Yay! We are Foster Parents! Of the Assateague Foster Horse Program, that is.
The first part of that statement raised a few eyebrows among our friends when we first posted it on Facebook. LOL Then people realized we were visiting the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland. We became a part of (and contributors to) the Assateague Foster Horse Program by adopting one of the Assateague Wild Horses.
“Our” pony was born in 2016 and is named Mieke’s Noe’lani [N2GHS-AIO]. Some people call her “The Princess” – because she looks like one. Right? She is a Sorrel filly (mare/female). Her name means “Mieke’s beautiful girl from heaven.”
The Foster Horse Program is, of course, a fund raising source for the Assateague Island Alliance. The “AIA” is a quasi-official support group for the National Park Service at Assateague island.
Here’s what you get… (what we received)
- A nice certificate folder to hold an 8×10 color photograph of “our” adopted pony and an official-looking adoption certificate of the “Assateague Island National Seashore Foster Horse Program”
- A biography of our newly adopted horse
- A map of where the horse usually resides – where we may be able to see her.
- A newsletter entitled “Horsing Around” that contains interesting/educational information.
- A paper for tax purposes. The “fair market value” of the packet was listed at $15.00 – and states that “any amount over that may be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.” That is another good reason to adopt a wild horse in the Assateague Foster Horse Program.
Here’s how to adopt a horse in the Foster Horse Program
Sign up right at the Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center. The cost at the time we “adopted” our foster horse was $32.00. The adoption took place “on the spot” and could not have been easier. Because the funds go to support the Assateague Island Alliance and not directly to the park the adoption fee must be paid in cash or by check.
Our take on adopting one of the Assateague Ponies…
…was to adopt a young horse so we could follow it’s life into the future. We adopted at the AINS Visitor Center and we chose a horse, Mieke’s Noe’lani, that lives in an area of the park where we often visit. Many of the horses only live in the southern portion – the OSV (Over Sand Vehicle) area – where relatively few people have access. We no longer have a four-wheel drive car nor the stamina (LOL) to hike for hours over the sand. 🙂