Winter 2021

The past four chilly months have brought lots of exciting developments at The Lily Pond… there are several new sets of hooves and paws around here that we are very pleased to introduce! A view from the window features snow falling steadily, blanketing the fields in white once again. The …

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Moon, a gray quarter horse gelding, and Zoom, a registered bay quarter horse mare

Two and a Half Horses and a Donkey

Life at the barn got really busy over the Winter with the arrival of two quarter horses, a mini pony and a mini donkey. This was cause for celebration by the humans and horses, and met with glee by our hay dealer who was instructed to double the monthly order. …

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Buttercup, a black cat that lives at The Lily Pond

The Quacking Cat and Other Funny Felines

While sitting in the waiting room at the veterinarian’s office, we recently overhead a gentleman comment that he much prefers dogs because cats are “aloof and have no personality.” “Whoa!” we thought. Clearly this man has never visited The Lily Pond. We’ve got so much personality happening at the cat …

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Autumn foliage at The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary

Autumn 2020

The colorful blooms of Summer transformed into the burnt orange leaves of Autumn, fluttering against a cobalt blue sky. The waterlily pond was an oasis of pink blossoms from June to October, where tiny frogs bounced among the pads and a miniature turtle scuttled along the bank. A large red …

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Life at the Horse Barn

An Interview with Barn Manager Brenda Izzo Brenda Izzo has been caring for the horses and cats at The Lily Pond since 2018. Sanctuary Founder Susan Bandy interviewed her about how she came to work with horses and what she’s learned from her connection with them. SB: Thank you for …

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Spring 2020 Newsletter

A mild winter slowly turned into spring and then decided to go out in spectacular style, covering all of our pink, purple, and yellow blooms with snow! In addition to being a home to our rescued companion animals, the The Lily Pond is where the wild things are. An abundance …

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A Boy Named Buttercup and His Bestie Sedley

The image that typically comes to mind when told of a cat named Buttercup is a sweet girl with fur the color of light fawn or ginger. That’s not our Buttercup. The newest member of The Lily Pond family is a charming fellow with jet black fur from head to …

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Dakota and The Bear

A year ago in May 2019, we were notified of two local horses in need. Health problems were making it difficult for the owner to properly care for them and they were planning to euthanize both horses. A visit to their paddock shocked us. The horses had only a rickety …

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Brodie’s Smile

Sweet, smiling Brodie is our senior Springer Spaniel who arrived with his friends Tig and Jeb in September 2018. A local family’s house had been struck by lightening and caught fire. All were safe but the family had to move out during construction to repair the damage. They left the …

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Meet Aidan… Waverly’s 4-Year Old Colt

We recently had the opportunity to connect with Dawn Robyn, Founder of Rosemary Farm, a horse sanctuary in South Kortright, New York (rosemaryfarm.org). Dawn saw one of our FaceBook posts on Waverly and replied that Rosemary Farm is currently caring for one of Waverly’s colts! His name is Aidan and …

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Celebrating Two Milestones for Waverly

This Winter season has marked two special milestones for our off-the-track Thoroughbred Permanent Wave – or Waverly as we affectionately call her. This leggy racehorse celebrated her 11th birthday on February 28th. She was born on a Kentucky farm to Awesome Again and India Halo — racehorse royalty. Destined for …

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Updates From The Cat House

This Winter has brought some new challenges to our family of felines. We want to keep you updated and to thank all of our friends for the outpouring of kindness and support. KATARINA is one of our senior kitties who will be turning 18 years old in May of this …

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Winter 2020 Newletter

We’ve had an unusually mild winter this year, with a few snow storms thrown in for good measure. February even delivered a couple of sunny days, much to the delight of the horses and dogs. By early March, the daffodil shoots began to appear and the glassy surface of the …

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Dogs of The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary dressed in their holiday finest

Happy Holidays

The pups have sent letters to Santa to let him know how very good they’ve been all year and how much they sure would appreciate more treats and chew toys… Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? Consider making a donation or providing a monthly sponsorship for …

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Abner cat The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary and Gardens

Celebrating Our Pumpkin-Colored Friends

The rich colors of the Autumn season and the many pumpkins on display around the neighborhood have inspired us to celebrate two of our pumpkin-colored pets here at the sanctuary! ABNER is a senior kitty who arrived at The Lily Pond in February 2017. He once had a family who …

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The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary barn

Autumn 2019 Newsletter Lead Article

How lucky we have been to enjoy such a mild and multi-hued Autumn, with sunny days and bright blue skies. The sanctuary has been aglow with red and gold leaves, first on the trees and then blanketing the ground in a carpet of color. The fruit of the apple trees …

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The new run in shed at the Lily Pond

Thank You!!

We did it! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to meet our fundraising goal of $5,000 for the purchase of a run-in shed to shelter Mister Ed. The shed has been ordered and we have been busy preparing the paddock. We look forward to welcoming Mister …

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Mr. Ed horse at The Lily Pond

The Adventures of Mister Ed

It’s been a wild ride since we rescued Mister Ed from a situation of neglect last May and placed him in foster care with Barn Manager Brenda Izzo. Ed had a bad case of heaves, a respiratory ailment caused by moldy hay. Our first priority was to improve his diet …

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Local Artists Visit The Sanctuary

We were very fortunate to host a group of artists from the Columbia County Plein Air Painting group. After a brief tour, the artists set up their easels and set to work capturing the beauty of the sanctuary on canvas – with great success!

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