The Horse Adoption Process:

Upon receipt of this adoption survey, we will review the information and begin the reference verification process; including a site visit, to determine the suitability of the adoption.

All our horses are current on dental care, worming, vaccinations, hoof care. Some may have recent blood work completed. Because of the cost to rehabilitate animals from abuse and neglect, we must charge an adoption fee to help sustain HSSF’s cruelty prevention program. PLEASE NOTE: None of our horses are free or discounted.

Our goal is to find lifelong, committed adopters for our horses by matching the right animal to the adopter’s intended use of the horse, i.e., riding discipline or pasture pal. The questions on this survey enable us to reach our goal and help you to adopt the horse that’s right for you.

Basic Requirements for Horses:

1. Property: Property must be zoned for horses and in compliance with any zoning restrictions relative to keeping animals. If you intend to board the horse at a commercial facility, or if you intend to rent property, HSSF will need a copy of the written agreement between you and the facility or property owner prior to transfer of the horse. All adoptions require a site visit by a representative of HSSF, to wherever the horse will be kept prior to transferring the horse.

2. Horses: Due to the nature of horses, in order to adopt a horse from HSSF, the adopter must have some experience working with horses. Horses under the age of 4 years may only be adopted by an experienced horse person/rider.

3. Fencing: Fencing needs to be of solid construction, which can be made of wood, no-climb wire, or other equine type fence material. The fencing needs to be without sharp edges and visible to equines. Electric wire or tape fencing may be used, but must be visibly marked for horses (via brightly colored hanging streamers or ties). Barbed wire and high tensile wire fencing is inappropriate for the keeping of a horse.

4. Shelter: Horse property must have adequate shelter from rain, snow (if applicable), and heat. Shelters need to be constructed to provide sufficient space for each equine to comfortably stand up, turn around and lie down. The minimum ceiling height must be 1 foot above the horse’s head when held at its highest level. Confined horses must have access to an exercise area.

Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills
Equine Adoption Survey
* Indicates Required Fields
  Applicant Information
* Name   * Name
* Street Address
* City      * State      * Zip code
* How long have you lived at this address?
* Previous address if less than 3 years at your current place of residence:
* How long did you live at this address?
* Mobile Phone    * Daytime Phone
* Evening Phone   * Email Address
  Horsemanship Experience
* What horse are you interested in adopting? (name/breed/description):
* Describe in detail what you are hoping to do with the horse you adopt from HSSF:
How many years have you been riding?   How often do you ride?
What type of riding have you done?
Please list any additional horse experience:
Do you currently have horses? Yes   No If yes, how many?
What are they used for?
How long have you owned your horses?
If you do not currently own a horse, did you previously?   Yes    No
If yes, how long did you own that horse?
Please tell us about your horse ownership experience, past and present:
  Housing Information
I own my own property
               Fencing descripton:
               Shelter descripton:
               Parcel size:
I will board the horse at a boarding facility:
               Name of facility:
               Phone:
               I have a signed rental agreement:   Yes    No
              Please submit current boarding agreement.
I rent/will rent a horse pasture:
               Name of land owner:
               Property address:
               Phone:
               I have a signed rental agreement:   Yes    No
              Please submit current pasture rental agreement.
  References
Name of Veterinarian:     Phone:
Name of Veterinarian:     Phone:
Name of Farrier:     Phone:
Name of Farrier:     Phone:
Personal reference of someone who knows your riding experience and/or care of horses. This can be a friend or neighbor:
Name:     Phone:
Please explain how you know this person:
I understand that before any adoption can take place, a representative from HSSF will need to verify my references and complete a site visit to the facility where the horse will be living. I give HSSF permission to complete the adoption process and verify my references.

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