End of Life Decisions
We never take end of life decisions lightly.
As a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter we do offer end-of-life services for horses who are unadoptable. Horse Plus Humane Society abides by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s position on euthanasia of unadoptable horses and the American Association of Equine Practitioners that states humane euthanasia of unwanted horses or those deemed unfit for adoption is an acceptable procedure once all available alternatives have been explored.
What is a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter?
A Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter is an open admission shelter that helps all horses in every stage of life regardless of their age, behavior, training or medical condition. Having compassion for all horses no matter what stage of life they are in is a priority of a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter. From the beginning to the end horses find safety, love, and compassion at a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter. This model of sheltering horses has been in practice for over a decade at Horse Plus Humane Society and has proven to be very successful. Most horse rescue organizations focus on a particular stage of a horse's life, the most adoptable stage. That philosophy leaves many horses with no place to go and no help or resources for them because they are simply in the wrong stage of their life. A Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter is there for horses at every stage of life from the beginning to the end.
Horse Plus Humane Society has created a guideline of what can make a horse unadoptable. It is based on a point system and if a horse has 10 or more points that horse can be deemed unadoptable, but this does not necessarily mean that it cannot find the right home. Horse Plus Humane Society has consulted with veterinarians across the United States on these particular behaviors and health problems that could deem a horse unadoptable. Below are the guidelines that have been agreed upon through the collective opinions of equine professionals and veterinarians.
What is an Unadoptable Horse?This is a guideline for unadoptable horses. A horse meeting these guidelines does not necessarily need euthanasia, but it is acceptable to do so once all available alternatives have been explored. If a horse meets a large number points of the following by discretion characteristics, it can be deemed unadoptable. Any horse suffering from a painful chronic health condition or is deemed dangerous to itself or others should be humanely euthanized. All horses should be evaluated by a veterinarian to determine if humane euthanasia is the right decision for that horse.
Hard to catch
Horses in Rehabilitation
Chronic cribbers. If they crib/chew only when bored
Pulls back when tied, only when in a fear reaction, may respond to training.
Unhandled stallions between 5 and 8 years old
Poor farrier care requiring extensive correction
Chronic repetitive movements such as weaving
Blind but well adjusted
300 Days at Adoption Center
Horses that have received only halter training over 15 years of age
Wind sucking, which leads to chronic health problems
Does not pass citizenship test. Horses need to pass a citizenship test or respond to retraining
Horses unable to have regular vet care administered because of behavior issues
Pushy horses cositinantly not showing respect for humans space - horse will back off when corrected
Consistently jumps fences
Rears up or bucks under saddle
Extremely bad confirmation or deformity
Horses over 20 years old.
Unhandled stallions over 8 years old
Mild cases of swayback
Chronic puller - Breaking halters, leads, hitching post, hurting themselves - horse is not responding to training
Not responding to rehab
Horses requiring injections or everyday medication
Completely unhandled horses over the age 15
Blind and not well adjusted
Chronic female problems
Horses with serious contagious disease
Hoof problems not solved with corrective care
Horses 30 years old or older
Cryptorchid stallions of any age
Severely swaybacked horses
Consistently shows aggression to humans by intentionally or maliciously biting, kicking or striking. Horse is not responding to training
No respect for human space along with aggressive behavior - the horse does not respond to correction and is creating a dangerous situation
Any chronic painful health condition resulting in poor quality of life or creating a dangerous environment for the horse or handler
Donations of Mercy
If you feel called to help us help the horses that no one else will becuase of chronic medical problems failing health and that are suffering, please make a donation right now to our Last Act of Kindness Fund and allow us to continue to help horses that need final rest and peace.
Who Are The Horses in The Photos?
The horses seen in the beautiful photography on our website are all horses that we have rescued. Kisa Kavass Designs comes out to our shelter and captures beautiful photography of rescued horses, she does an amazing job - Thank you Kisa!Gallery