Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary’s mission is to place equines (horses, donkeys, mules) in loving forever homes.  Our adoption process is designed to find the best possible match between equines and adopters. 


Some of our sanctuary horses are available for foster.

the same application process for adoption is used to foster a horse. 

Step One:

Complete and submit the application with a nonrefundable $20 application fee

Applications can be submitted by mail, email (application fee can be submitted through PayPal) or bring the application/fee to the barn during open barn times.


Preferred submission method  - email us the application (email is on top of the application), and submit the $20 application fee via our PayPal (button on the donate page). Include a note that the $20 is for your application. This way no applications get lost in the mail. Please message us on our FB that you have submitted the application.


Applications can take 1-2 weeks to be approved. 


We require: no barbed wire, shelters in the pastures or stalls to place horses in in inclement weather, appropriate pasture size as dictated by your county, and a vet /farrier reference. 

Step Two:

Once the application has been submitted schedule an appointment. Message us on the website or the facebook page to set up an appointment


Step Three:

After being successfully matched with an equine, an adoption contract can be signed and payment in full is expected prior to taking your equine home. Adopters are required to make their own transportation arrangements.

We can help with transportation at a cost of $2 a mile for a maximum of a 200 mile round trip, and this is dependent on our availability. 

Step Four:

Our staff will follow up via phone visit to ensure adopted equine are well cared for and to support you and your new family member.  In a standard adoption, ownership transfers after two years at which time we will send the adopter transfer of ownership.


The ownership transfer requires that the equine NOT bred or sold through an auction or dealer.

​Step Five:

Updates are required every 6 months (June and December) from adopters which consist of pictures that include a side view, a front view, and hooves. Pictures can be mailed, emailed, texted, or shared on our Facebook page.

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8133 W. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

TEL:734 660-6449