About Fostering

Are you considering horse ownership, but new to horses?   Or, maybe you are horse experienced, but have room in your herd and heart for another temporary guest?  Maybe it is not horses that make your heart go pitter pat—-it could be goats, sheep, pigs, llamas, alpacas or cows.  Whatever your passion, your ability and willingness to offer a temporary home to an animal in need makes all the difference for them in their quest for a life filled with love.

Our foster program is fun and rewarding!

Here’s how it works:

1) Fill our our foster application on this website.

2) We will talk to you and visit with you to learn more about your home and the type of animal you think would be your best fit.

3) We’ll match you up with an animal in need for foster.

Yep…easy as 1, 2, 3….


Then comes the really fun part.  Once your new friend is nestled into your safe place, we’ll support you every step of the way.  We can provide training, volunteer help, all veterinary needs for the animal, adoption support, and even food and supplies if needed.

The icing on the cake?  Anything you do spend on your foster animal is tax deductible, so you get lower taxes, save a life, fill your barn with love, and get to know what true kindness and mercy are all about.

Apply to Foster Today by Clicking Here!

Want to read more before applying?

Our basic foster policies and requirements are as follows:

  1. Foster homes should have prior experience with the type of animal they are applying to foster.
  2. Foster homes should have clean facilities that are species appropriate for the type of animal which they want to foster.
  3. Fencing must be species appropriate.  For horses, fencing must not be uncoated high tensile or barbed wire as these pose safety risks.  Fencing must be in good repair.  Pastures should be clear of debris and hazards. Electric fencing must always be turned on.  Fencing should be 4′ high at minimum.
  4. Foster homes should be caring and compassionate and have a desire to support the mission of Safe Harbor in rehabilitating and caring for rescue animals.
  5. Foster homes must be willing to follow the policies, procedures and feeding guidelines of Safe Harbor as outlined in the foster handbook.
  6. Foster homes must be willing to show their foster horses to approved adopters to help facilitate the adoption process of rescue horses.
  7. Foster homes must have positive veterinary and farrier references and be of good moral character.
  8. Foster homes must participate in social media of the rescue and provide good, clear, routine photos and biography updates for their foster animal.
  9. Foster homes must comply with all safety protocols of the rescue for horses and volunteers.
  10. In situations where riding of foster horses is approved, appropriate tack in good condition must be worn, and helmets must be worn at all times.