If a horse is capable of living a quality life at a sanctuary, then why would it not be capable of doing the same in a private home? In fact, wouldn’t it be better for a horse with more advanced needs to be loved by a family in an adoptive home where it can receive individual attention?
Before a horse can be adopted into a loving home, the right person needs to be aware that the horse exists and is available for rehoming. That is where good marketing becomes necessary.
Most organizations want to help as many horses as possible; the way to achieve this sustainably is to begin by measuring basic equine data including intakes, adoptions, other outcomes, length of stay and capacity.
When a horse lover adopts a horse from a rescue, it frees up the rescue to take more horses from owner relinquishments, before they end up at auction. Through adoptions, we can help these horses before they end up in horrible situations because we will have the space to do so.
Pilot programs allow us to implement new strategies and quantifiably gauge the success of the program before making a larger investment. By being mindful with our grant making, we are ultimately ensuring that we help the most horses possible.
Now, I still really want every adopted horse to have his “happily ever after” story. I want them and their adopters to have many adventures together, and I want them to grow old on their adopters’ farms. But I’ve stopped fearing the adoption return.
The Right Horse is an initiative run by a nonprofit, but it is not a public charity so it can take some explaining. The shortest way to describe TRH is a group of diverse people and organizations working together on one shared goal.
The New Vocations team is constantly trying to brainstorm ways we can adopt out more horses. With the assistance of the WaterShed Animal Fund, we launched a program dubbed the “Retrained & Remarkable Challenge,” designed specifically to help these harder-to-place horses find homes.
First off, understanding data of the problem we’re tackling enables us to advance the entire equine welfare effort. All we know now is that there aren’t currently enough resources to help all the horses that need assistance. We can’t know that improvement is happening if we don’t know where we started.
The simple truth is that numbers equals lives and therefore, increasing quantity of lives saved is a critical goal to chase. Every adoption results in another open spot for the next at-risk horse. In addition, it is…
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