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onsie free


August 31, 2014

Since it’s a miserable terrible awful day up here (can you tell I’m OVER this storm and winter?!) I thought I’d share a happy story. I received an email from Rebecca in New Plymouth, who was very concerned about a goat that was living it’s whole life on a chain by the side of a road. She felt it was a miserable existence, and could we do something about it? I was thinking “Blimey, how can I help a goat way down in New Plymouth?” Later that day a separate message came through Facebook. It was from a lovely lady named Netta, saying “We are in Taranaki. We have 10 acres and a variety of animals. If you have any need of help in this part of the country, let me know.” Woah!!! I couldn’t believe it! Another meant-to-be match! Long story short, Rebecca negotiated with the owner to relinquish the goat, now named Onsie because he has only one eye and one ear. Onsie has gone to live with Netta, and is experiencing life off the chain and the company of other animals for the first time. Netta says “Onsie quite likes the new baby kids. I think once he adjusts he will be ecstatic to be free range. He really is super cool fun.” Happy, happy news indeed. Thank you to Rebecca and Netta – and Netta’s patient husband, Gordon!

rat sauna


Whenever we have pet rats boarding at our animal sanctuary, I always set up a gym for them (in the guest bathroom… luckily we have no volunteers staying at the moment!) We change it every day to keep them stimulated and entertained. There are 5 rats in this photo, but you can only see two – because on this cold stormy day I put a hot water bottle wrapped in a thick towel into the white container. Three of the rats are curled up in there, and the other two are popping in and out. They LOVE it! Nothing but luxury for our guest rats!

hen shoulder


August 28, 2014

This will bring a big smile to your face: the lovely Van Essen family adopted rescued battery hens from us, and the hens are now living a wonderful life. One of the girls decided to promote herself to ‘Pirates Parrot’. It makes me so happy to see rescued hens living cherished lives. Thanks to Belinda, Eric and the family for giving these hens so much love and attention! Click here to see this sweet video clip:
And for more interactive fowls, see the story below…



Our paradise shelducks (named Wednesday & Thursday) supervised closely as I worked on a hen house that was trashed in a recent storm. I gave it a new roof, repaired damage, and cut it down to turn it into a new rabbit house. (Thanks for the Renovator lessons, Quinten!) Wednesday & Thursday go everywhere we go, and are the sweetest birds. Visitors are amazed that they can stroke and cuddle them. Originally we thought they were sisters, but now realise they are a same-sex couple. Paradise Shelducks mate for life, and these two adults haven’t separated for over a year – and chase off any males that come visiting! The duck soap opera around here keeps us continually fascinated.

george view


August 26, 2014

With all the wet weather we’d had, and therefore all the mud, our beautiful Arapawa George developed hoof problems. We noticed he was limping, and since the weekend was dry and clear we decided to work on his feet. It took 5 adults to catch him and treat his feet. When the adrenalin took over, George ignored his discomfort and ran like the wind! Thanks to Jemma, Kirsty, Kris and Michael for helping with this. I couldn’t have done it without you. I’m happy to report that the result was instant, and George is walking normally again. Jemma and I still have the stains of iodine, Stockmans tar, and purple vet spray on our hands… and probably will do for days!



August 22, 2014

These two bronze turkeys were raised as pets. However, they live in an area with wild turkeys which the locals are hunting, and their “mum” fears for their lives. She is looking for a safe slaughter-free home for them. Ludovico and Ludmilla are very tame. He is a character, funny and talkative, quite a star. She is a sweetheart with a lower profile who goes wherever he goes. They are they are 9 months old. Ludovico is growing big, and Madalene doesn’t want him to become someone’s Christmas dinner! If you have land they can live on, with other turkeys or on their own, please contact Madalene on 09 4083238 or They are currently in Kaitaia at The Gentle World, but transport isn’t a problem and can be worked out. Thanks very much.



August 21, 2014

I pray this is our final “Life or Death” appeal this week…
Friendly family group of 12 rescued sheep are about to run out of time at an interim grazing address. Their carer has relocated and moving the sheep has been delayed by unforeseen circumstances. They could be fostered in groups of 2+ or ideally as a whole flock, or permanent adoption (to a genuine, natural lifespan, non-kill home) will be considered. Very urgent situation, must be moved within 1 week. Please call 09 4095 039, or email for full details. Thank you!!



I’m delighted to say that Stella and Willie, who had to have a home by today… Now have a home! Joanie is massively relieved and grateful to everyone who responded. Stella and Willie are going to a forever home in Takanini on 5 acres with a lovely lady called Sally. Whew!! That was close.
I was overwhelmed with the wonderful responses from our Facebook followers and their friends, and will be following up with some of the other people who offered the pigs a safe home. We still have 4 friendly pigs needing a new loving family: Cheetah (pictured), a single neutered male; Lucky, a lovely single female (perhaps Cheetah and Lucky could become a non-breeding couple and go to a new home together?!); and a pair that we will not separate, named Yoda and Mary (Yoda is also neutered). And of course, there are always more desperate pet pigs coming in, so I feel positively rich having so many possible homes for now and the future. I promise I’ll be following up with everyone this weekend when I have a free moment… Thanks again for your help!!