be loving and affectionate by nature, but a jack has impulses that he cannot control and can react in an unpredictable and dangerous manner.
As jacks mature their behaviour can become more aggressive and unpredictable as their natural instincts to protect themselves and their “herd” become more evident. Jacks have been known to attack small animals or turn on their handler without warning if they perceive a threat, imagined or not, to themselves or their companions.
Trust Policy on Jacks
It is the Trust’s policy is that all jacks that are rescued will be gelded.  This means that the animal is less likely to harm anyone or any other animal and he can have the close companionship that all donkeys love.
The earlier the jack is gelded, the less traumatic it is on the animal and the more likely he will not continue to exhibit learned jack behaviour.  However gelding a jack later in life is usually very successful provided due care is taken.
The Trust frequently gets requests for a donkey to be rehomed to live with an entire jack.  Our policy is that we do not place any donkey in a home where there is a jack.  If you have a jack that needs a buddy, please get him gelded and then we will consider placing a suitable donkey with you.
Many of the donkeys and mules that come into the care of the rehoming centres are able to be rehomed.
If you are considering getting a donkey or mule from us, this is what you need to know:                                                
  • you will need to have two donkeys, as donkeys are so much happier with another donkey for a friend.  Double the donkey fun!
  • the Trust will inspect your property to ensure you have adequate shelter, safe fencing, water, etc.
  • we ask for an adoption fee per donkey and mule which goes towards covering vet and farrier bills, feed and transportation.

Remember that donkeys can live to 40 years old, or more. They are a life long commitment.  But, sometimes life changes unexpectedly, and should you need us to, we can always take your donkey back and find them another home.

If you are interested in providing a loving home to a donkey that comes into our care, please get in touch with your nearest Rehoming Centre.