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Equine Adoption Information

 Adoption Agreement & Policy 

Adopting a horse is a happy and eventful occasion for a family and a great joy to the individual owner. It is also a BIG decision that involves a great deal of responsibility. 

Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County (herein referred to as IHRWC) has created this agreement/policy to make your adoption process both a positive experience. We will assist you in choosing the right horse to suit your particular needs and wants, and you will commit to taking on this lifelong commitment to ensuring that your adopted horse is well treated and taken care of for the rest of its life. 

All potential adopters are required to fill out our Adoption Application, submit a veterinarian reference, (2) personal references and photos of the facility where the horse will be staying. This may include but is not limited to pasture, stable, stall, paddocks, fencing, etc.
The application and forms are available here:

Only adopters with an approved Adoption Application will be considered to adopt a horse from Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County. Once the application has been processed, you will be contacted by phone. Upon an approved application, we will schedule an appointment for you to come in.

Please Note: Your application is good for 3 months should you choose to adopt an additional horse. 

There is a $35.00 non-refundable fee to process this application.  You must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Each horse has an adoption fee to be paid in full at the time of adoption. All fees paid are non-refundable and are considered a donation. It is to be understood that regardless of the reason and under no circumstance can the adoption fee be refunded, even if the adoption process has stopped or you decide to return the horse. Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County reserves the right to refuse adoption of any horse to any applicant (adopter) for any reason.

All adopted horse(s) must be given proper feed, abundant water supply, shelter, medical care, farrier care, wormer, vaccines on a regular basis and so on. 

Adopter agrees and understands should a life-threatening situation arise and the horse is suffering, a veterinarian’s advice is required. In the event, the horse has passed on from natural causes, old age or that it needs to be humanely euthanized please inform IHRWC within 24 hours.

Please have a licensed veterinarian send a statement stating the apparent cause of death and a certificate of Death within (14) days of deceased adopted equine. 

Horses adopted from IHRWC are absolutely forbidden to be sold, given away, traded or used for breeding purposes, in doing so will be a violation of this adoption agreement/policy and will result in prosecution.

In the event that you are no longer able to care for the horse you have adopted from IHRWC,  we ask that you return the horse, fill out an equine relinquish form (so that we may update the horse's records) and pay the relinquish fee.  The fee is not negotiable.  This policy allows for the least traumatic transition for the horse.

IHRWC is happy to be able to offer you boarding at our facility. This is an excellent opportunity for new horse owners especially because you will be among many educated, experienced IHRWC volunteers that are always available to lend a helping hand or to answer any questions you may have.

Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County requires that the new adopters submit clear full photos front, back and each side of the adopted horse twice a year due by March 1st and September 1st.

In addition to photos, we reserve the right to make random horse inspections to physically view the adopted horse.  Adopted horses are handled on a case by case basis and a visit may require one of our investigators to approach the residence to discuss the horse’s condition.

All horses adopted from IHRWC are jointly owned by the adopter and IHRWC the adopter has to comply with all agreements and policies, submitting photos and/or passing all inspections.

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