Application fee for adoptions is $25. Applications will not be processed without this fee unless you are located in Knox County, Tennessee. Verifying applications and inspecting perspective adopters' properties is time consuming. Your application fee will be used to pay for gas, as well as time spent, involved with the verification process. The application fee is non-refundable. Applications will remain on file with HHT for 12 months from the date received unless you request otherwise.

The application/adoption process consists of 5 easy steps:

1) Application must be filled out in full with a processing fee of $25 to help us offset our fuel cost to do facility checks.
2) Application will be reviewed and references checked by the HHT Adoption Committee.
3) You will be contacted within 10 days for a phone interview by a Committee member. The additional information collected at this time will help us in making a good match when adding you to our potential adopterís list. If there is a specific animal you would like to offer a home to, you can let the Committee member know and arraignments will be made as quickly as possible for you to be introduced to the animal if it is available.
4) After step # 3 is completed a Horse Haven field agent will contact you and make arraignments to check out your facility. Because we are a volunteer organization this may not happen right away. Facility checks depend on the availability of a field agent in your area. The further away from Knoxville you are, the longer it may take.
5) Once a match is found, and everything is finalized, arraignments will be made to deliver the horse to their new home. Usually the adopter provides transportation, but HHT can provide this for a minimal fee to cover our expenses.

Some FAQ

If I do not own a farm can I board my adopted horse?

Yes. Boarding facilities will receive the same check as any potential adopter. They will have to sign an agreement that they understand the horse is adopted through our program and a lien may not be placed against it in the event of
non-payment of board.

What requirements must I meet to be able to adopt?

The main requirements we look for are fencing in good repair and a three sided shelter that is big enough to allow all equine enough room to get out of the weather if they so chose, or to allow an animal to be kept up in the event of an emergency.

Does HHT adopt to people who do not live in Tennessee?

Sometimes. If we have a way to perform a facility check and come with references we may consider them as an adopter.

Why does HHT send an agent to check on the horse once a person gets approved for adoption?

Even though we try the best we can to match up a horse with the right adopter, this isn't always the case. In a few incidences the adopters have not followed through with their promise as set forth in our contract and the animals have been returned to HHT for re-placement. If we didn't occasionally check on these animals we would have no way of ensuring they are in a good, safe home. Such as the case with "Freckles".

Why does HHT charge an adoption fee?
Couldn't you find homes faster if you just gave them away to people who wanted them?

HHT estimates it cost $1200 a year to care for an equine in normal Tennessee conditions. This is not taking into consideration the cost of a boarding facility if one is needed. In the event an emergency should arise $400 - $800 could be added to that yearly amount very quickly. Horses are not cheap animals to own. If we "gave away" the animals we take in just to get them placed we do not feel we would be doing them or the adopter a service. Everyone has always wanted a horse of their own, but we are looking for serious adopters who will give these animals a loving, forever home. We would not want to see them returned to the same state of care as they were rescued from or into the hands of an unscrupulous horse trader. The suggested fee barely puts a dent in the monies spent on these animals while in our care.

Why do some horses cost more then others to adopt?

Horses that are in good health and can offer the adopter the potential of a good riding horse have higher fees to help offset the expenses we have incurred on horses that are considered only as companion animals.

Why doesn't HHT allow breeding?

HHT does not allow breeding due to the overpopulation of horses in the U.S. We do not oppose breeding by responsible horse owners as long as they are breeding to improve the breed. What we oppose is owners who breed just to breed and do not do it responsibly. By not allowing breeding of the horses that enter our program we hope it will help with the reduction of more unwanted horses flooding the market.

Horse Haven of Tennessee is chartered with the State of Tennessee as a non-profit organization.
We have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Your donation is tax deductible.

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