Maine’s second largest horse sanctuary, situated on a vast 38 acre plot, houses elderly, sick, or otherwise rejected horses and an assortment of other animals as well. A five member core team, along with local blacksmiths and veterinarians, routinely nurses, grooms, and comforts upwards of 35 animals at any given time.
And while the sanctuary owners have hearts that are deep and bottomless, their pockets are not. The non-profit rescue operates mainly on the kindness of donors and with money from fundraisers, as it receives no assistance from the state or local government. With expenses rising at unprecedented rates, the average annual cost of $2000 to care for just one horse has nearly doubled in the past year, and will most likely continue to increase. These staggering figures emphasize just how important donations from you really are to these creatures. Please donate generously and watch how your tax deductible contribution can help take care of these vulnerable animals.
As a young girl watching the powerful stallions racing around the track, Janet Tuttle was in awe of their beauty and unwavering grace. Her fascination manifested into a lifelong mission to care for these horses when all others had given up. She began collecting money for sick and injured horses and soon found herself foregoing vacations and spending sleepless nights in the barn just to nurse ailing animals back to health.
Janet’s dedication and compassion inspired others to follow suit. Soon family members and friends were helping Janet establish the Rockin’ T Equine Rescue. In 1996, the sanctuary officially opened its doors as a non profit organization and Janet’s lifelong dream finally became a reality. The shelter grew immensely and is now home to a wide array of not only standard and miniature horses, but also to sheep, goats, dogs, cats, emus, and a llamas.
In 2005, Janet and Andy Tuttle were recognized for their epic work at the ‘Night of the Stars’ gala celebration. They were awarded the aptly named U.S. Harness Writers Unsung Hero Award. And while this award is certainly a wonderful compliment to the work the Rescue team does; it is not nearly as gratifying as the simple neighs of appreciation they receive every day in the barn.