Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Thanks You!!!

chickenLast month, I announced a special campaign to raise funds for Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD, during the period June 25 – July 16.  Greg and I had visited that farm animal sanctuary together on multiple occasions, the last time being in September 2015.  (We had especially fond memories of meeting a chicken named Alina, shown here with our family friend Rasine MacMichael.)

Today, to all my wonderful friends who contributed so generously to this campaign, I want to extend a huge ‘thank you’ on behalf of myself, on behalf of Poplar Spring’s co-founder and director Terry Cummings, and on behalf of the over 200 rescued farm animals in the sanctuary’s care.

Altogether, friends, you contributed $1,860 toward this fundraiser for Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary – either via the Greg Fund or directly to Poplar Spring.  I then matched your donations – so Poplar Spring is receiving a total of $3,720 from this special 3-week fundraiser.

13427915_10154129649577367_7121962672382173193_nHere are some of the ways Poplar Spring will use the funds:

To help pay for hay and straw, which they are in process of purchasing to stock up for the winter. The sanctuary uses almost 1,500 bales of hay (@$7./bale) and 1,000 bales of straw (@$4./bale) for feed and bedding for their horses, cows, sheep and goats.

Neuter surgery for Elliot the calf (pictured here), which costs close to $1,000.

Emergency vet expenses as required.  With over 200 rescued animals, someone is always needing special care.

Poplar Springs director Terry Cummings writes:  “We really appreciate this extremely generous contribution from the Greg Fund.  It was so nice of you to make Poplar Spring one of the recipients! Thank you for being so amazing, and for truly helping us to make a difference in such a big way!”

Also, for those who live in the Greater Washington DC area and are interested in seeing the sanctuary for yourself – there is a great opportunity this coming Saturday, July 23, 2016 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. as part of the Montgomery County Farm Tour.  You can meet the animals; enjoy hay rides and refreshments for sale; shop for t-shirts, sweatshirts, and handmade crafts in the gift shop, and for hidden treasures at their giant yard sale in the carriage barn.  More info here.


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