Can you help us fill hungry animal bellies this winter?
This year hay has been hard to come by with little spring rain followed by a long hot summer. We have managed to buy in just half our hay supply, and desperately need your help to get all the animals through winter in great shape. Right now bales of hay retail for around $15 each, which is $5 more than last year.
We are hoping you will help us raise $5,000 to buy hay, straw, grain and feed pellets.
Every dollar helps! Thank you for your support. We couldn't do it without you!
Please share through: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/full-bellies-during-the-cold-winter-months
We'd love to hear from you if you can help out! Full training is provided, and it's an enjoyable environment to work in in. You can also fill out our online form
We are still in partnership with abillionVeg! This is super exciting as it means all the delicious vegan and vegetarian meals you eat out can also help the sanctuary animals ! Seems simple right? They are running a Healthy Eating Challenge this year. All we need you to do is take pictures of your vegan and vegetarian food, give a review on a billion veg website! For every 10 reviews your get $10 which you can then donate to us at the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary 😁.
You get to eat delicious meals out and get to help animals all at the same time. Win win!! Let’s improve the life of animals by stopping to eat them and share our amazing food experiences.
With it slowly coming into winter we really appreciate extra donations, to help support us when food is more sparse and more hay is needed to feed and keep all our animals warm.
You can sign up at https://www.abillionveg.com/
Thank you abillionVeg! #abillionVeg
It's been a very busy autumn at the Black Sheep. We are happy to announce that our lambs Dobby, Enzo and Winky have found a new abode with a beautiful view and lots of fresh tasty grass. The three were rescued as tiny newborn lambs and grew up at the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary. We will miss them but we are also delighted to re-home animals to such wonderful homes! Above you can see them exploring their new paddock.
Do you know anyone who can offer our lovely young goat Vincent a safe loving space where he will have company, room to play, and will live out the term of his natural life? Any possible home will need to have secure fencing as Vincent is a great escape artist, and it will also need to be within two hours drive of Ōtaki so that we can visit during the adoption process.
In late March we were approached with the news that an abandoned peacock urgently needed a new home, otherwise he risked being killed. After a few days we finally managed to catch the beautiful bird and take him to his new home, a predator-free bird paradise! He is now named Frank, and we are delighted that he is safe from harm. He was successfully released on April 6th at his new adopted home, where he has lots of land to roam and find shelter. Thank you so much to all our supporters that liked, shared and commented on his adoption post on Facebook. Without you we may not have found this beautiful peacock a forever home.
I'm afraid we have some sad news. Our large white pig Horace had to be euthanised after developing chronic arthristis and an acute joint infection that the vets were unable to treat. Horace was one of our earliest sanctuary residents. He was rescued as a tiny piglet from a factory farm, where he would have been slaughtered at a few months of age. Soon he grew enormous, but remained friendly, affectionate and playful. He loved attention from humans almost as much as he loved his food, and we miss him very much indeed.
On a more positive note, our rescued piglet Gherkin is growing up. He was found by the side of the road when he was just one day old. Now he is old enough to move in with his two pig friends, Doris and Toa
Our fundraising Opportunity for Animals op-shops are thriving, but we need more volunteers to join the team. Shifts are available in all three stores, Newtown, Miramar and Ōtaki. We need people who can commit to a half day shift each week for at least 3 months. It is fun, easy and helps fundraise for animals!
We're looking forward to the vegan Wine Tasting Fundraiser on August 5th at the Winemaker's Daughter in Te Horo. This will be a fundraiser for the Black Sheep - thank you so much to Alastair for organising this. Look out for us too at the next Vegan Vault market on 5 May, from 6 pm at 171 Victoria Street, Wellington. The Black Sheep Sanctuary Pantry will be selling pies, cakes and merchandise.
The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary Ōtaki is running its second ever street appeal, and we are seeking wonderful people to help us - like you. The funds raised through last year's appeal paid for fencing materials to divide our larger sheep paddocks, improving our paddock rotation and keeping the grass and animals healthy and happy. This year, we plan to fence a section of the hill paddock so that the goats have a new area perfectly suited to their needs. We need your help to make this possible.
Can you collect for us for two hours or more on the streets of Wellington on Friday 8 December, sometime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.? We will provide everything you need, including:
Please contact our appeal coordinator Clare Gillard at email@example.com to sign up.
Otherwise, we'd love it if you could spread the word. Please look out for the cows and pigs, sheep and chickens collecting on the Wellington streets on 8 December! https://www.facebook.com/168073479885928/
In honour of World Vegan Day, the Black Sheep is releasing a short film featuring the sanctuary pigs. The stars include Horace and Doris, who turned up at the sanctuary as tiny mischievous piglets, almost exactly six years ago. Doris had escaped life as a breeding sow, chewing in boredom and fear on the bars of a farrowing crate, her skin ulcerated with pressure sores. Horace would have been separated from his mother and fattened with a hundred other piglets, his world defined by dank concrete walls. At five months of age he would leave the pen for the first and last time, screaming with fear, to be trucked to slaughter. Pig voices sound almost human.
Horace and Doris are lucky indeed. Here they are, relishing life with the other sanctuary pigs, enjoying mud baths in summer, tummy rubs, and chasing games.
Filmmaker Kate Logan describes what inspired her to make this video:
“As I haven’t had a lot of first hand experience with pigs in my life, it’s always been lovely having the opportunity to go up to the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary and spend some time with the assortment of pig characters who live there.
There’s Horace and Doris, the Large Whites, who were the first pig residents at the sanctuary. Trotter, the Kunekune, with his adorable face and tongue that hangs out. Brian, the cheeky little Captain Cooker, who was oh so cute as a wee piglet and is now a charming adult pig. And all of the other lovely pigs with their unique personalities that make you smile and laugh.
Usually my interactions with the pigs have just involved hurling food over the fence to them, and watching them run around, snuffling and scoffing the treats that land nearby. Or taking photographs of people rubbing and snuggling them, with me, at a distance… on solid ground. This was not quite the case during the making of this documentary.
Getting into a pen with a bunch of enormous white pigs who really enjoy rubbing up against you and using you as a scratching post certainly had its moments. I constantly had to watch my back whilst conducting the interview with Caan in case I was suddenly bowled over in an affectionate manner. At one point I ended up stuck in the pig’s mud pit, unable to move my feet, holding the camera up and trying not to fall over whilst Doris ambled over curiously to see what was going on. Luckily Caan and Kate were able to help me out before the camera took a dive into the mud!!
I have been involved with the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary since its beginnings in 2009, and my role within the sanctuary group has predominantly been as the media person / designer. This video about the pigs is a short excerpt from what will eventually be a longer documentary about the sanctuary.
I think it’s so important that places like the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary exist so that animals in need can live out their lives free from abuse and exploitation. It takes a lot of hard work and monetary input to care for all of these animals, so I hope that through promoting the great work that the sanctuary is doing, funds can be raised to keep the animal residents happy and healthy for the rest of their natural lives.”
The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary is a safe and sustainable space that rehabilitates and re-homes abused, injured, and neglected animals. Located at Ōtaki Forks, an hour’s drive north of Wellington, New Zealand, the sanctuary is home to around 200 animals as well as several caretakers.
Over 600,000 pigs are killed in New Zealand every year, after short, unhappy lives, in a kind of agricultural determinism. We can change this, however, by boycotting the meat industry. Celebrate World Vegan Day by keeping pork off your fork. Let’s shut down the pork industry, and stop the suffering.
We would love it if you could promote this video through your networks on behalf of Horace and Doris, to remember the pigs who were rescued and the ones who were not.
Read more about the Sanctuary pigs here http://www.theblacksheep.org.nz/pigs.html
At the Black Sheep, we are sloshing through the worst mud we have ever seen in the sanctuary's seven years. Heavy rain, and the even heavier feet of the sanctuary pigs have churned the pig paddock into a pool of mud. The goats are also suffering in the wet and slippery conditions - goats hate the rain, and enjoy warm dry weather. Both the pigs and the goats are now at risk of footrot. We urgently need to install major new drainage systems.
So we've launched our biggest fundraiser ever, to hire a truck and digger so we can drain the mud in the paddocks, add gravel, landscape the goat paddocks, and improve drainage. With the help of generous supporters, we've raised just over $5000, and we're booked in to start the work in early November. However we need to bring in a further $2000 to cover all the earthwork that needs doing to create a long-term fix for our mud crisis.
Donations are extremely welcome, and are tax-deductible. You can donate through:
Our bank account: Animal Protection Society, Kiwibank 38 9005 0324267 00
By cheque: Animal Protection Society, PO Box 7500, Newtown, Wellington
Help us fight the mud at the animal sanctuary!
We are experiencing an increasingly serious mud crisis at the sanctuary which is affecting our animals' quality of life. It is always problematic at this time of year, but it is currently the worst it has ever been. As extreme rainfall continues, the mud is getting worse for our pigs and goats.
Why is there a mud crisis?
Pigs are social, curious creatures that love to dig and we encourage our animals to exhibit this type of natural behaviour. They are also very heavy animals that compact the ground in their paddocks. During the winter months, digging behaviour combined with the lower compacted ground level results in a build up of water and mud which can't drain away. We have various sized pigs and the smaller ones are getting more isolated in their paddocks, as the increasingly deep mud pools leave much of their play area completely off limits.
We have tried to reduce the mud problem by rotating our feeding stations and moving water troughs to give the worst areas time to recover. We dug trenches to assist with the drainage, but the problem is now so urgent we need a large scale solution.
We are fundraising for the cost of hiring a digger and truck for 4 days to help us drain the mud and water and put gravel in the pig paddocks. This will stop the formation of increasingly deep pools of mud. The gravel and additional top dirt layer will raise the ground level to form higher permanently dry areas and create a firm base to help with drainage in the paddocks.
Our goat paddock is also in deep mud in many areas and making our goats unhappy. We only have limited paddock space in which to rotate them and let the ground recover. We have built raised runways to give our goats some relief from the mud around their feeding areas, but we hope to create an additional 'hilly area' in their paddock using the digger and the dirt we have on site.
We have all the gravel and dirt resources required for the job, but we urgently need you to help us raise funds for the digger and truck.
We have three pig paddocks that we need help with and one goat paddock that needs some mud rescuing.
The approximate costs are:
$300 to get the digger up to the sanctuary property
The digger costs $145 a hour
The truck costs $120 a hour
The Funds raised will be used to pay for the digger and truck to pile up gravel and dirt. That will help drain the mud and water as well as raise the ground level to form higher permanent dry areas and create a firm base to help with drainage in the paddocks.
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The winter storms have brought cold temperatures, rain, and mud to the sanctuary, and we are very much looking forward to spring. Straw has been out of stock at our normal suppliers, so we were delighted to get a visit from a lovely family who dropped off bales of straw, ensuring that all the animals are staying cosy with plenty of warm dry bedding. Our hay stocks are also running low, as we are feeding out hay to all the goats and cows now. We'd love to hear from you if you find any sources of sweet hay in the Ōtaki area at a reasonable price!
Our latest arrival is Geep the sheep! A couple found the tiny black and white lamb wandering alone in the bush, and contacted the Black Sheep. Initially they thought he was a goat, and hence the name Geep (Goat-sheep). We are not sure of his breed, but he is definitely a lamb! He took to the bottle with gusto, and is thriving and putting on weight - he's no longer easy to pick up with one arm. Happy, affectionate and playful, Geep has been taking over the hearts of everyone he meets, humans and non-humans alike. Recently he has started exploring the outdoor world, and relishes chewing our herb gardens. He is almost ready to be weaned.
We rescued and reared four tiny fluffy mallard ducklings in June after their mother was killed on the road. They thrived, and we recently released them into the wetland area, where they swam happily away. On fine days, we've been planting new trees, and pruning the established trees. The goats have been enjoying the trimmings (see below), nothing goes to waste at the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary! We are still looking for a permanent home for the charming little cat we rescued a couple of months ago. Little Puss has been desexed and enjoys cuddles. She gets on well with other cats and dogs - so please get in touch if you know of a loving forever home for her!
We're delighted to welcome a group of regular long term volunteers. So far, our fantastic new Sanctuary Support Crew has been out to the sanctuary three times, and they are proving a tremendous help. Thank you all! More volunteers are very welcome. If you are interested or would like extra information, the Sanctuary crew would love to hear from you:firstname.lastname@example.org
Our fundraising 'Sanctuary Pantry' vegan pies and baking have been selling well at the monthly 'Vegan Vault' market in Wellington. Our most recent creation is the vegan 'Snickers Bar', which has been selling out quickly - so please make sure you come early in order not to miss out.