It’s been a very busy fall at NEER North, capping off a year of amazing progress on important organizational, property maintenance, and fundraising fronts. We are extremely grateful for the volunteers, donors, board members, and business and community partners who have joined forces this year to support our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming local horses in crisis.
With your help, we were able to take in 18 new rescues this year, accept 5 returning animals, and—best of all!—find adoptive homes for 20 NEER North horses, ponies, or donkeys. In addition, we have strengthened our rehabilitation and training program, made much-needed infrastructure improvements, reorganized our tack exchange, and boosted fundraising and community outreach through our annual auction, open houses, and social media campaigns.
Much work remains. Unfortunately there will never be a shortage of at-risk equines who need our help. Since last May, I have had to turn away requests to take in 52 local equines with compelling histories and no good alternatives. Those difficult conversations underscore the importance of the work we do every day to make sure our rescues are getting the care and training they need to find ideal forever homes and free up space and resources so we can help others.
Thank you again for being part of the NEER North community and for all that you do to help horses, donkeys, ponies, and mules from our area who desperately need kindness and care.
Best wishes for 2019 from NEER North!
Founder and President
New England Equine Rescue North
Mane Event Auction a Success!
In October, over 100 members of the NEER North community came together to celebrate and support NEER North at our Mane Event auction, our largest fundraiser of the year. With 121 live and silent auction items donated by individuals and businesses, we were able to raise over $20,000.
An event of this size doesn’t happen without the dedication, hard work, and generosity of many people. We appreciate all who participated and would like to give special thanks to the auction committee, which included Kat Armour, Ashley Hill, Melissa Polito, and Caitlin Swofford.
We also want to give a huge shout out to the businesses in our community that stepped up to support this year’s auction, led by our blue-ribbon sponsor, International Cars, Ltd.
We are grateful for your amazing generosity and for the support of:
Essex County Co-Op
A&B Insurance Group, LLC
SRH Veterinary Services
Sawchyn Medical Illustration & Fine Art
Jay Buccafusca/Edward Jones
Thanks, too, to Ipswich-based Labor In Vain for supplying the live music that kept everyone in a great bidding mood.
AROUND THE BARN
Thanks to an amazing social media fundraising campaign organized by volunteer Liz Parmalee, we now have three new run-in sheds just in time for the cold winter winds. We’d also like to thank Liz’s husband, Greg Norstrom, and Ed Curtis for helping to prep foundations for the sheds, which replace the hoop shelters that have been unreliable in recent years. Thanks, too, to John and Armand for helping with the installation.
The total raised through GoFundMe, in combination with a $3500 match gift from an anonymous donor, was over $10,000. We are so grateful for everyone who participated and especially to Liz for taking the initiative. Click HERE for more information on the campaign and a list of donors.
New Board Member
David Biese recently joined our board as Treasurer. David and his wife, Ann, have supported NEER North for years and adopted their horse Ginger from us. An experienced executive, David has held senior finance, accounting, and administrative positions in the corporate world for over 30 years. We are delighted to welcome David to our board!
For the safety of our customers and volunteers due to repairs and remodeling, the tack store will be closed until January 12, 2019. Follow us on Facebook or email email@example.com for more information.
OUT and ABOUT
The holiday shopping season in West Newbury began with a fantastic craft fair and bake sale organized by Susan Wong to benefit NEER North. Many thanks to Susan and to all who donated their time and talents.
Boo was decked out in his seasonal finery for our Holiday Open House on December 8. Volunteer Melissa Montello and an enthusiastic band of young 4H volunteers worked hard to make this community-building event a success on a very cold day. Thank you so much!
A ”Feed it Forward” December promotion at the Essex County Co-op, in partnership with Nutrena, helped Santa deliver some practical holiday gifts for our rescues. We are grateful to these generous and thoughtful community partners and shoppers.
FEATURED RESCUE: INDIA
India is a beautiful young appaloosa mule who is full of spice and character. She has been handled but never ridden and can be a bit of a challenge to catch in the paddock. Once she gets to know where she stands with her handler, she is a peach! She is a lovely mover with no known chronic health issues and seems to have plenty of potential for someone with the time and experience.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Tee has been adopted by Michelle from Chester, NH. He will be a companion to another donkey and her horse.
Alfredo has been adopted by Keri from New London, NH, as a companion to another young donkey.
Kricket has been adopted by Lisa from Harvard, MA, as a companion to her horse
Jack and Shorty were adopted by Theresa from Chester, VT, for trail riding.
Smirk is being fostered by Essex Tech, and Sauvee is being fostered in Maine for the winter. Both will return to NEER North in the spring.
As always, we are tremendously grateful for those who adopt or foster NEER North horses. These dedicated and generous members of our community partner with us to give local, at-risk equines a chance for a better life and make room for us to take in additional animals in crisis
Opie is a sweetie. A 3-year-old Thoroughbred gelding who needs to gain weight and is being treated for rain rot, he’s approachable and curious. He hasn’t been handled much and never been ridden, but with the right care and training, he seems destined for a very bright future!
Precious is a registered Morgan mare, foaled in 2002. She is good-natured, but timid and currently under evaluation.
Badger and Herbie
Adorable barely describes these two Shetland geldings, who were formerly used for pony rides. Under evaluation, but very sweet and friendly. We’d like them to be adopted together.
Marvel (returning to NEER)
An 11-year-old Haflinger gelding who wants to please, Marvel has some trust issues and sensitivity about his hindquarters due to former abuse. We’re currently working with him to build trust. He’d be a rewarding project for an experienced adult with the time to help him get a new start in life.
Zella, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare, is currently in off-site foster and coming to NEER North soon.
One of the most difficult realities of rescue work is the responsibility to end an animal’s suffering through euthanasia when veterinary intervention is no longer effective. We’ve have had some sad partings this year, including, most recently, our steadfast Tris, whose incurable melanomas had progressed beyond the best measures to ease her pain.
Tris was with us for five years, patiently waiting for a forever home that never came. She will be missed and long remembered in the hearts of the many friends who fostered, worked with, cared for, and loved her in her final years.
Tom Cat Sign-off
I like to decorate as much as the next guy, but I can't seem to find any mistletoe or catnip anywhere! Hope your holidays are the cat's meow! - TC
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