We have been furnishing the house, putting in curtain rails and curtains, varnishing the interior and are just awaiting carpet to make the space totally snugly and warm for humans and animals.
This month we rehomed Jess – the much loved Labrador cross who inspired us with her energy and friendliness!! Jess – now called “Lucky” went to a loving home backing onto Paraparaumu beach with builders who can take her to work everyday and give her all the love and care she deserves! Lucky is truly lucky to have gone from a home of gross neglect into loving forever care!
We were awaiting completion of our house before taking in more animals – and now we are in a position to do so – we have started approaching SPCAs, local vets, the Kapiti Coast District Council and other agencies that work with neglected/injured animals to build relationships and get the word out about who we are and what we do.
We have started paths and landscaping around the new house to minimise mud brought inside by animals (and people!) and improve the general aesthetic for open days and residents.
The end of September is the cut off for ideal tree planting weather so we are trying to get all tree seedlings in on time – these are important for shelter and feeding birds as well as looking lovely! Thanks very much to everyone who donated us tree seedlings!
The miniature pony shelter is build and awaiting a coat of paint – Thunder only uses it in extreme weather, but it is great to have there for him!
We have completed the chookhouse! The dismantled aviaries and other donated materials were a great help towards building the chookhouse.- the only things we needed to buy new were posts! So the extra from donations towards the chookhouse can be put into our next project – goat fencing.
We are applying to join the Willing Workers on Organic Farms network (WWOOF) which will give us the opportunity to have people stay with a variety of skills and enthusiasm to help us in our daily sanctuary work.
So, the great news is now we are able to take in animals – our main focus is animals that are neglected/abused or injured, in particular farm animals and wildlife.