Foster or Adopt
Every FFI horse was rescued from slaughter. FFI adoption procedures
and policies ensure, to the best of our ability, that an FFI horse is never
in-danger of slaughter again. We strive to place every horse in a
loving, caring and knowledgeable forever home.
there are just more horses than barn space. This is why we need foster
parents. At this point in time, FFI does not own a barn. (Trust
me, if you can donate one, we'll accept it!) This is why we rely on
foster homes for our horses. We rely on many different farms and
stables to board our horses. Foster homes allow us to save more
horses. This is where YOU come in!
fostering process starts with our foster application
foster application! All foster parents are required to fill out
this application and submit it for review. Once an FFI volunteer
reviews the application, they will contact you for an initial interview.
Foster homes that can cover the expenses of a horse without hindrance and
that have experience with horses are given priority. This, however, is
not a requirement. Expenses may be tax-deductible. Contact your
FFI does have certain
guidelines and rules for fostering:
These policies are
intended to ensure that the needs, health and safety of FFI horses in the
care of Foster homes are adequate for each individual horse. These
policies are subject to change as each individual situation dictates.
All foster facilities must be inspected and approved prior to an FFI
horse coming on-site.
Any FFI horse cannot be relocated from itís foster facility without
prior knowledge and consent from the Foster Coordinator.
No FFI horse can be sedated without consent of the Foster
Coordinator, unless administered by a licensed veterinarian.
Consent from the Foster Coordinator must be obtained before any FFI
horse can begin an exercise program or be ridden.
All riders and handlers of FFI owned horses must have a signed
release form on file with the Foster Coordinator.
All riders, regardless of age, will wear ASTM certified helmets while
riding an FFI horse.
Farrier is recommended every 6 to 8 weeks, or as needed.
FFI horses will be de-wormed on a schedule set by the Foster
Coordinator or Veterinarian.
V-E and WEE
Strangles (as needed based on horseís age and facility)
Coggins every 12 months
Every FFI horse will have itís teeth floated once per year, or as
recommended by a veterinarian.
Any routine vet care (vaccinations, teeth floating, etc) must be
pre-approved by the Foster Coordinator.
Foster home is required to call a vet out to the facility in the case
of emergency. The Foster Coordinator will be notified as soon as
possible, within 24 hours.
If a feeding program is recommended by the Foster Coordinator or
Veterinarian, the Foster must follow these recommendations. The
feeding program cannot be altered or supplemented without first consulting
with the Foster Coordinator and/or Veterinarian.
Any changes to the horse's diet must be pre-approved, excluding 1- 2 lb.
feed changes to keep weight consistent. This includes supplements. Any
supplement expense must be pre-approved.
All visits from the
veterinarian must be pre-approved. This includes routine work, such as
vaccinations. Any costs associated with an FFI horse pertaining to routine
care must be pre-approved.
FFI will only reimburse up to $4.00 per
bale for hay unless it has been pre-approved by a board member.
FFI will only reimburse up to $30.00 per
month on bedding expenses unless pre-approved by a board member.
FFI will only reimburse up to $30.00 in a
6-week period for farrier expenses unless pre-approved by an FFI board
FFI will only reimburse up to $75.00 in a
30 day period for feed, or $13.00 per 50# bag unless pre-approved by an
FFI board member.
Foster homes must submit an original or
copy of the receipts for which you are to be reimbursed. Because we make
purchases and accept horses into the program based on our expected
monthly expenses you must submit receipts on a monthly basis. FFI will
not reimburse expenses older than 30 days. Please attempt to have your
expense reports mailed to the PO Box by the 15th of each
Emergency veterinary care does not need
to be pre-approved. Please make every attempt to get in touch with
an FFI board member before making that decision.
download a specific list
To become an adopter, you must foster a horse
for up to a year. This protects both the adopter and FFI. It
also gives the adopter a good idea of what the horse is like. During
this time, FFI maintains the ownership of the horse. Adopters must
allow FFI to inspect their facility for safety prior to adoption, and to
access the facility to check the horse thereafter, at FFI's discretion.
If you have not fostered the horse, you may be referred to our foster
Please follow the
the adoption application and return to FFI by either regular mail or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact us by email or leave a message and we will
get back to you as soon as possible. Please download and read the
FFI adoption policies.
Once we have reviewed your
application and checked your references, we will contact you to talk to you
further about the adoption process, your skill level, needs and
expectations. At this time we will schedule a facility check. If you have
already browsed the FFI horses available for adoption and have one in-mind,
we will also schedule a time for you to come and meet your prospective
horse. To ensure a good match, we may ask that you come several times to
spend time with your potential horse.
contract contains a 1 year lease agreement. During this time, the adopter
is responsible for the care and maintenance of the horse. This includes
appropriate vaccinations, teeth floating and farrier care, and documentation
of care must be provided to FFI. We will also schedule 3, 6 and 12 month
on-site facility check-ups. If at the end of the 1 year lease period,
everyone is satisfied, FFI will sign over rights of ownership of the horse
to the adopter.
Potential adopters need to fill out an
application. While we do our very best to keep
the site current, the horse that has been featured may not be available at
the time of your application.
Adoption is intended for LIFE. FFI reserves the right to deny adoption
for any reason in its sole discretion, and is not obligated to state any
reason for such denial. In addition, the Equine cannot be resold,
given away, raced, or used for breeding. They may not be relocated
from the original, approved facility without permission.
In addition, FFI will ask for references. Upon
satisfactory conditions, FFI will schedule a working session with the
potential equine to determine if there is a match. FFI may require
more than one session.
YOUR FARM OR BOARDING FACILITY MUST ABIDE BY
FFI SITE POLICIES!!!