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.
To provide humane treatment and shelter while working as a clearinghouse
to seek adoptive homes for all of Kentucky's unwanted equines, regardless of breed.
To educate the public and raise awareness for responsible
equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis.
To work with and serve as a model for organizations with the same mission
in other states: to save America's equines from inhumane treatment.
KyEHC will not process any application unless the required photos, proof of residence and application fee are included.
Once an application is received, KyEHC will begin the screening process. This usually takes about 2-3 days, depending upon how easy it is to make contact with your references.
KyEHC will notify you when your application has been approved and you may then make an appointment with KyEHC to visit the equine(s) you are interested in adopting.
All adopters must sign an Equine Adoption and Placement Agreement and pay the adoption fee before the equine leaves KyEHC.
Adopters are responsible for transportation arrangements and costs at the time of the adoption and in the event of return.
After the Equine Adoption and Placement Agreement is signed, you must pick up the equine from KyEHC within 5 days from the date on the Agreement.
Adoption fees are non-refundable.
Terms of the Equine Adoption and Placement Agreement
The equine may not be raced, bred, sold, given away, assigned or disposed of, nor may any interest in the equine be transferred. The Adopter may only release the equine from his/her care to KyEHC for one year.
Transportation arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the adopter at the time of placement and in the event of return.
KyEHC has the right to visit the property where the equine resides. If, in the sole discretion of KyEHC, it is determined that the living arrangements and/or care of the equine are inadequate or inappropriate, KyEHC reserves the right to seize and re-take possession of the equine.
If the Adopter changes the location of the equine or changes the equine's veterinarian, KyEHC must be provided with the new stabling and veterinarian information within 30 days of said change. In addition, the Adopter agrees to provide KyEHC with any change in his/her address within 30 days of said change.
The Adopter agrees to forward a veterinarian's brief statement of the adopted equine's residence, general condition, weight, teeth and hoof condition (a brief health check form will be provided by KyEHC for this purpose twice a year). This form is to be returned to KyEHC six months from the date of adoption and on the one year anniversary of the adoption date.
Any equine returned to KyEHC must possess a current negative coggins and health certificate, which is the responsibility of the Adopter to provide
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.