Adopting an Equine through WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge

WFLF's Safe haven Network

WFLF is dedicated to the lifelong health and well being of each animal it rescues. We work around the clock to provide emergency rescue and care services to equines in need and must conserve precious resources in order to do our work and save as many lives as possible.

Adopted equines under WFLF's adoption program can live out their lives; sometimes for decades with their adoptive guardians as long as the adopter meets WFLF's Standards of Care for the equine they adopt.

Benefits of Adopting

If compassion in the stewardship of animals is important to you, we welcome and encourage you to adopt a rescued equine from Wild for Life Foundation's Lifetime Equine Refuge. As an adopter, if something happens to you and you can no longer provide the Standard of Care for the equine(s) you've adopted, you'll be able to return them to a WFLF- LER rescue facility. And WFLF will help you meet the challenge of keeping health records in order. WFLF will also keep on file the health care records that we collect from you over time for each adopted equine. Upon request, those records can later be made available to the adopter to help insure that the assessment of proper medical care can be obtained as needed.

Putting the Welfare of Each Rescued Equine First

It is essential to the successful long term placement of each animal that each adoption and foster applicant's understanding and agreement of WFLF adoption terms are fully confirmed prior to completion of the process.

As part of WFLF's adoption application process, each applicant is provided as much time as they need to thoroughly discuss and understand our Standards of Care, adoption provisions, policies and guidelines prior to submission and, or completion of the adoption application.

Protective provisions provide WFLF with a means to responsibly insure the safety, welfare and future of each animal it holds title for, and also to monitor and enforce the terms/policies and Standards of Care, which reflect WFLF's mission and objectives. WFLF requires adopters to submit updated equine medical receipts and health records for each adopted equine under their care. WFLF also retains the right to do random physical checks on each rescued equine that we adopt out.

The requirement for proof of care by the adopter reflects our commitment to WFLF's mission, our rescue and adoption program and policies, and also provides assurance to the equines that we rescue, the community in which we serve, as well as WFLF's constituents, that the safety and welfare of each equine rescued by, or surrendered to WFLF will always be cared for in a manner consistent with WFLF's Standards of Care, and will always be protected from cruelty, abuse, neglect, abandonment, sale, lease, slaughter, or the use in activities such as racing, rodeo, tripping, and auctions... regardless of whether or not that animal resides on site and under the direct care of WFLF, or off site and under the care of an adopter or foster care provider.

The title and permanent health record for each animal is retained by WFLF for the life of each animal and will include vital information such as vet records, vaccines, farrier treatment, dentistry, feed, housing and exercise, etc, relevant to his daily and ongoing health needs. It is crucial to our mission to have these records up to date at all times.

Vet/ health care records are needed so that we can update each animal's file. Consistant with WFLF's best practices which represent the best interest of each animal we place for adoption, the conservation of precious resources and the ability to save more lives, WFLF-LER requires adopters to provide health records and up to date photos to WFLF on a regular basis.


BECOME A FOSTER CARE PROVIDER

1. Join WFLF's SAFE HAVEN NETWORK 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 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.

Join Now!

Type of membership:
Adult - $25
Family - $50
Lifetime - $1,000 (includes free gift)

Sponsoring member:
$100
$150
$250
$500


To request Foster/ Adoption application:

Contact Us

ADOPTION

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, 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 $400 and range up to $1,000. An adoption donation may be reduced for "Pasture Mates" and some "Companion Horses". There is a nonrefundable application of $50 which is due at the time your application is received.

Our adopted equines can never be bred, raced, sold or given away. We are looking for 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 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, that equine will be returned to WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge facility where they will once again receive direct care and sanctuary.

BECOME AN ADOPTER

1. Join WFLF's SAFE HAVEN NETWORK Join Now!
2. Request Adoption 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.

Join Now!

Type of membership:
Adult - $25
Family - $50
Lifetime - $1,000 (includes free gift)

Sponsoring member:
$100
$150
$250
$500


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 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 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 thing 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. GUARDIANS must agree to care for each horse humanely and guardian shall not neglect, abandon or abuse said HORSES, and that HORSES may not be sold, given away or auctioned for any purpose, nor abandoned, nor utilized for breeding or racing, nor leased... It is further agreed that all WFLF-LER rescue horses shall remain the property of WFLF LERR for the life of the horse.

ADOPTION 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 riding and handling experience and confidence level as well as riding 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 help the adopter network with another rescue to find their "forever horse".

Upon approval of the Application, a Conditional Adoption Contract is executed. This Contract requires a vet exam and, or welness 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 can no longer keep the subject equine, that he/she is to 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.

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