CQ author Jordan Elizabeth recently came to us about donating July’s royalties from her book Cogling to local animal and nature sanctuary Spring Farm Cares, in Clinton NY. It’s where she adopted her own cat, Dora, and a recent visit lead Jordan to discovering the sanctuary is desperately under-funded. As CQ are a team of animal lovers too, we not only admired Jordan’s offer to donate July’s Cogling royalties, but we’ve offered to match it too and donate an equal amount to Spring Farm Cares. And to sweeten the deal, we’re reducing the price of Cogling to $2.99 for July. Additionally, as an added bonus, anyone who adopts an animal from Spring Farm Cares can contact us to receive a free ebook of their choice. Those who donate $300 + a month to the sanctuary can contact us, and we’ll send them a CQ paperback of their choice.
To really understand the importance of what Spring Farm Cares does, Jordan sent them a series of interview questions.
1) When did you start?
Spring Farm CARES started in 1991 by co-founders Bonnie Jones Reynolds and Dawn Hayman. We got our start primarily as a horse retirement/rehabilitation facility. Over the years, we grew into being a sanctuary for on average about 250 animals. We also have developed a 260 acre nature sanctuary as well.
2) Where do you get your funds from?
Our funding comes totally from donations and bequests from our supporters. We do not get any government funding.
3) What kind of animals do you offer sanctuary for? and 4) Are all of your animals up for adoption? (They aren’t; they keep many there for life if they have a reason they can’t be adopted rather than put them to sleep)
We offer sanctuary for about 250 animals. These range from horses, donkeys, and ponies to cats, dogs, rabbits and some exotic birds. Every animal who comes in our care is guaranteed a place to stay for life. We do adopt out cats and rabbits. Our horses and farm animals are not available for adoption. Most of our animals are either elderly and/or have special needs. Most of the special needs animals stay with us for life. We do not euthanize animals to make room for new ones. Animals are given the space and provided whatever they need to live out their life span. We do euthanize when an animal is ready to die and needs/wants our help. But animals are not euthanized until they are ready. We provide hospice and end of life care for them for however long they need.
5) Who are your most recent rescues?
We most recently had some major rescues come in our facility. Specifically in March we took in 6 horses from two animal cruelty cases. One of the horses sadly could not pull through and died in a vet clinic. We all tried all we could to save her but she was just to emaciated and weak to recover. The other 5 are in our care at the farm and currently being rehabilitated. We hope that they will be able to live out the rest of their lives with us when their criminal court cases are settled. They have been through enough trauma and its time for them to know that they will be safe, loved, and provided for. We also took in 5 special needs cats that same month - all of whom had been dumped on the side of the road and were in desperate need of medical care. This was a huge task for us to meet all of these needs in such a short span of time. But with the help of our supporters, we were proud to be able to step up and help when asked.
6) Why do you encourage owners not to de-claw? (It was in Jordan’s contract when she adopted Dora.)
We stipulate in our adoption contracts for kittens that cats must never be declawed. Declawing a cat is a very painful process. In fact, most other countries outlaw this practice. It is not simply removing a toenail. The process actually involves the amputation of the last joint on each toe. It is incredibly painful and many cats develop horrible behavioral problems afterwards. Many declawed cats take to biting as their natural line of defense (their nails) has been taken away from them. It is not only physically hard on the cats, but also psychologically hard. Again and again we see declawed cats with significant behavioral problems.
Spring Farm CARES is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization, located on about 275 acres, in central New York. An Animal and Nature Sanctuary with a deep spiritual and philosophical belief that animals, like humans, have souls and thoughts and feelings that can be heard and understood. Center for Animal Communication, home to world renowned Animal Communicator, Dawn Hayman, we also offer other programs such as: Animal Sanctuary, Animal Adoption, Nature Sanctuary, Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter Assistance, and Purrfect Readers.
Visit our website for more information:
$2.99 for July, with all royalties going to Spring Farm Cares: Animal and Nature Sanctuary and CQ matching the amount!
When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.
Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.
Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.