Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you visit your horse after adoption? While it is at Indiana Horse Rescue, yes, by appointment only.  Just as with many other animal adoptions, the people are screened, references checked and a match is made. Once the adoption takes place, we try to always have room available should your life circumstances change and need a place for the horse to come. We cannot give you the names of the adopters, but we do screen them thoroughly and follow up on the placement to be sure everything is well.

What if we can’t find a home for the horse? If we are unable to adopt your horse to a new home, (and we take all the time we need) we will give him the dignity of a respectful end.  You will never need to worry that your horse faces the cruelty of abandonment, neglect or going to auction.  We only do this when necessary whether, behavior or medical issues, we do NOT euthanize for space.

What if I change my mind after signing him over? You need to understand that we are a humane organization, once a horse is donated, the horse receives any care or treatment necessary along with daily care. You should seriously consider whether you want to donate the horse prior to bringing it to the rescue facility.

Can you pick up my horse? Maybe. It depends on how far away you are, when it needs picked up and IF we can arrange to have someone pick him up. There is a fee to be paid for the trailer use and driver. We prefer you deliver him if possible, then there is only the prearranged tax deductible donation. Horses may only be donated by approval and with prior arrangements. 

Thank you for considering Indiana Horse Rescue to help you find the right home for your horse.
Still interested in donating your horse? The next step is to contact us by phone or email to see if we have an opening. There may be a waiting period if room is not currently available.  We will begin the adoption process after the horse  has arrived and been assessed.

We get many many calls, so please be patient if we do not get back to you immediately. If you do not hear from us please call back, as sometimes we cannot understand return phone numbers, especially if you are calling from a cell phone – these calls can not always be heard on the voice mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Relinquishing Horses To Indiana Horse Rescue

Each equine will be evaluated by qualified individuals, whether they be veterinarians, farriers, trainers, etc.  Adoptable equines will be posted on our website and notices will be sent out across the internet to help find them the best adoptive home.  Whether they go on to be a show horse, 4H horse, family pet, kid’s pony, trail horse, companion, or pasture pet we will do our best to place each animal, in the Right home.

If you are referred to us by the Sheriff’s Dept, a Humane Society, or your veterinarian, we may be able to adjust the one time cash donation, this will be done on a case by case basis. We accept horses with a referral and can sometimes arrange for pick up for a fee.  Otherwise a Surrender Fee is required for each horse accepted to our facility.  This is a one time fee and the only fee we charge.


We require that you sign our Donation Agreement, which gives Indiana Horse Rescue ownership of the horse(s) along with turning over any registration papers that identify the equine.  The Equine Questionnaire has many questions that you can answer to help us find your horse the right home. Written documentation provided by the veterinarian of any current veterinary services must accompany the horse, as well as a list and any available current medications the horse is on.

Donation Documents
Please print off and fill out the following documents and have them ready if you are transporting the horse to our facility or you may send them with your transporter.

1.  Donation Agreement – coming soon

2.  Equine Questionnaire – coming soon

If you are donating multiple horses, please be sure you complete separate forms for each equine.