From the Author
After visiting the "First Light Farm Equine Shelter" and meeting the horses, and learning their individual stories, it reminded me of Gypsy and Bambi's life story. Madison suggested to me, "Mom, we should publish the story and donate the book to the farm." Of course, I jumped on board thinking it was a great idea. It is hard to let our story go which is so dear and close to our hearts. Putting Gypsy and Bambi's memory into a helping cause is the perfect way to carry on their memories in helping other horses in need.
First Light Farm has started a wonderful treasure in Down East, Maine. They have opened up their hearts to the reality that the horses face day to day. They are doing something about it. Some people can be so cruel, and most of us choose to ignore the truth about what these horses go through. Our mission is to share this dear story with others to encourage you to reach out to the horses that are unable to use their voice, looking to be cared for and loved. Be their voice and make a difference.
From the Inside Flap
Shortly after taking in Cassie, the State asked us to help with another seriously neglected horse. Angel had been nearly starved to death due to her owner's increasing mental illness. Angel eventually went to the Maine State Society for Protection of Animals, to live out her golden years!
Once we got started, the stream of horses seemed endless. Twilight, Tonka, Hope... the list goes on and on. Some were seized by the state due to neglect or abuse, others were surrendered by their owners for a variety of reasons. Others were purchased directly out of killpens, healthy horses and donkeys that were on their way to slaughterhouses, simply because negligent owners dumped them in auction houses. FLFES is staffed by an all-volunteer crew. Volunteers perform all aspects of shelter chores, including cleaning stalls and paddocks, feeding, grooming, re-schooling, repairs, etc. They also work tirelessly at fundraising efforts. We meet our day-to-day operational budget solely through the generosity of other animal lovers. Taking care of horses is expensive; taking care of sick, injured or neglected horses is even more so. We struggle to pay the never ending hay, grain, farrier and veterinary bills. Since our inception we have taken in 30 horses, ponies and donkeys and have adopted out 23.
We have limited space to house horses in need and many times have to turn animals away. It breaks our hearts when we can't help, but we are a small facility and can only do so much. Currently the shelter owns no property or buildings. The shelter "rents" space on my property, though the rental fee is waived each month. FLFES would still like to someday purchase its own facility so that we could help even more horses.
We have just started to explore granting opportunities. This is not an easy task without an experienced grant writer among the volunteers. Still we persevere and in the meantime will continue with our many fundraising efforts including Facebook auctions (find us on facebook at facebook.com/firstlightfarm) on farm activities such as open house day, camps and clinics.
To learn more about First Light Farm Equine Shelter, please visit our Facebook page, or our website at firstlightfarm.org.
We also keep at blog at flfes.blogspot.com