Thank you for your interest in adopting.
Our adoption goal at Serenity Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation is to give our horses the best chance of being placed with responsible, caring owners who are willing to give them a forever home. To help ensure that this happens, the horses at Serenity are not offered for adoption until they are healthy and ready for a new home.
Each horse is evaluated by a veterinarian when they arrive and given a rehabilitation plan that includes both their nutritional and medical needs. All of the horses at Serenity are handled daily and are up-to-date on deworming, shots, dental work and hoof care. When you come to Serenity to look for your new companion, you will find that our adoptable horses are healthy, friendly and trusting.
Our suggested adoption donations are set based on a number of factors such as breeding, training and age. Adoption is by private treaty.
If you are interested in adopting one of our rescues first read and familiarize yourself with Serenity's Adoption Policies and Procedures. You must be 18 to adopt from Serenity.
We look forward to helping you find your equine companion.
Serenity Adoption Policy:
Serenity’s first obligation and concern is that our horses are placed into safe, informed, approved forever home. Below is a description of the minimum requirements that we expect from our potential adopters. Serenity reserves the right to deny adoption of any horse for any reason.
Financial Ability: Adopter is financially capable of
Shelter: Adoptee must provide the horse with adequate shelter in order for the horse to be protected from the elements. At minimum the shelter must be a three-sided structure in good repair. A tarp, carport or trees is not considered adequate.) This is mandated by Washington State law.
Fencing: Safe, secure fencing in good repair (no barbed wire)
Feed: Sufficient hay, grains and supplements to maintain the horse in good health, and a free choice supply of clean, fresh water at all times. Serenity will provide a nutritional program for each horse upon adoption.
Safe, healthy daily turnout: Horses must be turned out on a daily basis for 6 - 8 hours. A mud-management plan must be in place for winter months. Stables or other situations where horses are not turned out daily and/or they are kept in stalls for over 18 hours a day will not be considered. Paddocks and pastures must be free of debris or unsafe items.
Required veterinarian care: include routine checkups, vaccinations, teeth floating, and emergency care. Additionally adoptee must provide regular farrier care and deworming. Serenity will provide information on veterinary care, worming program and farrier care upon adoption.
First-time Horse Owners: If you haven't owned a horse for some time, consider yourself a first-time owner! We welcome first time horse owners to apply for adoption. Because our first concern is the safety of the horse and the new owner, we strongly suggest that before you adopt you complete the 5 course horsemanship series that is offered through Serenity’s Education Center.
A first time owner must have taken or is planning on taking lessons and/or have the help of an experienced horse person before the adoption takes place. Care, training, treatment and riding has changed a great deal over the past 10 -15 years. We now understand a lot more about how a horse thinks and what works and does not work in terms of training. Horses are much more sensitive than most of us recognize. Make sure you understand horse behavior, that you can recognize common ailments and diseases so you know how to care for your horse properly. Nutrition is also very important.
Special Needs Horses: Occasionally, Serenity will offer a special needs horse for adoption or an Off-the Track-Thoroughbred. These horses require a special care to keep them in good health. Adoptees must have a working knowledge of these horses to be eligible to adopt them.
If the adoptee has not worked with OTTB's you must have a trainer in place prior to adoption.
Our beautiful Star arrives at her new home, Madison Grove. You can follow Star Grove on her own Facebook page.
Serenity depends on generous donations from people just like you.
Serenity Adoption Procedures and After Adoption Policies
You must fill out an Adoption Application. The application can be found on the left side at the bottom of this page.
The application requires three personal references, only one of which may be a family member. Your references should be someone who can vouch for your horse experience such as a trainer, someone you ride with or if you don't have a reference for a horse it should be people who can answer questions about your animal care. Your veterinarian must be able to attest to your ability to properly care for the horse.
Site Visits: A site visit will be performed by a Serenity representative prior to approval. The representative will meet with the adopter at the location where the horse will be kept to assess that all the above requirements are met. If the potential adopter lives over 75 miles from Serenity we will contact an approved Serenity representative in your area to do the site visit. If we don’t have an approved representative available we may not be able to adopt the horse to you at this time. Horses may not be moved from their approved location or leased out to a third party without our approval during the first year after adoption.
Resale Policy: Serenity’s mission is to find permanent, forever homes for our horses. We realize that there are times when adoptees can no longer keep their horse. Serenity’s policy is that adopters may not sell, lease, trade or give the horse to another party without written permission from us.
Serenity has first right of refusal no matter the situation. If the adoptee feels they have found a suitable home, Serenity must approve the home. Prospective owners must meet our adoption criteria for Serenity to approve the request to re-home the horse and we will ask the new owner/guardians to sign an adoption contract. If a suitable home cannot be found, the owner can relinquish the horse to Serenity. To be clear, we are not preventing you from selling, leasing or re-homing the horse we want to be assured that the horse will not end up in the same situation that initially brought it to Serenity.
No-Breeding Policy: The majority of the horses that come to Serenity have been abandoned, come from the slaughter-pen, have been seized or relinquished. Usually this is a result of the previous owner’s inability to care for the horse or the horse no longer fits their needs. There are over 150,000 horses going to slaughter from the US every year and until there are homes for every horse Serenity will not approve the breeding of any of our horses. Therefore, the adopter must contractually agree not to breed any of our adopted horses and all stallions and colts will be gelded before offered for adoption.
Visits by Serenity after Adoption: Adoptee agree that Serenity may visit the horse from time to time without notice. You may also be contacted from time to time to get an update on the horse. If the horse passes on, adoptee needs to advise Serenity.
Serenity reserves the right to remove the horse if the horse is not being cared for properly or the horse’s environment does not meet Serenity’s standards. This right will be in force for the rest of the horse’s life.
1. Check out our available horses.
email@example.com to meet the horse you're interested in and submit a pre-adoption application (downloadable just click on the name adoption application on the left hand side at the bottom of this page). We cannot process an incomplete application, so please fill out all fields.
3. We invite you to include property photos to expedite the process. If you live more than 50 miles from our farm, current pictures of your facility are required. Pictures must include shelter areas, stalls, turnout and fences.
4. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted to let you know if you are pre-approved.
5. At that time we may make an appointment for you to come spend more time with the horse so we can determine if you are a good fit for each other.
6. A site visit is performed before final approval.
7. Once approved, you pay your adoption fee and sign our legally binding adoption contract.
At this time the horse is formally adopted and may be transported to its new home.
Any horse unable to be taken directly to its new home at the time of adoption (when the adoption fee is paid) can board at Serenity for a prorated boarding fee based on our monthly costs, which is currently $550. If the fee is not paid at the time of adoption, the fee is due when the horse is picked up or delivered.
The boarding fee does not include veterinary care, farrier services or other incidental costs. We are unable to accept trades in lieu of an adoption fee. We prefer cash or money order for the adoption fee, but will accept PayPal. PayPal fees will be added to the adoption cost.