Take a break from stress and anxiety by spending time snuggling with our Miniature Donkeys! Jack and Mabel are extremely affectionate and eager to help you find peace in their presence. You may like to practice mindfulness in the donkey pen while Jack and Mabel stand with their heads in your lap or lay next to you in the grass. Grooming tools and treats for the donkeys are available in the donkey enclosure. 


 We have two Donkey Calm Options:


One-on-one Encounter


Up to two individuals can schedule a 60-minute snuggle session. You must be 10 years or older to participate. The cost is $30 per person. 


Family Encounter 


Families with up to 3 children are welcome at the discretion of the director. Our priority is safety at all times for children and donkeys. A brief phone interview with Pam Putman (407-870-3180) will help us determine if a family can have a safe, enjoyable donkey encounter. A parent or guardian must be present at all times within the donkey enclosure.  The cost is $20 for a ½ hour session or $40 for a full hour.  For families with more than 3 children, there is an additional charge of $4 per child for the 1/2 hour session and $6 per child for the 1-hour session.

All of the proceeds from the Donkey Calm program support our mentoring sessions.


                                         or call 407-870-3180

                      to schedule your visit today!

What people are saying:


Thomas and I visited the Hope Lives Youth Ranch and spent some quality snuggle time with the miniature donkeys. Jack and Mabel are really gentle with children, and Thomas enjoyed giving them treats and grooming them.


Mabel sat down next to Thomas in the clover patch for a little nap and some petting. There was even an affectionate cat named Pebbles who liked to play.


We had such a lovely morning with the donkeys and were very happy to support their faith-based youth mentoring mission. 

                                                                     -Deb Blair  2020

Getting to hang out with the donkeys was so relaxing! They are so snuggly and want to be right in your lap, especially when you have treats! 

                                                                   -Addison Punkay 2020

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