Second Chance Wildlife Rescue, the Farmingville-based nonprofit caring for several dozen farm animals rescued from deplorable and life-threatening conditions in Riverhead last week by Suffolk County SPCA, is asking the public’s help raising funds to nurse the livestock back to health.
Although more than 100 have found foster homes elsewhere, Second Chance’s newest patients—discovered during a raid on Arrowhead Pond Farms—currently include 17 cattle, one pony, two donkeys, 19 goats and sheep, 12 chickens, two ducks and various other birds. Those numbers are expected to climb, however, since several animals are pregnant, says Second Chance’s co-founder and director Michelle Curtin—and they suffer from a myriad of health issues.
“Unfortunately, Pneumonia is an issue for several of these animals,” she tells the Press. “Malnutrition, lice, mange, sores, hoof rot, the list of issues is long. We need injectable Penicillin, tetracycline, Strongid, Adequan and more.”
Second Chance Wildlife Rescue is accepting donations for these animals at Neptune Feed & Farm Products of Route 25, Calverton. Financial donations will be held in an account and spent on an as-needed basis for supplies to care for the animals. Donors are asked to call 631-369-0965.
Checks can also be made payable to Second Chance Wildlife Rescue, PO Box 553, Farmingville, NY 11738 for Medical.
Curtin adds that vets who wish to help can call Second Chance and the nonprofit would be happy to pick up any donated medicines or vaccines. None of the animals are currently available for adoption.