No. A few years ago, J&M Acres attempted to become a registered rescue organization in Canada. However, Julie drowned in paperwork and we have not bothered since. There are two main reasons for this.
- We have been operating since 1995 and have many successful adoptions and very happy adopters and our word-of-mouth reputation proceeds any government stamp of approval
- When you become a registered charity or not-for-profit in Canada you require a board of directors that cannot include yourself. We never want our rescue to become about profit or anything of that sort and we do not want to lose control of being able to save any and every life that we can.
Are you ever in need of fosters or volunteers?
In terms of fosters, we do occasionally have foster situations that occur, but these are rare. As for volunteers, J&M Acres manages between myself and the rescue owner with the additional help of a few friends. As such, we are not actively looking for help. We do keep a list of interested people just in case we need an extra hand, so feel free to send your information to us. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Where are you located?
The rescue is in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Maple Ridge is about an hour east of Vancouver, BC.
Where do most of your rescue horses come from?
The horses that end up at J&M Acres come from local auctions or the stockyard, racetracks and from owners who can no longer properly care for their equine companion.
What are your adoption fees?
Our adoption fees range from 'by donation' up to $500.00 per horse depending on their age, condition and training.
What is your adoption process?
At J&M Acres Horse Rescue our adoption process involves a visit and introduction to the horse in question. If you are interested in adoption and have signed our adoption contract, then we allow the horse to go to their new home for a two-week trial period for all adopters. We feel this gives the horses some time to settle in and allows new owners to get to know them in their own environment. It also is a good way to determine if the new home is indeed a good match with the horse. If it doesn't work out after those two weeks, the owners are allowed to bring the horses back.
We will adopt out to the first viable, suitable home that comes along. We cannot afford to hold horses for potential homes when a good home comes along. We are here for the horses and with so many needing our help, we do not have time to waste and we cannot say 'no' to a good family. This is why we do our two-week trial periods.
Do horses remain in your care until they are 100% healthy?
Not necessarily. We often have horses that are still in need of TLC that go to new homes. We just recently had a very emaciated boy at the rescue that we looked after for a month and then his care was taken over by his new mom and he is doing great. If the home is appropriate and the person understands what the horse requires, we do not need to keep them here. Plus, if we can find a home who can care for them, we can free up much needed space for a new rescue.