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Nine-Year-Old Raises Money for Abused Pony

Lemonade stand and art work raises $100 for pony in need of eye surgery.

Nine-year old Savannah Maag, a lover of animals and art, decided to combine her passion and talent to raise money for a Palomino pony that needs eye surgery.

Maag spent the sweltering weekend selling her artwork and lemonade outside her Kings Park home last Sunday and with the help of her brothers and some friends they raised over $100 for Buttercup, a pony who  suffered animal cruelty at the hands of its owner.

“This makes me feel good, it’s very nice to do,” said Maag.

Buttercup was one of dozens of animals that were removed from the Calverton farm.  

“I love helping animals and we were on our way back from vacation and I heard about the pony on the radio so we had to do something,” said Maag. “He’s been abused at this farm where he lived, he was a rescue,” she added.

She and her two brothers Austin, 12 and Wyatt, 14 share of a love and animals and between them they have three dogs, a rabbit named Velvet, a Ferret names Roscoe, a Chinchilla, a love bird named Tallulah Bell and a cat named Maggie Mae. 

Maag and her entourage are no strangers to raising money for animals; they ran their curbside stand last year to raise reward money in hopes of getting beloved Raleigh Farm pet, Teddy the Goat returned. They are optimistic that enough money will be raised for Buttercup’s eye surgery.

“My dad is going to drop the money we raised at the Suffolk County ASPCA,” said Maag.

As of 2:30 p.m., only three paintings remained – an under seascape, a large colorful butterfly and a picture of a giant eye, each work selling for five dollars. When asked about her inspiration for her artwork, Maag said she paints whatever comes to mind.

“One day my brother was staring at me all day and that’s how I did the eye,” she said, causing here brothers to crack up and sing, “Somebody’s Watching You”

For more information about fundraisers for Buttercup’s surgery check out the Suffolk County SPCA website, or call them at 631.382.7722

kathie plant July 29, 2011 at 07:05 PM
What a wonderful story. Next time, let us know prior to the sale. Savannah would have made more $$ had Patch readers known about her endeavor. Congrats to her and her family!
Steve Weber July 29, 2011 at 08:26 PM
How did I know Kathie would be replying? ESP? I bought most of the paintings! A great family who cares very much for our furry and feathered friends!
RALPH MAAG July 29, 2011 at 08:37 PM
The agent who handles these cases is away and returning on Monday. He is supposed to call call us and make arrangements when to drop off the funds raised. If anyone is interested in donating to help Buttercup. Savannah will still be collecting until Monday. My address is 22 Cusick ave. Kings Park . So far Savannah has raised over $200.
LCDR July 29, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Thank God they weren't arrested for an unlicensed business.
Maureen Rossi July 29, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Kathie - we found out about this lovely young lady and headed right over the same day! Great cause, great kid, great family!
Dave Adams August 01, 2011 at 12:41 PM
I'm a sucker for worthy causes to help animals in need, hence my two beautiful labs :-) Wasn't sure I could get over there today and SPCA takes PayPal so to I thought I'd match the initial amount raised. "Donation in the name of Savannah Maag for the eye surgery on Buttercup the horse, $100.00 USD" Thank you for caring Savannah!!!
kathie plant August 01, 2011 at 01:25 PM
What a nice gesture Dave! Animal lovers are the best people on earth! (I'll see you on the trail soon - Taz and Sydney miss Molly and Sadie, but they have to walk early due to the heat.)
RALPH MAAG August 01, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Thank you Dave and thank you Cathy and of course thank you Steve Weber. The world would be a much better place if everyone had a heart as big as you. Thank you from Savannah and all of the Maag family.
kathie plant August 01, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Savannah and fellow animal lovers - go online and Google "Project Sage." It's a wonderful horse rescue organization on Bread & Cheese Hollow Rd. in Fort Salonga/Northport.
Dave Adams August 01, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Yeah, I hear ya kathie, way too hot so I'm out on Indian Head at 6:30 in the morning, it's mostly shaded along there and the cars doing 90 to get to the train station give us a nice cool breeze. :-)
RALPH MAAG August 17, 2011 at 01:21 AM
i love to help . it is savannah
Gail Haynes September 26, 2011 at 05:07 AM
This is a beautiful story. I am currently writing a book about amazing kids and their entrepreneurial spirit. Please connect with me if you are interested in having her story included in t book. I can also help her with future fundraising activities if there are other causes she would like to raise fun for

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