Lilymoore Alpaca Farm in Pleasant Valley (Aired on September 7 and 8, 2019)

Diana Bellissimo, owner of the Lilymoore Alpaca Farm, visits the RadioRotary
studio (sadly without an alpaca) to describe the activities that the farm celebrates
on National Alpaca Day and to tell the RadioRotary cohosts about the pleasures
of raising 25 alpacas (and a llama) on a 40-acre farm in Pleasant Valley, New
York. While alpacas are primarily known for their amazing wool, the sweet-
tempered and terminally cute animals are just pleasant to be around. Learn more
about this delightful South American relative of the camel and about the wool
products and outdoor activities available at the farm.

Learn more:
Lilymoore Alpaca Farm: https://www.lilymoorefarm.com/
National Alpaca Days: https://www.alpacainfo.com/alpaca-farm-days
Facts About Alpacas: https://www.livescience.com/52668-alpacas.html
Animal Assisted Therapy: https://www.crchealth.com/types-of-therapy/what-is-animal-assisted-therapy/

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Events  

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue (Aired on February 2 and 3, 2019)

Deanna Mancuso tells the story of how her troubled grandfather’s gift of a
horse with a bad personality led her create the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
farm, which now hosts 50 formerly abused horses at a permanent farm and
animal sanctuary in Dover Plains. Today these horses are providing significant
equine-assisted therapy to humans in need of help—it is “people helping horses
heal people”. In addition to allowing anyone to visit the horses from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m, after 3 there are clients who receive equine-assisted psychotherapy. Also
the form, originally primarily an animal sanctuary, now has many events that
reach out to the community, such as “Faces of PTSD,” which features
photographs of veterans with horses, and an Easter candy program for children
as well as pony rides at the form and elsewhere. Also on the program is Lisa
Odendahl, who is working on the “Faces of PSTD” event.

Learn more:
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue: http://luckyorphans.bravesites.com/
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuckyOrphans/
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: http://www.eagala.org/
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance: https://www.thoroughbredaftercare.org/
National Center for PTSD: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

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February 12, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Dutchess County, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

The Animal Farm Foundation (Aired On October 13 & 14, 2018)

You may never have heard about canine discrimination, but you will learn a lot
from this fascinating interview with Stacey Coleman and Nicole Juchem of the
Animal Farm Foundation. The Foundation, which started in the 1980s as a refuse
farm for horses, it now is a nationwide advocate for pit bulls and a trainer and
supplier of service dogs. It specialized in training dogs for very specific tasks,
such as opening doors. Among its programs are training K9 dogs for police
departments, dogs that learn to detect drugs or hidden weapons. The
Foundation works with inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, where
inmates socialize dogs and teach them basic canine manners. The dogs are
recruited from animal shelters. If the dog turns out to be resistant to training, the
Foundation finds a suitable family to adopt it.

Learn more:
Animal Farm Foundation, Inc.: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Animal Farm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animalfarmfoundation/
Pit Bull Discrimination: https://www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-policy-and-position-statements/position-statement-pit-bulls
Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals: https://usaservicedogs.org/

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Carl Syslo & Josephine Santoro from Safe Haven Animal Shelter and Wild Life Center (Aired on May 19 and May 20, 2018)

New Animal Shelter and Wildlife Rehab (Aired on May 19 and 20, 2018)
Josephine Santoro and Carl Syslo visit RadioRotary to tell about the new Safe
Haven Animal Shelter $ Wildlife Center, located in Stormville in southern
Dutchess County (Town of Beekman). The first phase of their operation will be to
provide a no-kill shelter for injured or orphaned dogs, which can be adopted after
any necessary rehab. These dogs will be kept in kennels until adopted, but in the
second phase a new building, specially designed for making dogs and cats feel
at home (and not imprisoned) will take over. The original kennel building will be
remade for wildlife rehab—Ms. Santoro is a certified wildlife rehabilitator. An
important adjunct to the Stormville facility is the Thrift Shop specializing in
reselling donated pet-related products and household items. On Saturdays the
Thrift Shop houses a Pet-Food Pantry, supplying free pet food to low-income pet owners.
Learn more:
Safe Haven Animal Shelter and Wildlife Center:
Safe Haven Thrift Shop and Food Pantry:
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley:
Wildlife Rehabilitators:

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May 27, 2018 · Posted in Animals, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Volunteers  

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