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post #1 of 17 Old 10-18-2013, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Adoption agency rules???

Hi guys I was looking at an adoption agency online and their rules for adoption seemed a little intense some of then were

At any time we can come and see how the horse is
At anytime we can take the horse back
You have to tell us if you change barns or property... At every change...
You arnt allowed to sell the horse in the future
You have to tell them when the horse dies of old age... Or any cause....

This just seemed a bit extreme to me! Anyone have thoughts?
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O.o wow. It's like you didn't adopt, but leased or borrowed....
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Most of the rescues/adoptions I looked at here in Texas were like that. I understand they are doing what they feel is in the horse's long term best interest, but it likely scares off many worthy, potential adopters.

There were a few rescue horses I initially saw that looked like great 2 or 3 yr old prospects, but I ultimately just couldn't swallow their rules. I can't guarantee a forever home, although that is my hopeful goal. If down the road I decide it wasn't the right horse for me, I would expect to be able to sell it at a price that reflected my additional training; I couldn't simply return an adopted horse back to them with a smile.
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Hi guys I was looking at an adoption agency online and their rules for adoption seemed a little intense some of then were

At any time we can come and see how the horse is
At anytime we can take the horse back
You have to tell us if you change barns or property... At every change...
You arnt allowed to sell the horse in the future
You have to tell them when the horse dies of old age... Or any cause....

This just seemed a bit extreme to me! Anyone have thoughts?
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That does seem crazy, wonder why they did not ask to have you call them for permission to use the bathroom..........

Adoption agencies even for dogs and cats around here are almost as bad, all kinds of forms, rules, etc., never looked into a Horse but I bet they are just as crazy

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Agree totally. It has become more difficult to adopt an animal than a child in some cases.
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-18-2013, 03:17 PM
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Run. Buncha control freaks.

If you want to 'save' something, go to your local auction and BUY a horse who needs an upgrade.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
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They also have on there that if they take an animal back or you give it back you have to cover its expenses until a new home is found...
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Run. Buncha control freaks.

If you want to 'save' something, go to your local auction and BUY a horse who needs an upgrade.
There are no local auctions to here and I don't want to risk getting a horse I can't ride.
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I think it depends on the reason. I try to remember that adoption agencies get some really out their people who on a whim filled out an application. When we sell a horse we ask for a vet reference. This is in part to make sure they have a vet and also because the number of "hoarder" type owners we have encountered is high. It also scares a portion of people off.

I also think that most of the time these adoption agencies are running on few donations, lots of volunteer sweat, blood and tears. Which means that for them adopting a horse out can be really hard. So if they know that the horse is well cared for they feel better about it. They also sometimes take in horses in less than ideal condition (skinny, wormy, spoiled) and they hate to see that horse return to a condition that is less than or equal to as bad as the one they took the horse out of.

I also try to remember that sometimes rescue (of any type) is less about saving the animal and more about the people saving themselves. As an example, I heard of a woman who ran a newfoundland dog rescue. She had been raised by a abusive/alcoholic father. She had a New York City basement apartment and had 7 newfies, one of which had paralysis of the back legs. For her, saving those dogs was less about the dogs and more about her saving herself. So, I try not to judge an rescues to harsh. If they are able to care for the animals in their possession well than that's what matters.
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I think it depends on the reason. I try to remember that adoption agencies get some really out their people who on a whim filled out an application. When we sell a horse we ask for a vet reference. This is in part to make sure they have a vet and also because the number of "hoarder" type owners we have encountered is high. It also scares a portion of people off.

I also think that most of the time these adoption agencies are running on few donations, lots of volunteer sweat, blood and tears. Which means that for them adopting a horse out can be really hard. So if they know that the horse is well cared for they feel better about it. They also sometimes take in horses in less than ideal condition (skinny, wormy, spoiled) and they hate to see that horse return to a condition that is less than or equal to as bad as the one they took the horse out of.

I also try to remember that sometimes rescue (of any type) is less about saving the animal and more about the people saving themselves. As an example, I heard of a woman who ran a newfoundland dog rescue. She had been raised by a abusive/alcoholic father. She had a New York City basement apartment and had 7 newfies, one of which had paralysis of the back legs. For her, saving those dogs was less about the dogs and more about her saving herself. So, I try not to judge an rescues to harsh. If they are able to care for the animals in their possession well than that's what matters.
True but you don't get to just drop in when ever you feel like to check on the horse, wanna make an appt sure, want videos and pics sure, unannounced arrivals absolutely not! And once I own the horse I don't feel like I need to tell you where im keeping the horse past the adoption. Makes me wonder that if I move out of state are they suddenly going to take my horse back because it makes unannounced visits difficult? And I don't like that they think they could take a horse back when ever they feel when I would have been paying for it and caring for it, and then to expect me to continue up-keeping it untill they find a new home, no freaking way!!!
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