A nonprofit organization in East Wareham is getting ready for some big changes. Peace for Ponies is dedicated to saving the lives of baby animals, and soon, it will be known as Peace for All Animals to expand its reach even further.

Seven years ago, when Kendra Bond discovered that pregnant mares were being slaughtered, she knew she had to do something about it.

“I decided to put up a little barn in my backyard and save one mini horse at a time, and to let people know this was happening,” she said.

For the past several years, Bond’s passion project has grown into a successful nonprofit that aims to save as many baby animals as possible. People are able to volunteer and help with the animals, or act as a nanny for babies that need a little extra attention.

Her original goal was to focus on ponies, but her focus shifted to a broader group of animals, like donkeys, pigs, rabbits, and occasionally wildlife.

After the animals are healthy and happy after a tumultuous infancy, the animals are connected with incredible families in the area.

“When people walk through the door, they leave the world behind,” explained Bond. “This place is about peace, connection, and doing something that makes you feel worthy.”

Bond’s passion for animals and her fearless efforts to protect them made her realize that Peace for All Animals was a better fit for her organization.

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She wants to get the word out that her farm is a safe haven for baby animals who are suffering, who have lost their parents, or aren’t being taken care of properly. In the future, she hopes to partner with a healing center that will unite recovering people with baby animals to enhance their ability to heal. If you have a large farm that could use her services, Bond is ready to expand into a new place while also providing care to your animals.

In the meantime, Bond waits patiently for the name change to become official as she continues to give baby animals a second chance at a wonderful life.

Massachusetts Wildlife You Can Legally Take Home as Pets

Massachusetts has such diverse wildlife, but also strict limitations on what you can bring home and cuddle. In fact, there are only certain reptiles and amphibians you can keep as pets (so no raccoons, squirrels, bunnies, etc.) and you are only allowed two of each. The state also says "you cannot sell, barter, or exchange them." Also, keep in mind, these are wildlife, so it's probably best to just leave them be and maybe visit a reptile shop instead to get your next pet.