We started 2018 on a sad note. We lost one of our ambassadors, Fernando, a mini donkey to colic. Fernando was a crowd favorite at public events and among volunteers at the barn. Even though our time with him was short we cherish the memories that he gave us and his not-so-mini bray.
Strawberry, a mini jenny, joined our ambassadors.
Adopted in 2018
Ten horses found their forever homes this year: Justin, Morgan, Addy, Daisy, Finn, Platinum, Duke, Sedona, Howie and Sundown. Sedona and Howie were only at Sunshine for a couple of months before they were adopted. Others, like Duke, had been with Sunshine for years before they found their forever homes.
Once we take a horse into Sunshine we take responsibility for that horse for life. That horse lives out its life in sanctuary with Sunshine if a forever home cannot be found or if their adoption does not work out. We recognize that some horses might need more time to find their forever family.
Aside from Howie and Sedona, we took in 9 additional horses this year, all who are available for adoption. We currently have 26 adoptable horses. We have a limited number of stalls and a waiting list for horses waiting to come to Sunshine. When a horse is adopted two lives are saved: that of the horse who has found his forever home and that of the horse that is taken into Sunshine.
Information on our adoptable horses.
We have 7 program horses at Sunshine. These are horses that are not available for adoption. They are featured at special events and help us share our mission with the community. These horses receive the same care and commitment as our adoptable horses.
Sunshine moved to Clay, NY in May 2018. A move to a home of our own was a great way to celebrate our 15-year anniversary. Our new facility provides us with more space and resources, so we can better take care of our herd, but it dramatically increases our operating costs. In 2018, we received donations totaling $54,000 towards our overall goal of $750,000, the amount of the mortgage on our property.
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