Becoming a Sanctuary
For decades we had been taking in older, unwanted horses and caring for them – basically operating as a sanctuary without any public funding. Our goal was to allow the 15 senior horses who had come to us over the years to live out their lives in peace and safety.
There was always another horse in need, another heartbreaking story of a sad soul who was no longer wanted – but without additional funding we were powerless to help.
In 2011 we officially became a non-profit organization and in 2014 obtained our 501c3 status so that we could accept donations and save more horses. We are strictly a horse sanctuary. When a horse arrives at Twin Oaks, he or she will never be leased or adopted out. Each of our sanctuary horses has his/her own unique story which you can read in the biography and memorial pages. We wish they could talk to fill in the gaps, as we so often only know bits and pieces as to how they ended up starved, scarred, or head-shy when a human hand reaches out to give them a pat.
Running a horse sanctuary is a labor of self-sacrifice, dedication, and of tremendous love. Christy is no longer able to do the grueling physical work involved in caring for the horses, so the twice daily, 365-day-a-year chores are split between Jen and Cynthia. Holidays, hurricanes, snowstorms, illness – there are no days off. The horses must be tended to no matter what. It is also a costly endeavor. Any horse must have regular farrier, dental, veterinary care and food, but just as we require more care and upkeep as we age, so do the horses. Most have special diets which include supplements and sometimes medication. Because of these special needs, the cost of caring for elderly horses is higher than for younger horses. In addition to the food and medical expenses, we also have constant, seemingly never-ending bills for building and repair work for the barn, sheds, enclosures, and fences.
We rely on the help and dedication of donors and volunteers to keep our sanctuary going, and every penny of the donations we receive goes toward the care of our horses to ensure their happiness, wellness, and safety.
We will continue to provide for the 20+ wonderful sanctuary horses currently in our care and would love to save even more, but we need your help to do so!
For more information you can visit our Facebook page, email us at [email protected], mail us at P.O. Box 284, Lake Grove, NY 11784, or call us at (631)874-4914.
Thank you for helping the horses!