Ceres, VA 24318
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Last Updated:
10/23/2014 6:19 PM

Our adoption process is simple and our Pre Adoption Applications are online for easy access.

Once they are submitted we start the screening process. ~(Your application goes to an adoption group who goes over it, calls references, and discusses it between themselves and the BOD for the rescue to see if you are the right home for the animal you have applied to adopt. After all of that is complete a farm or home visit is scheduled to be sure your farm or home is going to be a safe place for that animal.)~ No adoptions will be finalized before a farm or home visit is preformed and all reference checks have been completed!

We do have a final adoption contract (not online) that you are required to sign PRIOR to the animals being released to you for adoption.

Horse Adoption Donation Amounts $100-$800 

  • Gelding (if necessary)
  • All shots (including Rabies & Tetnus)
  • Worming
  • Farrier work
  • Any needed dental care

    Dog Adoption Donation $125

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Age appropriate shots (DHLPP)
  • Rabies (over 4 months of age)
  • Worming
  • Flea Treatment

    Cat Adoption Donation $50

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Age appropriate shots (FVRCP & FeLv)
  • Rabies (over 4 months)
  • Worming
  • Flea Treatment



 The pre adoption application MUST be filled out in it's entirity before any potential adoption screening will be started. There is a space for 3 references on the application and family members are NOT to be used. Any use of family members as a reference will automatically void the pre adoption form!  There is also a space for veterinary and farrier references these MUST be filled in as well. If you do not have a veterinary or farrier you need to research this and find the one that is going to be the most appropriate for your potential animal. LFSAR will not deny an adoption application solely on the lack of a vet or farrier reference BUT  those application lacking those important references will be filed behind those who do have them listed.

Dog Guidelines
1...We prefer that our dogs go to homes with a fenced yard. However, we realize that this is not always possible so we will work with the potential adopters who do not have the fenced in yard. We do require that each adopted dog be allowed at least 1 hour of  outside exercise per day either in a dog park, on a long walk, or in a fenced in area. Play is a necessary part of dog life and is an important part of their well being.
2...Obedience classes are a good idea for your adopted dog especially since we have no background on many of them. We recommend that your adopted dog graduates from an approved obedience class
3...We will NOT adopt to a home that requires the dog to stay kenneled for more than 8 hours per day!
4...We will NOT adopt dogs to outside homes! Our wish is for these animals to be a part of the family they are going to and an outside home will not give them that luxury. If the dog is to live outside please don't waste your time filling out an application.


 No horses will be adopted out to first time horse owners to be housed on their property if they can not prove that they have the knowledge to care for the horse they want to adopt. Lessons with a certified instructor may be required for first time horse owners PRIOR to any equine being released to them for adoption.

For horses a follow up visit is also done about 2 weeks after the horse has come to live with you to be sure that everything is working out for both of you. ~Adoption distance is 300 miles from the rescue UNLESS there is a recognized equine rescue in your area who will do the farm visits and follow ups for LFSAR~

Yearly reports (vet & your own follow up form) are due in June and must be turned in to LFSAR as well as yearly pre scheduled follow up farm visits by a volunteer for LFSAR.

Barns & Run In sheds must:

Have designated areas for manure disposal, trash/ garbage, and other such debris 
Have a emergency first aid kit for equines.
Have the necessary tools and implements to properly care for, clean up after, groom or feed equines and proper, secure storage for food, medications and care items.
Supply salt blocks or supplements at all times
Be structurally sound and include no less than three sides and a roof
Be in good repair and free from sharp edges/objects
Be free from accumulated waste and debris and have no standing water
Be of adequate size to accommodate all horses
Be well ventilated

 Fields must:
Be free of debris or sharp objects.
Minimum of three acres of land to house two horses.
Fences shall be sturdy and in good repair.
Gates shall be sturdy, free of sharp edges, and in good repair with secure horse proof latches. Bars must be of sufficient distance to avoid injury to horses.
All outdoor facilities shall be free of poisonous plants, trees and shrubs.
 Green Metal Tposts ARE NOT acceptable fencing.

Electric wire with flimsy white posts IS NOT acceptable fencing. 
Barbed wire IS NOT acceptable fencing unless the area fenced is very large in relation to quantity of horses turned out with large pastureland in between.

 Water Supply:
Water and water receptacles shall be clean, free of contaminants and available at all times.
If ponds, creeks, or streams are the available water source they must be continuously running through all seasons and free from ice during the winter.
Quality and quantity of water available must be adequate for the number of horses.