Frequently Asked Questions

~ How do you acquire horses that are at the center?

Answer: Horses that are here at the center are surrendered to us by the individual owner or through another agency, such as animal control, an animal shelter, or the Sheriff/Police Department. A surrender form is completed for each horse which legally transfers ownership from that person/agency to the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center. At that point the KyEAC becomes the legal owner of the horse(s). Each horse also has to have a current negative coggins certificate. There is no fee for surrender. We only take horses from within the state of Kentucky.


~ Can you go and get horses that are in trouble or that are being abused/neglected?

Answer: No, The KyEAC has no authority or jurisdiction to investigate or seize horses. We are a private non-profit and do not have any law enforcement capabilities.


~ I live out of state, can I adopt from you?

Answer: Yes! We adopt to any state in the U.S. and even Canada! We have currently adopted horses to all four corners of the U.S. and in between.


~ Can I make payments on my adoption fee?

Answer: We require the adoption payment in full at time of the adoption.


~ I'm a kid- can I adopt a horse?

Answer: YES!! We frequently  have young people wanting to adopt. You need to be 21 years of age or older to adopt. If you are younger than that, a parent or guardian must sing the adoption application. This happens frequently, and we have may horses go to young riders.


~ Where is the KyEAC physically located?

Answer: Our physical address is 1713 Catnip Hill Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356


~How much does it cost to take care of a horse at the center?

Answer: Our average cost to take care of  one  horse here at the center is roughly $500/month.


~How do I donate to you?

Answer: It's easy! You just click on the donate button found throughout our website, or simply just go to our donate page. You can also go to our facebook page and click on the blue donate button. In addition to financial  donations, we also appreciate in-kind donations which can be found on our wish list page. We also accept donations of your used tack and things of that kind. We are a 501c(3) non-profit, so please consult your accountant on your tax deductibility.


~Are you open for tours?

Answer: Yes! We are members of Horse Country Tours, so you can go to their website to see which dates we have available through them. We do those tours on Fridays and Saturdays starting in mid March.


~I'd like to intern. Do you have an internship program?

Answer: We are always interested in young people who want to do internships, and we are flexible as to when the internship begins and ends. Call the office at 859.881.5849 to speak with our Executive Director about the possibility of an internship.


~ If I choose to adopt, is there an agreement or contract that I have to sign?

Answer: Yes, an adoption contract is drawn up and one of the requirements of the contract is that a veterinary check be completed at six months and twelve months. We will send a form to you at both of these times. At the end of the twelve months, if the vet checks are satisfactory, then the center sends the adopter a transfer letter. If things do not work out within the first year, the Adopter is required to return the horse to the center.


~How do I volunteer?

Answer: It's really simple, you can give us a call here at the center and we would be happy to email you one, just fill it out and send it back. Our Volunteer Coordinator will call and set up a time to do a quick orientation and you will be ready to go! We are more than happy with anyone that can volunteer any time for any amount of time. If being in the barn isn't your thing,or you have a special talent that we may be able to use,  we are more than happy to use your help for events and even in the office from time to time.  Just let us know what you like and we will be more than happy to accommodate! We look forward to hearing from you!