Patches

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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Mister Ed

In Loving Memory: Mister Ed

We recently had to say goodbye to a cherished member 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 given our focus …

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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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Wyatt

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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horse at The Lily Pond

Winter 2022 Newsletter

The calendar may have marked the official start of Spring, but Winter has not yet turned over the reins here in the Hudson Valley. Sunny spots of yellow daffodils and forsythia appeared, only to find their blossoms covered in snow within the week. It’s been a busy Winter season and …

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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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Rainbow Bridge. Forever in our hearts.

In Loving Memory: Merlin

by Susan Bandy MERLIN was a black and white tuxedo cat who had the distinguished honor of being our oldest kitty at the sanctuary. He was deaf and quite shy, but he loved living with other cats. Merlin did not seek out affection from people, but would purr with appreciation …

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Rainbow Bridge. Forever in our hearts.

In Loving Memory: Sammir

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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The Giving Tree

Barn Manager Brenda Izzo put up a Christmas tree in the tack room of our horse barn. We reached out on social media to ask for help in decorating it with donations toward the care and feeding of the animals. Look at the beautiful result of so much generosity! The …

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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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Autumn 2021 Newsletter

It’s the holiday season and normally the ground would be covered in a blanket of white and we would surely be whining about the frozen pipes and all the snow to be shoveled in order to get to the barn. But this year it’s all about rain. Lots of rain! …

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AmazonSmile. You shop. Amazon gives.

Support Us When You Shop

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon.com with the same products, prices, and shopping features. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to The Lily Pond Sanctuary. It’s a great way to help all of …

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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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