North Country Animal League to sell equine center

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MORRISVILLE — The North Country Animal League has announced plans to sell its equine center, citing financial unsustainability and a misalignment with its core mission of rescuing at-risk dogs and cats. The decision, confirmed by NCAL Director Jacques Du Preez in late March, follows challenges in maintaining the center profitably amid broader operational focuses.

Located on a 14-acre site adjoining NCAL’s main property, the equine center, previously known as Ryder Brook Horse Farm, has been unable to sustain itself financially through its boarding co-op program, despite support from local horse enthusiasts and an initial half-million dollar donation in 2019.

The center currently houses 13 horses, with plans underway to rehome them responsibly as operations wind down. Du Preez emphasized the importance of focusing NCAL’s resources on expanding its critical services for dogs and cats, especially as demands on these services grow.

Local residents and previous benefactors have expressed disappointment, highlighting the center’s role in the community and its unique offerings. Despite this, the NCAL board, supporting the decision to sell, is committed to ensuring the transition does not negatively impact the horses currently in care.

This move comes as NCAL adjusts its strategies to better serve the community’s needs, prioritizing the welfare of smaller animals and addressing challenges such as the lack of facilities accepting strays in neighboring areas.

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