From the Director
Spring 2019
Headline News; I just graduated with an Animal Policy Certificate (27 credits, 4.0 gpa) from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. This program is a game changer for any animal welfare advocate. You can take individual classes too, so don't think you have to do the whole program. I am moving into another branch of animal welfare and this, along with the hay bank, was all part of the plan. In order to do more advocacy work and be off the farm, I had to re-structure how I do things here at the farm. Godspeed is now a "services only" rescue. We will help re-home, provide resources and move mountains to help any horse or hooved animal; we just won't be doing intake anymore. After 15 years, its time to start changing some laws and do cruelty investigation advocacy and enforcement.
Another component of the new structure is the partnership of Godspeed Horse Hostel Inc and the APSCA. We here at Godspeed are now part of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team. Not only does the ASPCA do large scale cruelty investigations and seizures, they also respond to natural disasters and help resue animals in disaster zones. I will be personally going to one of their shelters in the Midwest to get training and to assist in both investigations and disaster sheltering operations. As you may already know, I'm on our local Dutchess County Animal Response Team  and Steering committee. This ASPCA partnership will be instrumental in helping Dutchess County respond better to own own local and regional events; I will be bringing back important information and protocals. For information on getting involved with your local response team, call your county emergency management office.
Every year, I want to help as many horses as I can and I am always looking for ways to do this. The past few years there has been a lot of buzz about hay banks. This was the perfect idea/program to start in an area that is blessed with abundant hay and yet still has an unwanted horse problem. The concept has been around for years out west where the growing season is dry, yields low and the price of a bale of hay is ten times what we pay here in New England.  
With that said, the summer of 2015 I started a hay bank for ALL animals in need, nit just horses; one of three that I know of in the Northeast.
What is a hay bank? A hay bank is a safety net program run by a rescue or coalition for the welfare of other animals seized in cruelty cases, other rescues and programs, independently owned horses, and/or farm animals. It is often for responsible operators and owners who are having a temporary financial hardship. Its mission is to assist your local SPCA (mine is the Dutchess County SPCA which I provide hay and grain to when requested)  and to keep other rescues and programs running so they can can continue their life saving work. I keeps animals in their homes and out of rescues and auctions. If you need assistance, call 845-242-2069. In 2015 we distributed 765 bales of hay and in 2016, 985, and 1585 in 2018 respectfully. We are always looking for more hay fields and barn storage and you can tell the owners their help is tax deductible.
Anyone who has hay they want to donate or "deposit " to the hay bank will receive a tax deduction and a lifetime of good karma for helping animals in need.  You can fundraise or solicit hay deposits. So if you are reading this today and can help in any way, please call soon. There is much animal welfare work to be done.
Our other signature program is the Euthanasia Support Program. We seek out horses who are in dire straits, either emotionally or physically, or both. Horses that have been abused or neglected, or both. We give them a loving home for however long they have. They come from the auctions or by word of mouth. In 2016 we helped Danny, Sinder and Simon in this manner. They were not with us very long, but we were privileged to send them on their way knowing kindness, plenty to eat and pastures to roam with a herd of horse friends. In 2018, we helped 6 horses find love and kindness in this way, and 3 horses in 2019 so far. 
Thanks everyone. You know who you are. And thanks to the people yet to come. This is hard, rewarding work. Try it. You won't be sorry.
Thanks All, Mia
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