Best Days of the Week: Sunday and Tuesday

It was a mild autumn day when we got a call from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), a non-profit organization that raises funds to save horses from shipping to slaughter by bailing them from kill pens and rehoming them. We were notified because a 17-year-old ex-race horse named Super Tuesday …

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Simon Says

There’s a new game in town… and it’s not the electronic contraption from the 1980s that this writer spent hours trying to outsmart as a child. Meet Simon, an adorable tabby of tawny fur and eyes of green! Simon is relatively young at six years, but he’s traveled a difficult …

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Invasion of Kittens

For those who’ve ever been invaded by kittens, you will know that this typically occurs in the spring. We folks in animal rescue actually refer to the season following winter as “Kitten Season.” This year the invaders planned a surprise attack, arriving in the cold months at year end. We …

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Binx The Miracle Cat

Sometimes when life is at a low point (and we mean head-in-a-mud-puddle low) miracles happen. The story of Binx begins with a woman who regularly feeds a feral colony of cats. One day, she arrived with food and spotted a black ball of fur laying lifeless in a puddle. Recognizing …

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Pitter Patter Paws

Thanks to the support of our wonderful donors, The Lily Pond family continues to grow. In addition to the arrival of the black beauty Binx, we welcomed three other former feral kitties to the sanctuary! TYSON is a tabby with kind eyes that shine a gorgeous shade of green. At …

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Whiskers for Days

Our family continues to grow as we welcomed three new kitties to The Lily Pond! They all came from feral colonies and each has special needs. PATCHES & KABUKI arrived together on a cold December day. They had each been rescued from a feral colony, living with their rescuer. And …

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Wilbur the Puggle

The Story of Wilbur the Puggle

It happened on a cold, snowy February morning with the temperature registering only 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Barn Manager Brenda Izzo was on her way to The Lily Pond when she spotted something furry stumbling along the edge of the road. She braked to a halt and hopped out to investigate. …

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Seventeen Hands Times Two

We welcomed two new horses to The Lily Pond this winter. Each stands at 17 hands and have larger-than-life personalities to match. Meet Wyatt and Lou De Fontaine! Wyatt What do you get when you breed an 18-hand Percheron mare with paint coloring to a Thoroughbred stallion? You get Wyatt. …

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A Warm Welcome to Nellie and Tuffy!

Our family continues to grow as we welcomed two special needs kitties to The Lily Pond! NELLIE is a lovely tabby cat who began life facing enormous challenges. She found herself orphaned as a kitten, facing life in the big world all alone and with a congenital neurological condition called …

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Whiskey Straight Up!

There’s whiskey in the house… but we’re not talking barrel aged 80-proof! Whiskey is a senior Pomeranian who, despite his diminutive stature, makes sure that everyone knows he’s on the scene with a calculated combination of high decibel noise and a tornado of affection, all delivered with a smile. Whiskey …

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Olof, a black and gold German Shepherd

A Warm Welcome for Olof

There’s a new set of paws at The Lily Pond…and they’re big. Please welcome Olof! This handsome German Shepherd is approximately seven years old and has the sweetest personality. He loves people and is great with other dogs, which is surprising given his background. Olof was born to a backyard …

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Dutch Treat, at The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary

Welcome Dutch Treat!

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Dutch Treat! Dutch is an Appendix (Thoroughbred-Quarter Horse) gelding. At 17 yeas old, he’s a gorgeous paint with a very sweet personality. Dutch was foaled in Pennsylvania in 2003 under the registered name of “Intentional Secret.” (Shown in the below photo). His …

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New kitten at The Lily Pond

Cute Kittens Everywhere

First There Were Four… It was the beginning of July, and unbeknownst to us, the beginning of kitten season at The Lily Pond. A neighboring farmer notified us that there were four tiny kittens hiding in a bale of hay in his barn. He had not seen their mother in …

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A Warm Welcome to Charlotte

We have a lovely new lady at the cat house – please join us in welcoming Charlotte to The Lily Pond! This pretty tabby is approximately two years old and was born to a feral cat colony. Jodie LoMeli from O.C. Safe Cats had been feeding the colony when she …

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The Happy Arrival of Happy!

It was a chilly day in January when a big bundle of warmth and joy danced into our lives. Happy is a 5-year-old Shih Tzu who is so ding-dang adorable that he leaves smiles and laughter in his wake wherever he goes. He was rescued from an abusive home by …

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Otis cat

A Special Needs Cat Finds a Special Home

The leaves were just starting to turn color when we received a call from Free To Be Me Rescue ( regarding a cat in need of a home. Otis had previously been adopted through their organization to a very loving home. Sadly, his owner was diagnosed with cancer at the …

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Mr. Ed horse The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary and Gardens

Welcome Home Mister Ed

It was a sunny day in November when a group of friends gathered to welcome home Mister Ed to The Lily Pond….finally! As many of you know, we adopted this senior quarter horse last May when his previous owner could no longer support his care. At the time, we did …

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Waverly the horse at The Lily Pond

She’s a Beauty

In March of this year, off-the-track Thoroughbred Waverly arrived at the sanctuary looking scruffy, thin, muddy, and covered with a viral infection (rain rot) across her back. She’s a 10-year-old mare, so it didn’t take long to get her weight up. We even worried that she might be getting a …

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Merlin the cat at The Lily Pond

Merlin Moves In

We’re pleased to announce another set of whiskers at the cat house. Merlin is an affable, 18-year-old tuxedo who arrived at the sanctuary in July. He was rescued from a bad situation in a garage as a kitten and cared for by a local woman who provided a cat house …

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The Arrival of Apache

If you happen to visit the sanctuary and see an adorable tri-colored pony wearing boots, be sure to say hello to Apache, the newest member of the herd! Apache is a 27-year old Paint gelding owned for many years by a local woman involved in animal welfare. She had rescued …

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