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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Rainbow Bridge. Forever in our hearts.

In Loving Memory

by Susan Bandy We recently had to say goodbye to two cherished members of The Lily Pond family. These transitions are never easy… in fact they are devastating. One of the most difficult aspects of animal rescue is grieving the loss of their passing – a challenge we face regularly …

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Brodie, a sweet and shy Springer Spaniel, recently died

Brodie

BRODIE was a sweet and shy Springer Spaniel; a gentle old soul who always sought to please. He was a favorite among the dogs. And he was my special boy. Brodie arrived in 2018 as a senior pup with his friends Jeb and Tig. They were a neglect case – …

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Betty, a stray black cat who made her home a The Lily Pond, recently died.

Betty

BETTY was a sassy gal. She was a senior stray living near a pond when a woman discovered her and brought her to a local veterinarian. This little black panther was half-starved, but happily made a full recovery. Betty was not terribly fond of people and made excellent use of …

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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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a painting of a dog

Save the Date

Paint Your Pet Workshop to Benefit The Lily Pond Saturday May 15, 20214:00 – 6:00pm EDT65 Downing Road, Ghent, NY 12075$60 per person Please join us for a fun afternoon of wine and creativity! Artist Michelle Becker and The Lily Pond are hosting a Paint Your Pet Workshop. It’s a …

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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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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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Rainbow Bridge. Forever in our hearts.

In Loving Memory

by Susan Bandy We recently had to say goodbye to three cherished members of The Lily Pond family. These transitions are never easy… in fact they are devastating. One of the most difficult aspects of animal rescue is grieving the loss of their passing – a challenge we face regularly …

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Keegan

Keegan was known for his stunning green eyes and perfectly pink nose. A quiet senior cat, he kept mostly to himself but did make a point of greeting caregivers at the door each morning and occasionally hopped up on the couch for pets and scratches. Keegan came to The Lily …

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Tig

TIG was a big personality in a small cocker spaniel-shaped body. In fact, he fancied himself the alpha dog of our pack, despite being smaller than everyone but Happy the Shih Tzu. Tig arrived in 2018 as a senior pup with his friends Brodie and Jeb. They were a neglect …

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Maysie

Maysie was a pretty calico whose time with us at The Lily Pond was all too short. A senior special needs cat with diabetes, Maysie arrived in June when her former owner found it difficult to manage the high cost of insulin and Maysie’s refusal to use the litter box. …

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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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Pretty Girl

Pretty Girl and Brenda were together for six happy years. On August 31, 2020, Pretty Girl crossed the Rainbow Bridge at the age of 30. Those who know Brenda understand that Pretty Girl was her heart horse; the angel who gently guided Brenda out of severe depression and back into …

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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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