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WFLF Foster and Adoption Program is an extension of our community services where horses and people are partners in healing. Qualified Fosters and Adopters can take part in the provision of essential care needed for displaced and homeless equines rescued by the Wild For Life Foundation.

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WFLF's SAFE HAVEN NETWORK - FOSTER HOME PROGRAM

Do you have room in your heart and your barn for just one more? WFLF's Safe haven Network

You can help by fostering a horse in need. Contact us to join WFLF's Safe Haven Network. With your help, horses in need can receive a second chance at life and the much needed time for transition into permanent placement down the line. If you have room for a horse in need, or know someone else that does, please contact us directly.  

For every horse that you foster on our behalf, we can save another life. If you love the company of horses and have adequate pasture and shelter, you can help a horse in need.

WFLF's foster program is founded on our Forever Safe Harbor Mission which assures forever safe refuge for each and every rescued horse and burro under WFLF's program. Qualified compassionate fosters like you play a vital role in providing the assurance of safe housing and loving care for each rescued equine in our foster program.

Foster Care providers must be over 21 years old and have sufficient horse care knowledge to foster. Decisions are based on the applicant's knowledge and experience, financial ability, as well as the safety and quality of the new home facility. References are required.

BECOME A FOSTER CARE PROVIDER

1. Join WFLF's SAFE HAVEN NETWORK by filling out the on line membership application Join Now!
2. Request Foster Home Application, fill out and return.
3. Meet with one of our representatives to discuss your needs and desires to have 'conditional guardianship' over one or more rescued horse(s).
4. Learn, understand and agree to WFLF's Standards of Care Guidelines
5. The boarding facility that you select or your own barn must meet and agree to our guidelines and terms, and will be visited by WFLF representatives.

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SAFE HAVEN NETWORK Annual Membership Levels:
Individual - $50
Family - $100
Business - $1,000

 

To request Foster/ Adoption application:

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ADOPTION

WFLF's adoption program is founded on our Forever Safe Harbor Mission which assures forever safe refuge for each and every rescued horse and burro under our program. Qualified compassionate adopters and fosters like you play a vital role in providing the assurance of safe housing and loving care for the lifetime of each rescued equine in our adoption and foster program.

Rescued equines that have been cleared for adoption are placed with approved applicants on a first come - best fit basis. Both the background of the horse and the background of the adoptor are considered during the placement process.

Adopters must be over 21 years old and have sufficient horse care knowledge to adopt. Decisions are based on the applicant's knowledge and experience, financial ability, as well as the safety and quality of the new home facility. References are required.

Transportation is the responsibility of the adoptor. We also ask for an adoption donation, which varies by the horse's disclipline, background and training. Adoption fees start at $500 and range up to $1,000. An adoption donation may be reduced for "Pasture Mates" and some "Companion Horses".

Our adopted equines can never be bred, raced, sold, transferred or given away. We are looking for quality lifetime homes for these equines in need. WFLF's title in perpetuity for each equine that it adopts out to private individuals provides the public with the assurance that each equine that WFLF takes in will always be protected regardless of any possible misfortune of the otherwise entrusted 'conditional guardian'. If an adopter can no longer provide or meet WFLF's Standards of Care for the equine they adopt, or if the adopter has an immediate need to re-home an equine they have adopted from WFLF-LER, or if the adopter forfeits or loses his or her accreditation under the WFLF Safe haven program, the subject equine(s) will be returned to WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge facility where they will once again receive direct care from WFLF and WFLF sanctuary.

BECOME AN ADOPTER

1. Join WFLF's SAFE HAVEN NETWORK by filling out the on line membership application Join Now!
2. Request Foster Home Application, fill out and return.
3. Meet with one of our representatives to discuss your needs and desires to have long term guardianship over one or more rescued horse(s).
4. Learn, understand and agree to WFLF's Standards of Care Guidelines
5. The boarding facility that you select or your own barn must meet our guidelines and will be visited by one of our representative.

Pay membership fee: Join Now!LERR BNR

SAFE HAVEN NETWORK Annual Membership Levels:
Individual - $50
Family - $100
Business - $1,000

 

To request Adoption application:

Contact Us

 

WFLF-LER Adoption and Foster Standards of Care:

Our adoption and foster process involves a thorough application process. We exercise stringent adoption and foster care guidelines and policies to insure the lifelong safety and welfare of each rescued equine in our program. Both the background of the horse and the background of the adopter are considered during the placement process.
Prospective 'CONDITIONAL GUARDIANS' are thoroughly checked out in advance, as to their qualifications and abilities to meet the required criteria for adoption or foster. WFLF-LER Standards of Care and stabling are reviewed and agreed upon by each prospective adopter/ foster care 'CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN' as part of both the application and final adoption process. To further insure the long term health and well being of each horse standards of care and stabling are outlined in the adoption and foster agreements and include set minimums for things such as housing including set minimums for corral spaces, acceptable construction and sanitary conditions of stalls/ corral spaces, acceptable provisions for shelter from the elements, to such things as standards for the provision of proper inoculations, feed, exercise and medical care. 'CONDITIONAL GUARDIANS must agree to be financially responsible for the costs associated with the care of each equine, and further agree to meet WFLF guidelines and standards. The conditional guardian' must agree to never neglect, abandon or abuse said HORSES, and nor attempt to sell, gift, transfer or auctioned for any purpose, nor abandon, nor utilized for breeding or racing, nor lease the subject equine(s). It is further agreed that all WFLF-LER rescue horses shall remain the property of WFLF LERR for the life of the horse.

MORE ABOUT WFLF's GUIDELINES

We take applications on a case-by-case basis as we want to ensure a good match of horse and adopter. Before emailing an application to a potential adopter, we like to discuss his/her horsekeeping and equine handling experience and confidence level as well as riding experience and style, to ascertain the suitability of the horse that they may be expressing interest in. Once we agree that a certain horse might be a suitable match we schedule an appointment to meet that horse and email the application out. If we decide the horse is not suitable to the adopter's needs, we may suggest another one of ours OR refer the applicant to another organization to find a more suitable rescue horse.

Upon approval of the Application, a Foster/ Conditional Adoption Contract is executed. This Contract requires a vet exam and, or wellness reports be completed at 6, 12, and 18 months. Thereafter the Vet Exam must be tendered upon our request and/or we or an authorized representative must be allowed access to the equine to ascertain his health. In addition, the Contract stipulates that if the adopter fails to meet WFLF standards of care guidelines, that the subject equine shall be returned to WFLF-LER’s custody. The horse is never to be conveyed via dealer, auction, meat-man, etc., and in the event of the death of the adopter, the estate is to return the equine to WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge.

General safeguards are built into WFLF Guidelines for Care and its adoption and foster agreements. These safeguards require due deligence by each adopter and foster care provider and reserve WFLF's right to repossess foster and adopted equines if the terms are not met.

WFLF's is dedicated to the lifetime safety and wellfare of each horse under its umbrella. Long term placement of equines into foster and adoptive homes makes it possible to WFLF to serve a greater population of equines in need. Though optimally qualified equines may receive lifetime care and residency with approved 'conditional guardians', we understand that circumstances can change, and even the most loving and best intentioned people may at some point become unable to provide the essential care required. WFLF therefore exercises certain safeguards and requirements in the best interest of each foster and adoptive equine.

Safeguard Examples:

The 'CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN' agrees to identify WFLF as the legal owner and title holder of the subject equine(s) on all records relating to the subject equine such as boarding, veterinary medical, farrier, training and dental care records.

The CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN is required to obtain WFLF authorization regarding the implementation of routine care and maintenance by designated care professionals. Except in case of a life threatening emergency, the 'CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN' is required to consult with WFLF, to communicate updates to WFLF, and obtain WFLF's required authorization for professional care as may be procurred by the CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN.

The provision of care and the ongoing maintenance of each foster and adoptive equine is subject to the approval of WFLF. CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN shall provide WFLF with proof of satisfactory veterinary medical reports and receipts regarding the subject equine(s) on a timely basis, indicating that farrier care, annual inoculations, and annual dental care are up to date. Receipts for feed and hay, as well as paid boarding fees (if applicable) shall be provided to WFLF on a timely basis by the 'conditional adopter'.

CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN is solely responsible for payment of all expenses for the the subject foster and adoptive equines. The CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN additonally assumes all transportation costs relating to the subject equine(s).

Special circumstances may sometimes arise where the CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN may request financial reimbursement for costs related to the feed and or care of foster and adoptive equines. Such requests must be submitted along with receipts by mail within five days of payment by the CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN. As a federally registered 501 c3 nonprofit charity WFLF cannot release funds to Safe Haven Members or CONDITIONAL GUARDIANS without a proof of payment receipt and invoice showing that funds requested were utilized for payment of authorized services and goods acquired on behalf of foster and adoptive equines.

The 'CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN' is required to allow WFLF and its representatives physical access to the subject equines in order to observe, document, photograph, visit, work with, and or provide care to the subject horses, as deemed necessary by WFLF. Authorized representative(s) from WFLF may enter the property where subject equine(s) reside to determine if any, and or all conditions of the adoption/ foster agreement are being complied with. Should WFLF determine at its sole descretion that CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN or its representatives have violated any of the contractual terms, or, in the event that the subject equines are found by WFLF to be neglected, abused, or not cared for in the manner consistent with WFLF Guidelines or Standards of Care, or otherwise suffering from malnutrition or illness, or to the point where the quality of life or the provision of care for the HORSES is found by WFLF to be impaired, the CONDITIONAL ADOPTER agrees to provide peaceful and unrestricted access to authorized representative(s) of WFLF that shall be allowed to enter said land where subject equine(s) reside and take possession of the HORSES without further notice.

The 'CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN' must be a current member of the WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge SAFE HAVEN NETWORK. The minimum annual membership fee of $50 is due on or before each and every12 month anniversary of the conditional adoption agreement.

WFLF reserves the right to use any and all moving and still images provided by the CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN as deemed fit under WFLF's educational and rescue programs free of charge, in perpetuity, and without limitation.

The CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN is required to keep subject equine(s) free of all liens, encumbrances, charges and claims and CONDITIONAL GUARDIAN shall hold WFLF harmless therefrom.

To request a Foster/Adopter Agreement please contact: info@lifetimeequinerefuge.org

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NOTE: Accredidation under WFLF's Safe Haven Network is a privilege which can be revoked if the foster or adopter fails to uphold WFLF standards of care policies, foster/ adoption requirements, and or best practices.

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QUICK FACT: Horses and burros are intelligent sentient beings. They sense when they are in danger and they thrive with the love and attention. Horses are also very social animals. They develop close bonds with other horses, with people and even with other animals. They depend on the care their guardians provide them and they truly recognize how lucky they are once they've been rescued.

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