Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, recently held a dedication ceremony for the completion of an equine training and rehabilitation center. The indoor arena is part of a $1.1 million dollar project to enhance Lollypop Farm’s equine care.

The Equine Training and Rehabilitation Center, named in honor of past Pittsford resident Evelyn Z. Diehl, will provide a space for Lollypop Farm staff to safely work year-round with equine animals surrendered to the organization.

“Our community has needed a center like this to provide care for the homeless abused horses for a long time now,” said Alice Calabrese, president and CEO of Lollypop Farm. “We are thrilled that this dream is now being realized at Lollypop Farm thanks to support from compassionate members of the equine community.”

Debby Wilson, campaign chair, and Wanda Polisseni, honorary chair, supported the campaign by matching donations from the community. Gillian Hargrave, vice president and chief operating officer; and David Swinford, chairman of the board, were also in attendance.

Lollypop Farm has received over 250 horses surrendered by owners or seized from cruelty situations over the last decade. Many of these animals have required extended care, from a few months to a few years.

The new equine arena will allow Lollypop Farm to boost the quantity and quality of the organization’s efforts to provide care for these animals.

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