Just posting this notice on behalf of NZAVS, the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society:
"This upcoming volunteer meeting, which we are hosting with WARN (Wellington Animal Rights Network), our very own Executive Director, Stephen Manson will be travelling up to give a presentation on animal testing in NZ!
Stephen will be giving an interesting and informative presentation that will inspire you to be as anti-vivisection as we are!
Invite like-minded friends - the more the merrier!
When: Tuesday the 12th of April, 6.30pm
Where: St Johns Church, Corner of Willis and Dixon Street in the MacKenzie Room.
At the meeting we will also be planning an action for World Day for Lab Animals in Wellington! We are going to have vigils/demos all around the country and we would love for you to be involved in the Wellington one.
See more on the event here - https://goo.gl/oO58jg
If you can't make the meeting but still want to be involved in the event, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegan snacks will be provided but if you feel like bringing a vegan plate along then you are also more than welcome to"
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our winter hay fundraiser was successful, and our sheds are now full of winter feed.
Especially thanks are due to the following lovely folk (and others who wish to remain anonymous):
Mark and Vickee Reille
Bernie Harfleet & Donna Turtle Sarten
Geert & Irma Peters
Can you help the animals at the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary this winter? Summer grass is being cut for hay this month, so the sanctuary is fundraising to buy in winter feed supplies. In the colder months, the grass stops growing, and so the cows, sheep, goats and Thunder the horse will all need extra hay, grain, and pellets to keep them healthy and happy.
The generous people who donate will receive a small token of thanks. We're very grateful and humbled by the support we've received in the past, and we're hoping for your continued support. Just $9 buys a bale of hay.
We need around $3000 to buy in grain, hay, pellets and other essential feeds, so we're launching our annual fundraiser for hay now. The grass is being cut right now, and this is the best time to buy in our winter stocks of hay.
Although the Animal Protection Society's fundraising shops cover the mortgage on the sanctuary land and some animal care, the sanctuary we largely depend on the support of compassionate people to cover off our animal care, food, housing and veterinary bills. Our Kilbirnie shop was closed for a month in November 2015 due to moving, which means that funds are tighter than usual. Can you help us ensure the cows, sheep and horses are happy and well-fed this winter? We are a registered charity so all donations are tax deductible and go directly to animal tummies!
This sweet little fundraising cookbook brings together a selection of delectable plant-based dishes. All proceeds will go to support the sanctuary animals. An epub version is also available.
Available from Opportunity for Animals 162 Riddiford St Newtown/37 Miramar Ave Miramar, Wellington or can be purchased at: http://www.theblacksheep.org.nz/merchandise.html
We'd especially like to thank the following people for their generous support: Mary McIntosh, Michael Morris, Deborah Garrett, Rosalind Holland.
One of the Black Sheep’s much loved residents is Bessie, a 2 1/2 year old Captain Cook pig.
Bessie lives with her best friend Brian in the paddock nearest the entrance gate and acts as a kind of ambassador to visitors – she is always friendly and talkative and loves to interact with people! She will lie down for tummy rubs at the slightest suggestion and loves a good mud bath.
Bessie was caught in a trap by hunters as a piglet and was hugely fortunate to be rescued by a family who gave her a very loving start in life. Sadly because the valley they live in is frequented by hunters, they were concerned that one day an opportunistic hunter might shoot her, even though she was fenced and obviously a companion animal.
When we went to collect Bessie we saw the wonderful nest she had built for herself out of fern fronds and other gathered materials from the surrounding forest. Bessie has continued practising her nesting skills at the Black Sheep and will use anything she can get her mouth around – branches, straw, leaves and the like.
She can get quite bossy with Brian when she has made a new nest and sometimes Brian has to sneak in and quickly get settled in their nest before Bessie tells her off!
Once when we moved their house (which needs to be done regularly to reduce natural parasites), Bessie was so sad to leave her nest that she spent 3 nights sleeping outside in protest where the old house had been. Fortunately it was summer, and she eventually realised she still had the opportunity to build a new nest. She then got down to starting nestingagain!
Many working bee volunteers have met Nana, our elderly rescued silver Burmese cat. She is a confident, friendly and demanding little personality who has been a great help to us when socialising wild kittens for rehoming.
Last month we were sad to discover that Nana, now in her twenties, is in the early stages of kidney failure. However, with veterinary care and daily subcutaneous fluids her health is stabilising, and we are optimistic that she may enjoy a couple more years of good quality life.
We've set up a Give-a-little page to help with Nana's mounting vet bills: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/nanacat/
Mabel arrived in spring, along with a small flock of ex-battery hens who narrowly escaped slaughter. When she first moved in, she could barely stand. The other chooks quickly learned to walk, peck for insects and luxuriate in dustbathing.
However, poor Mabel showed little interest in running around and her legs seemed very unsteady. We gave her some homegrown physical therapy, picking her up and putting her on her feet, time and time again. Soon she got the idea, and within three days she had learned to walk. Now she is a confident member of the flock.
Supporters are warmly invited to the launch of the Animal Protection Society's new fundraising cookbook, A Taste of Freedom
When: 3pm Sunday 13 December
Where: Newtown Opportunity for Animals, 162 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington
We'd love you to join us for light refreshments (including tastings of recipes from the book), and a chance to buy a signed copy of the book.
A Taste of Freedom is a selection of delectable dishes - ranging from soups and salads and mains, to desserts, and cakes. All recipes are plant-based, and include details about allergens such as nuts, soy, and gluten. Many recipes have been donated by sanctuary caretakers, WWOOFers and helpers at working bees, and have been thoroughly tested by hungry appetites! All proceeds will go to support the animals at the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary.
You can also pre-order copies at this link: https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/4278-a-taste-of-freedom-in-your-kitchen
The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary blog
Here you will find reports about sanctuary projects, stories about our animal guests, photographs, and our favorite vegan recipes, as tested by sanctuary volunteers!