Virtual Adoption

Get the joy of adopting a rescue horse without the hassle of mucking stalls!

Here’s how it works:

Any of our horses are available for Virtual Adoption aka sponsorship.

We encourage you to select one of our long term residents or a horse that is being rehabilitated!

Pick a dollar amount that makes sense for you.

The monthly cost to care for our horses varies by each horse’s particular needs. In general, it’s between $50 and $500/month.

Send us an email to let us know which horse you’re supporting.

We’ll send you exclusive pictures and updates about the horse.

Donors sending more than $150/month will also be eligible for a virtual visitation with “their equine” quarterly.

Here are the long term residents and horses in rehabilitation that are looking for the right virtual adopter to let them know how much they are loved:


Pedro is a lover! He loves to kiss and snuggle, and he is a genuinely gentle soul. He resides at our Pine Bush farm as a long term resident where he enjoys being pampered and his on farm job of acting as babysitter to any equines that need a gentle buddy.


Bob is an aged gelding (old man) who has a HUGE personality. He’s been around the block more than a few times and is generally unphased about anything – unless you’re late delivering a meal!


Peppermint came to us feral and pregnant. Our awesome trainer Dan has been working with her and we got to the point where we could have her vetted. The ultrasound looks good and she looks to be due in February 2022! Look out for her to become available for permanent adoption in the future.


This cute pony mare is an escape artist! She’s at the rescue being rehabbed and evaluated after she went on an extended tour of the Binghamton area with her partner in crime Ruby (listed below). These lovely ladies will be available for adoption in the near future.


This pretty Arabian mare claims she’s not the one that broke out and that she was just making sure that her buddy Bonnie was safe out in the wide world… Regardless, she is supposedly rideable but has some clear trust issues. Keep an eye out for her to become adoptable for an IRL adoption once we have her settled.


Ellie came from the same farm as Dakota. She’s the smallest horse on the farm, but don’t underestimate her, she’s the boss mare!


Rosalie was part of a stray/cruelty case in Sullivan County. She is a miniature horse, that was running loose for a minimum of 2 days before we caught her and brought her and her herdmates to ERR. She was found to have a halter embedded in her head and severely neglected teeth, both which hindered her ability to chew and digest food properly, leaving her underweight. To complicate matters, Rosie was also very pregnant. Her conditions were corrected, she foaled out a beautiful mini mule and was adopted in to a local farm. After years of loving Rosie, her mom fell ill and had to give up her farm. If you wish to sponsor a portion of her care, we would love to hear from you!


Dakota came to ERR when her mom fell ill and could no longer keep up. She had been hanging out at the Pine Bush farm, just being a (mini) horse, but she’s too cute and likes people too much not to share her with the world, so, she had her first public appearance at the 2021 Bethel Woods Harvest Festival. She loved the attention (and the treats), so she will likely be going with us to future events as an equine ambassador.


Red was one of the first horse to step foot (or hoof?) on the Pine Bush farm. She came to us as a PMU foal in 2002. She served as a police horse with the Bergen mounted unit and was returned to the rescue after her partner retired.

Do I get to take my virtually adopted horse home?

If you’re interested in taking one of our horses home, you’re welcome to go through the normal adoption process. Virtual Adoption is for people who can’t take in one of our horses, or whom want to generously help support one of the horses that can’t be adopted or is waiting to find the perfect home.

Are there any contracts or long term commitments for Virtual Adoption?

Unlike our regular adoption process, Virtual Adoption does not require an application, reference checks or a contract. You can subscribe to donating for as long or short as you’d like.

Can more than one person Virtual Adopt the same horse?

Since we don’t set a minimum dollar amount for Virtual Adoption, more than one person can virtually adopt the same horse. We encourage teams, families and even companies to band together and virtually adopt a horse. If more money comes in than a particular horse costs to take care of, additional funds will go to providing feed, hay and shelter to our other residents.

What happens if something happens to the horse I virtually adopted?

As the virtual adopter, you will be notified in the event that the horse you are sponsoring gets a home or in some other way becomes unavailable. At that time, you will be invited to select another one of our horses to Virtual Adopt.

What do I get with my Virtual Adoption?

In addition to the joy of knowing that they are helping a horse that needs their help, all virtual adopters will receive a Virtual Adoption certificate, exclusive photos and updates about “their horse”, a tax deduction and possibly other benefits. Select virtual adopters (who donate more than $150/month) can elect to participate in a scheduled virtual visit with “their horse” quarterly.