GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPTING
Adopting equines from SWFHR is the perfect opportunity to give love, where it is needed. While the amount of Time & Money behind owning, an equine are factors to be heavily considered when adopting. We are looking for people with a sense of commitment that has been well thought through. Our focus is the future of any equine we care for, ensuring that they never are subjected to any version of neglect or harm ever.
Adopting is about principle and not the path to an inexpensive purchase. While our adoption fees are rather low, (as we understand the cost of rehabilitation will range way above average price points) we do this so we can open the pool of potential adopters. Our screening process is quite rigorous and if there is heart involved it will be seen. That pays much more than cash in our eyes.
FIND ONE THAT COMPLETES YOU!
The first step to adoption is to fill out an Adoption Intent (AI) Form formerly known as the Adoption Contact Form. This shows your intent or interest in adopting from us and puts you on our records which simplifies the rest of the process. After we receive this form, you will be contacted within 48hrs to advise you if we have anything that meets your request. If we do have a match we will offer for you to arrange a visit to the rescue to meet & greet a particular horse(s). If we don’t have a match we will notify you and offer you to be added to our Looking List or advise you of other alternatives.
Read more about our adoption guidelines and process. If you are ready click the button below to start your journey.
ADOPTION GUIDELINES & STATEMENTS
Questions related to adopting that you might have are listed below.
Want to adopt? Read Below to Start
Volunteer Process & Procedure
NOTICE: All potential applicants must schedule a visit first before applying to adopt.
Review our Adopting Guidelines
Guidelines can be reviewed above or by clicking > HERE <
We will make a paper downloadable version soon
LET US KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED!
Formerly the Adoption Contact Form now the Adoption Intent (AI) Form shows us that you are interested in adopting and the details of what you are looking for.
- Complete the Adoption Intent (AI) Form by following this link –>
- Be as discipt as possible so we can understand your interests with notes about
- Age Range
- Breed specifics
- Reasoning behind adoption
- Intent with the potential horse
- What other sources you’ve looked at
- Your horse ownership experience
- What specifics of living in your care does a horse expect to see or receive
- We will review you request and advise you of success or lack of success with matching anything in our care at the time to your request
- If a potential match is found we will send you a link to visit the horses under suggestion
- you may see other horse if you like, this would turn into a tour with tour fee expectations
YOU MUST VISIT FIRST, BEFORE APPLYING TO ADOPT.
For what we call “obvious reasons”, but to spell it out; we want you to meet a horse or the horse you are interested in before we even consider moving forward.
- Schedule an Adoption Visit by following this link –>
- Visits are allotted 30 min for initial meeting shaparoned
- shaparoning time constraints dictate this amount of time
- Visits are free if you know the horse your interested in unless
- If you are looking with no single horse identified and would like the tour to see what we have, then we request the normal tour fee of ($10 per person)
- Family, friends, or professionals may accompany you with prior notice.
- You will perform no function but to visit the horse in its rawest form.
- Direct contact with the horse will be allowed only one person at a time for safety reasons.
- Depending on the chaperone and their specific knowledge of the horse under consideration
When done with your first visit… we’d appreciate that no commitments or guarantees be made by either party until you return for further visits.
Go home, put the time into consideration of what life altering step you are potentially continue to pursue. Folks spend more time investigating a car before purchase than the impending responsibilities of adopting a horse.
Once your orientation is complete.
- you may be allowed to tag-a-long with a volunteer for a lite exposure of daily work if there are volunteers to do so
- you do not have to do this it is not a requirement but an allowance if you care to do so
Will be held on your first full day of volunteering activities. Anywhere from 3 to 5 hours normally.
Pertaining to Equine Volunteers (98% of volunteers tend to be in this category)
- ‘Shadow volunteers’ or Probationary Volunteers will be vetted after multiple visits for knowledge and ability
- You will be expected to show up at the normal start time for the day you’ve chosen. (i.e., 7 am or 8 am depending on the day)
- Exceptions can be made. Discussion with the volunteer coordinator will apply.
- You will be attached to the senior volunteer or volunteer coordinator of the area you are assigned to. You’ll be taught the protocols for
- safety & procedural expectations when in and around the horses
- barn & paddock cleaning
- If deemed needed, you may be marked for class instruction needed
- At present time instructors are limited and may not be readily available
- Classes may be held on a later date
- You may board an adopted equine but note we will have to inspect the boarding facility
- If the facility fails then you will have to find another location
- If not intending to board an adopted equine, you must allow a property inspection for approval.
- We will perform a background check on all who will have contact with the equine.
- direct family only
- if found, that someone associated with the requester that will be in direct contact with an adopted horse, has character or criminal flaws within our guidelines we reserve the right to deny any applicant.
- Currently, contracts are binding for a year.
What if SWFHR doesn't have what you're looking for?
INTRODUCING the 'OERA' PROJECT
As a Rescue we know we can’t justifiably take in every horse in need. So in 2017 SWFHR narrowed its efforts to focus on the worst of situations… horses that have no human currently responsible for them. The unknown future for these soles wears a badge of need far greater than a horse owned by someone (still responsible for them) who doesn’t want to or can’t much care for them anymore. The brunt of responsibility still lies in the hand of the current owner. Even with all that said that doesn’t mean SWFHR can’t help. SWFHR may not physically take these types of horses into direct care but can help bring awareness of Owned Equines in need of Relocation Assistance. This is where we introduce people in need to this program project called OERA.
The OERA Project works in 2 directions… from the person in need (a person needing a new home for their horse) to the person looking (you the person wanting a horse).