The purpose of HHT is to find responsible, loving homes for abused and unwanted horses that have come to us mostly through prosecutable cases from across the state.
This involves knowledge of both horse to be placed, and their perspective adopter. It is not a kindness for a horse to be placed into a home where they will fail to receive adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care. It is not a kindness where any of our horses will be allowed to be bred – this is the reason we have a “no breeding” clause so as not to add to the surplus of unwanted and/or neglected horses.
|Adoption Information HHT adopts to homes in the state of Tennessee only. Out of state adoptions may be considered if we can find the appropriate people to do our facility checks, and before and after care checks. HHT does not adopt or foster any animal to any potential person that owns or boards at any facility that owns, trains, or shows “padded” horses. This strict policy also includes accepting anyone wanting to volunteer at HHT. HHT does not adopt or foster any animal to any potential owner that owns or boards at any facility that owns stallions, unless they can prove they are being responsible breeders, or the animal cannot be gelded for medical reasons, and even then only gledings will be allowed to be adopted.Horse Haven of Tennessee does farm inspections before adoption and follow up visits on all our adopted horses for one year. After one year, the adopter may be granted legal title, at the discretion of the HHT Adoption Committee, based on the adopter’s care of their adopted horse, however, breed registration papers are retained by Horse Haven of Tennessee to help enforce our “No Breeding” policy.|
Please DO NOT apply for adoption unless you are ready. This would include atleast a three sided shelter, fencing in good repair, and being fiancially able to adopt when you apply. If you are not prepared to have a horse come to your property today, or can not pay the adoption fee today, do not apply.
Adoption works in five (5) easy steps…
1) Application must be filled out in full with a processing fee of $25 (non-refundable) to help us offset our fuel cost to do facility checks. NO application will be processed without this application fee on file. PLEASE be sure to read our policies before applying for adoption.2) Once the application fee has been receieved your application will be reviewed and references checked by the HHT Adoption Committee.
3) You will be contacted for a phone interview by a Committee member. The additional information collected at this time will help us in making a good match when adding you to our potential adopter’s list. If there is a specific animal you would like to offer a home to, you can let the Committee member know and arraignments will be made as quickly as possible for you to be introduced to the animal if it is available.
4) After step # 3 is completed a Horse Haven field agent will contact you and make arraignments to check out your facility. Because we are a volunteer organization this may not always happen right away. Facility checks depend on the availability of a field agent in your area. The further away from Knoxville you are, the longer it may take.
5) Once a match is found, and everything is finalized, arraignments will be made to deliver the horse to their new home. Usually the adopter provides transportation, but HHT can provide this for a minimal fee of $1.50 per. mile with a $50 minimum charge.
Once a adoption is approved, the adopter has 7 days to pick up the animal or a $5 per day board charge will be added to their adoption fee.
To speed up the process it would be helpful if you would enclose pictures of shelter that will be provided, fencing and pasture area and any other animals on the property when you turn in your application.
Foster care givers play an important part of our adoption program. Fostering basically works the same way as an adoption except for a few differences. We do not charge a $25 application fee, but we only do facility checks when a field agent is close by or in the area. This can sometimes take an extended time frame to do. Usually horses available for adoption are only fostered close to our main facility in West Knoxville. This allows us to transport them back to our facility for our Adoption Day once a month. Some horses in foster care are involved in court proceedings and we have no time frame of how long they will be tied up before they may become available for adoption. Foster Caregivers pick up the normal daily expense of providing for the animal which includes feed and farrier care. If donated supplies are available they will be contacted on how they can receive some help with their care. In exchange for providing foster care for an animal, care givers will have first option to adopt if the animal becomes available through the courts. The length of time care is provided will be taken into consideration when an adoption fee is set.
Because Horse Haven of Tennessee is not a retirement facility, we are not able to house an animal indefinitely while trying to find them a new home. Foster caregivers allow us the chance to extend the amount of time we have to try and place this animal. Many of these animals may have limitation that would label them as a companion animal only, which limits their adoptability.
Agents of Horse Haven of Tennessee are not horse traders. We are looking for permanent homes for horses in need. We are not a place to get a “cheap horse” from. Many of the horses we place are not rideable. Some have emotional conflicts that require a lot of patience and love to overcome. All animals are current on their shots and coggins. Some may require special medical treatment for an extended period that would become your responsibility. Taking in a special needs horse can be very time consuming and expensive. Please take this into consideration before making this commitment. There have been very few horses in our placement program that we felt would be safe for small children without further training. For this reason we don’t recommend any of these animals for inexperienced children under the age of 18.
HHT has the following guidelines for placing a horse into a responsible home:
1.) Only horses that are not in need of extensive medical attention will be released for adoption.
2.) Horses will only be adopted to, or with the written consent of, adults of legal age to be used as pleasure horses. No horse can be used as “rough stock” on the rodeo circuit, for horse racing, or allowed to be “padded”.
3.) Because a commitment to responsible horse ownership is a decision no one can make for another, no horse will be released for adoption as a gift for another person without that persons prior approval.
4.) HHT will inspect the new owners home before the final adoption takes place. This is to insure adequate housing is available. Adequate housing must consist of a barn, run-in, lean to etc., that will provide for protection from the elements, and a place they can be kept up to allow them to become accustom to other horses or for medical treatment. Also inspection of surroundings will also be noted to insure there is no danger from injury due to foreign objects or inadequate fencing.
5.) All male horses must be gelded by a licensed veterinarian before placement or within a time frame made by attending veterinarian. Mares will not be allowed to be bred to further the over population of unwanted horses. If mares come to HHT already pregnant, the off spring will become the property of HHT and follow the same strict guidelines. The adopters will have first option to adopt the offspring at no charge. Mares will not be adopted, or fostered out to were a stallion is housed. If a stallion is found at a later date on the property, HHT reserves the right to have any mare’s removed at their own discretion.
6.) Horses will not be adopted out without a Coggins test, shots and health inspection (not certificate) from a certified veterinarian. They will be de-wormed and started on a de-worming program. A trained farrier will inspect their hoofs and proper attention will be given as needed. HHT will only adopt out to responsible owners who will keep animals up to date on vaccines and our necessary care.
7.) HHT will track all animals adopted out. They will inspect the care and up keep of each horse throughout the year without prior notice. If at such a time the HHT Adoption Committee feels this animal is not receiving proper care or treatment the adopter will have the option to fix the problem or this horse will be pulled and put back up for adoption.
8.) Horses must remain within the continental United States and HHT must be notified of any change of address for more then 30 days. No horse will be allowed to be sold, traded, or disposed of in any fashion during the first year after adoption without written consent from HHT. After the first year only animals that have received a clear title from HHT will be allowed to change owners. It is the adopters responsibilty to obtain their clear title paperwork from HHT. Animals that have not obtained a clear title will remain under HHT ownership.
9.) Adopters who receive a “Title of Ownership” are not allowed to dispose of their adopted animal through public auction or slaughter, and a agreement stating such must be signed.
10.) HHT will charge a minimum fee of $50.00, and a maximum $1,000 adoption fee for all horses. HHT has the right to waive or lower this fee at their discretion. There will be no fee to foster a horse until placement.
11.) HHT requires adopters to notify us of changes to their mailing address. Sometimes past owners or breeding farms find out one of their former horses came to HHT, and contact us with more information. This can include breed registration papers. We need your mailing address to forward this information to you.
12.) HHT reserves the right to refuse adoption to any person unable or unwilling to comply with these guidelines.
When the time comes to visit with a potentual match please read and be prepaired to abide by the following guidelines.
1) Meeting and riding the horse you wish to adopt requires a scheduled appointment. We ask that you commit to the appointment time. Staff members have families and regular full time jobs requiring their time, in addition to their volunteer work at Horse Haven.
2) Please schedule enough time to groom, tack up, and untack the horse. A volunteer will help you with any questions or problems, but we need this time to observe your interaction with and handling of the horse. This helps us determine compatability.
3) All riders must wear long pants, and closed toed, heeled boots/riding shoes.
4) Do not bring children with you unless you are adopting the horse for the child(ren).
5) You may bring a guest on the premises if you notify us in advance. Please note, we cannot evaluate your compatability with a horse if you, we or the horse are distracted and interacting with your guest.
6) Do not bring pets with you.
7) We do not allow visitors into the paddocks. A staff member will bring a horse to you.
8) No smoking or running in the barn.
We want your first meeting to be a good experience for both you and the horse, so please do not ask us to change our policies.