Aid to the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) and Spirit’s Promise continue to work together in various ways. In a previous blog, we mentioned that Marisa Striano, owner of Spirit’s Promise was helping to find ADD a miniature horse for the Northville Sensory Gardens (and farm) as a companion horse for Cassidy, the miniature horse that lives there.

Marisa has been in continued communication with JoAnn Vitale, ADD’s community engagement specialist. Since horses do not like to be alone, JoAnn had put the word out for the need for a companion and paddock-mate for Cassidy. The details were specific though, as the horse needed to be a miniature of a certain height due to the facility’s infrastructure and layout. Additionally, the companion horse also needed to be a gelded male in order to ensure their safety while living together and ease of transition.

We received word that a horse named Dennis was located in Suffolk County and available for adoption. The current owners could no longer keep him and last week they visited Northville Sensory Gardens to explore the possible home for their beloved miniature. After touring ADD’s farm, they were assured that it would be the perfect place for Dennis. ADD’s farm and Cassidy would be getting a new addition!

On Tuesday, September 26, the newest member to Northville Sensory Garden arrived at his new home. The horses are very happy to be together. Special thanks to Marisa Striano of Spirit’s Promise, who was able to offer her professional expertise and networking opportunities to help us find the appropriate horse and complete our farm family. ADD and Spirit’s Promise will continue to partner whenever possible.

Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue is a nonprofit rescue farm as well as an educational facility. The farm works with groups such as East End Hospice; Fallen Soldiers, after returning from deployment; Camp Good Grief; the LGBT community; mother and daughter groups; and organizations like ADD. The residents of ADD visit the rescue farm and interact with the horses occasionally. To learn more about Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and the programs and events they offer, visit spiritspromiserescue.org.

To learn more about ADD, our residential program, employment opportunities and more, please browse our website or call (631) 727-6220 ext. 203.