How to Adopt

Here at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, we meet horses from all walks of life. Many of them are shown to you on this website. On our geldings, mares, and companion horses pages, you can browse all of the equines who are ready to go to a new home. However, we receive new horses regularly, so if you don’t find what you are looking for, we can keep your application on file and you can always check back with us later to see who else has come to Center. Please call us if you are looking for a specific type of horse but do not see it on this website at this time. We might know of a horse that is coming in, or be able to point you toward a horse that would fit you that you didn’t expect. Adopting a horse is a very rewarding experience!

If you are interested in adopting any horse, the first step is to fill out an adoption application, which you can get below.

Please send in everything we ask for in the first paragraph on the first page. You can send it in directly from the website, but if you want to do everything electronically, you need to email your pictures and proof of residency separately to If you do not have a computer, just call us and we can mail an application to you. Once you send it all in, we process it which usually takes several days, depending on how quickly your references call back. After it is finalized, you make an appointment to come see/try any of our horses. Thanks for your interest and let us know if you have further questions.

Adopting is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3:

Step 1: Fill out the application by either Clicking Here to download and print, scan, and email it or snail mail it, or filling out and submitting the document online Here (Just be sure to enter your name and email address when asked for authentication)

Step 2: Send in the $20 processing fee

Step 3: Call to set an appointment to come out and find the right horse for you!

Before coming out to the center to look/try horses, your application has to be approved. We will contact you as soon as this is done or if we need more information. If we do not have a horse that matches your interest at this time, your application is good for one year and anytime during that year you can check back to see what we have that might fit your needs. This way you will be ready to go when you do find your new equine partner!

Adoption Fees:

Adoption Fees range from as low as $150.- to about $1500.- depending on the equine’s age, health, amount of training, and experience. The average adoption fee falls between $350.- and $550.-. If you would like to find out the adoption fee for a specific equine please email us at: . Our own cost for housing and rehabilitating a horse is approximately $550 per horse- per month, including all overhead ​expenses to operate the farm. Adoption fees cover only a small fraction of our expenses for each horse. This is why our horses depend on your contributions.

​Please consider making a donation today.