Barney came to Safe Harbor from a family who loved him very much, but health issues and finances made his proper care nearly impossible The family had taken whatever measures they could to do their best for Barney; even feeding him non traditional foods like corn tortillas to make sure that he had something to eat. We have happily welcomed Barney into the Safe Harbor family, and into our Mayberry clan of Donkeys (along with Gomer Pyle, adopted earlier this year).
Barney loves his foster brother donkey (not adoptable), and is very fond of his foster mom as well. He is shy with strangers, and takes about a week to get to know someone to be able to trust. Don’t misunderstand–Barney will eat treats out of your hand, and let you handle him, but he is not the type to run up to the fence to greet you as soon as he sees you. Foster mom says he is phenomenal at keeping the pasture clear of coyotes, and could instantly be put to work as a livestock guardian.
Barney is also good for the farrier, and leads and loads well. Trailering with him is no issue at all. This boy is full of potential, and gentleness. Would you like to add him to your family? He is currently eating Nutrena Safe Choice Feed, but is an easy keeper on pasture. His adoption fee is $200.
Here’s some frequently asked questions that may be helpful to you:
Q. What is your adoption process?
A. The first step happens on our rescue website, You fill out the adoption application. Within 48 hours we will contact you to acknowledge your application and talk to you about our horses. We will then check your references, do a site visit where we can talk to you about adoption in person, and then you can meet your potential new horse! The whole process takes about 1 week.
Q. What vetting does a rescue equine receive?
A. All horses in rescue have a current coggins, rabies vaccine and 5 way vaccine. Horses have their hooves trimmed every 8 weeks. Due to concerns with dewormer resistance we no longer deworm on an 8 week rotation. Instead, we have a veterinarian do a fecal examination on an 8 week rotation and deworm when needed. We also provide all necessary medical care for any conditions or injuries that horses may have that come into our care. All male horses and livestock animals are castrated. We provide species appropriate vaccinations.
Q. If I adopt a registered horse from Safe Harbor can I show or breed that horse?
A. We will do what we can to assist in the transfer of all registrations, and have successfully assisted in the transfer of registration. Such transfers are for showing purposes ONLY. Our contract has a strict no breeding clause in it. All male equines are gelded prior to adoption.
Q. If I adopt an animal can it be delivered?
A. Maybe. We do have transport volunteers that will deliver horses to adopters. They charge a transport fee of $50 or $0.50/mile round trip, whichever is greater. This fee is paid to the transporter, not to rescue. It is to compensate them for gas and wear and tear on their vehicles.
Q. I live out of state, can you adopt to me?
A. We adopt to from the same areas that we bring animals in from. This is what we consider our coverage area to be, and is the area where we have volunteer support to do site visits. Geographically, this is about 150 miles in all directions outside of Nashville, TN A map of our coverage area is on our website. If you live INSIDE the area encircled about with the blue line then you are in our coverage area. If you live in an area outside of the blue line, and not shown on this map we will be unable to process an application from you, and recommend that you look into equine rescue and rehabilitation centers closer to your home.