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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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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In Loving Memory of Hubble and Katarina

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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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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Call to Artists for an Art Auction Fundraiser!

The Lily Pond Sanctuary will be hosting an online art auction this Fall to raise much needed funds for the care and feeding of our rescued animals Beautiful paintings, photographs and jewelry will be available for bidding. The auction will also feature paintings created by The Lily Pond animals. If …

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Join Us In June

A gathering to honor the beauty and bounty of the Earth and to support the sanctuary animals. There will be an interactive nature-based program in the afternoon, followed by a tour of the sanctuary to meet the animals. Cocktails and a delicious vegetarian farm-to-table dinner will be served along with …

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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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