We provide a safe haven for neglected, unwanted and abused horses, ponies and other equines.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of First Light Farm Equine Shelter is to provide a safe haven for horses and other equine species that have become victims of neglect, abuse or abandonment, or whose owners are no longer able to care for them. Our main goal is to rehabilitate and if possible, rehome these animals through a comprehensive adoption process.
Saving Even One Horse Does Make A Difference
You might think that saving horses one at a time doesn’t make a big difference; but we know better. Many of the animals that come into our care had reached the end of the line and would be facing certain death after a long, inhumane drive to a slaughter house, or a slow death from starvation or medical neglect because their owners either would not, or could not provide the love and care all horses deserve. What We Do It and Why We Do It The fact is, the majority of equine rescues operate on a relatively small scale, and together, we are all making a difference. There is no down side to helping even one horse — but with your help, we can provide care and hope and a new forever home for many more horses.
We Are An All Volunteer Equine Rescue
There are many other volunteers here at the farm, too numerous to mention. We appreciate the important contributions each of these people make. Without the dedication of our volunteers, FLFES would cease to function! THANK YOU to our awesome volunteers! Learn More About Volunteering
How We Do It (With Your Help)
FLFES is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, non-profit operation. None of the officers, board members or staff is paid. We rely on the generosity of other horse lovers. We also run fundraisers as often as we can, and operate online auctions via our Facebook page. Additionally, we raise cash through sales of FLFES “Swag,” which often includes t-shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and other items. Your generous donations are tax deductible, and because we are an all volunteer organization, your donations directly help horses, ponies, donkeys, and other equines in need. Ways You Can Help Horses Too!
What do we do?
First Light Farm Equine Shelter is licensed by the State of Maine Animal Welfare Program. We provide food, care and shelter to horses that have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or whose owners can no longer provide care due to financial or other reasons. Some horses are surrendered directly to the Shelter, while others come through the State Animal Welfare program. Many are under nourished and some have not seen a vet or farrier in a very long time. Our goal is to rehabilitate and re-home these animals. This can take several weeks or several months depending on the horse’s condition and what kind of training or retraining it may need. On average, it costs about $30 per week to feed a horse. This can vary considerably depending on the horse’s size and condition. Other expenses include veterinary care, hoof care, and dental work. These horses need daily attention including grooming, handling, feeding and mucking. FLFES is staffed by volunteers, the only pay they receive is an occasional slobbery kiss from one of our guests and the satisfaction of knowing we are helping our equine friends. Read more
First Light Farm Equine Shelter is a 501(c)3 non-profit, Licensed by the Maine Animal Welfare Program. We rely solely on donations from generous people like you!