Ray of Light Farm is more than an animal rescue and therapy center. Here we aspire to be a "healing presence in a wounded world". Every day we hear about violence, crimes of the heart and crimes of conscience. But we still search for something good, something true. Our greatest accomplishment has been bringing people and animals together, offering something good and true
- for our clients and the community at large.
How it all began -
Ray of Light Farm was not created overnight, but grew out of a promise that Bonnie Buongiorne made in 1993 when she was diagnosed with aggressive stage two breast cancer. She made a promise that if she survived she would do something good with her life. That promise became the birth of Ray of Light Farm.
The first rescue was Sassy, a pregnant and sick pony. She was supposed to be for pony rides but then she became the first of many rescued animals. To date, there have been over 120 rescued horses and donkeys and countless other animals. The 22 species range from a 200 pound tortoise to our very popular Zedonk, Fancy Pants.
The animals have a variety of reasons on how they come to the farm. Some are neglected, abused or abandoned. Some are rescued after an emergency phone call from a concerned individual and some are from regretful owners that can no longer care for a much loved pet.
Many of the horses and foals have been rescued from feed lots as they are byproducts of the drug premarin and some foals are nurse mare foals.
Premarin horses and foals are used and discarded for the production of the drug premarin, horses are kept continually pregnant in order for their urine to be collected. When they can no longer reproduce quickly they are sent to the slaughterhouse.
A nurse mare foal is a foal who was born so that its mother might come into milk. The milk that the nurse mare is producing is used to nourish the foal of another mare, a more “expensive” foal. The original foal then is left without a mother. Most do not survive unless we can save them in time.
As Bonnie continued to fight cancer, she was working with the horses and credits them for her own recovery. Now, 11 years later, animal rescue is only a part of the farms mission. It is a place for people of all ages and abilities to come, to learn and have fun. A place to learn leadership skills, self confidence and gain self esteem.
A place for all people to connect with the animals and each other. A place of healing and peace.
Ray of Light Farm defines animal assisted
therapy as a pairing of animals with
children and adults in ways that improve the physical and emotional well being of both
animal and human. Therapy is offered for ALL individuals.
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The farm remains free and open to the public 6 days a week allowing anyone to learn, have fun and connect with the animals.
The farm also offers affordable lessons, programs and seasonal events.
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At Ray of Light Farm we primarily rescue horses and donkeys, however, you will also find many other faces on the farm from various circumstances. A Zedonk that was in need of a home after her farm went out of business, a duck that was born in an office and had already imprinted on humans and lots of guinea pigs just to name a few.
Ray of Light Farm, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer