adopt a mini?
We are thrilled that you are interested in possibly adopting one of our wonderful minis! We take the adopting out of our minis extremely seriously. As such, we have adoption requirements that all adopters must meet as well as home checks. Please review our adoption information below and contact us if you have any questions.
Find out how to adopt a mini
How do I adopt a mini?
If you are interested in adopting one of our lovely minis, we ask that you first complete our adoption form. From there, you will be contacted by a So Cal Mini representative who will discuss the adoption with you and answer any of your questions. We strongly suggest that you visit our ranch and meet the minis in person. Each mini has a unique and wonderful personality, and you might be surprised as to which mini you click with.
Are there any adoption requirements?
YES! We take the adoption of our minis extremely seriously. Many of our minis were rescued from poor living conditions, and we want to ensure that they never return to that standard of living and care. As such, So Cal Mini will conduct a home check. Additionally, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have prior horse keeping experience or agree to spend several weeks as a volunteer at the sanctuary to learn basic horse care.
- You must be 21 years of age or older and have a steady income.
- Your income must be sufficient to provide for the appropriate hay and nutritional supplements daily as well as veterinary and farrier care on a regular basis. (Emergencies such as colic can reach several thousand dollars). Typical out of pocket monthly expenditures will average between $100 and $150 per month per mini.
- You must have another companion animal such as another mini, mini donkey, or small pony. We will not adopt a mini to be a companion for a full size horse.
- You must have a shelter to provide shade and protection from the elements as well as coyotes, mountain lions, wild dogs, etc.
- The minis’ stall must be at least a 24 x 24 area with an additional area for daily turn out. Any pasture must be fenced with appropriate material–barbed wire is not acceptable.
- The area the mini is kept must be kept clean and clean water must be available at all times.
- You may not breed any mares adopted from So Cal Mini Horse Rescue.
- If you adopt a yearling colt, you must agree to have him gelded as soon as your Veterinarian deems it appropriate.
- You must have an emergency evacuation plan in place.
- You must agree to allow So Cal Mini Horse Rescue to complete random home checks.
- You must agree not to sell or transfer the mini without the approval of So Cal Mini Horse Rescue. If your circumstances change so that you can no longer afford or are physically unable to take care of the mini, So Cal Mini Horse Rescue will be happy to arrange transport of the mini(s) back to the sanctuary.
- You must agree that minis are not to be ridden, even by small children.
- Additional requirements are spelled out in the adoption application and contract.
Vet Q&A: Are minis for adoption healthy?
Absolutely. While many of our minis come to us in dire medical need, we will never put up for adoption or adopt out a mini that has not had all the necessary and needed medical attention. You will notice that we have two sections on our site for minis: sponsor and adopt. Minis may always be sponsored to help cover the cost of their medical care, food, grooming, and housing, but only minis we feel are ready for adoption will be available for adoption. As such, all of our adoptable minis have been:
Can I return a mini if it does not work out?
YES! While we do our best to ensure that every mini adopted goes to a wonderful, stable home, we understand that things change. If, for whatever reason, you need to bring your mini back, we will gladly bring them back into our fold, no questions asked. Remember, we are a rescue first.