March 11, 2014
Lucky spent some time admiring himself in a mirror recently. He suffers from bad arthritis, but enjoys the fact that he’s still a handsome old guy! We’ve tried to provide Lucky everything he needs in his home paddock so that he doesn’t have to walk very far on his sore legs. But Lucky wants to graze with his mates, and continues to insist on going with the group each day when they move to another paddock to graze. It’s that herd mentality at its strongest. Stubborn old goat. I love him to bits!! (Don’t miss the second news item below…)
Quarry Hill Horse Sanctuary needs your help. They recently rescued another starving horse, named Shadow. In her shocking condition Shadow requires specialist feed and intensive treatment. Quarry Hill have helped me with several horse rescues in the past, and I admire that they give their all for the horses they continually save from dire situations. They receive no support (and until now have never asked for any), but treatment and feed for rescues are expensive and they’re struggling. Can you help? Make a donation direct to 03 1756 0110917 04
Or visit their facebook page to sponsor a rescued horse: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quarry-Hill-Horse-Sanctuary/783346518345467
I know they’ll deeply appreciate any support. Thank you.
NEWLY RESCUED BATTERY HENS
March 10, 2014
Even though I’m away, the rescues go on!! My wonderful rescue colleague, Adie, has picked up another batch of 18 month old battery hens who were about to be killed. She kept half, and brought the other half up to our animal sanctuary. We had promised Christiane and Laura, who are taking care of the sanctuary for us, that they wouldn’t have to deal with any new animals while we are away. But they love the rescued hens so much that they said they’d be happy to take some new ones in our absence. How fantastic is that?! Every life saved makes a difference, so we’re very grateful to our fabulous friends.
March 9, 2014
Michael and I are away on holiday, celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. The Animal Sanctuary is closed while we’re away, and is in the good hands of two wonderful Sanctuary-Sitters, Laura and Christiane. Our dear friends Georgie, Jemma, and Ella plus our wonderful new volunteer Ami are also helping out while we’re away, so a big thank you to all of them. I’m going to use the time to post stories of recent events from the animal sanctuary that I was too busy to post at the time, to catch you up on some of our adventures. The first one is below…
THE OTHER SIDE OF NEGLECT
Many of the animals we rescue are starving and uncared for. Occasionally, however, we see the opposite: overfeeding and under-exercising that results in morbid obesity. We were totally shocked when we rescued two massive cows. The vet said they were the fattest cows he’d ever treated, and this caused serious health problems for them. I couldn’t stop staring at their butts, which had grown huge bags of fat that almost buried their tails! Transporting them to their new home was a dangerous prospect. They were so obese and weak that when they couldn’t stand for long in the float… and when they went down, they couldn’t get up again. We honestly feared we were going to have to euthanise them. Shereena of A1 Float Hire (she’s an angel!!), who generously helped us with the rescue by transporting the two cows from south of Auckland all the way to Warkworth, said it was the most challenging rescue she’d ever been part of. After a long and extremely stressful effort, the cows were finally extricated from the float. It was several days before they could stand for any length of time, and their wonderful new adoptive owners Deb and Jay had to give them quite a bit of care. Thankfully this cow and her daughter are now up and around, getting exercise, and are on a diet to improve their health. Thank you to everyone who helped with this unusual rescue. xoxo
FASHION IN ADVERSITY
February 24, 2014
Snow has decided that if she has to wear a jacket to keep her from plucking feathers, it might as well be a fashion statement! She loves this electric blue, with glittery purple edging. It features air vents on the sides, so it’s not too hot. Seriously, the jackets are ensuring that she doesn’t pluck any more feathers or peck at her wound, which is really important right now. The jackets were lovingly knitted and sewn by caring people who wanted to help featherless battery hens keep warm when rescued in winter. Who knew that they would become essential gear for a feather plucking cockatoo?! We’re very grateful to the people who created these for us. It’s good to know that Snow is wrapped in love – and beautiful, too!
February 23, 2014
Yesterday morning we came downstairs to find our beloved white cockatoo Snow with blood on her. Overnight she had started pulling out feathers on her back, and had pecked a wound into her own body. We were horrified, and still can’t think of a reason why she would suddenly do this. There have been no changes, no upsets, no traumas. I’ve heard that some birds feather pluck when they’re bored, but Snow gets lots of stimulation and attention. I feel like a mother who has just found out that her daughter is cutting herself: horrified, confused, protective, scared and at a loss as to what to do. We’ve treated the wound and put one of the hen jumpers on her so that she can’t self-mutilate any further. We’re trying not to leave her alone, are giving her pieces of flax branch and wood to chew instead, and have put rescue remedy into her water (which did noticeably calm her down). We can’t find any sign of mites, but have treated her just in case. She seems much better today, but we’re going to continue to keep a close eye on her over the following days.
February 19, 2014
It’s been a busy week already, with lots of injured birds coming in. I’ve been back and forth to the vet up to three times a day! My favourite so far is this beautiful hawk. Some young boys were out playing when a hawk walked out of the tall grasses and straight toward them. They sensed that it was not aggressive, and brought it home. The hawk had obviously been on the ground for a long time, and was starving. He gobbled all the meat they gave him. The boy’s Mum phoned me, and I arranged for the hawk to be transported to our vet. I met the hawk there, and had an x-ray done. The long bone between his shoulder and elbow was broken in two. There were about a hundred small ticks all around his eyes, poor thing. He was as gentle as anything, allowing us to stroke him, and sitting calmly on a branch in the vets office for hours. Every hawk we’ve ever rescued has been the same. I think somehow they know we’re going to help them. Since the break seemed clean, Ross agreed to operate, realign the bone and put a pin in it. The hawk has now been sent up to Robert in Whangarei for rehab, and hopefully eventually he’ll be released. Thanks to the Woodward family for caring enough to take action (starving is a terrible way to die), to Sue for transporting him, to Ross for operating, and to Robert for accepting him for rehab. I’m delighted this gorgeous creature will have another chance at life.