Is ERAF a recognized nonprofit?

The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit registered in the State of Florida, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of at-risk equines. All donations are tax-deductible. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 800-HELP-FLA (435-7352). The website is
Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

We were founded in 2000.

We are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. We have received operational and project grants from the ASPCA, EQUUS Foundation, After the Finish Line and other national and local organizations.

How many adoptions do you have annually?

This number varies from year to year, but the numbers have increased dramatically since 2014. Last year we had 60 adoptions! We have an active adoption program thanks to our reputation. Please help us spread the word. If you have any questions about adoptions, please contact the Barn Manager at

What is required to adopt a horse?

There are several steps to adoption. First, an application is completed. It is important that you have a safe barn/shelter and enclosed pasture area for the horse or a good boarding facility. We conduct an onsite visit and check references with your Vet and Farrier. You should have some horsemanship experience or be willing to learn basic horse care and handling skills. We encourage you to consider sponsoring a horse first, for $400 monthly.This allows you to spend time working with the horse you are interested in adopting, to assure that it is a good match for you. For information about sponsorship contact or speak to the Barn Manager.

Adoption Information is here.

How is ERAF funded?

ERAF is dependent on individual donations, numerous fundraisers, grants and the generosity of so many wonderful people who share their time, talent and treasure. In addition to our amazing Board of Directors, we have a small staff consisting of a Barn Manager, an Assistant Barn Manager, and several part-time Barn Staff.
This small team is supported by a loyal core of nearly 50 regular volunteers to cover our operation 7 days a week from 8am – 4pm. 92% of every dollar goes directly to the care of our rescued horses.

If you are interested in making a donation to ERAF, please go to Donate on this website. You may also contact a board member by sending an email to You can also ask the Barn Manager to have a board member contact you. Thank you for your consideration.

How do I become a volunteer?

How can I donate?