Horse Adoption Application

Adoption Application

If you are interested in adopting a pet from Ahimsa Rescue Foundation, please read the following information before you complete an adoption application:
Thank you for considering adopting a pet from Ahimsa Rescue. We want to place these pets in homes where they will receive loving care for the rest of their lives. Please read the following points and think carefully about your ability to care for this animal for the next 10-15 years.

Responsibilities to Consider

If you adopt a pet, you should be prepared to be responsible for it the rest of its life which could be 10-15 years. Your pet will need loving attention every day. Is your family ready for a long-term commitment?

A pet is not a toy!

Pets are living creatures with personalities and needs of their own. If you don't want a pet, please don't get one just for your child! You will be the one paying the vet bills, you will be buying food and supplies, and you will be caring for the animal when your child grows up and becomes involved in other activities. If you don't want a pet, you could offer your child a frog, fish, hamster, or other small animal that requires less money, and training.

A surprise gift of a pet can be a terrible mistake

Pets are a big responsibility, and it's not fair to "give" a person a responsibility they're not expecting. The person you give the pet to will have to spend thousands of dollars over the years on vet care and food. The pet's owner will need to spend time with the animal every day. Please don't place a living creature in the hands of someone who may not want him/her or be willing to spend time and money on the pet.

Financial Considerations

Routine vet care costs $100-200 per year, and emergency care can run over $1,000. Are you willing to spend this much money on pet care? Quality food for small pets can cost $10-20 per month. Are you willing to spend this much money per month on pet food?

Cost to Adopt

Ahimsa Rescue Foundation is a non-profit 501.3c organization and your donation is tax deductible. Each pet incurs individual vet care and the donation fee is based on what each animal needs. The fee to adopt a pet is normally between $75.00-$250.00. Adoption fees are individual to each pet and veterinarian fees incurred. Ahimsa is an all-volunteer staff. There is no one who gets paid, so your donation is what helps these animals have a healthy life and find loving homes. Besides the adoption donation for individual pets, any and all donations are gratefully accepted.

Proceed to the adoption application

Thank you for your interest in adopting a companion from Ahimsa Rescue. The first step of the process is to fill out and submit an application. Please remember some important points: Ahimsa Rescue's only interest is in the safety and well-being of the pets in our care. We will take every step possible to ensure they are adopted to loving, forever homes. We take the time in processing each applicant to make sure we find suitable homes for these pets.
Once an application is submitted you should hear from the Adoption Committee within 24-48 hours if your application is approved.
This is sometimes delayed if we are unable to reach your references; please include email addresses for personal references whenever possible.

Please enter your information below:

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Today's Date:
Your full name:
Street Address:
Zip Code:


Name of Horse you are interested in adopting?
Why do you wish to adopt a rescue horse?
Have you previously/currently owned/own a horse?
Yes No
How long
Were/Are you the horse,s sole caretaker?
If no, who was?
Will you be the sole caretaker of the adopted horse?
If no, who will be caring for your horse?
Caretaker,s name and phone number
Will you be working with a trainer?
Trainer,s name and phone number
What was your purpose for your past/current horses?
Intended use for the horse you want to adopt?
Discipline: (Example jumper, trail, dressage, eventing)
How long have you been riding?
Have you or any member of your family/household been accused, issued a warning or citation, or been convicted of any crime including animal cruelty, negligent care of animals or other humane violations?
If yes, please explain:
Have you ever sold a horse? 
Yes No
Did you sell your horse through an auction?  Explain:

What  level do you consider yourself in the care & expertise of working with horses? Please circle one.

Beginner : I am new around horses. I am comfortable riding at a walk. I have limited or no horse care knowledge.

Advanced Beginner : I am comfortable at walk and trot, I have limited knowledge, but can recognize signs of illness.

Intermediate : I am comfortable at all gaits; I can handle horses that test riders and I able to treat minor wounds.

Experienced : I am comfortable handling difficult horses in various environments &situations.

Very Experienced : I have previous experience training horses and/or in handling green horses..

What is your method of correcting negative behaviors?

Stabling / Living Arrangements

Type of residence:

  House, condo, apartment, mobile home
How long at this address?
Where will the horse be living? Home or Stable   
If a stable, please provide Stable Managers name & number:
How many acres do you have for the horse to live on?

What method of shelter do you plan on providing for the horse? Circle One
Barn        Stall        Paddock        Pasture

What type of fencing will be used?
Are you financially prepared for providing proper veterinary care and emergency vet care?

How will you transition your horse to his new home, new pasture mates, new schedule, new training, new routine?

Please share any additional information


Who is your Veterinarian?

Phone Numbers:
Please provide three character references:  (Someone who knows your ability/experience with horses)

Personal Reference 1

Phone Numbers

Personal Reference 2

Phone Numbers:

Personal Reference 3

Phone Numbers:


place of employment:
Spouse/significant other place of employment:
How did you learn about Ahimsa Rescue Foundation?
If Other

There is absolutely no guarantee made or implied that any person requesting to adopt a horse fostered through Ahimsa rescue will receive adoption approval. Rather, all adoption applications are subject to acceptance based on a review process that may require collecting information from references and visiting the applicant’s home. All decisions on placing horses in adoptive homes are based solely on the judgment of volunteers and coordinators of Ahimsa Rescue. Ahimsa Rescue reserves the right to make all decisions regarding placement of or final disposition of any rescued horse in its care whether in, or being placed in a foster or adoptive home.

By typing your name below and clicking “Submit”, you attest that you have read the above disclaimer, agree to the terms therein, and are at least 21 years of age. Furthermore, you represent that the information you have provided on this form is the truth to the best of your knowledge and belief. By submitting this application, you authorize Ahimsa Rescue to access your references.

Are you prepared to take responsibility for the pat for its lifetime?  Yes No

Electronic Signature: