Adoption Process

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Adoption Process

  1. Click here to view all of the horses available for adoption.
  2. Complete DEFHR's online Horse Interest Form (or click here to download a form and submit by mail).
  3. Upon receiving your interest form, DEFHR staff will contact you to schedule an appointment to visit DEFHR. Expect two or more visits to determine compatibility of horse and handler.
  4. Complete an adoption application and submit it along with the application fee.
  5. DEFHR will review the application, contact references and schedule an appointment to inspect the property where the horse will be kept.
  6. Upon acceptance of the application, the adoption agreement will need to be completed along with the payment of the non-refundable adoption fee.
  7. Make arrangements for transporting the horse to its new home. DEFHR can transport the horse to the designated facility for a nominal fee.
  8. After two years of follow-up inspections, you may apply for title to the horse.*

*Note, DEFHR will retain ownership of horses adopted through the S.O.S. program.

Have questions? Click here to visit DEFHR's Adoption FAQ page.