Where Miracle's Happens -
Land O' Lakes Rescue Petting Farm is a non profit family run rescue in Cloyne, Ontario. This family has devoted their lives and money to save abused and neglected farm animal. Land O' Lakes Rescue Petting Farm originated because there was a need to help injured, sick and abandoned farm animals.
This rescue is a wonderful place of healing. On their website www.landolakesrescuepettingfarm.ca you can read all the stories of how these animals came to the rescue from terrible abusive and neglectful situations. You will hear what there health concerns and injuries were. Despite of the injuries and the cost to vet these animals the Smiths did not turn them away. Through the love and care given to these animals from the Smiths that they are healthy and well and capable of giving love and living a stress free, pain free life on this rescue.
What started as the Smiths with their foster children rescuing a few horses, pot belly pig and rabbit. Has turned into rescuing over 50 animals. This is very costly and without your donations they will have to close and find homes for these animals. The thought of doing that breaks The Smiths hearts these animals are like family. The rescue is unfortunately located in a small North Eastern Ontario town. It is a vacationing spot for campers but the rest of the year is very secluded. The closest cities are 1 hour and half away. This causes many visitors not to visit but those who do come find it to be a very magical place and visit again. Supporters come to visit the animals only May to Oct. And the rest of the year there are very little donations to keep the rescue going. There are occasional fundraiser events running through out the year that do help, but it still is not enough to carry all the expenses of this rescue farm.
There are some very special children who have fundraised for the rescue and give up their birthday money to help feed these animals. But without more donations support this rescue will be closed before May and the children who have learned so much about caring and sharing by visiting these animals will be no longer be able to have this experience.
Recent Message from the Smiths :
"Happy New Year to all all our Friends and Supporters of Land O' Lakes Rescue Petting Farm.
We would like to thank all our supporter that have helped keep this farm operating in the past years. It has not gone unnoticed your hard work and is very much appreciated. We know you love this farm as much as we do and would love to see it continue it's mission for years to come. We need your help so we can continue to provide a safe nurturing home for these animals and any other animal that may come through our doors. Unfortunately funds are depleted and we need to immediately generate more funds otherwise the petting farm will have to close it doors, leaving these animals to an uncertain future.
We hope that we can continue this important mission, but reality may force us to close our doors and sell the property. Please help (RESCUE) Land O' Lakes Rescue Petting Farm. We need you! Thank you.
Donna & Barry with our Children and These Wonderful Animals"
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To keep this farm operating we need to pay the following outstanding bills immediately.
Hydro - $6,086.90
Taxes - $4,200.00 (one year only) Note: 3 years in arrears.
Hay Bill $1,800.00 Purchased in June 2016
Immediate Total Cost Needed $12,086.90
We need to raise funds to purchase the following to last us until June 2017
Grain & Bedding $4,000.00
Tractor Repair Payments $250.00/month
Taxes $350.00/month after we pay the arrears
Diesel/Gas Fuel $150.00/month
Farm Mortgage Payments on Building $1,087.00/month
Here is a break down of the cost of our animals
*Present Special needs care animals at the rescue*
*Medicine $50.00/month - we administer the medicine*
*Special diet $100.00/month*
*Vet care $250.00 every 3 months*
*Surgery $5,000.00 (Guelph University Vet Hospital)*
*Special Diet $100.00/month*
*Special Diet $175.00/month*
*Grain/Month for all the animals at the rescue*
8 Cob $8.85each - $70.80/month*
*8 Rolled Oats $7.50each - $60.00/month*
*4 Chicken Scratch $14.15 each - $56.60/month*
*4 Pig Pellets Mini $17.35 each - $69.40/month*
*4 Pig Chop $12.35 each - $49.40/month*
*8 Duck Crumble $18.00 each - $144.00/month*
*8 Horse Sweet Feed $12.90 each - $103.20/month*
*4 Rabbit Pellets $18.60 each - $74.40/month*
*4 Hay Cubes 36.00each - $144.00/month*
*1 Trimax $40.00 each*
*1 Beet Pulp $18.00 each*
*1 Integrity $40.00 each*
*1 Yeast $20.00 each*
*1 Flax Seed $18.95 each*
*30 Shavings/month 5.75 each - $172.50/month*
*Total $1081.25/month for Grain & Shavings
248 Hay Bales/month $4.00/bale includes shipping $992.00/month
We wish to take this time to thank all our supporters. With out you, we would not be continuing our mission to save animals from abuse and neglect. We have just celebrated our "11th year Anniversary." Thank you for making this happen!
A big THANK YOU to all our volunteers who helped at the farm, all our supporters who have raised funds for the animals and everyone who has donated money, pop cans, liquor, beer and wine bottles/cans empties and supplies. Thank you to all who have visited these past few months and have purchased Tasty Bake Goods from our Snack Bar. Everything you raise, goes directly back to the Animals. You are all making a difference in all these wonderful Animals lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Donna & Barry Smith
So far this summer we have had many visitors and the animals are enjoying all their treats. We have opened up our snack bar and are now selling baked goods and lunch daily.
We have had some issues with a few animals and they are needing vet care. Molly has suffered a split in her hoof at the white wall and is causing her pain. She is being treated with pain meds and we are soaking her foot 2 times daily. She is also showing signs of other problems and a compete blood work was taken to find out what is going on with her. She is on complete bed rest and will not be able to give pony rides this summer.
We had a rabbit dropped off to the farm that had 2 bad ear infections. He has to have anti-biotic shots for the next 5 days. He is separated from the other rabbits until he is healed.
Hope the horse has been having difficulty absorbing nutrients and has been seen by the vet again. We may have to try another treatment plan, since the old one is not working any more. He needs his teeth floated and some need to be removed. He has lost more weight and will require on-going vet visits.
We are having major problems with the tractor and is no longer in use. Our grounds are not up to the way we would like and we have lacked volunteers this summer to help us with clean up. Anyone wishing to volunteer, it would be very appreciated. Even a few hours would help.
As many of you know, Barry has suffered many health issues and was in the hospital since last October until this spring.
Barry is trying to help with tours but is still suffering on-going health issues and can not be on the farm as much as he would like, leaving Donna taken care of most of the animals and tours. Our boys are trying to help, but did get summer jobs and are not at the farm much. We have one volunteer, who tries to come every other weekend to help with tours.
Finances are a real challenge and donations are significantly down. We need your help. We know how much people love this rescue farm and many wish they can do more. You can help by starting a fund raising campaign or join one, sponsor an animal or send a one time donation. Drop off your liquor, wine or beer bottles/cans and pop cans to the farm or if you live in the city of Kingston, Napanee, Trenton or Belleville we can have someone pick them up for you. We can cash them in to help support the farm.
Some of the expenses that need attending to are as follows;
Property taxes - 3 years in arrears $16,000.00
Vet bills $1,500.00 +
We need to find another source for our mortgage - our lender is not renewing past August due to he needs his funds for other things.
Hydro - $1,200.00
Bell - $350.00
On-going hay and grain expenses. We need to pay for hay for the next year in advance.
We are worried that we will not be able to continue our mission past this summer if we do not get this help. Please help anyway you can. We appreciate it very much from the bottom of our hearts.
Donna & Barry with our children and these wonderful Animals.
We visited the farm a few years ago from Glasgow, Scotland! My boys loved the animals. Barry we are thinking of you and the family. Hugs from across the pond.
Dearest Barry, Donna and family, How I wish I could do more and the distance were not so great so I could help in your labor and most of all in your stress. Love you for all the things you do and all you stand for.
It is a joy every time we visit you. Much love,