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Apifera Farm Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Education, Human Services

Mission: We adopt elder/special needs animals into our farm, providing forever care and hospice when needed. We have been doing this since 2004 and in 2017 became a 501[c][3] in mid coast Maine. We also share our animals with elderly/special needs creatures and will have programs for individuals to provide communing time with animals for healing and comfort.

Results: You can see all the animals we've taken on at https://apiferafarm.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_14.html See animal therapy visits with elders http://www.katherinedunn.us/animal-visits

Target demographics: adopt elderly/special needs creatures, provide a forever home/and hospice care if needed. We also share our animals with elderly/special needs people for mutual healing and joy.

Direct beneficiaries per year: a network of 7 eldercare homes, 30 animals

Geographic areas served: Mid Coast Maine and New England

Programs: elder animal adoptions into our farm, an elder cat suite to adopt elder cats out of the shelter, animal therapy visits to eldercare facilities, we bring elder people to the farm for therapy visits

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Emma F.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

How to adequately describe the full depth of all the care that Apifera Farm is devoted to is the challenge here. Hospice care lovingly provided for elderly &/or dying animals. Laughter & joy for visiting elderly people who share company with the rag tag members of what Apifera calls the misfits that call the farm home. The barnyard stories that find their way into books & paintings. The neighborly sharing of the hard lessons & shenanigans involving the misfits in the local weekly paper. The delight in visiting the farm & meeting the animals that have become special to you after reading their story on the website & blog. All this & so much more have Katherine & Martyn worked so diligently to create for no other reason than it is their idea of life well lived & love well shared. They live their life inside this special ,special place they call Apifera Farm & invite others to experience the love, joy, laughter , teaching & sadness that comes from being caretakers of animals great & small.



Rating: 5

I've known Katherine Dunn of Apifera Farm, inc, for over 10 years. during that time, I have never known anyone who cared more about elderly animals, the environment in which they live and their quality of life. Katherine and her husband Martyn devote hours and hours each day along with untold money of their own to make Apifera a true sanctuary for animals that more often than not, no one else will take. They are the cast-offs of the animal world and they are taken into their farm and loved and cared for for as long as they live. This is a costly venture which Katherine, a writer and artist, uses her many talents to raise money for the animals' care. Its a wonderful venture which now includes sharing her animals with the people of the community, most recently, elders. It's a delight to see the joy on these folk's faces when Katherine and one of her visiting goats or donkeys visit! This is a charity that has seen a need and filled it. It's different, it's working and it's important. I could not recommend another non-profit with more enthusiasm.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Katherine Dunn is not only one of the
Most talented women I know but she has the kindest heart as well. The work she does with animals - especially elder animals - is amazing. Katherine has a way of bringing joy to others by introducing them to her menagerie that is just phenomenal. I'm so excited Apifera is now a non profit!

Lisa H.2


Rating: 5

I have followed Katherine's work with elder animals for over 5 years and have been fortunate enough to participate in workshops both live and online. What is immediately apparent is her utter commitment to the care and quality of life for these amazing animals. They inspire her art but more importantly, their stories and their spirit inspire all of us to recognize we each have something valuable to contribute to a world in need of reminders of love, kindness, compassion and respect. Apifera Farm is more than just a "last chance" for sick and elderly animals: it is a place where healing flows both ways. The opportunity to spend time with the animals whether through their stories online, workshop visits, or animal therapy visits with eldercare facilities affords these loving creatures an opportunity to show they still have much to offer.