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February 8, 2017

It’s been a long time coming, but we have finally bought our own horse trailer for transporting animals. I am soooo happy! This means we can now pick up animals that are coming to The Animal Sanctuary; once animals are adopted we can bring them to their new homes; we can train our resident animals to board in case of emergency; and we’ll be able to bring home hundreds of hens at a time when we do battery hen rescues.
THANK YOU to Michele Harrod of The Animal Connection for her donation which provided the majority of the funding for this rescue trailer.
THANK YOU to Vegans on Waiheke who held a garage/book/bake sale to raise over $300 toward the float.
THANK YOU to Serge of PowerSerge, who holds “Do It For The Animals” bodyweight mobility training sessions and donates some of each class fee, which also went toward the float.
THANK YOU to – well, this is really embarrassing – a supporter donated some funds quite a while ago in memory of her beloved cat when he passed away. $500 of that was tucked away for the eventual purchase of this float… and now I can’t find her details. I’m so sorry! If that was you, please contact me, and forgive my bad memory. We still plan to paint your cat peeking around the corner of the float.
And THANK YOU to Jane Shaw for finding this horse trailer on Trade Me for us; to Fleur Wilson and her dad for taking the horse float for its inspection and repairs while it was still in Tauranga; and to Sebastian Campbell for towing it from Tauranga back to Matakana for us. Apparently, it “takes a village” to buy a horse trailer

kerry keyboard


You know how cats lie on your newspaper when you’re trying to read it? Well, Kerry the young kereru has a similar habit, but a bit more high tech. I just adore her!!

Millie Collage


Just because I miss her…

Mac Gaby


February 5, 2017

Mac came to us over the Christmas holidays. He’d been found with 3 fish hooks embedded in his body (mouth, wing and foot) and bound up in the fishing line. He was literally tied to a log on the beach, and would have starved to death if he hadn’t been rescued by a wonderful woman named Lee and her daughter Willow. They took the bird to a vet, who wanted to euthanise him. Lee refused,so he had surgery to remove the hooks. Then Lee brought him to us. We named him Mac, and started a regime of antibiotics, wound care, and feeding. Mac’s foot was curled in a ball and wasn’t used at all, so we gave him physio until he could stand on it properly. (See part 2 to follow)

mac blue bowl


Once Mac started to eat on his own, and was able to walk with a limp, we moved him outside to get fresh air, much more exercise, and a larger pool to swim and preen in. He went from strength to strength, gobbling up vast quantities of fish. Click this link to see him in action in a video:
(Then see Part 3 below for the final installment)

mac release


After a total of 3 weeks with us, we decided that Mac was ready to return to the wild. Lee and Willow took us out in kayaks to reach the deserted cove where the cormorants live, and where people wouldn’t bother them. This was important, as Mac is now used to people, and we didn’t want him to approach strangers. We opened the travel crate, and Mac headed straight for the water. He paddled out, dove, and then swam over to the rocks where his fellow shags were sunning. I had a wee cry of happiness to see him leave, happy and whole.



February 2, 2017

We’ve been very busy with lots of baby birds coming in. Some are incredibly tiny and naked, others are larger and fully feathered. This beautiful young kereru came in this week after the tree his nest was in was cut down. He has an injured leg, but is improving. We enjoy raising young kereru, as they develop such a strong bond with their “parents”. I love the yellow/orange feathery wisps that baby kereru have. These completely disappear as they mature. Even when the juveniles have the same feathering as the adults, you can tell the difference in age by their beaks and feet. They’re still brown on the youngsters, as you can see here, while the adults beak and feet turn a bright reddish colour.

millie died


Last week our beautiful little girl died. Millie was at least 14 years old, and her heart had been progressively failing. She died peacefully on my lap, surrounded by much love. I’m so grateful that she came into our lives, and that we had the opportunity to give her a happy home. Millie was a constant source of love and joy. We will miss her terribly.