Live and Let Live Farm, Inc.
July 30, 2011
I have been a volunteer at Live and Let Live Farm for over a year now, and it's such a rewarding experience to help the animals that come here: mostly horses, but also goats, sheep, pigs, cows, all different kinds of birds and fowl, bunnies, kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs. If it weren't for Teresa taking these animals in, some of them would be in the most horrid condition, if not dead. We've had horses come to the farm on the verge of death, so emaciated and starved they can barely stand up, and thanks to the tireless work of the innumerable volunteers, now the horses are healthy, happy, and loved. My fondest dream would be to see as many horses as possible in forever homes with experienced horse people, so they can all have all the attention they need every day.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
There were three horses that came from a Premarin farm in Canada, and they hadn't had much, if any, positive human interaction in their lives. They were very skittish and it wasn't even possible to touch the male. After about 4 months of consistent and caring attention, I was finally able to not just groom all of them, including the male, but walk them as well. Now, over a year later, they are sweet, friendly, and always greet me with "hugs" whenever I stop in to see them. What a great feeling!
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would bring in tons more volunteers, especially hardy people who don't mind heavy work. A lot of the paddocks need to be cleaned more often, but there just isn't the manpower to accomplish this on a daily basis.
Volunteer & I groom and walk horses and sometimes just get them used to being around humans who aren't abusive.