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xpost: Fundraising for Lewis Oliver Farm/Team Annabelle (wherever you are!)

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Sep 16 8:30AM - 9:30AM

-posted by Jennifer G. for Lorene E.-

This is an online fundraiser announcement. Read Lorene Eriksen's appeal, and pitch in at http://www.teamannabelle.com/ to help if you can. Thank you!

P.S. Check out the super article Lorene just got in the local paper! Great press for vegan ice cream & vegan values! It's below Lorene's letter.
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Dear LI vegan community,

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Lewis Oliver Farm, located in Northport, this once working dairy dating back to the 1800's, and subsequent petting zoo, has lovingly been transformed over the past several years into the small sanctuary it is today; a transformation made possible by a small but growing dedicated team of volunteers who, with a shared love and vision, provide the day-to-day, hands-on, individualized care for the many animals lucky to call Lewis Oliver their home.

A labor of love, providing sanctuary for our more than 50+ animal residents is NOT an easy task! Giving sanctuary means providing the animals with a clean and healthy environment; meeting their species-specific needs including nutritional, housing, enrichment, and health care; and unlike petting zoos, never breeding the animals or placing the needs of those who visit above the welfare of the animals. There are so many considerations and details at play throughout every moment of every day that unless one is directly involved in the hands-on care, the amount of physical and emotional effort that goes into this line of "work" is lost on many if not most.

And while we are always in need of more volunteers, we are more so in need of ongoing FUNDING! Especially as it's the same small team of volunteer animal caretakers who, due to lack of resources , are also having to do all of the fundraising.

While Town of Huntington and Suffolk County jointly own the property, ALL of our animal care expenses are paid for SOLELY through private donation.

Providing sanctuary also means LIFELONG care for ALL our animal residents. As animals grow older, often so does the need for veterinarian services as well as special housing, supplies, and palliative care.

The costs can and do quickly add up and are ongoing.

Here is just a BRIEF list of recent expenses to help illustrate our ongoing need for funding:

Pine and straw bedding, feed, and other supplies: $600/month

Hay: $500+ per month

Annual vaccinations for all of the animals : $1,200

Monthly medications, dewormers and other medical supplies: $200-$300 average cost per month

Emergency/as-needed vet visits; costs vary but here are some recent examples:

- Sheila, our eldest yet very robust and very sweet sheep, needed to be examined for a possible respiratory infection. Barn call, blood work and medication : $300
- Willie, one of our roosters had an infected toe that needed to be lanced and treated. Cost of vet visit, procedure, antibiotics and follow up care: $289
- Cookie and Fannie, our two bunnies were both were recently spayed. Total cost for both surgeries: $900
- Annabelle the Cow had been needing to have her hooves trimmed for a very long time but until recently, we weren't able to find a professional with the equipment and know how to do the job properly and safely. I am pleased to say that thanks to our good long-standing relationship with some of the larger, well-known sanctuaries, their hoof trimmer made the long road trip for Annabelle to do the job. Her gait and posture improved immediately following her pedicure. We now have peace of mind knowing Annabelle will not suffer what could have been a devastating effect on her health due to poor hoof condition thanks to our newfound trusted resource who will now fill this very critical need. Annabelle will now be getting her hooves done on a regular basis (1-2x/year) Cost : $700 per visit which covers minimum head count and travel expenses ..worth every penny in ensuring her health and well being .

Special projects: for those who have been visiting the Lewis Oliver Farm -turned-sanctuary for many years, you'll have noticed MANY improvements and enhancements to the barns and coops ...too many to list! Just to name a few, the recent extensions made to our peafowl and turkey enclosures for example, cost around $700/each. The recent expansion of our alpaca paddock cost roughly $900. And thanks to the support of Northport Village and volunteers who saved us on the labor, these costs were for materials only.

There are so many petting zoos on Long Island and other venues where sadly, profit and the "entertainment" value have and always will trump the animal's well-being and happiness, the need for sanctuaries in suburban areas like Long Island is a critical one.

The Lewis Oliver Farm-turned-sanctuary is truly one of a kind. The love we have for each and every one of our beautiful animals shines through just as their good health, well-being, and happiness does to even the most casual observer.


Above all else, providing the animals with the care they need to thrive, and where their unique personalities shine through helps demonstrate to visitors the sentience of farmed animals and how there is little if any difference between Annabelle the Cow, Sheila the sheep, or Willie the rooster (just to name a few) and our own dogs and cats at home.

Please help us to continue to provide the quality of care our animals need and deserve while helping us to lead by example and educate those who might otherwise never have the opportunity to see farmed animals for the sentient, loving individuals they truly are.

PLEASE make a tax-deductible donation TODAY. This page leads to the donation site:http://www.teamannabelle.com/You can sponsor our team by making a tax-deductible donation, or you can become a team member yourself. ALL proceeds will go to Friends of the Farm and will be used to cover our ongoing animal care expenses.

Be the change you wish to see in the world ...and support the change you are pleased to see!

Thank you for whatever donation size you might be able to giveEvery little bit helps!

Always for the animals,

Lorene
Volunteer and board member (11+ years and counting..)
Friends of the Farm (turned sanctuary)

How to find us:xpost: This is an independently-organized fundraiser, promoted via VLI as a courtesy to our members.

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