A non-profit group in Warren County helps care for a variety of animals rescued from horrific situations. On Monday, the family that owns "A Little Patch of Heaven" took on their latest case: a mini pony.
Jennifer Martin, who runs the farm, said at any given time, they are taking care of alpacas, goats, ponies, horses, cats and dogs, among others. The animals they rescue get a chance at a new life.
"There are a lot of people who step up who want to adopt rescued ponies and horses and other farm animals as well because they have been rescued from bad situations and auctions and stuff like that," Martin said.
Martin said that a recent batch of rescues, made up of horses, ponies and other farm animals, were starving and struggling to survive when they brought them to the farm. Some of them had problems with their feet and legs. That's an example, Martin said, of the many cases they encounter.
"They were in various shapes as far as their body condition and things like that. We had a few of them that were very thin," Martin said.
While the animals are at the rescue, Martin believes that they learn what it's like to be loved again. She said it can take a long time. One pony they rescued was feral, so Martin said it has taken her six weeks to be able to catch or touch the pony.
Martin said that the mini pony they took in Monday had been living in a garage for years. The owner has Alzheimer's and can't care for it, so now the pony is at the rescue and living in a safe place.
Other animals have been saved from a deadly fate.
"One horse was literally on the trailer to go to slaughter, and I backed my trailer up to the stock trailer that they were getting ready to take him off, and I was like, 'load him on,'" Martin said.
Rescuing all of the animals and then caring for them is not an easy job, but Martin believes it is an important one that truly makes a difference.
"It feels so good to watch them get adopted into good homes once you rescue them," Martin said.
The mini pony that they rescued Monday is not currently up for adoption, but Martin said they have quite a few other animals looking for forever homes, including some horses and goats.
The non-profit is always accepting donations. They are often looking for items they use daily, like saddles or leads.
Anyone interested in adopting an animal, making a donation or learning more about "A Little Patch of Heaven" can visit the rescue's Facebook page.
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