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October 3, 2017

We couldn’t understand why a third of Jordie’s ear was missing, especially since the people who saved her said the other little lamb they rescued from the road had the same third of an ear missing. I thought maybe they’d been attacked by a dog. But a friendly farmer just explained to me that the lambs would have had tags in their ears, and when the farmer cast them both away to die, he/she would have ripped the tags out of their ears. That’s why they have identical wounds, with a smooth round bit at the center, and the rest is ragged on both sides. Yet more proof that this farmer was a heartless bastard who treated the animals as if they were unfeeling items, with no care for their suffering. People keep telling me that “this kind of farmer gives the rest of us a bad name”, and yup, this one (and others like him/her) certainly do! Shame on humans who cause such suffering, and completely disregard their responsibility. The fact that Jordie is now healthy and happy shows what a little care could do. I have happy news about Jordie, which I’ll share soon… 🙂


Jordie, the little lamb that was rescued as she lay dying in a paddock, has certainly recovered fully… and has regained her confidence! If you watch the video below to the end, you’ll see why my patient dog Benji is a bit relieved to know that Jordie has been offered a truly wonderful home, where she’ll be a member of the family for her entire natural life. We will miss her terribly, but couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Jordie will have 2 pet lambs as brothers, and 2 larger dogs who treat baby lambs like they are their puppies. Jordie will have a harder time pushing THEM all out of their beds! Thanks Danielle, for this happy ending.


September 28, 2017

We’re full. Really really full. We have more animals at The Animal Sanctuary than we’ve ever had before. We’ve very kindly been given use of a second property with paddocks and barns, and we’ve completely filled that, too! Caring for animals in 2 different sites is an extra challenge. Plus, we currently have a lot of animals that require individual care: hand or tube feeding; changes of bandages, splints or casts; daily medication, etc. Every additional animal takes time, space and money, all of which are in limited supply. We’ve continued to say “Yes” to new rescues and to helping people with rehoming because it’s sooo hard to say no to an animal in need. However, we’ve temporarily hit our limit. After a big meeting last night, we’ve decided that we must close for one month, concentrate on adoptions, and get a number of injured or sick animals well enough to be independent. It’s really difficult, but for the next month we will not take in any new animals, and we will not be able to assist people in their search for new homes for their own animals. We’ll have a standard reply to all requests. It’s going to break my heart, but it’s necessary – and it will also be a brief relief. We’re going to put all our energy into the animals we already have for a short time, to make things more manageable. And hopefully in a month, along with some other changes I’ll be working on, we’ll be ready to open our doors again!


On my birthday on Friday, we got a call from a couple about a dying lamb who had been rescued and given a chance at life, and needed a sanctuary. YES!!! Here’s the story: Jordan and Kris were driving from Wellington to Auckland. They saw a lamb on the road, and stopped to put it back over the fence. They realised that the lambs were all having their tails docked, and said the screaming and bleating was horrible. (If you wonder what tail docking is like, imagine having your finger cut off with no anesthetic, no local, and no pain killer afterwards) They also saw a lamb laying in the mud, covered in blood, apparently dying. They carried the lamb to the farmers, but were told “Leave it to die, it’s an orphan”. They didn’t want to do that, and were told they could leave it to die or take it.. so they took it. They drove on to Auckland, and brought the little lamb to us. Her name is Jordie. Jordie developed a high fever and we thought we’d lose her. The vet said her back end where docked was “a mess”. Thankfully, with medical treatment and lots of love she has pulled through. Jordie is now drinking well, walking and cuddling, and of course has captured our hearts. Best Birthday Present Ever!!!


September 25, 2017

The Three Little Pigs are being neutered tomorrow… and after a few days to heal, we have a wonderful home lined up for Scout! However, our transport has fallen through. Can you help? He needs a ride to Cambridge, perhaps on the weekend. Scout can go into his large travel crate in the back of a ute, so towing a float isn’t necessary. Although that is another option. If you can help get Scout to his happy-ever-after home, where he’ll be a companion for another lonely kunekune, please call me. Thanks so much. Shawn, 094227322
PS: His two brothers Beau and Harper will be looking for their forever home from next week, too, so please contact me if you’re interested in adoption.


September 21, 2017

2 years ago you were so supportive of the petition to stop Craddock Farms from building a battery farm, caging 310,000 hens. And we won! Well, hold on to your seat, cuz the one that’s being planned now is almost 3 TIMES BIGGER!!!!
Mainland want to build a massive mega egg farm that will hold 800,000 hens per cycle. Unbelievable, and heartbreaking.
PLEASE sign and share this petition to Waikato Council, asking them not to approve this consent. Politely let them know how you feel about this.
And don’t be surprised if you see this come up on our page pretty regularly. A caged farm of this size is a horror that can’t be allowed. NZ, we need to ban cruel concentration camp cages once and for all.
To sign, click on the link below:


September 18, 2017

Two days ago I looked at our empty rat tower and thought “It’s been years since we’ve had any rats.” Late that night I got a call from a distraught young woman. Someone had left a tiny cage (suitable for 2 rats) with FIVE male rats at the end of her driveway, at night, in the pouring rain. She already had 8 rats, and couldn’t keep them. So they came to us.  Oh, what sweet friendly beautiful boys!! We’ve been enjoying non-stop cuddles and snuggles ever since. This one is Bailey. We’ll have them all neutered before they’re adopted. If you’re interested in adopting, please contact