HAY HELPERS PART 1
January 26, 2015
We are so grateful to everyone who helped us get the hay loaded, transported to the sanctuary, and stacked in the haybarn. When Michael and I arrived at the hayfields, there were already several trucks and trailers and horsefloats being loaded with hay. It took me a moment to realise all those wonderful people were there for US!! It literally took my breath away, and I felt so grateful to be part of such an amazing community. One person, Rik Hunter, didn’t even know us but came along to help. I was deeply touched.
HAY HELPERS PART 2
Sometimes it was pretty challenging, like when we drove through the torrential downpour (the first rain in a month, can you believe it?!), or when the hay started falling off of Stuart’s trailer… but we got there with the help of our fabulous sanctuary friends!
HAY HELPERS PART 3
Sincere thanks to Stuart Caulfield, Penny Shelborne & crew, Peter and Helen, Rik Hunter, and the McGowan Family (pictured) for your hard work and willing hearts. Thanks to Georgie & Shane for lending us a double trailer, and to Andy Ion for lending us a 4WD to tow it. And of course special thanks to our fabulous haymaker, Rex of HayFever, for setting aside 2 paddocks for us and converting it into high quality bales for our sanctuary. Now that the haybarn is full I feel rich, and ready to care for lots of rescued animals in the year ahead!!
THE TRADITION CONTINUES
January 24, 2015
The sanctuary tradition of the smallest animal claiming the largest bed is alive and well. One of the kittens ousted both dogs to take over the big bed recently. The kittens went to their wonderful new home with Moira and her family this week, and I miss them terribly… but the dogs don’t seem to mind so much! LOL
AND SPEAKING OF LITTLE ANIMALS…
Have a look at the wee baby birds that have been coming in. Sooooo tiny!
Up until now we only took native birds at our sanctuary (tuis, wood pigeons, moreporks, herons, etc) and our neighbour (Matakana Birdwing) took introduced species like sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes, etc. Sadly they’ve had to close, and we can’t handle both. We need someone else in the area to take over their part of bird rescue. Anyone interested??
KITTENS AT PLAY
January 23, 2015
A big vase of peacock feathers??
It’s just too good for a couple of playful kittens to resist!!
BENJI would just like to say: “Kittens aren’t the only ones who enjoy peacock feathers!!”
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS???
Craddock Farms applied to build NZ’s largest factory farm (310,000 caged laying hens per cycle) in Patumahoe. The hearings were in November, and I was told Craddock were sure they’d be granted permission. The decision was just announced: AND THE COUNCIL SAID NO!!! A huge thank you to everyone who signed our petition – all 6,500 of you! And to everyone who protested, wrote, emailed, phoned, demonstrated, wore a chicken suit, attended the hearings, etc. etc. Special congratulations to Peta Berry who led the Ban Chicken Layer Cages campaign, and to Deirdre Sims who led the Stop Craddock Farm campaign. Well done to you both. It’s a frankly surprising but wonderful result! I think the main reason for being turned down was odour, not cruelty. But all of you showed that NZ is truly ready to change our ways, and that we won’t support cruel farming practices. So good on ya! Of course, they’ll probably propose the intensive factory farm somewhere else now, perhaps somewhere more isolated. I’m sure you’ll all be watching…