“What is the adoption fee, and why do you have one?”
All of Hanaeleh’s horses have a $1,000 adoption fee, no matter what their age or training. Hanaeleh has an adoption fee to keep killer buyers or other disreputable individuals from trying to purchase a “cheap” horse in an effort to then turn around and resell the horse. This adoption fee is also a reminder that Hanaeleh does NOT buy or sell horses, but merely charges the fee as a way to attempt to ensure that the horse will find a new, wonderful home. Hanaeleh usually invests a great deal more money into each horse than the adoption fee covers, and most of the horses that come to Hanaeleh would have been put up for sale for much more than our flat adoption fee.
“What types of horses do you take?”
Hanaeleh was created to take in any horse, no matter what the age, breed or training, that is abused, neglected, unwanted or slaughterbound. Because of the huge need for homes for horses at this moment, Hanaeleh tries to focus only on taking in the horses that are in the most danger– i.e. starving, slaughterbound, currently being abused, etc. We do try to take in horses that we hope will be able to find homes, but that is not our foremost criteria, and we do have horses that will probably live out the rest of their lives at Hanaeleh.
“I have a horse that needs a new home. Can you help?”
Hanaeleh takes in surrendered/abandoned horses of all breeds and ages, but our facility is limited. If we are unable to accommodate the horse, we will help to network the horse by sending the information to trainers, rescues, and other individuals who may be able to help. In this situation, Hanaeleh does not take the horses, but allows the current and the new owner to work to get the horse to a safe facility.
If you have a horse who is in need of help, please provide as much of the following information as possible. The more honest you are, the better the chance we have of finding the right home for your horse.
- Heath (if the horse is in good health, or if the horse needs veterinary care, including weight, dental care, supplements, if the horse has lameness issues, etc.)
- Hoof care (barefoot/shoes/if the horse needs hoof care)
- Training (Discipline, level of rider needed for the horse)
- Temperament- From 1 (bombproof) to 10 (very high spirited)
- Time period (Immediate: is the horse in danger of being euthanized/sent to auction/starving? Moderate: More time can be spent to ensure that the best home can be found)
- Any other information you think is important
- Pictures- current pictures of the horse (not just head shots- full body pictures are best)
Please send the information to: [email protected] or call: 949-842-7408
“What do I need to do if I want to adopt a horse from you?”
If you are interested in adopting a horse, please fill out our horse inquiry form. That will let us know what type of horse you’re looking for, and for what purpose. If we do not have a horse that is right for you, we may know of one who is looking for a home who isn’t at our facility.
If you and a horse are a good match, then we will make an inspection of the new facility where the horse will be kept, and we will deliver the horse to you. All new adopters must sign a contract with a first right-of-refusal.
“If I adopt a horse, can I keep it at your facility?”
We have limited space available at our facility, so we encourage people to find boarding near to their home so they can see their horse everyday! While we love to see our horses, we know that it is important for new owners to bond with their horse, and we do feel that having us “over your shoulder” all of the time can be constricting to the relationship with your horse. We have a one-out, one-in policy, so if there are no more stalls available, we cannot take in more horses!
“Do you take in retired horses?”
Unfortunately, due to the limited land availability, Hanaeleh does not have the ability to take in retired horses at this time. We hope to eventually purchase land elsewhere in the United States so we can provide a safe retirement facility for all horses who have been loyal companions to their owners through the years, and who deserve a noble end.
“Do you have any free horses?”
Hanaeleh requires an adoption fee for all of its horses, but we have people who e-mail us several times a week asking for help in rehoming their horses. Many of these people are just looking for homes for their horses. We post these horses on our blog. If you are looking for a horse and don’t see one on our site, please visit our courtesy postings. Any horse that we know of that is in need but not on our site will be listed in this section!
“Are you taking volunteers, and if so, how do I become one?”
We are always in need of volunteers! Check out our Volunteer page for more information. Thank you!
“What is horse slaughter?”
Horses are slaughtered for the purpose of human consumption and their meat sold overseas to Belgium, France and Asia for up to $20/lb. These are not old, retired, horses who are humanely euthanized, but young, viable horses who are tortured before being killed. Please click here for more information.
“Why would slaughterhouses want skinny horses?”
In truth, they don’t– obviously the heavier a horse is, the more money the slaughterhouse will receive. Still, it’s all about money– horses that are skin-and-bone usually are sold to killer buyers for under $100, fetch a price around $350 at the slaughterhouse, and with horse meat going for over $20 a pound overseas, even a skinny horse will bring in a profit of close to $500.
“Are you on Facebook?”
Yes, we are. Click here to join our Hanaeleh Community! Hanaeleh Facebook Page
“My question wasn’t answered here!”
Please e-mail us: [email protected] for any question you may have! We will return your e-mail within 48 hours!
“I e-mailed you and you never returned my e-mail!”
Hanaeleh is run 100% by volunteers so sometimes life, work and family get in the way of returning e-mails– we do our best to return e-mails within 48 hours.
Sometimes e-mails will be relegated to spam folders, internet connections fail, and messages are randomly lost in cyberspace forever. If you have not received a reply in a timely fashion, please double-check the address and also check your spam folder as well. If neither of those is the issue, please feel free to send us a gentle reminder, and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Just as with e-mails, sometimes life can get in the way of our volunteers returning phone calls. That being said, we have had a great many phone calls come in where people have not left phone numbers, or left phone numbers without area codes, or their phones have cut out while leaving a message.
If you haven’t heard from us within 48 hours, please call or e-mail again and we will get back to you!