Because of the number of horses and the length of time it takes to rehabilitate horses at AERO adoption candidates are limited in number each year. When a horse becomes available for adoption it will be placed on our home page so keep checking back. Back to top
AERO takes pride in a comprehensive rehabilitation process for each horse that comes to the AERO facility. Each rescue that comes to AERO incurs extensive rehabilitation costs ($3000-$6000 per horse) which are not recuperated in the adoption process. For this reason our adoption requirements are extensive in order to ensure the best placement for the horse and Adoption Candidate. For other facilities this is also true - the average rescue rehabilitation time is 9-12 months and it is important that placement is carefully considered because of the time and money already invested in the rescued horse.
Our objectives in the adoption process are: 1) To ensure that there is a good match between horse and Adoption Candidate in personality, capability, and experience. 2) To ensure that the safety of the horse and Adoption Candidate are NOT compromised in any way once the horse leaves AERO facilities 3) To ensure long term health and well-being of horse to be adopted. Back to top
Adoption Candidate must fill out an adoption application and complete an interview by AERO staff. This interview will cover horse facilities, horse handling experience, intended use of horse, financial capabilities, and terms of adoption from AERO.
Once a horse is adopted from AERO it is fully owned by the Adopter. AERO makes three conditions a part of full title transfer of the horse. 1) Horse is micro-chipped to permanently hold AERO information in the case that it makes it’s way to auction or slaughter. 2) Adopter agrees to give AERO first chance at buying or taking the horse back into the rescue under mutually agreeable terms should the Adopter be unwilling or unable to keep the adopted horse. 3) Adopter agrees to provide level of care as described in Adoption Regulations for as long as Adopter owns the horse.
Note that many rescues never relinquish ownership of a horse even if an adoption fee is paid so that the horse can be removed if it should become necessary. AERO does not follow this practice due to the financial burden it places on the rescue so extra care is taken to place a horse initially. Back to top
Adoption fees vary widely based on the horse’s capability, age and special care needs. Although AERO adoption fees are often lower than if a horse were purchased from a regular seller be aware that this does not make an AERO horse a cheaper horse to obtain. Often AERO horses will continue to need special care all their lives even when they are sound. Also, regardless of how you obtain a horse the actual care of the horse is always more expensive than the initial purchase price.
For a FREE Horse Care Spreadsheet that allows you to input the costs of care for your situation to give you a clear picture of monthly and annual costs contact us. In AERO’s experience a horse that receives proper care costs on average $3000 per year (more if the horse is boarded). Urgent horse care, such as colic surgeries, often can cost $5000 or more. Injuries or problems in horse legs can cost $1500-$3000. Emergency veterinary calls usually cost a minimum of $300. A horse is a significant financial commitment that should not be taken lightly. Back to top
Yes! Feel free to fill out an application and we will contact you if we have a horse that might match your needs! We keep adoption applications on file for one year and contact you before it expires to see if you want to remain on our Adoption Candidate list. Use the contact us link below to receive an application. Back to top
Adoption regulations cover what is considered humane and responsible care for a horse, including humane handling, appropriate living area, food and water. Adoption regulations apply to the trial period before a horse is fully owned by the Adoption Candidate and the outlined care applies to the horse even after fully adopted as long as the Adoption Candidate will own the horse. Upon starting the adoption process AERO will carefully review these regulations with each Adoption Candidate. Back to top