April and Sammir. Horses at The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary

Update on the Horses

We’ve received a lot of inquiries regarding April and Sammir, who arrived at The Lily pond in November from a cruelty case that left them both starved, underweight, and in need of medical attention. We’re happy to report that this senior bonded pair has adjusted well to life at the …

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Black Cat BAGHEERA

In Celebration of Black Cats

October 27th is National Black Cat Day, which was intended to bring some positive PR to a population of cats that have been the unfortunate recipients of negative treatment due to old superstitions. Not only considered bad luck, these felines are the least likely to get adopted. We have some …

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Lou cat at The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary

Shelter From The Storm

We are delighted to welcome two new cats to our family here at The Lily Pond. Lou and Atticus both found themselves homeless in the harsh reality of an upstate New York winter, exposed to snow storms and extreme cold. Thanks to several kind souls and the work of two …

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The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary barn in winter in Ghent NY

Winter 2019 Newsletter Feature Article

March has arrived, but the days are still cold and the ground blanketed in white here at the sanctuary. The dogs and horses take particular delight in rolling in the snow, but the cats and humans are happy to remain warm and cozy indoors, thank you very much. A neighboring …

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Parrots

Progress Report on the Parrot Aviary

We’ve been working on the parrot aviary and wanted to provide an update on both the parrots and the building. The macaw and two cockatoos went through a full vet exam prior to scheduling transport to the sanctuary. A lump was discovered in one of the cockatoos, so they both …

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Elsa the dog, leashed and standing up

Welcome Home, Elsa!

We are thrilled to introduce Elsa, the newest member of The Lily Pond family! Dolly was lonely without her partner in crime, Zaffa. So we set about looking for a dog in need of a loving home who would get along with our young and rambunctious Treeing Walker Coonhound. We …

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Zaffa the dog lying in the grass

In Loving Memory of Zaffa

by Susan Bandy I am heartbroken to share with you the recent passing of our beloved German Shepherd, Zaffa. He had been eating, drinking, and going for walks as usual. His energy seemed a little lower, but he’s a senior fellow estimated at 10-12 years old with some arthritis in …

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Toulouse the cat

Happy Birthday Kittens!

For the past two years, we’ve taken in summer-born kittens in need of a home… and how they’ve grown! Here’s a progress report on our little curtain-shredding, tail-chasing, floofy purr-machines. Toulouse Happy 1st Birthday Toulouse! Last summer, this handsome fellow was spotted by a local resident crying at the woodland …

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View of the open field at The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary

Summer 2018 Newsletter Feature Article

Summer is drawing to a close, but the days are sunny and the flowers still in bloom. We’re especially delighted with all the pink waterlilies floating in the lily pond! We’ve been busy completing the parrot aviary and preparing the barn and paddocks for the arrival of horses in the …

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Cedric the cat

In Loving Memory

It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we share with you the unexpected passing of our beloved kitten Cedric. Cedric was part of the British Invasion, one of three kittens that former stray cat Viz gave birth to under our deck last summer. We began feeding them and …

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Roasted Beets on the buffet table at the first annual Earth Day Celebration at The Lily Pond

First Annual Earth Day Celebration!

On April 22nd, The Lily Pond hosted a small gathering of individuals to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the Earth and to offer blessings to the planet and all sentient beings. The day included yoga, the collaborative creation of a 4-foot flower mandala on the land, a bouquet of …

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April and Sammir at The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary

The Lily Pond Opens Barn Doors to Horses

We’re overjoyed to welcome two very special horses to the sanctuary! April is a 28-year old Palomino Quarter Horse and Sammir is a 25-year old Arabian Bay gelding. They’re a senior bonded pair who arrived November 3rd from Labrador Hill in New Jersey. It was late August when we received …

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Spring landscape photo of The Lily Pond Sanctuary and Gardens

Spring 2018 Newsletter Feature Article

The arrival of Spring was much later than expected, but as beautiful as ever. Tiny buds finally appeared in early May, blossoming into glorious bursts of color. A deer and her baby fawn graze in the meadow and a family of geese are teaching three new goslings to swim in …

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The Barn at The Lily Pond in autumn

Autumn 2018 Newsletter Feature Article

The barn at The Lily Pond in fall

Autumn swept through the sanctuary bringing colder temperatures and a dazzling array of red and gold leaves. The new season is not the only recent arrival… our sanctuary family has been expanding over the past few months and we’re excited to introduce each of these special animals to you.

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Parrots

Preparing for Parrots

We are super excited to share our progress on the construction of an aviary in preparation for the arrival of our first rescue parrots!! The sanctuary is planning to take in a Blue Gold Macaw and two Umbrella Cockatoos in need of a home. The macaw is approximately 25 years …

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Destiny the cat, lying on the couch

Home For The Holidays

It was a chilly December day when three shelter cats found a new home at the sanctuary. We are delighted to introduce Destiny, Keegan, and Elliot! Destiny is an elegant, friendly calico who found herself at the shelter after she and her four kitty housemates were removed by animal control …

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Dolly the dog standing in her new home

Hello Dolly… Well, Hello Dolly!

We’re delighted to welcome Dolly, a young and mischievous Treeing Walker Coonhound. She had been left outside and largely neglected by her previous owner. A concerned person stepped in and offered to adopt her, only to find that Dolly didn’t get along well with her other dog. We agreed to …

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