Adoption Process

This process can take 1-4 weeks depending on MANY factors.

Read ALL of the ContractAdoption Terms and Application well before applying.

We typically will not consider adoption of more than two rescue horses to any one location. The reason for this policy is that should a facility close, encounter financial difficulty or need to return horses rapidly for any unexpected reason, the rescue would be under strain to remove a larger number of horses from one farm.

An Application must be filled out outline. Screening is conducted and an approval by our Board of Directors is required.
A visit will be arranged and the adopter selects a horse.
The Contract is signed that assures the horse will be given a great standard of care and kept safe through its life.

Photo requirements before and after adoption


A) You MUST make sure your references expect to hear from us.

B) We do not repeatedly call references. After an attempt, they will be expected to call us back.

C) There are no substitutions for a vet and farrier reference if you currently own horses.

D) An application, even if approved, may not mean the horse of your choice is a good fit.

E) Adoptions are made when the best match possible is found for a SCER-GA equine.

Applications will fall into 3 categories. Most applications will fall into Type 1 or Type 2 and a few will, unfortunately, be classified as Type 3.

Type 1 is an approved applicant. They are in compliance with all of the board’s requirement for adoption. This adopter is able to adopt as soon as a suitable match in the rescue is found.

Type 2 is an applicant that will receive a Compliance sheet. This will show areas where the applicant needs to work on to be in compliance with the rescue’s adoption requirements. These areas may pertain to the barn facility, reference list and/or additional equine experience. This applicant can choose to stay in contact with the rescue and work with us to become an approved adopter in time.

Type 3 is an applicant we believe isn’t well suited to adoption through Second Chances. There are many reasons why the board may arrive at this decision; however, once made, the decision is final. Anyone filling out the application agrees to never harass or make demeaning remarks about Second Chances based on the rescue’s decision on an application.

Our goal is a lifelong home, so you can be assured that we want you to find the right horse for you!
We will try to match horse and rider as best we can to assure a forever home for the horse. That is our main concern!

Our time is limited as we are all volunteer operated. Please do not submit an application until you are reasonably certain you are dedicated to the idea of adoption. Make sure you can either supply transport or afford to hire reputable transport for your adoptive horse.

Applications take time to process. We try to make sure they are processed within 2 weeks, but reality can mean a longer wait time. Vet, farriers and other references frequently take quite some time to return phone calls, and our volunteers have to budget application processing into their daily lives. Please be patient!

We have in our credit over 170 HORSES helped through rescue, rehoming, sanctuary, and placement through adoption and counting! These came from owners unable to continue caring for their horses, rescuers unable to screen homes, and seizures!

Helpful information for the potential Adopter

Our adoption fees are usually as follows (exceptions exist for various reasons):

$500 - $900

The fee includes:

Rescue expenses preparing our horses for adoption are much greater than our fees could possibly cover. Donations are needed to assure we continue our efforts to rescue equines in need.

Dental treatment ($130 and up)

Current Coggins ($37)

Basic vaccinations ($56)

Vet exam ($60)

Farrier care every 4-8 weeks ($40 per trim)

Evaluation to make certain the horses gets the right rider and home

One on one training for horses that will benefit from it

Castration as required ($250)

Medications the horse has needed prior to adoption

AN ASSURANCE to the adopter that the horse they adopt has a team behind him or her that will work with the adopter every step of the way to be sure the adoptive horse is a good fit for you – THE ADOPTER!

Photo requirements before and after adoption

We are a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization, so please remember that your adoption fee is only a very small portion of what it costs to care for that horse from rescue through adoption.