Spotlight on Animal Heroes:

NYSHA Recognizes Little Brook Farm’s Lynn Cross

Lynn Cross with animal welfare advocate, WTEN’s Chief Meteorologist, Steve Caporizzo

Lynn Cross with animal welfare
advocate, WTEN’s Chief Meteorologist, Steve Caporizzo

Teamwork frequently yields better results than working alone, and for animal protection groups, there is often strength in numbers. NYSHA is proud that we are able to work with Little Brook Farm, one of the oldest, largest, and most important facilities of its kind in the United States.

Each spring, NYSHA helps sponsor and participates in the Little Brook Farm onsite, day-long workshop to train police officers and other law enforcement officials on the intricacies of equine abuse cases.

Little Brook Farm’s founder/director, Lynn Cross, is an amazing and dedicated pioneer in rescue work of equines, as well as other deserving animals with nowhere else to turn. Created in 1986, B.I.T.S — Lynn’s educational division — has reached thousands of people, young and old alike. Their mission is to advocate for the humane treatment of all animals through rescue, sanctuary, and rehabilitation in conjunction with education, vocational, and therapeutic programs. They blend an innovative, multi-faceted approach that links the needs of the rescued equines with the specific goals of their students.

Each spring, NYSHA helps sponsor and participates in the Little Brook Farm onsite, day-long workshop to train police officers and other law enforcement officials on the intricacies of equine abuse cases.

On July 16, 2016, some of Little Brook’s volunteers and professionals were honored at their 30th Anniversary of B.I.T.S Gala. NYSHA committee member, Sue McDonough, received a special award for her many years of saving animals from abuse, in addition to using her knowledge and skills to train others to address and alleviate cruelty. Honoree Dr. Steve Naile, remarked, “Thank you, Lynn, for the recognition, and also for implementing the law enforcement training. It was a stroke of genius that is already benefitting the horse population.”

Thanks to Lynn and all the volunteers and supporters who make Little Brook Farm such a shining example of true rescue work, a magical and inspiring place, both for the animals and the people lucky enough to be a part of it.


New York State Humane Association Humane Review, Vol.XXX Fall 2016.

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