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truck rainbow


January 31, 2016

For many years we’ve wanted a ute for our sanctuary so that we could pull a rescue float, get hay, transport aviaries, etc etc. Every time we saved some money for this there’s been some emergency and we’ve had to use it for something else. We thought we’d finally saved enough, but discovered that even second hand Toyota Hilux’s are quite costly. We couldn’t find any in our budget. Then a kind couple who wish to remain anonymous made a donation specifically toward buying a ute (Thank you!) which topped us up and put us into the market. Woohoo!! Our wonderful supporter Shane is very knowledgeable about utes, so he did the research, found a good used Hilux, and negotiated on our behalf. She’s ours!!! She came up from Kaikoura this weekend. The first time I saw her in our driveway, this rainbow was hovering above her. Is that a promise of good things to come, or what? She made her first sanctuary trip yesterday, bringing a donated coop to one of our fostering team for the upcoming battery hen rescue. I’m so happy! Now I’ll start looking for a second hand horse float, which means we can do our own rescue transport. Doing a happy dance!!! Now we just need a name for her…



January 30, 2016

What a little miracle! We’ve had Crush & Gruffalo for months and months and months. They had serious injuries when rescued back in April, and we actually didn’t expect them to survive. But my wonderful rescue colleague Adie gave them tender loving care for a long time, including tube feeding them several times a day. To everyone’s surprise, both lived and healed and are now happy ‘normal’ hens! You’d never even know that Gruffalo had experienced any problems. She runs around freely. Crush (who had a crushed pelvis and 2 broken legs) is full recovered, but only uses one leg. She hops around quite happily. But in all this time, no-one wanted to adopt a special needs hen. Now we have a huge rescue next weekend, and I was worrying about how to keep them safe and separate… when I had THREE enquiries to adopt them within 24 hours!!! Wow! Totally meant to be. They’re going to a fabulous home where they’ll be spoiled and pampered. What a happy ending, even if it took a while.

hen group


January 28, 2016

We finally have a date!! The last big battery hen rescue we had was way back at Easter. My wonderful rescue colleague Angie has been able to set up a huge rescue with a battery farm for Feb 5 – 7. We have committed to rescuing at least ONE THOUSAND HENS. But if we can find enough good homes and some volunteers, we could rescue the whole batch of 1,750!!

I am setting up 3 different adoption centres for people to pick up their rescued hens, and need some volunteers to help.
Please contact me if you can:
1. DRIVE on Feb 6 or 7 to South Auckland, load hens into travel cages, and transport them to Okura or Puhoi or Matakana You’d need a vehicle with room to fit a number of cages, eg station wagon, horse float, enclosed utes, etc. The cages must be inside a vehicle with ability to control air tempeature, and cannot be exposed (eg uncovered ute or open trailer)
2. VOLUNTEER on the afternoon of Feb 5/ 6/ 7 at an adoption centre, to help with unloading the hens, trimming their toenails (we’ll train you), give them their worming meds, and match them to the wonderful people who will be turning up to adopt them.
3. CAGES: Each driver will need a variety of dog or cat carry cages, transport crates, or travel kennels to place hens in. Do you have any sitting in a garage or attic that you no longer need, that can be donated for rescue work?
4. ADOPT: If you can provide a great home for some rescued hens, please fill out the adoption form at

Please contact me at if you can help. Thanks very much.

penguin pool


January 24, 2016

The vet brought us a penguin who had clearly been hit by a boat a couple of days ago. Pete the Penguin had a bloodshot eye, and some minor injuries to his head and shoulder. But he’s eating well, we have a nice gunky salve for his eye, and if the eye clears up he has every chance of release. We decided that he didn’t need intensive care, so it was time to clean up our penguin pool so he could enjoy the great outdoors in our backyard. We cut the waist high grass, scrubbed the pool, installed an umbrella for shade and a box for his burrow. We were hot and sweaty after a couple of hours in the midday sun, but feeling triumphant when we filled the pool….

penguin boat

….only to watch the water all slowly drain away. Bugga, there are cracks in the concrete! Don’t know when that happened. So after all that work, our penguin had to settle for a little wading pool. Ah well, he enjoyed it anyway. Now we’ll add ready-set concrete to the shopping list, and penguin pool repair to the Never Ending To Do List!!



January 22, 2016

Yesterday Fawlty, one of the rescued baby goats we raised, was neutered. Knocking out goats (and all ruminants) is tricky, because when they lay on their side they can’t burp. The build up of gas can be deadly. So after the operation we prop their still unconscious body into a more upright position, and use pillows and boxes to keep them there. Even so, we check their side every 5 minutes, and if we notice bloating and a firmness we have to take action. Michael held Fawlty’s head, while I rolled his body from side to side. Sure enough: buuurrrrp. Later when he was starting to come around, it was enough to use the palm of my hand on the area and jiggle gently: buuurrrp. LOL, burping the baby brings out all those motherly instincts! Fawlty is doing well today, running around, eating, drinking, etc. He will be tender for a few days, but will be delighted to be back out in the paddock with his mates.



January 21, 2016

We were contacted about a rabbit with dacryocystitis (Cherry Eye). He’d been abandoned. The Cherry Eye wasn’t a health problem, there was no infection etc. But because it looked so zombi-ish, Watson was deemed ‘unadoptable’, and he was supposed to be euthanised. However, he was such a totally lovable, curious, affectionate boy, they didn’t want to do that. So, we took him! We were introduced to a wonderful vet in Orewa named Nick who, being from the UK, knows heaps about domestic rabbits. We had Watson neutered, and while he was out Nick did an operation to pull the ‘cherry’ down into the socket and tie it there with nylon. It’s no longer visible, and Watson’s vision will be normal again. Watson is sleeping it off at the moment, probably feeling a bit sorry for himself. But he’s actually very lucky, and once he’s fully healed he’ll be available for adoption. Watch out for the next photo in a couple of days, showing a beautiful non-zombie Watson!!



January 20, 2016

Polly the penguin was brought to us by a kind woman named Janine. Polly’s flipper (wing) was hanging limp. She was severely underweight, as she couldn’t swim or hunt for food. Although we’re told the ‘magic weight’ for a starving adult penguin to survive is 500 grams and Polly only weighed 463 grams, we were sure she had the will to make it. We fed her up, and she was a ravenous eater! Polly started to put on healthy weight immediately, proving that there’s always one who beats the odds. With the help of a lovely Facebook Friend (whose name I have shamefully misplaced), Polly was transferred to the marvelous “Bird Lady” Sylvia in Rothesay Bay. Sylvia constructed a plastic splint, and believe it or not, Polly is now swimming every day. Sylvia is an amazing woman, with more bird rescue knowledge than I can ever hope to have. Lucky for Polly to have so many kind people helping her!