Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, Inc
PO Box 342, Perrineville, NJ 08535
If you are interested in adopting one of our rescues, please email Lisa and request an Adoption Application.
ADOPTION: These are the basic guidelines for adoption --We take applications on a case-by-case basis as we want to ensure a good match of horse and adoptor. Before emailing an application to a potential adopter, we like to discuss hiss/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 the horse might be a suitable match we schedule an appointment to meet the 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 them 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/report 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 stipulate that if the adopter can no longer keep the subject equine, that he/she is to be returned to our custody. In the event the equine becomes substantially more 'valuable' than when initially adopted, HHER must be offered right of first refusal. If we waive our right of first refusal, we require that the subsequent owner/buyer also Contracts with us, to ensure the horse's long-term continued safety. Finally, 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 Helping Hearts. . .
PLACEMENT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Ultimately, fostered horses are STILL our responsiblity, and normally we've found that most foster-offerers are only able to assist in housing the horses short term, a month or so or less. Please keep in mind that the average time a horse stays in rescue before adoption is 6 months. Often it's much longer. When/if they start 'coming back', fosters contacting us to 'return' horses (ie: the weather starts to turn), it can overwhelm our ability to house and care for them. So sadly, we do have to limit the number of horses we can assist at any one time.
Helping Hearts DOES have a Foster/Quarantine Application and Contract procedure, just as we do for Adoption --- to protect the horses. Sadly, there have been too many instances out there of Foster horses disappearing. . . If you are local to HHER and would consider fostering a companion horse long-term or quarantining a horse short-term, please contact us via email.
STANDARDS OF CAREThe following Minimum Standards of Care will be required for equines housed at approved foster and adoptive homes:
Necessary Veterinary Care ~
An annual vaccination schedule to be maintained and conducted by a veterinarian. This includes a Spring Vaccination protocol to include Eastern and Western Encephalitis, Tetanus,
It is expected that the adoptor will seek immediate veterinary intervention in the event the horse shows any of the following signs:
· Broken bone
· Deep tissue wound
· Inability or unwillingness to eat or drink
· Blistering or burns
· Irregular or abnormal breathing
· Partial or total paralysis
· Abnormal discharge
· Severe bleeding
· Continued symptoms of heavy intestinal parasite load despite adequate deworming
· Weight loss
· Abnormal skin condition
· Hair loss
· Temperature fluctuation
Dental care - Routine dental work (floating) shall be performed at least once/year by a qualified veterinarian or equine dentist. Floating may be recommended more often for certain equines by a qualified veterinarian or equine dentist.
Non-routine dental work shall be provided as needed in a reasonable amount of time.
Water - Proper water is clean, potable water that is available at all times for all equines. Exceptions shall be determined by veterinary consultation of professionally accepted practices for the safety and well-being of the equine.
Equines that are being worked or are in transport shall be provided water as often as necessary for the health and comfort of the equine. All water receptacles shall be kept clean and free of contaminants and be positioned or affixed to minimize spillage.
Space and Shelter for Each Equine - Each equine must be provided with space that is safe. The space for each equine must be free from standing water, accumulated waste, sharp objects, and debris.
Any fencing must be well maintained and in good repair at all times. Each equine should be provided with adequate exercise. Exceptions are granted when equines are under stall rest per a veterinary recommendation.
Stalled equines shall be exercised or turned out daily. Exceptions shall be made for times of bad weather, injured or ill equines, or equines who are not yet tame enough to be exercised or lead to turn out areas.
While not all pastures or turn out areas must have man-made shelter, man-made shelter consisting of a roof and a minimum of two sides must be available as needed for ill, injured, older, or underweight horses. The shelter shall be in good repair and free of standing water, accumulated waste, sharp objects, and debris. There should be adequate space for each equine that will be sharing the shelter at any given time.