How to Help a Horse Sanctuary
Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Our horse sanctuary is a permanent home for elderly horses. Ryerss Farm is the oldest running nonprofit sanctuary in the United States and owns 383 acres. We do not receive any government funding. We rely solely on contributions to care for our residents for the remainder of their days.
Volunteer Your Time
Needless to say, Ryerss Farm is always in need of dependable people to help with our many chores. There is no way to be bored with the variety of work to be done. We count on our hard-working volunteers to keep our sanctuary running smoothly.
When a horse comes to our retirement sanctuary to live out the rest of its life, Ryerss takes complete responsibility for the animal. This includes veterinary, farrier, and dental expenses, plus special feed for senior equines. For our 80 aged equines this is a very expensive endeavor. As a nonprofit 501c3 organization, we do not receive any funding from government sources. This means we rely solely on donations in order to continue our mission. If you visit Ryerrs farm, contributions can be made in our gift shop or dropped into one of our donation boxes. In addition to donating in person, we gratefully accept checks made out to “Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines,” mailed to 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown PA 19465. Also, you may make an online credit card donation via our website or even sponsor one of residents for $360 for a year. Additionally, you may underwrite a stall for $3,000 and a bronze plaque will be placed on a horse’s stall to honor your donation with your own choice of wording.
Ryerss has a charity wish list through the AmazonSmile program. Our wish list includes items that upon delivery from Amazon can be immediately put to use. Moreover, Amazon will donate 0.5% of any eligible purchase you make with them to Ryerss Farm, just log-in at smile.amazon.com to do your shopping.
Events and Community Outreach
Ryerss Farm hosts several family-friendly events throughout the year. We have “Run for the Horses” in April, “Family Fun Day” in June, “Blessing of the Animals” in October, and “Holiday Open House” in December. Ryerss regularly works with local schools for physically and intellectually challenged, such as Melmark School and Camphill Soltane. In addition, the farm accepts those who are required to perform court mandated community service.