Horses available for adoption from the state

Several horses placed in the care and custody of the state Department of Agriculture are being offered for adoption to responsible individuals or organizations. These horses came into the state’s care through investigations by the agency’s Animal Control Unit.

Some were removed from their owners due to complaints of neglect or abuse, and may have physical and social limitations that could require continued medical care or special living conditions.  

Nevertheless, all of the horses have been cleared to move to new homes, are up to date with vaccinations and have been implanted with a microchip.They are now housed at the department’s large-animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic, and a full medical history will be provided to each adopter.  

Potential adopters will be required to:

  • Submit an adoption application and signed adoption agreement.

  • Agree to a background check and inspection of where the horses will be housed prior to being approved.

  • Agree to other announced or unannounced inspections by Dept. of Agriculture Animal Control officers.

Adoption applications and more information on the Second Chance adoption program are available online at under Animals and Animal Health.

Questions may be directed to the state Animal Control Unit at 860-713-2506 or

Adopters will be requested to consider making a donation to the state Animal Abuse Cost Recovery Account, which helps pay for care of animals at the Niantic facility.

Donations to the fund can be made anytime by sending a check to:

The Animal Abuse

Cost Recovery Account

c/o Connecticut Department of Agriculture

165 Capitol Avenue, Room G-8A

Hartford, Connecticut 06106