Veterinarian-Recommended Horse Adoption Tips

An equine veterinarian offers horse adoption tips in response to a Florida horse rescue fraud case.

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As a fraud case pends against operators of the Napier Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary in Florida, an equine veterinarian offers tips to ensure potential horse owners adopt from reputable organizations.

Jose Castro, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, ABVP, clinical instructor for equine field services with the University of Tennessee's Large Animal Clinical Services, said because of the recent lackluster economy, the number of abandoned horses has increased, and more horses have entered rescue organizations' care. As a result, it’s critical that prospective owners ensure that rescues offering horses for adoption have a good reputation for making successful matches.

Castro said reputable rescues will provide prospective owners with the adoptable horse's medical, dental, and farrier records. They will also provide prospective owners with contact information for veterinarians and other professionals who have provided care for the horse.

"Horse rescuers can't make it without relying on donations and lots of volunteers, so there won't be any foul play at a rescue with a good (adoption) track record," Castro said

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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