The obvious reasons are simple. Maybe you have loved horses ever since you were a little girl or you've recently moved to a farm or perhaps you've even gotten an awesome promotion at work and you can finally afford one. Whatever the reason, the choice to become an equine mom - either new or for the 2nd, 3rd or 7th time - is a wonderful one. But what is even more wonderful than that? For us, it is the act of saving a life, which is just one of the many reasons why you should consider adoption as a means of acquiring your new family member.
1. Adopt a Horse, Save Two Lives
When you adopt a horse from us, it opens up a paddock or stall for us to be able to rescue another who might not have gotten that chance. Most of our horses come straight from the stock or auction yard and we are their last stop before they are shipped to Alberta for slaughter. In fact, last year, 82,175 horses slaughtered in Canada. While we're sure you don't have a barn to house 82,175 friends (neither do we), adopting one life counts towards the fight of saving them all and helps us to rescue another.
2. Experienced Assessments
We do a basic assessment on all the horses that come in. We are not a training facility nor do we put 30-days on our rescue horses when there are others that need to be saved, but we evaluate their basic manners and personality and judge their skills under-saddle to evaluate what level of rider they would be best suited for.
3. Adopter Matching
With almost 18 years of experience in horse rescue and many more years of experience with horses in general we are confident in our assessments and with that, we do our best to compare potential adopters skills, wants and needs with our horses to find them the best possible match. Sometimes, we don't have a horse that matches them and we will put them on a waiting list in case we do get a viable match in.
Our promise to our rescue horses and potential adopters is to uphold a two-week trial period for the potential adopter to be able to bring the horse home and spend some time getting to know other on their schedule and in their environment to help lead to a successful adoption. Most people know within the first week whether or not the adoption will be a good match, but with some pairs it can take a little longer and we offer the option to extend trial periods at adopters request - usually to 30 days.
5. Being Part of the J&M Herd
Overall when you adopt a horse from us, not only are they assessed and come with their trial period to ensure a good fit, but our adoption agreement also protects them in the future. Even if an adoption is successful, our agreement still upholds that we will be there for the horse in question for the duration of their life. As we all know, things change and if an adopter needs to re-home or return their J&M Acres graduate, we are happy to work with them if the need comes up in the future. Once we rescue a horse, even after we have adopted them to a new home, we still have a duty to that horse throughout their life whether we are needed or not.
6. Unconditional Love
Hello! This is probably the biggest reason why people not only adopt a horse, but choose to own one in the first place. Some of us feel most loved by our dogs or cats, but then there are those of us who feel the most loved by our horses. Some of us would argue that a rescued horse loves more deeply than a pampered one, but I won't get into that here. What I will say is that regardless of where they came from, you can't deny that a horse sure loves his/her two-legged mom!
It is for these reasons (and more) that we work so hard to save as many horses as we can, but we need your help to find them loving, forever homes. So, if you have room in your heart (and wallet) why not consider adopting one of our beauties today?
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If you can't adopt, don't worry - you can still help! By donating to the rescue or becoming a monthly sponsor, you can help care for a rescue horse while they await their forever homes. Click here for more information!