St. Simons Island isn’t only a retirement haven for people. There’s also a spot for creatures of the four-legged variety.
At The Farm at Oatland North, on the north end of St. Simons Island, an assortment of animals lives out its days at a hospice and retirement home created just for them. Providing the best care for the animals is expensive, and so, to help with costs, a fundraiser is set for 6 p.m. March 16 at Bennie’s Red Barn, also on St. Simons Island.
Ali Paolini, a “farm” board member and event organizer, said the Irish-themed party will include a dinner buffet featuring corned beef and cabbage, Irish drink specials and entertainment by Tony Adams and Friends.
Tickets, she said, are $25, and all proceeds will go to the direct care of the animals.
“We have no administrative costs,” said Paolini, because everything at the farm is volunteer-driven. “And we don’t have a high overhead, because of the generosity of the property owners.”
Continuous needs include property clean up, daily farm chores and assisting with the planning of special events.
The board is also working to retire a medical debt for one of the 10 horses who live on the property.
“What we’re currently working on is the bill from the injuries Jackpot sustained during Hurricane Matthew,” Paolini said. “He required extensive surgeries at the equine hospital at UF in Gainesville. He’s fully recovered and strong as ever.”
The Farm welcomes volunteers of all skill levels and monetary donations, but supplies are also gratefully accepted, she said. In addition to the 10 horses, four goats, two cows and “whole bunch” who call The Farm “home.”
“We always need hay, fee, veterinary care, care for the hooves and medicines,” Paolini stated. “And we can always use volunteers with carpentry skills.”
Overall, however, food and veterinary care are the primary expenses.
Paolini said The Farm at Oatland North is a registered 501©(3) nonprofit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, and is visited periodical by representatives from the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
“The Department of Agriculture makes regular visits, and they’re always impressed with the care routine we have,” she said.
The Farm is open to visitors from 2-4 p.m. every Sunday, and for private tours by appointment. To arrange a private tour, call board member Diana Scarboro at 399-8159, or send a message via Facebook.