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The mission of Villi Poni Farm is to provide a safe haven for critically endangered Newfoundland ponies, to preserve and save this distinct heritage landrace breed as is through careful breeding, and educating the public to the plight of these creatures.
Villi Poni Farm was established to provide safe haven for the critically endangered Newfoundland Pony, in the hope of saving the breed from impending extinction. Once a thriving working breed on the rugged island of Newfoundland, these North American native ponies were slaughtered nearly to extinction in the late 1900s. Now less than 250 ponies that are able to have offspring exist in the world. 13 of them live at our sanctuary, and others reside at foster and adoptive homes, all of them being under our umbrella of protection that the sanctuary provides.
Our approach to achieve this mission is multi-faceted. We provide shelter and protection for Newfoundland ponies. Our programs include teaching conservation breeding, offering general public interaction through tours, open barn days, day camps, exhibits, and attending fairs and festivals. We also offer an Equine Assisted Learning life skills program. While all of what we do strives to save the breed, at the same time we provide educational, interesting and fun activities for our community. Villi Poni Farm is a 501c3 non-profit organization.