United Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Adopt a United SPCA Horse or other Animals Housed at the Shelter...Please

Some people wonder why they should adopt a horse from a shelter. Some believe that sheltered horses are used up or untrainable. Others think sheltered horses aren't ridable. And some horse enthusiasts worry that the shelter will want to control how they ride and use their horses. Nothing could be further from the truth about adoption from United Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Horses adopted from the United SPCA have gone on to do all kinds of jobs. Some are companions to lonely horses, others become children's show horses, therapy horses, trail horses, working ranch horses, driving horses and more. All of the animals on this page were adopted from the United SPCA. 

The United SPCA only has some basic rules that apply to adopted animals. The applicant must be the permanent adopter. We do not control what disciplines you use your adopted animals for as long as they're properly cared for per industry standards or above, and are able to perform the job you ask of them. For instance, we do not adopt out older, or injured horses for heavy work. We also do not adopt out horses or other animals for breeding. We feel that there are already many, many homeless animals in the United States, and we do not want to add to the overpopulation problem. We do conduct home/farm visits to check on the animals, but unless an adopter refuses to return our calls or schedule a visit, we do not conduct unscheduled/unannounced visits.

There are excellent benefits to adoption:

  • The United SPCA provides a description of how the animal has behaved with other horses as well as when handled by humans. 
  • United SPCA foster homes evaluate a horse's training level to the best of their abilities.
  • The United SPCA provides a history of the animal including where he came from, vet care while in the shelter, behavior while in the shelter, and the needs of the animal going forward, etc.
  • All United SPCA animals are current on vaccinations per industry standards
  • All United SPCA animals are on a current de-worming and farrier program.
  • If your United SPCA animal does not work out for any reason, you may return them within two weeks after adoption for a replacement if another exists as the shelter.  Additional adoption fees may apply.
  • If you cannot keep your adopted animal, the United SPCA will support you in finding them a new home where you can rest assured that someone will love him as much as you do.
  • The United SPCA is available as a resource for all adopted animals for the remainder of their lives.

In order to adopt, submit:

After the United SPCA receives a complete application, we will contact you to schedule an adoption inspection.  During the inspection, a United SPCA volunteer may visit your property or the barn/farm where you will be keeping your animals.  They may answer your questions about the adoption process and the organization, and may take a few photos and fill out additional paperwork so we can ensure the home is safe and has adequate room for exercise – the care and comfort of our animals is our first priority.

When you adopt from the United SPCA, you agree to provide a home for your new animal(s) for life.  After one year of adoption - you will own your adopted partner.  We request through the life of your animal that you do not sell, give away, lease out or otherwise dispose of your animals unless medically necessary by veterinary means. United SPCA animals can be shipped after adoption throughout the United States.

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