1. How do I adopt an animal ?

The first thing you should do is read through our adoption requirements which can be found on the Adoption Page on the web site. If you meet these requirements, print out the adoption application, or call the office and we can send one to you. Next, we will send one of our investigators to your place to be sure your facility meets our requirements for housing. Once your paperwork is filled out and your adoption fee is paid, you can make arrangements to bring your new family member home.

2.  Can I donate my animal to HARPS ?

HARPS must reserve it's limited resources and stalls for abused and neglected animals, therefore, we cannot provide homes for unwanted animals. There are other options such as: retirement farms, therapeutic riding centers, summer camps and specific breed organizations can sometimes assist in placing animals. Please be sure to check out your animals new home to be sure it's going to a capable and caring facility. On occasion, we receive calls from people looking for an animal and we do our best to help connect people looking for a home for their pet with people wishing to adopt. You can call our office for more information.

 3.  What guidelines are used to determine abuse or neglect... ?

Our investigators have years of equine experience and follow the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act. The investigator will check to make sure that the animals have adequate shelter, food and water, and veterinary care if needed. If any of the requirements are not met, the owner is then served with a notice of violation and given a set amount of time to correct the situation. If the situation is not corrected, HARPS works in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and impounds the animal.

4.  Do you need volunteers... ?

We are always looking for willing volunteers to help out around the farm. If you have experience in the following area's, we would love to hear from you!

Handyman (or woman!)
Grant Writing
Office Skills
Event Planning
Fundraising
Equine Care
Farm Equipment Maintenance
Yard Work

 5.  What is the membership fee for HARPS... ?

To become a HARPS member, simply fill out the membership form and send it to us! The fees are $15 for a child, $35 for an adult, and $50 for a family. When you become a member, you will receive our HARPSTRINGS magazine. All contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please make your check payable to HARPS. Thank you for your support!

7.  Do you take in injured or orphaned wildlife... ?

HARPS does not rehab wildlife. If you found a wild animal, there are several licensed wildlife rehabbers located throughout Illinois. The best thing to do is to leave it where you found it. Often times, the adult is nearby and will not come back until the area is quiet. Fawns and other young animals are often 'kidnapped' because they lie still and wait for the danger (that's you) to pass, the mothers are almost always nearby watching. If you do pick up an animal that appears injured, place it in a dark, quiet place, do not feed or water and contact a licensed rehabber as soon as possible. Below is a list of rehabbers in Illinois.

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/wildlife/rehabilitators/illinois-rehabilitators.html

 
ADOPTABLE DONATED ANIMALS

Many horse-owners have expressed interest in donation valuable, usable and sale-able animals to HARPS, so as to help the organization generate revenue for the ongoing operation of our facility. These owners feel confident in the ability of HARPS to secure suitable homes for their horses, based on our placement and screening policy (including matching adopter's skill level with the animal's temperament and level of training).

Prior to allowing any potential adopter to become an actual adopter of a horse, we send out an investigator to evaluate and approve the potential stabling facility and property. If the investigator finds that the stabling and property meet our standards, there will be a second, on-site inspection of the facilities, combined with an evaluation of the potential adopter's knowledge and genuine concern for the well-being of the animal.

Many horse owners who are ready to relinquish ownership of their animals are reluctant to go through a normal sales process or to sell their horses to a horse dealer/sale barn, as they realize that under those circumstances, they will have no way to guarantee the horse a good home. by donating the horse to HARPS, they can feel more secure about the quality of their horse's life with a new owner, for four reasons:

Because of the HARPS placement and screening policy

Because of a condition included in the HARPS contract of adoption, to the effect that HARPS maintains the right to request the return of the horse within a year from the date of adoption, in the event that we do not feel that it is in the best interest of the horse to stay with its adoptive owner.

Because it is also a condition of each HARPS adoption that the adoptive owner may not sell the animal for one year; in the event that the adopter becomes unable to keep an adopted animal during the first year after adoption, the animal must be returned to HARPS for a refund of the adopter's money.

Because of a clause in the HARPS adoption contract that expressly states that if the animal is sold by the adopter more than one year after the adoption, HARPS must be given (a) the right of first refusal, and (b) the opportunity to evaluate the prospective buyer's facilities.

HARPS can also assure the donor of an animal that the animal's new owner will be selected first on the basis of the ability to provide the animal with circumstances most conductive to its mental health and physical welfare, and only second on the basis of the amount bid or offered for the animal. The highest bid does not necessarily represent the best home, and it is the policy of HARPS to secure the best possible home for the animal.


If the donor wants to secure a tax deduction for the value of the donated animal, it is the obligation of the person donating the horse to arrange to have the horse evaluated and appraised by three reputable trainers/dealers for that purpose. HARPS will not perform appraisals related to tax deductions.Please contact our office for further information regarding adoption 847-382-0503.

 
When we interview adoptive families, we hope to create lifelong partnerships for our animals and their new family.  There are a few things that should be taken into consideration before making the decision to adopt an animal.

How old is the animal you would like to adopt, and what kind of training does he/she need?
Does the horse require any special medication or treatment?
Is the horse physically capable of the kind of riding you would like to do?
Do you have enough experience to handle the horse you've chosen?

 
HARPS Adoption Policies


Prior to allowing any potential adopter to become an actual adopter of a horse, we send out an investigator to evaluate and approve the potential stabling facility and property. If the investigator finds that the stabling and property meet our standards, there will be a second, on-site inspection of the facilities, combined with an evaluation of the potential adopter's knowledge and genuine concern for the well-being of the animal.

In order to qualify for adopting a horse, goat or pig, you should/and:

-already own a horse and have horse experience

-maintain the animal(s) on your own property where you reside

-boarders are considered on a case-by-case basis

-be 18 years of age or over

-preferably live in the State of Illinois or nearby

-out of state applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Have a barn or lean-to, safe and proper fencing (board or wire mesh is appropriate--not barbed wire), and adequate water/feed supply (including a way to keep water from freezing in the winter) is required. An on-site visit will be made by a HARPS representative before an application is approved.

The adoptive owner(s) must provide the name, phone number and address of their veterinarian, farrier, and person who will care for the animals when the owner is away.

Periodic checks may be made of adopted animal(s) by a HARPS representative for the lifetime of the horse.

Any animal adopted from HARPS should not be moved to a new location or leased or loaned to another person without prior approval from HARPS.

HARPS cannot guarantee any animal(s) as to its disposition or training. Animals which come into our custody are usually young and untrained. Due to their usually debilitated condition, temperament generally changes with proper care. HARPS will include with each adoption a complete file on the animal(s), which will explain how the animal came to be on the farm, what veterinary care it received while it was here and what the staff has personally noticed about the animal's disposition and training.

Conditions of approved adoptions

 -  As stated in the adoption contract, HARPS maintains the right to request the return of the horse within a year from the date of adoption, in the event that we do not feel that it is in the best interest of the horse to stay with its adoptive owner.

 -   As stated in the adoption contract, the adoptive owner may not sell the animal for one year; in the event that the adopter becomes unable to keep an adopted animal during the first year after adoption, the animal must be returned to HARPS for a refund of the adopter's money.

 -   As stated in the adoption contract, if the animal is sold by the adopter more than one year after the adoption, HARPS must be given (a) the right of first refusal, and (b) the opportunity to evaluate the prospective buyer's facilities.

 

HARPS Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.