Adoption

Adoption

Adopting a horse or livestock animal from Safe Harbor is an exciting, fun, and rewarding experience!  It is one of the greatest opportunities you can take in your life to find long term happiness.  The adoption process is incredibly simple.  It starts with a few minutes of filling out our adoption application, which is free, online, and does not obligate you to anything. Once you submit your application, our volunteers get started with their process to put you on the road to bringing your new friend home.    We do a site visit and reference check for every adoption to assure that the animals in our care have a great life ahead of them. The site visit is an excellent time to ask any questions you have about Safe Harbor. We want happy matches for our adopters and rescues, so every adoption is a trial adoption. We are here for you, and your adopted pet for life, and will always take back an animal if the adoption is not a good fit. Here’s some frequently asked questions that may be helpful to you: Q. How do animals end up at Safe Harbor? A. Safe Harbor assists law enforcement and animal control agencies with animal seizures.  We also accept equines from owners who are no longer able to care for them, or from boarding facilities who have horses abandoned through contractual default.Q. Q. What is the adoption fee for a horse or other equine through Safe Harbor? A. We have a tiered adoption fee structure ranging from $100 to $500.  Most of our adoptable horses have an adoption fee of $300. Q. Are you for or against horse slaughter? A. We are adamantly opposed to horse slaughter, and encourage our membership to contact their legislature to voice their opinion against horse slaughter.   Q. What vetting does a rescue equine receive? A. All horses in rescue have a current coggins, rabies vaccine and 5 way vaccine.  Horses have their hooves trimmed every 6 weeks, and are given a de-wormer on the same rotation.  We also provide all necessary medical care for any conditions or injuries that horses may have that come into our care. All male horses and livestock animals are castrated.  We provide species appropriate vaccinations.  Occasionally we have barn cats in rescue and they are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, FIV tested and dewormed. Q. If I adopt a registered horse from Safe Harbor can I show or breed that horse? A. We will do what we can to assist in the transfer of all registrations, and have successfully assisted in the transfer of registration.  Such transfers are for showing purposes ONLY.  Our contract has a strict no breeding clause in it. ...

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Fostering

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, safe a life, fill your barn with love, and get to know what true kindness and get to know what mercy are all about. Apply to Foster Today by Clicking...

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Volunteering

Volunteering

Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary would not exist without the time and love of many dedicated volunteers who devote time weekly to the animals in our care, as well as to our outreach programs and open houses for children.  We have an amazing and growing team, and we welcome you to learn more about it, and hope you may want to join our cause! So, you may be wondering–what does a volunteer with Safe Harbor do?  Well there are absolutely a million and one options!  Some things require you to be on your feet, some can be done from the computer, and there are things in between, too! If you are interested in volunteering HANDS – ON with the horses, chances are we have a foster farm near you. Paige reads to foster horse Ulysses during a Children’s Event HELP WANTED Taking on a dedicated role with Safe Harbor is fun and rewarding.  It doesn’t pay in dollars–we’re an all volunteer organization, but the payment in knowing you are making a difference, following your passion and saving lives is priceless. To start volunteering we ask that you be ready to commit.  A Safe Harbor volunteer should: Be 14 years old or older (youth under the age of 18 will need their parent or legal guardian to sign a permission slip and liability waiver). Be willing to commit to a minimum of 1 shift 2 hours in length once per week A commitment to volunteer for at least 6 months. Be willing to read our volunteer handbook, sign an acknowledgment to agree to our policies, and sign a liability waiver Must NOT have a history of animal or child abuse or neglect What can you expect?  When you apply to volunteer your application will be reviewed and you will be responded to in email or by phone by the appropriate shift leader about a week after applying.  During this phone call the shift leader will sign you up for a small group orientation at one of our many foster farms. During orientation you will purchase a volunteer shirt ($10 cost) that you can wear during your volunteer shifts and to events.  You are welcome to purchase more than one shirt, but we do ask all volunteers to have one shirt so they can be identified as a volunteer when we hold events.  You will also sign up for your schedule for your six month volunteer commitment.  Most volunteers stay with Safe Harbor for far longer than six months.  We ask for the six month commitment as our shift leaders are all volunteers and it helps to balance everyone’s time and energy in regard to training. We break our volunteer...

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