A 501(c)3 nonprofit charity … because every horse matters

About Us


My name is Andrea Barstow. First Light Farm began as a small, private horse farm occupied by our personal horses. My daughter Grace and I were made aware of the shortage of shelters for horses in Washington County through our local state animal welfare agent.

So, we decided to open our hearts and home to horses in need. We started off by applying for, and then being granted, a license to run a large animal shelter. In May of 2008 we took in our first shelter horse, Cassie. (For information on available horses, please see our Available Horses page). Our operation is small, limited primarily by finances. Therefore, we decided to incorporate and applied for, and have been granted, 501(c)3 status with the IRS so that we may solicit donations (your financial donations are tax deductible) and apply for grants.

Board of Directors

  • Elizabeth Botelho
  • Roland Botelho
  • Andrea Barstow


  • John Hawkes, Secretary
  • Vicki Brown, Treasurer

With the expansion of the shelter, came the expansion of responsibilities. Wow, suddenly we have more horses than brains! Fortunately, an incredible crew of volunteers has stepped up to the plate and taken over the major part of the day to day operations. This group works tirelessly, making sure all the horses’ needs are attended to:

Our Staff

  • Andrea Barstow, Managing Director
  • Rene’e Leavitt- If you need something done, she will do it.
  • Tina Moholland – Weekend Supervisor and disaster averter
  • BJ Moholland – Weekend Assistant Supervisor (keeps an eye on her mom)
  • Vicki Brown

In addition to the “staff” we have several volunteers standing in the wings waiting to lend a hand with events, paperwork, and promotions – whatever.

Charlie and Grace Want to Help?

If you are interested in volunteering at the shelter, please contact Rene’e Leavitt at 454-7135. Volunteers must consider this a real job, though there is no monetary compensation. We ask that you commit to a schedule, be it one shift a week or several. The horses and the other volunteers will depend on your reliability to show up and perform your duties.

We are looking for donations of cash, supplies and equipment. Please check out our current “Wish list.” Your donations are 100% tax deductible as we are a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit corporation.

We accept financial donations via check or you may donate your tax deductible donation via PAYPAL.  Please be assured all cash donations will go directly to the care and feeding of shelter horses. First Light Farm Equine Shelter operates with a completely volunteer staff.

We are always looking for “Friends.”  The Friends of FLFES offer the continued support doing whatever is needed. Fundraising, networking, or simply donating supplies and equipment when they can. In return, you are rewarded with our undying gratitude and the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped a horse in need.

If you would like to become a Friend of FLFES, please e-mail us or call 207-853-9453.

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First Light Farm Equine Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your generous donations are tax deductible.

Licensed Animal Shelter Facility 7 MRSA 3932-A by the Maine Welfare Program.  Lic# F1091

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