About Labrador Hill Sanctuary
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the Earth.”
—Henry Beston, The Outermost House
—Henry Beston, The Outermost House
Labrador Hill Sanctuary Inc , established in 2000, is dedicated to providing land and sanctuary for the long-term care, training and rehabilitation of equines-donkeys, horses, ponies and mules-and to providing a humane education program for students of all ages and abilities. We are committed to the preservation of animal life-within the context of our own organization and as a societal approach to the guardianship of non-human cohabitants of the Earth. At the Sanctuary, we provide a natural setting for both wild and domestic animals with an eco-friendly approach to property and facilities. Relationships between animals and between visitors and animals are of paramount importance and the preservation of friendships within the Herd is central to the animals’ health, well being, and ability to relate to people.The Sanctuary, therapeutic for all visitors, is particularly enriching for special needs students who, like horses, struggle to communicate without conventional human language.
We are committed to a comprehensive approach to maintaining the sanctity of the horses’ place in the community-working with zoning officials,attorneys,bankers, the NJ State Department of Agriculture, the USDA, local builders, landscapers, craftsmen, musicians, artists, photographers, hay growers and dealers, neighbors, schools, and adult and teenaged volunteers to spread the word. We believe that equines belong on our land, on public lands, in suburbs and in rural communities, and have the right to our guardianship throughout their lives, whether rideable or not, retired or youthful. We view riding as an extension of the relationship between equines and humans-not an end goal but rather a part of the journey to understanding the universe and emotional life of this ancient species.
The Herd itself is the greatest instructor-no visitor to the Sanctuary leaves without a breathtaking vision of another world view-one which hopefully will inform and enrich our existence with its timelessness, persistant commitment to its own agenda as opposed to ours, and peace. The animals, most rescued from sure slaughter, neglect, or simply the winds of financial misfortune, issue a welcome to you. They are curious, sociable and communicative and only ask that you give them a fair hearing so they can continue to exist. Welcome to their Labrador Hill Sanctuary!
Sarah Rabinowitz Mognoni
Founder, Executive Director, Instructor
Sarah Rabinowitz Mognoni , Executive Director, Instructor, and 24/7 animal manager says she has never met an animal she didn't like.She started the Sanctuary when daughter Liz was 4 as a response to unsatisfactory experiences at traditional riding stables, drawing on her childhood vacations at Southwestern ranches and her father's love of the outdoors to create both a humane and a realistic environment for animals and people .Becoming educated in the horrors of the horse slaughter pipeline compelled Sarah to provide sanctuary-permanent safety, permanent herd friendships, permanently secure relationships with humans for the many equines who have found refuge at Labrador Hill. Natural horsemanship has become Sarah's mantra-providing a means for communication between people and horses unmatched by any other approach to equine education.Sarah loves her family, (human and non-human!), her students, gardening, entertaining, wine and murder mysteries-look for her every day at Labrador Hill!
Russell C. Mognoni
Russ, known for his dry humor and his lifelong love of great deals on excellent wine, adds a truly irreplaceable skill to the Board of the Sanctuary. Having navigated 36 years at the NJ State Department of Health in infectious diseases, Russ has unmatched experience in grant writing, government relations, and the interrelationship between elected officials and the public health sector. Since his stroke in 2012 and subsequent retirement, Russ has been a behind the scenes contributor to organizing and helping to structure the Board's growth. His experience on the Barnegat, NJ, Planning Board as Chairman in the 1990's has been valuable to every aspect of the Sanctuary's connection to Waterford Township and to local officials. Currently he also holds sway over the household animals-McQueen the Cavachon, Lucky the Collie, Casey the Australian Shepherd mix, Flint the Coonhound, and Lana, Tinkerbelle, Tommy, and Kitkat all look to Russ for guidance on weighty issues..Look for Russ this Spring photographing lessons !
I grew up on Noah’s Arc. I was never without my four-legged friends. The animals have remained a central part of my life, and I’m so thankful for them. I will be working alongside my mother at Labrador Hill Sanctuary as an instructor, teaching natural horsemanship to children of all ages. I recently started my own petsitting business and I am looking forward to meeting new clients. Also, I am becoming certified as an animal assisted therapist at the Animal Behavior Institute.