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Horse Haven of Tennessee

Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

P.O. Box 22841
Knoxville, TN 37933
(865) 609-4030

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Offer our services in all counties of Tennessee

About Our Rescue Group:

Tennessee's Oldest and Largest Equine Humane Organization - 501(c)(3)

Mission Statement:
To advocate for, rescue, protect, and defend our God-given equine from abuse and neglect in Tennessee.

Purpose is:
* Rescue equine from cruel or dangerous situations
* Provide shelter, care, rehabilitation, and adoption for abused and neglected equine
* Assist law enforcement with investigations and court preparation
* Educate owners on compassion and responsible equine ownership
* Heighten public awareness about abuse and neglect of equine
* Provide education to those who handle cruelty & neglect calls, and other equine emergencies within their county.

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Come Meet our Pets:

Neigh & Bray Adoption Day
Second Saturday of every month
10 am - 2 pm
2417 Reagan Road
Knoxville, TN 37931
All other horse visit's by appointment only

Our Adoption Process:

The purpose of HHT is to find responsible, loving homes for abused and unwanted horses, and to match loving and caring people with a horse in the need of the same.

This involves a knowledge of both horse(s) to be placed and their perspective adopter(s). It is not a kindness for a horse to be placed into a home where they will fail to receive adequate food, water, shelter, veterinary care when necessary; nor where they will be allowed to be bred to add to the surplus of unwanted and neglected horses.

Adoption Information

HHT adopts to homes in the state of Tennessee only. Out of state adoptions may be considered if we can find the appropriate people to do our facility before and after care checks.

HHT does not adopt to people, allow people to foster, or accept volunteers who "pad" their Tennessee Walking Horse. See viewpoints below.

HHT does not adopt, or foster out mare's to owners with Stallions. See viewpoints below.

Horse Haven of Tennessee does farm inspections before adoption and follow up visits on all our adopted horses for two years. After one year, the adopter may be granted legal title, at the discretion of the HHT Adoption Committee, based on the adopter's care of their adopted horse, however, breed registration papers are retained by Horse Haven of Tennessee to help enforce our "No Breeding" policy.

Adoption works in five (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 adopter’s 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.

To speed up the process it would be helpful if you would enclose pictures of shelter that will be provided, fencing and pasture area and any other animals on the property when you turn in your application.

Foster Care:

Foster care basically works the same way as an adoption except for a few differences. We do not charge a $25 application fee, but we only do facility checks when someone is close by or we are in the area. This can sometimes take an extended time frame to do. Usually horses available for adoption are only fostered close to our main facility in West Knoxville. This allows us to transport them in for our Adoption Day once a month. Most horses in foster care are involved in court proceedings and we have no time frame of how long they will be tied up before they may become available for adoption. Foster Caregivers pick up the daily expense of providing for the animal which includes feed and farrier care. If donated supplies are available they will be contacted on how they can receive some help with their care. In exchange for providing foster care for an animal care givers will have first option to adopt if the animal becomes available through the courts. The length of time care is provided will be taken into consideration when a adoption fee is set.

Agents of Horse Haven of Tennessee are not horse traders. We are looking for permanent homes for horses in need. We are not a place to get a “cheap horse” from. Many of the horses we place are not rideable. Some have emotional conflicts that require a lot of patience and love to overcome. All animals are current on their shots and coggins. Some may require special medical treatment for an extended period that would become your responsibility. Taking in a special needs horse can be very time consuming and expensive. Please take this into consideration before making this commitment. There have been very few horses in our placement program that we felt would be safe for small children without further training. For this reason we don’t recommend any of these animals for inexperienced children under the age of 18.

HHT has the following guidelines for placing a horse into a responsible home:

1.) Only horses that are not in need of extensive medical attention will be released for adoption.

2.) Horses will only be adopted to, or with the written consent of, adults of legal age to be used as pleasure horses. No horse will be used on the rodeo circuit or for horse racing.

3.) Because a commitment to responsible horse ownership is a decision no one can make for another, no horse will be released for adoption as a gift for another person.

4.) HHT will inspect the new owners home before the final adoption takes place. This is to insure adequate housing is available. Adequate housing must consist of a barn, run-in, lean to etc., that will provide for protection from the elements, and a place they can be kept up to allow them to become accustom to other horses or for medical treatment. Also inspection of surroundings will also be noted to insure there is no danger from injury due to foreign objects or inadequate fencing.

5.) All male horses must be gelded by a licensed veterinarian before placement or within a time frame made by attending veterinarian. Mares will not be allowed to be bred to further the over population of unwanted horses. If mares come to HHT already pregnant, or become pregnant after adoption, the off spring will become the property of HHT and follow the same strict guidelines. Mares will not be adopted, or fostered out to owners of stallions. If a stallion is found at a later date on the property, HHT reserves the right to have any mare's removed at their own discretion.

6.) Horses will not be adopted out without an up to date Coggins test, shots and health inspection from a certified veterinarian. They will be de-wormed and started on a de-worming program. A trained farrier will inspect their hoofs and proper attention will be given as needed. HHT will only adopt out to responsible owners who will keep animals up to date on vaccines and our necessary care.

7.) HHT will track all animals adopted out. They will inspect the care and up keep of each horse through out the year without prior notice. If at such a time a HHT agent feels this animal is not receiving proper care or treatment the adopter will have the option to fix the problem or this horse will be pulled and put back up for adoption.

8.) No horse will be allowed to be sold, traded, or disposed of in any fashion during the first year after adoption without written consent from HHT. After the first year only animals that have received a clear title from HHT will be allowed to change owners. Horses must remain within the continental United States and HHT must be notified of any change of address for more then 30 days.

9.) Adopters who receive a “Title of Ownership” are not allowed to dispose of any animal through public auction or slaughter, and a agreement stating such must be signed.

10.) HHT will charge a minimum fee of $50.00, and a maximum $1,000 adoption fee for all horses. HHT has the right to waive or lower this fee at their discretion. There will be no fee to foster a horse until placement.

11.) If space is available HHT may take in horses from owners who relinquish ownership, but they must show a current (within 6 mos.) Coggins test that reads negative, have an up to date shot history and the horse must be in good health. A $250 donation will also be required to help care for the animal while an adopter is found.

12.) HHT reserves the right to refuse adoption to any person unable or unwilling to comply with these guidelines

Why should you adopt?

horses can make wonderful pets, and rather than buying a horse for sale or finding a horse breeder, adopting a horse from an animal shelter or rescue organization is the perfect way to add a horse to your family. Keep in mind, there is a lot you will need to know when you provide a home for a horse. You will need to learn what to feed them, how much exercise or attention your horse needs, and many other important things about how to house and care for a horse. There are different types of horses including Andalusian, Appaloosa, Appendix, Arabian, Belgian, Clydesdale, Curly Horse, Donkey/Mule/Burro/Hinny, Draft, Friesian, Gaited, Grade, Gypsy Vanner, Haflinger, Lipizzaner, Miniature, Missouri Foxtrotter, Morgan, Mustang, Norwegian Fjord, Paint/Pinto, Palomino, Paso Fino, Percheron, Peruvian Paso, Pony - Chincoteague, Pony - Connemara, Pony - Dales, Pony - Dartmoor, Pony - Fell, Pony - New Forest, Pony - Other, Pony - Shetland, Pony - Welsh, Pony - of America, Quarterhorse, Rocky Mountain, Saddlebred, Standardbred, Tennessee Walking Horse, Thoroughbred, Trakhener, and Warmblood.

Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Please consider a rescue pet before you buy a pet from a breeder or pet store. Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.