About NCAL’s Equine Center

North Country Animal League Central Vermont

March 2024

Dear Friends of North Country Animal League,

We want to share an important update regarding North Country Animal League’s Equine Center. After careful consideration and evaluation of our organizational priorities, our Board of Directors has made the decision to explore options to sell the Equine Center.

Founded in 1994, North Country Animal League has become one of Vermont’s most cherished animal welfare and humane education campuses, finding homes for over 15,000 animals over the last 30 years. As we continue our mission of finding homes for at-risk dogs and cats, we must ensure that our resources are allocated effectively to support this core objective.

Despite our efforts to sustain various equine programs, including full boarding, co-op boarding, summer camps, pony club, and hiring a professional Equine Center Director, the Equine Center has not proven to be financially sustainable. Therefore, we believe that divesting from this aspect of our operations is necessary to maintain the long-term viability of North Country Animal League and our commitment to serving animals in need, as well as the people who love them.

Effective immediately, we will be ceasing all programs at the Equine Center and beginning the process of winding down operations. Our primary focus during this transition is the welfare and proper rehoming of our equine residents. Rest assured, we are working diligently to ensure a seamless transition for them. Specifically, we will be rehoming the horses currently under our care. Zee, our leased horse, will be returning to his owner. Additionally, Juju and Elvis will be rehomed with the assistance of a generous friend of NCAL. We are actively collaborating with horse rescues and other contacts to find suitable homes for Murky and Ollie.

We understand that this decision may come as a surprise and disappointment to some of our supporters who have been involved in our equine programs. Your support and understanding mean the world to us as we navigate this transition and continue to serve the needs of animals
in our community.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this decision, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. Your feedback is important to us as we move forward.

Thank you for your continued support of North Country Animal League and our mission to make a difference in the lives of animals and the community.

Warm regards,

Jacques Du Preez, Executive Director
John Miller Jr., Board President

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