Horse Rescue
Established in 1977, Little Brook Farm is one of the oldest and largest rescues
in the Northeast. Our mission is to advocate the humane treatment of all
animals through rescue, sanctuary, and rehabilitation. In conjunction with
educational, vocational, and therapeutic programs, we blend an innovative
multi-faceted approach that links the needs of the rescued animals with the
specific needs of our students.

Currently, we care for over 140 animals, 65 of which are horses, representing
more than 20 breeds. Additionally, we have 25 horses currently living in
adoptive homes (which must return the horses if they can no longer keep
them). It is our policy to never buy (unless it is per pound) nor sell or breed, and
to humanely euthanize a horse only when its quality of life is compromised.
Through the generosity of eight local landowners, Little Brook Farm enjoys an
additional 98 acres of pasture.

Changing Perceptions

Unlike the typical rescue facility or sanctuary, the majority of our horses
contribute on some level to their own care through lessons, lease or
educational programs. They also successfully compete in dressage, hunt seat,
show jumping, eventing, competitive trail riding and Pony Club Rallies, as well
as other disciplines. This visibility places them in a position to raise
awareness as to the true value of the horses at risk. Congresswoman Kirsten
Gillibrand unexpectedly attended one of LBF's horse shows during the vaulting
demonstration. She took the time for a tour and has since changed her position
on horse slaughter to favor horses - a decision which is deeply appreciated.

Defying Expectations

There is a common misconception that "unwanted" or "at risk" horses are old
and/or lame when in reality they are typically young and potentially useful.
Statistics on 100 horses rescued from intended slaughter by Little Brook Farm
during the 10 year period from 2000-2010, revealed that 87% were between the
ages of 6 months and 20 years, and 13%, 21-40. Given a life expectancy of 30+
years for a well-cared for horse, fully 87%, which must be considered the 'or-
slaughter' market, have time for rehabilitation and meaningful, useful
companionship.
Many of the horses at Little Brook
Farm were rescued from horrific
neglect and abuse.
With time, excellent care and gentle
handling, our horses have made
truly remarkable recoveries and
have learned to trust people again.  
Working with rescued horses
allows people to relate to another
being in a remarkable way. Many at
risk children and teens, especially,
find this method to be the most
helpful and life-changing form of
therapy.   
Cat Rescue
In addition to our horse rescue efforts, Little Brook Farm is home to over 70 cats!
All feline residents at the Farm have been tested, vaccinated and spayed/
neutered. While many of the cats at LBF are feral cats that were trapped and
relocated here (after having being vaccinated/neutered), we also have
approximately 15 adoptable cats waiting for loving indoor homes! Please contact
us if you are interested in adopting.
Below: One of our volunteers
plays with the cats in their outdoor
enclosure. (All of our adoptable
cats or those with physical issues
have their own heated cat house
with attached outdoor fence).
Rachel Spiegelman photos  
Above: Two sickly kittens on the day of
their rescue. Many of the cats rescued by
LBF were found in similar condition.
Left and Below: A kitten found dying on the
side of the road by a local farm. His eyes
were gummed shut and he had to breathe
out of his mouth due to severe congestion.
After veterinary care and a great deal of TLC
from LBF volunteers, he made a full
recovery and has since been adopted. He is