EAST HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH)-- A Farm in East Haddam has been saving the lives of animals for over a decade, but now is in need of some saving themselves. So another farm in the community is holding a fundraiser in hopes to help.
The Ray of Light farm has been on the same land in East Haddam for 13 years but in two years the non-profit's lease is up and, any way it looks at it, it's going to need a lot more money.
Jane Scacciaferro knows well the Ray of Light farm's animal rescue efforts.
"I love them. I'd live here. My husband wouldn't like it so much," said Scacciaferro.
Her son came to the tiny trotters program which introduces children to the animals.
And she even adopted one of the rescued horses, Olivia.
"She would have been someone's dinner. That's what happens to these horses, you know the slaughter horses in Mexico and Canada," said Scacciaferro.
The East Haddam farm though is in need of some rescuing itself. With its lease up in 2015 it will have to either pay a big increase in rent or try to buy the property.
"If we were to get a mortgage we'd probably need five thousand a month," said Damory Rives, Ray of Light Farm.
Some help could come Monday. Scacciaferro is holding her sixth fundraiser at her Salem Valley Farm Ice Cream stand. Carriage rides, face painting, and one hundred percent of the profits go to Ray of Hope.
On Monday they hope to serve up about 800 of the frozen treats. That's a lot of ice cream and they hope that's a lot of help for this farm, which wants to continue its mission right there.
"We wish to establish a connection between horses and humans and the fact that we help the horses but the horses also help us too," said Rives.
Ray of Light holds several of its own fundraisers as well. The next one is October 18 and 19th. They'll have a not so scary hay ride and a Halloween party.
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