It’s heartwarming to see previously neglected animals regain health and confidence. You may remember Fang, a frail underweight lamb who was rescued just in time from being slaughtered for dog food. Rejected by her mother, and nourished only by grass, her growth was severely stunted. Fast forward a few months, she is thriving and it’s a pleasure to watch her jump and play. We are supplementing her diet to ensure she continues to flourish, and she’s lapping up the extra treats and attention! She has buddied up with Toffee, a gentle goat kid who arrived with ghastly leg injuries. We’re so happy that Toffee has also made an amazing recovery and enjoys balancing on the seesaw we built for him – which has the additional benefit of encouraging him to exercise his weak leg.
The other good news is that Trotter, a friendly kunekune pig who suffered from persistent tumours in his mouth, is thoroughly enjoying life and able to chomp on his favorite food, bananas. After three operations, the surgeries seem to have been successful, with no sign of cancer returning. Special thanks go to all our animal sponsors - your generosity makes all the difference when paying off our substantial food and animal care bills.
We’re also hugely grateful to everyone who donated to our Dancing with the Pigs fundraiser. The money came through just in time to help us survive the COVID-19-related lockdown, which required us to close our fundraising charity shops for nearly two months. As well as helping fund our winter feed supplies, it was a significant help with some of our recent vet bills, such as operating on a rooster with an eye ulcer and desexing our five recently rescued bunnies. They have grown so fast - below you can see Clover when she was only a couple of months old.
Last month, Pak Choi, Goldy and 2IC joined us, three unwanted young roosters who had been hatched from fertilised eggs in the hope that they would lay eggs for humans to eat. Fortunately we were able to integrate them into our existing rooster flock, where they settled into the orchard, crowing at the tops of their voices.
The orchard gate is closed now, however. With over sixty new arrivals in recent months, we cannot safely bring more roosters into the flock and our vet bills are increasing. Like Pak Choi, Goldy and 2IC, the vast majority of our roosters hatch as unwanted byproducts of the egg industry. Most people can only care for hens and are unaware that there is a fifty percent chance that any chick that hatches will be male.
Thank you for your incredible support during this difficult year and please follow our Facebook page for further updates about the sanctuary animals and some sunny spring photos!