Rescue farm is a place for healing
At Live and Let Live Farm, there's no telling what the day may bring for Paradis and her husband, Jerry, who founded their rescue farm on their 70-acre property in 1997.
Helping the needy
A look at developments on the farm during the past year reveals many success stories, but also indicates trying economic times for many.
Many of the animals sheltered at the farm in recent years came from people who lost their jobs, Paradis said. Others arrived because of an owner's chronic illness or death.
The farm currently has five pregnant dogs under the care of volunteer foster parents. Dog foster Becki Smith said it's not uncommon for her to have two or three expectant canine moms staying in her Nottingham home.
Longtime volunteer Linda Clark has been lavishing a group of motherless mustang foals with love and affection since their arrival in October. Paradis said the six foals, which have been given Navajo names in recognition of their Southwestern heritage, were abandoned in a New Mexico desert when they were just weeks old. The foals arrived in New Hampshire via the Wild For Life Foundation's Navajo Horses Rescue and Recovery Mission, which works to save young, wild horses that were orphaned after routine horse-slaughter roundups.
Hayes said her volunteer duties at the farm include teaching horses how to trust people - and teaching people how to trust horses.
With its needs seemingly never-ending, Live and Let Live Farm is slowly expanding its space.
Unlike most of the farm's residents, Crooked Bill, a Canada goose with a deformed beak, arrived at the farm of his own volition.
Knowing the creature couldn't fend for himself in the wild, Paradis welcomed him with open arms. Within days, the hapless bird was cozying up to Sassy and Winnie Mini, a pair of miniature horses rescued from a neglectful situation.
For Concord resident Ginger Morse, volunteering at Live and Let Live allowed her to meet her four-legged soul mate Pogo, a spirited young pony with a troubled past.
"I was lost, much like some of the horses here," Morse said. "But then Pogo and I found each other."
For two weeks, Morse spent hours sitting with Pogo, often eating her lunch inside the animal's pen in the hope he would eventually realize some people are kind.
For more information on Live and Let Live Farm, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit its website, www.liveandletlivefarm.org, or its Facebook page.
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