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We welcome visitors, and ask only that you arrange a time in advance so that we can introduce you to the farm and its residents. Donations, sponsors, and volunteers help us keep the horses here at the Sanctuary healthy and happy. For more information please contact us through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pennylanesanctuary or by email at Pennylanesanctuary@gmail.com . We are located in the eastern part of the City of Ottawa, Ontario, close to Vars, and not far fromRussell, Carlsbad Springs, Orleans, and Embrun. Note: we are vegan/vegetarian.
Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary is a registered Not-For-Profit Corporation. We provide sanctuary to horses who have suffered from neglect or abuse, or who are at risk of being sent to slaughter. Our primary goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a safe haven for life. Through community involvement and education, we aim to promote compassion and kindness to all animals. We employ only positive reward-based methods when interacting with the horses. In the beginning we employed methods that were closer to s0-called 'natural horsemanship', but over time, the horses themselves have taught us that there are better ways to build relationships based on fostering trust with them rather than trying to dominate them. Each day we learn more as we explore the relationship between horses and humans in an environment that emphasizes mutual respect and appreciation.
Autumn is a busy season as we begin to prepare the farm for winter, and it becomes difficult to accommodate separate visitor requests. Accordingly, the farm will be closed to visitors except on three open Visitor Days, set for the last Sunday of each month until the end of November. September 25, October 30, and November 27 will be the days when the Sanctuary will be open to visitors during Fall. (Volunteers and donors, or their family or guests are excepted).
Penny Lane is pleased to welcome two new residents to the Sanctuary: George and Ringo, two neglected goats who were placed with us by the Montreal SPCA.
Find out more about them by clicking on: Ringo and George.
To see all of the stories of our residents, click on The Residents. To see daily updates about different horses, follow the Farm's blog. Anyone who reads what these animals have been through might be surprised to find happy and healthy horses waiting to welcome and interact with them in a friendly and accepting way. Here they are at home in a world full of freedom, friends and forage. We focus on the present and the future, not the past. No more will they be moved around from place to place, they've been through enough to last them a lifetime.
At Penny Lane our goal is to allow them to simply be horses, while making certain that all interactions with people are mutually rewarding and positive for both horse and human. Over time the level of trust that they have with each other and with all humans has grown so much stronger. We employ only positive reward-based methods when interacting with the horses. Each day we learn more as we explore the relationship between horses and humans in an environment that emphasizes mutual respect and appreciation.
Penny was one of the first to find shelter with us, inspiring the name Penny Lane. She lives happily in our lower paddock with companions Teddy and Oliver. She is a pretty mare with hopefully many happy years ahead of her (Image courtesy of Photography by Jennifer Lynne). Penny's history can be found here.
Teddy arrived around the same time as Penny and they have been inseparable friends right from the beginning. This gentle giant is devoted to Penny. Teddy wins visitors over with his friendly calm temperament. Teddy's history can be found here.
Oliver is the third resident of the lower paddock, and lives in the side paddock with Cowboy. He is settling into his new arrangement nicely. Now far less shy, Oliver loves attention. Oliver's history can be found here.
Chances was rescued directly from harness racing, and has learned that 'freedom, forage, and friends' are a better life than running with a sulky cart behind her! She is part of Nikita's band, and trust is growing stronger in her by the day! Chances history can be found here.
Nikita reigns over four other mares in the paddock closest to the barn. Nikita is in her 6th year, possibly a Canadian breed mix, who is very intelligent, curious, and quick to learn. The sneeze that saved her life found her the love that should always have been hers! Nikita's history can be found here.
Maya is in her fifth year, having been rescued as a yearling. She is particularly close to Nikita, in whose paddock she lives. She is small in size but large in character and spirit! (Image courtesy of Photography by Jennifer Lynne). Maya's history can be found here.
Lady is also part of Nikita's band. She is Blue's dam, and is be between 24-28 years old. Her heaves condition is monitored, and under control, requiring only a low maintenance medication dosage. She is a grand old gal, and a well loved resident here on the farm. Lady's history can be found here.
Eva also lives in Nikita's paddock, and is one of the most affectionate and loving horses at the barn. She has a gentle soul that thrives on human interaction that is paired with a very determined self-confidence. Her heaves is monitored and requires only a low dosage of medication. Eva's history can be found here.
Cowboy, has become one of the stars at the farm. He is always first to the fence to meet newcomers and friends alike, having never lost faith in people. He is a wonderful horse in every way, and nowlives with Oliver in the side paddock. (Image courtesy of Don Simpson, Photographer). Cowboy's story can be found here.
Patch appeared one day, moved into the feed room and appointed himself to the position of official farm ambassador and greeter. Anyone who visits will find him waiting to say hello. We haven't the heart to tell him that he is actually a cat and not one of the horses. The horses have accepted him as one of them and even gently groom him! More about Patch can be found here.
Blue was born at the Sanctuary. His dam, Lady, arrived here already in foal from the feedlot. Because Blue does not have a history of abuse or neglect, we adopted him out to Chantal, one of our formervolunteers, so that he could grow with, and become part of her young family. Blue now has moved to be with Chantal. Blue's history can be found here.
Prince passed away in June 2014. He was an Arabian, aged between 24-28 years. He suffered from chronic conditions, and passed away peacefully after his quality of life degraded --a difficult decision, but one made with pure kindness and not dependent on human need. He will always be 'The Gentleman' to all who knew and loved him here. Prince's story can be found here.