December 8, 2013
The chickens that were uplifted in our latest battery hen rescue have settled well, and today was the day to worm them and cut their toenails. Standing in battery cages, their toenails can grow quite long, which hampers their ability to learn to walk normally again. We usually give them a few days to settle down and de-stress before catching each one. They don’t love it, but we’re quick and it’s painless, and they walk much more easily once we’re through. We give them deworming meds as a precaution, to ensure they are healthy for their new homes. Today I was grateful for the help from our volunteers Becky, a 3rd year Biological Sciences major and Claire, a 3rd year vet student. The whole process went a lot faster and smoother with three sets of hands doing the catching, trimming, medicating and releasing!
MR BITEY-PANTS MAKES CLAIRE DANCE!
December 6, 2013
On Tuesday we received a young cormorant. Due to the storm, he had to spend a couple of days in a large cage in our garage. We quickly learned that his long neck and sharp beak packed quite a bite, even from inside the wire crate. Hence the name Mr Bitey-Pants. We let him out several times a day for food and exercise, and Claire had to do a quick two-step to avoid being part of the dinner menu. It was pretty amusing to see them both racing around the garage, flapping and dancing. Claire is a 3rd year vet student doing an internship with us. I’m pretty sure Mr Bitey-Pants taught her some moves they didn’t cover in vet school!
BATTERED BATTERY HENS
December 4, 2013
It’s been an intense day. Six of the hens from yesterday’s rescue are in intensive care with us here at The Animal Sanctuary. These six all have serious leg damage, chest and abdomen bruising, and perhaps internal injuries. Five of them can’t stand, but happily today number six is now standing and moving a bit. Our new veterinary intern, Clare, has been helping me for several hours as we’ve inspected and treated each of these hens. We’ve had the worst one in a sling, and suspect her hip is dislocated. The good news is that at least she’s eating and drinking. Four of the others can’t stand at all. One has a cold leg, indicating there is no blood flow. Another has a high fever, and is on medication. They have all had treatment for trauma, sprains and bruising, and have been hydrated. We’re crop feeding if they won’t eat on their own. We’re taking the worst 2 to the vet this afternoon for x-rays. It makes me so sad to see them in this condition. So close to freedom and happiness, I want them to make it!!
GEORGIE TO MY RESCUE
December 3, 2013
You gotta laugh. Yesterday was a crazy complicated day, involving a lot of travel and implementing parts of three different animal rescues. Every minute was scheduled, every task outlined, and everything I needed for each operation was loaded into the car and trailer. I left exactly on time, and was feeling extremely proud of my organisational capabilities… until I got 20 minutes from home and realised I hadn’t brought my purse!! I needed petrol, supplies, parking fees, etc, and thought the whole plan was about to turn to custard. Luckily I was near Georgie’s place, and after a desperate phone call she reassured me she had cash on hand to lend me for the day. Whew! I do animal rescue, but Georgie does “Shawn Rescue”. She may have retired from The Animal Sanctuary, but it’s good to know she still has my back. Thanks Georgie!
December 2, 2013
Friends from Farmwatch and the University Animal Rights group came up on Sunday to lend a hand to a bunch of projects. It was fantastic to have a group of energetic dedicated animal lovers helping out! We all spent the first part of the day grooming the paddocks to get them ready for haymaking. After lunch they helped with: progressing the building of the owl aviaries, picking up pooh, digging the extension to the memorial garden, bagging up compost, getting the rehab barns ready for the next battery hen rescue, cleaned the stables, cleaned the drainage grate, concreted in two poles for a shade ares for the animals, mowed a lawn, etc etc. The old adage “Many hands make light work” is sooo true. Thanks so much. Pictured are Debbie, Adrian, Michael, Helene, Adrian, Nabeal, and Matt. John had already left. The only thing we couldn’t do was move this concrete water trough. We couldn’t even budge it the tiniest bit! Thanks to everyone who helped, and especially to Adrian for organising it. xoxo
November 26, 2013
While I was away, I got a worrying email. An elderly lady had been rushed to hospital, and then put into permanent care. She’s never going home, and her home-alone bantams needed urgent help. My rescue colleague Adie took over (Thanks Adie!!). With the help of Linda Nunn from Animal Rehoming they caught them all, and took them to Adie’s. Most of them have found a home, but we still have 8 hens and an old rooster left that need a forever home. They’re beautiful, friendly, and stand around your feet. The old boy doesn’t seem capable of “doing the deed” anymore, so you won’t have to worry about fertile eggs, but we’d love for him to be able to stay with his girls. We need to find a home this week, because we have a HUGE battery hen rescue in a few days, and need the space. Can you help? We could also break the 8 hens into smaller groups if necessary, but are hoping one would include the elderly gent. Please phone Adie on 09-415-0030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
November 25, 2013
It seems like forever since I posted any news. Michael and I were away on holiday, and in the weeks leading up to our departure we were so overwhelmed with rescues, rehoming, pleas for help, medical treatments for the animals etc etc etc that I barely found time to sleep, let alone communicate. Now we’ve had a break to relax and recuperate, and I’m sooooo happy to be back at the sanctuary with the animals!! And as you can see from this photo of Michael with Snow and Keetie, they were equally happy. Of course, nothing changes: yesterday was my first day back, and I had 4 calls about animals needing homes. Straight back into reality, LOL! Thanks to Fabian and Annkatrin for taking such good care of everyone while we were away, and to Sue, Georgie, Jemma and Jo for continuing their volunteer mornings while we were away. Now I have LOTS of news to catch you up on, so will be posting more over the coming week.
WE NEED A NAME – ANIMAL SANCTUARY CONTEST!
October 24, 2013
Cool news: they’re publishing a book about our animal sanctuary!! Allison Jones is helping us to write it, and we’ve been working hard on it. The stories flow, cuz the animals are so wonderful… but I can’t think of a catchy or clever or creative name for the book. I thought it would be fun to put it out to you, our fabulous website friends. Send me your ideas for a title. We’ll pick the top 5 and submit them to the publisher. There will be a prize for the winner. You can email your ideas to email@example.com If the same name comes through more than once, we’ll go with whoever submitted it first. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!