Adoption

Once our mules graduate from training, they are then ready to move on to their forever homes. If you are interested in adopting, click here to see adoptable mules, and then review our adoption policy and complete our adoption form.

Lost Meadows will have many mules available for adoption throughout the United States. In order for a mule to be considered "adoptable", it must meet certain criteria:

  1. Mule must be able to wear and lead with a halter
  2. Mule must be able to stand tied
  3. Mule must be able to pick up all 4 feet

There are certain rules and guidelines required by Lost Meadows Mule Refuge:

  1. Only Johns and Mollys are available for adoption
  2. Mules cannot be adopted to commercial packing outfitters
  3. Adequate shelter and fencing must be provided (requirement varies by region)
  4. All LMMR mules are fully vaccinated and have a current Coggins
  5. All LMMR mules come with guaranteed health - if your mule gets sick in the first 30 days, we will replace it.

To begin the process, simply fill out our Online Adoption Form (please note, you will be directed offsite to complete the form).

Adoption fees range from $350 - $1,500 depending on the mule's size, behavior and expertise.

Once we have received the application, it will be reviewed by our National Adoption Coordinator and forwarded to the Satellite Adoption Center nearest you. If you have any questions regarding our mule adoptions please contact us at matti@lmmr.org.

 

MULE BEHAVIOR CHART

Everything we teach the mules they get a letter grade for, from an F to an A. Each letter grade has specific criteria. Once a mule is routinely getting at least a B grade in all their areas of training, we consider them to be adoptable.

Behavior

A - Quiet and friendly without pushiness or spookiness. Not head shy or ear shy. Fully comfortable with touch all over.

B - Quiet and friendly with some pushiness or spookiness. Not head shy or ear shy. Mostly comfortable with touch all over.

C - Pushy or spooky. May be head shy or ear shy. Not comfortable with touch all over.

D - Very pushy or spooky. May be head shy or ear shy. Not comfortable with touch all over.

F - Uncatchable or unmanageable in a halter. Prone to fight or flight. Cannot be touched.

 

Stands tied

A - Stands tied and stands still for any length of time without getting upset or pulling back.

B - Stands tied and may move around slightly.

C - Stands tied and moves around frequently.

D - Mostly moves around or pulls back.

F - Dangerous or at risk of injury.

 

Front feet

A - Picks up at a touch, places down gently and stands for picking and rasping.

B - Picks up with some coercion, places down gently and stands for picking and rasping.

C - Picks up, but may drop feet or move around.

D - Picks up with a rope.

F - Dangerous or at risk of injury.

 

Back feet

A - Picks up at a touch, places down gently and stands for picking and rasping.

B - Picks up with some coercion, places down gently and stands for picking and rasping.

C - Picks up with some coercion, but may drop feet and move around.

D - Picks up with a rope.

F - Dangerous or at risk of injury.

 

Leads

A - Easy to catch and stands for halter. Leads quietly and beside. Stops and goes as asked.

B - Easy to catch and stands for halter. Leads quietly, mostly does as asked.

C - May take time to catch or halter. May push or spook while leading.

D - Hard to catch or halter. May move away, pull or plant feet.

F - Cannot be caught without a lariat. Does not move off of any pressure.