This years Giving Tree will be in honor of our beloved Abby and Grace who we lost this year. What's a Giving Tree, you may ask? For every bottle of wine we sell in December, we will donate 1$ to a nonprofit aimed at helping animals. You can select who to support - Angel Horses, Dan Cosgroves Animal Shelter, Gerdas Equine Rescue or Bandit's Place. Can't decide, buy more wine !
At no extra cost, customers can stock up on holiday wine and know that they are giving back to the community at the same time. All month long, each bottle of Lost Acres wine purchased will earn customers a Token of Gratitude to deposit in the gift box of one of the featured nonprofits. At the end of the month, Lost Acres Vineyard will donate 1$ for each token deposited.
Angel Horses mission is to provide a permanent retirement for horses that have been healers and teachers in the therapeutic world. Angel Horses provides these very special horses, who have given so much during their therapeutic riding career, nurturing companionship and love for their twilight years.
The horses of Angel Horses have excelled in taking care of many people; children who have been abused, some who live with cancer or other serious illnesses, adults who are dealing with life altering accidents or illness and some people who may just need encouragement. Angel Horses is dedicated to ensuring that these horses receive the love and care that they so richly deserve. The horses continue to be involved in the teaching and enrichment of the lives of many people.
Angel Horses is a place of possibilites…where beautiful, generous animals that could otherwise have a terrible end at auctions or slaughterhouses have a peaceful place to live out their lives.…where humans come to experience the magic of connecting with such sensitive beings.
It was easy to pick Angel Horses, we met Pam when Grace was boarded where Pam worked when she was starting Angel Horses. I know Pam's love and dedication to these wonderful animals. She cries every time she loses one, but I hope she knows how much she gives those horses and everyone they touch.
Dan Cosgrove's Animal Shelter
Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter has been helping homeless animals along the Connecticut shoreline and vicinity since April 2003. Hundreds of displaced animals come through our doors each year and it takes a lot of time, rehabilitation and veterinary care to place them into new homes. With such great support from dedicated staff and a terrific volunteer base, they provide some of the best animal control & shelter services available in the state. They are so much more than a traditional shelter! They offer many programs and services to educate, inform and inspire people to take responsible care of their pets and to treat them with the kindness they deserve. With the support from people from all over Connecticut and beyond, they are helping to create a better community for all. We chose Dan Cosgrove's Animal Shelter because they never seem to say no to an animal in need, and they work so hard at educating people about how their choices impact their pets.
Gerda's Equine Rescue
Gerda’s Equine Rescue inc.a 501(C)3 VT and NY non profit, committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and re homing slaughter bound and at risk horses. Their commitment also extends to helping horses at risk by intervening before they get sent to auction. This means helping owners by giving them advice and tools to be better equipped to find a good solution for their horses. They network with other like minded rescues to help each other succeed in our mutual goal of creating a safer world for America's horses. When they have the room we will always try to take in desperate horses that are not yet in the slaughter pipeline. They focus on public education which includes programs for school children who come to our rescue to help by volunteering weekly and learn of the plight of rescue horses. We chose Gerda's because they will rescue a horse even if it is old or infirm, just so it has a few days or weeks of being loved and cared for.
In 1982 Liz Bennet went to a dog pound looking for a dog that had been advertised for adoption. She came out with a dog so afraid that she wouldn't even walk out of that pound. This trembling little bundle was only about three or four months old but she had been eating food out of broken glass containers and had been severely abused. But over time, Bandit became an inspiration to all who met her. She taught kids who had been abused that fear and mistrust could be overcome with love and understanding. Bandit had a smile (yep, a smile) and intelligence that has never been matched. From the beginning, until she died in my arms in 1992, Liz promised Bandit that I would always do what ever I could to help animals be placed in loving, caring homes, and from that came Bandit's Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless animals and placing them in loving, forever homes. It matters not where they've come from, but it matters greatly where they go. Needy animals are pulled from pounds across the United States and from individuals needing to surrender their pets. Referral services are also available to owners who can no longer keep their pets. We chose Bandit's Place because we know what it is like to lose your heart dog or cat or horse, and like Angel Horses, Bandit's Place is our neighbor, helping our community.