Lily’s Place Animal Sanctuary began in Appin, Ontario, in the fall of 2019 with the adoption of 5 ex-battery hens from a local rescue initiative hosted by Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary.
That fall we also gave a home to Sid, a lamb who had broken his leg and had received medical care for approximately 6 months at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary. Due to the break, and the leg that was compensating (requiring a brace), Sid needed a special home due to his mobility.
We also welcomed Betty, a pregnant sheep to the sanctuary that fall. She was one of the survivors from case of neglect, and after finding immediate shelter and medical care at Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue, Betty came to live at Lily's Place.
Betty gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Gracie.
Milo and Daisy, two ducklings that had been given as an unexpected mother's day gift to a family who wasn't prepared for them. They found a forever home at the sanctuary
The same weekend that Milo and Daisy came to Lily's Place, another pair of babies arrived. Punky Brewster and Orphan Annie, two 8-10 week old lambs needed refuge and found it at Lily's Place.
A young stray rooster, named Watson, an adventurous stray hen named Emma, and a sweet hen named Amelia (neglect case) all arrived at Lily's Place.
A stray duck named Annabelle joined us at Lily's Place
We've always wanted to improve the lives of farmed animals (no matter what part of the country we found ourselves in), and we started to consider where we could do the most good.
Tim left for NB a month before we moved the animals to prepare the barn by building stalls and having fencing put in.
We packed up all the animals and moved the sanctuary 1600+ km and two provinces over to Codys, NB.
Several homeless chickens came to live with us including Dora, Minty, and Little Miss.
Requests to place farm animals at the sanctuary came in quickly!
Tardy (a senior horse) and the goats she was bonded with (Dazy, a retired dairy goat, and her son Teddy), were taken in from Nova Scotia.
After thinking about the impact we want to have as an organization, and we decided to move the sanctuary to New Brunswick. There are so few sanctuaries for farmed animals in Canada, and NB is largely underserved so the choice to move east was clear.
We provided refuge to Levi, a sweet senior turkey in January.
3 senior quail named Delia, Lydia, and Barbara, found a home with us.
Celeste, Dorthy, Rose, and Unicorn (hens) seeking warmth from the harsh winter conditions joined us.
We officially became a federally registered nonprofit organization.
Larry, a two day old chick with special needs arrived at the sanctuary just before Christmas.
Attended our first vegfest which included participating in our first farm sanctuary discussion panel as a guest speaker.
Provided palliative care and humane passage over the rainbow bridge to Tardy, Levi, Delia, Lydia, and Barabara.
We hosted events at the sanctuary for the first time including a spring clean up day, a summer open house, and a thanksLIVING event.
Infrastructure projects were a major focus including winterizing the water at the barn, putting in more fence posts, improving the safety of the barn flooring for slippery hooves, and completing the first stage of a 3 stall row barn build.
Obtained our first lottery license and partnered with RaffleBox to host monthly 50/50 fundraisers
Prepared our charitable status application and submitted it in mid-March.