Historically, it has been a challenge for many equine welfare groups to market their adoption horses. Is
some cases, sanctuaries have chosen not to market their horses for adoption at all. But many savvy
adoption groups have tackled this by applying proven techniques from companion animal welfare to
optimize adoption for both the rescue/agency and potential adopters.
We believe many horses currently in sanctuary care could potentially be good, viable candidates to
move on to a new home or vocation – a philosophy that Horses’ Haven shares. Horses not suited for
riding careers still have the potential to be valued, beloved companions given the right training and
marketing. To place these horses, we need to seek innovative ways to reduce barriers to adoption,
including lack of training, handling, and/or under saddle skills.
As winners of the Madi Memorial Grant, Horses’ Haven will be piloting the concept of transforming from
a sanctuary to a full-scale adoption program. Grant monies will allow their trained volunteer force of 80
the space and facilities they need to put quality time into each horse in transition, moving them out of
lifetime care at the agency and into good homes - thereby freeing up space to help many more horses in
transition. The Madi Memorial Grant will empower Horses’ Haven to nearly triple adoptions in the first
Horses’ Haven’s new workspace, to be named the Madi Patrick Memorial Arena, will honor Madi’s
legacy by serving local youth groups such as 4-H, Pony Club, and Detroit Horse Power while
simultaneously increasing visibility of adoptable horses. Horses’ Haven is poised to inspire other
sanctuaries nationwide to find innovative ways to place horses previously considered unadoptable, and
transform into successful adoption agencies.