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HELP NEEDED
Last week was tough, and it’s time to admit that we need some help at The Animal Sanctuary. We’re getting older (darn!) and need to hire someone to do a few of the heavier jobs, even if it’s just a few hours a week. Michael and I have never taken a salary or wage in the 18 years we’ve been running the sanctuary full-time, and it will stay that way. But now we do need to hire a little bit of dependable help. For that, we’ll need to apply for grants, which is a skill set we don’t have. Is there anyone out there with grant writing knowledge that can do this for us? If you can help, please PM us or email animalsanctuary@xtra.co.nz Thanks very much. I’m posting this photo of yesterday’s rainbow, hoping it’s a promise of good things to come! 
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HELP NEEDED 
Last week was tough, and it’s time to admit that we need some help at The Animal Sanctuary.  We’re getting older (darn!) and need to hire someone to do a few of the heavier jobs, even if it’s just a few hours a week.  Michael and I have never taken a salary or wage in the 18 years we’ve been running the sanctuary full-time, and it will stay that way.  But now we do need to hire a little bit of dependable help.  For that, we’ll need to apply for grants, which is a skill set we don’t have.  Is there anyone out there with grant writing knowledge that can do this for us?  If you can help, please PM us or email animalsanctuary@xtra.co.nz   Thanks very much.  I’m posting this photo of yesterday’s rainbow, hoping it’s a promise of good things to come!  

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I would so help you on the farm cause I love doing farm work I wouldn’t mind volunteering for yous I love being around animals 💕 But I live in Nelson !!

I don't have experience writing grant applications specifically but I work in communications for a large public NZ company and have written several successful applications for awards. My company allows us to take one fully-paid day off each year to do volunteer work. If you don't have any luck finding a grant writer I'm happy to use my volunteer day to help you out 🙂

My friend and i are keen to start volunteering regularly! Will most likely be on weekends.

Hi Shawn, I work as a grant writer but am unfortunately crazy busy at the moment – each grant application takes a few hours minimum, so I would recommend approaching HelpTank. I see you are a charitable trust and have a Givealittle page - great. Reminding people on the FB page - and on your website - that if they would like to donate to you in lieu of gifting for occasions would be a good use of social media. Re trusts, I would try your local board, the grassroots trust, Lotteries Foundation (also COGS), and local gaming trusts and the lion foundation might be your best bets. As a start, you will want to find someone who is available to help you with the heavy work, agree on a rate and draft a simple contract to cover casual work, and estimate how many hours you'll need them for, as you'll need a signed contract or quote/budget documentation for a lot of grants. *have just edited this bc... also worth knowing is that wages and salaries are usually lower priorities for finders (harder to get money for) than actual tangible items such as, say, new fencing, housing, animal food etc. So you might need to apply for grants for those items and rely on donations to pay the wages. Feel free to PM me for more advice x

I'm happy to give a hand with stuff as long as I can bring my kids 🙂

Hi I may be able to help you, can I send a private message to you

It sounds like maybe you’ve got a few candidates for grant writing, so my suggestion is a bit different. Having worked with Special Olympics for a number of years and having autistic teenage boys myself, I understand the difficulty that this group of people can have finding meaningful work. It might be worth looking into the possibility of hosting able bodied folk with different needs to either gain some work experience or for actual paid employment. You may find that if this employment model also helps with the success of your grants. Having written a number of them myself, I know that many of them have a focus on bettering the lives of people with disabilities. Happy to talk to you more. PM me of you like.

Shared, good luck Shawn 🍀 I'm sure someone will help 👍

I have sent a PM as I can help do the grant applications for you, that’s what I do for other not- for-profit organisations. Have a read of my message and let me know what you would like to do. I am very happy to help.

Good luck.

good luck

what other sort of help do you need ? My parrner is an Electrican, we could come for the day and do some small electrical jobs if that woulds help

Can you hire someone through MSD they then cover most/all of their wages for 6 months? I think it's a minimum of 20 hours a week. The issue would be keeping them on after that but would allow you time to apply for grants.

I would like to give a donation. how can I do that please.

Wow! What a truly amazing country we live in. You guys commenting on here about helping the Animal Sanctuary are all fantastic, really quite emotional reading, makes me proud to be a Kiwi. I cant help but would like to donate please!

Hope you find the right help who will be dedicated to your cause. 👍👍👍 Whistleblower for slaughterhouse and farm workers

Jennie Denton you have amazing skills...

Ohh did you find that pot of gold??

Margaret Dudley

Leora Hirsh

Amy Adlam would tali want to volunteer here? X

Hi you can approach department of corrections they can help you as your not making money talk to them it's a free gig

Kia kaha. 😎

Max Hope

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HENNY PENNY PART 2
We've been trying to build a wheelchair for Henny Penny to get her off the floor, but our attempts haven't worked out very well. Then we received a wonderful surprise: Our friends and Sanctuary Supporters Debbie and Adrian bought a wheelchair for Henny Penny from Australia. It's PERFECT!! They even bought a second one for a future hen, as they know we often have lots of hens in slings after a battery farm rescue. Thank you so very much, it's just what we needed, and we're deeply thankful.
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HENNY PENNY PART 2
Weve been trying to build a wheelchair for Henny Penny to get her off the floor, but our attempts havent worked out very well.  Then we received a wonderful surprise:  Our friends and Sanctuary Supporters Debbie and Adrian bought a wheelchair for Henny Penny from Australia.  Its PERFECT!! They even bought a second one for a future hen, as they know we often have lots of hens in slings after a battery farm rescue.  Thank you so very much, its just what we needed, and were deeply thankful.

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Aw bless. Everyone deserves a chance ❤❤❤

It looks marvellous, so perfect. Lovely people

Yay that’s so awesome!!

Now that's teamwork!!!! Awesome guys 👍

there are some truly amazing lovely people out there

So lovely ♥️she seems happy. What a darling hen . You are amazing ♥️

Awww dear wee soul, hope she will be ok 💗

That’s the best! Get well soon Henny Penny!

How fabulous!

You people are so wonderful i have chooks that no one wants or has things wrong with them i love them

That is amazing 😍

she looks quite happy too 🙂

So good.

This is amazing ❤❤❤

Brilliant

Wonderful 😊

wonderful!

Crushie would have loved this!

Famtastic!! 💕💕🐔☀️

REAL UNSUNG HEROES ❣️❣️❣️❣️

What a lucky Henny Penny!

Just when you think the world sucks , this happens , people can be totally amazing

Nikki Kent the tears are real. Look at this sweetness.

Nice! Is this a temporary solution or permanent?

Maggie Johns how great!

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HENNY PENNY PART 1
This hen was rescued from a battery farm. She had 2 broken legs, which healed in a sitting position. Henny Penny can't walk properly because her feet are turned inward and step on each other. If she flaps really hard she can get from A to B... but she's mostly content to sit and cuddle and watch TV with us. Henny Penny isn't suffering. She's a very happy, bright hen who just happens to have a mobility problem. She lives indoors with us until we find the perfect adopter who will also provide a loving indoor home. In the meantime, Henny Penny received a wonderful surprise, which I'll tell you about this afternoon in Part 2...
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HENNY PENNY PART 1
This hen was rescued from a battery farm.  She had 2 broken legs, which healed in a sitting position. Henny Penny cant walk properly because her feet are turned inward and step on each other.  If she flaps really hard she can get from A to B... but shes mostly content to sit and cuddle and watch TV with us. Henny Penny isnt suffering.  Shes  a very happy, bright hen who just happens to have a mobility problem.  She lives indoors with us until we find the perfect adopter who will also provide a loving indoor home.  In the meantime, Henny Penny received a wonderful surprise, which Ill tell you about this afternoon in Part 2...

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S he looks so happy with her family. I had some rescue hens and a Rooster. Lovedthem. But had to rehome because the Dog I also rescued was not trustworthy.

Can totally recommend Robyn Rae I have visited her sanctuary many times and cuddled chooks, dog etc.

Can her legs not be reset? Best wishes PLee

Awww so gorgeous

She looks so pleased with herself and happy 😃

Ohhhhh Henny Penny. You could fill the void our beautiful Zelda left. She was also an indoor chicken 🥰

Lucky little hen wish more could end up happy like that they all deserve to

Bless her

Wonderful.🐣🐓🐔☀️💕💕

So cute 🐣

Beautiful 👍👏💕🐔

Mine like to sit inside when they can as well, such good company x

She’s living the high life !

Omg Matthew baby, let’s adopt her. She’d be matching our Lizzie ❤️🥰😍

Benji "She's behind me, isn't she?"......

How do you stop her from pooping everywhere??!

Omg ❤

Madi Taylor we need a Henny Penny/ ducky lucky

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GOOD FRIDAY
On Friday, three of our Good Friday team performed their usual magic. We missed Ann, but Maureen did a great job on her own with a variety of projects. Scott and Dan built a new fence and gate to keep the donkey and miniature horse out of the goat paddock... and of course, Goatee had to supervise to make sure it met his standards!
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GOOD FRIDAY
On Friday, three of our Good Friday team performed their usual magic.  We missed Ann, but Maureen did a great job on her own with a variety of projects.  Scott and Dan built a new fence and gate to keep the donkey and miniature horse out of the goat paddock... and of course, Goatee had to supervise to make sure it met his standards!

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Wow great job

I for one, love working my magic on Fridays 🙂

Keep up the good work

HI guys I have some leftover 900 high sheep mesh if you are interested.. some shorts and some longer bits.

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ALPACAS ALL SET
The 3 male alpacas that were abandoned when their 'owner' moved overseas, received a HUGE number of offers for a new home. Thank you to everyone who commented, shared, and kindly offered a home.
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ALPACAS ALL SET
The 3 male alpacas that were abandoned when their owner moved overseas, received a HUGE number of offers for a new home.  Thank you to everyone who commented, shared, and kindly offered a home.Image attachment

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Beautiful boys! We might just have the right space. Waiting for Sharon to get back to me.

Great to see so much interest. If these aren't taken in a week or so we are able and willing, but would need transport to South waikato

Please make sure they go to a home with great alpaca knowledge 🙂

I live in Matakana and am definitely keen. cheers

We live down road in coatesville and have land they are welcome to come to but our land is quite boggy at present would that be a problem

Still looking for a home? We have 5 males at the moment but still heaps of land left. Location Morrinsville

My neighbour has three, I’m sure they would take more!

She realised Aunty Zana but thought you both could holiday in NZ...

Morag.....you could take that snooty one for walks through Solihull....colour co-ordinated of course! X

Erin I would take one but you need to twist Craig’s arm😘

Having adopted Alpacas, they aren’t as low maintenance as people would have you believe. They must always be in a group and make sure you know what you’re getting into please 😍

I have sent the post through to Laura Schwerdtfeger of Lifestyle Animal Vet Services. She may know of someone that can help out.

Are they entire??? We have space and they would have 7 new friends 🤣🤣

Helen Tuckerman just for you

How could someone do this. This is disgusting to me if you get an animal of any kind you have it for life. Otherwise don’t bloody get one. You wouldn’t abandon your children so why do this to your fur babies. Animals have feelings to but they just suffer in silence. I don’t know how these owners can sleep at night. This makes me so angry.

No they need lots of tlc not absent owners

We will take them 🙂 we have 4 already and on 12 acres

Does anyone know if these boys have been homed? I’m very interested but haven’t heard back

Ti Ana what if you came home and I had adopted these guys. Just chilling in the lounge.

Are they wethered (neutered)? Are they registered? Age? People need to know that alpacas need to be in a group, preferably 3 or more, and boys should never be put in with girls...even if wethered. They will still mate constantly and can cause infections with the girls. Is there any info on fleece quality?

Karen ... I’ve given up asking for a horse - how about these guys??

They cross graze well with horses

Have they found a home yet ?

Do make sure the new owners want them as pets ... not livestock.

Can take the boys if they don't find homes closer Keenan scott Shearer Alpaca Experience Cambridge

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NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED
Our beloved Goatee was on his knees over the weekend (it’s always the weekend!), so we put in an urgent call for Goran from Dairy Flat Veterinary Clinic to come treat his feet on Monday. He and Alice arrived with a hissing sound, and discovered their truck tyre was quickly going flat. Changing that stubborn tyre took even longer than treating Goatee’s feet…and of course it rained heavily right in the middle of the tyre change. However, Goatee is up and dancing again, so we are extremely thankful that Goran came to our rescue once again. We are also very grateful to Jon Universal for sponsoring Goatee, which enabled us to have his feet cared for on site. Angels come in all forms!!
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NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED
Our beloved Goatee was on his knees over the weekend (it’s always the weekend!), so we put in an urgent call for Goran from Dairy Flat Veterinary Clinic to come treat his feet on Monday.  He and Alice arrived with a hissing sound, and discovered their truck tyre was quickly going flat.  Changing that stubborn tyre took even longer than treating Goatee’s feet…and of course it rained heavily right in the middle of the tyre change.  However, Goatee is up and dancing again, so we are extremely thankful that Goran came to our rescue once again.  We are also very grateful to Jon Universal for sponsoring Goatee, which enabled us to have his feet cared for on site.  Angels come in all forms!!

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He’s such an awesome vet

Awesome team effort! Not easy in this weather⛈

We need to sponsor goran an aa membership That way he can do animal stuff while someone else changes tyre 😁

Thank you Goran - you are a legend among men. Also thanks to the sponsors.

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MEET KIRSTY
We're delighted to introduce you to Kirsty, our Monday volunteer. We often have people say they want to volunteer, but when they realise what hard physical work we do, they disappear. However, this is the fourth week in a row that Kirsty has come to help, so now we believe: she's real ! Kirsty is a fabulous help. She works hard, is great with the animals, and can be trusted to work independently. What an absolutely wonderful addition to our Animal Sanctuary Team. Thanks so much, Kirsty, we already wonder how we ever managed without you!!
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MEET KIRSTY
Were delighted to introduce you to Kirsty, our Monday volunteer.  We often have people say they want to volunteer, but when they realise what hard physical work we do, they disappear.  However, this is the fourth week in a row that Kirsty has come to help, so now we believe: shes real !  Kirsty is a fabulous help.  She works hard, is great with the animals, and can be trusted to work independently.  What an absolutely wonderful addition to our Animal Sanctuary Team.  Thanks so much, Kirsty, we already wonder how we ever managed without you!!

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Well done Kirstie, I'm very proud of you! Love you loads ❤️❤️ xxxx

Wow way to go Kirsty

Thank-you Kirsty .

Bless you Kirsty.

Go Kirsty 😀

Great work Kirsty 😊

Go Kirsty! Awesome !

Aww cute, thank you! 🤗 It's my favourite day of the week 😁

Thank you Kirsty. P.Lee

Awesome work Kirsty . What’s your donkey called?

I've been working 7 days a week so haven't been able to come in a while =(

Thumbs up to Kirsty

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BENEFITS OF A RAINY DAY AT THE ANIMAL SANCTUARY ...

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A happy ark!

Very happy animals ❤❤

Bliss.

💕

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The dog kennel donated by Lynn is an absolute beauty: immaculate condition, wooden floors, great size for baby goats, lambs, piglets etc. We’re also thinking it can be a loaner if someone wants to adopt 2 of our piglets, but needs a house to start them with. However, she’s also quite a beast, as she’s very very heavy! Thankfully, after a major planning session (first photo), our wonderful friends helped us to load her onto the ute (second photo). Thank you to Quinten, Raylene, Bryan, Carla, Eli, Polu, Lyn, and Dayna for their help!!
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The dog kennel donated by Lynn is an absolute beauty: immaculate condition, wooden floors, great size for baby goats, lambs, piglets etc.  We’re also thinking it can be a loaner if someone wants to adopt 2 of our piglets, but needs a house to start them with.  However, she’s also quite a beast, as she’s very very heavy!  Thankfully, after a major planning session (first photo), our wonderful friends helped us to load her onto the ute (second photo).  Thank you to Quinten, Raylene, Bryan, Carla, Eli, Polu, Lyn, and Dayna for their help!!Image attachment

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Awesome- great work guys!

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TRANSCONTINENTAL RACE FOR THE ANIMAL SANCTUARY!!
Michael Cannon and racing partner Daniel Welch are competing in the Transcontinental Cycle Race, a 4000km bicycle race that crosses the European Continent. Spanning 7 countries, the pair hope to beat their previous time of 14 Days, 23 Hours and 18 Minutes. It’s an unusual race because:
- Racers can only use what they take with them, or what they can find en-route at commercially available services.
- There is no defined route on the race. Riders will start in Bulgaria and pass 4 mandatory checkpoints across 7 countries and 4000km, finishing in western France. The rest is up to them.
- The clock never stops. Racers chose where, when and if at all to rest.
Michael decided to make the race a fundraiser for our Animal Sanctuary. Unlike some people who’ve “raised funds” for us but never deposited them (!!), Michael has set this up under our Givealittle page so that any donations come directly to us. He even came to meet the animals before heading back to Europe for the race. Love the gumboots with the bike!!
Please visit givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/cycling-4000km-for-the-animal-sanctuary
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TRANSCONTINENTAL RACE FOR THE ANIMAL SANCTUARY!!
Michael Cannon and racing partner Daniel Welch are competing in the Transcontinental Cycle Race, a 4000km bicycle race that crosses the European Continent.  Spanning 7 countries, the pair hope to beat their previous time of 14 Days, 23 Hours and 18 Minutes.   It’s an unusual race because:
- Racers can only use what they take with them, or what they can find en-route at commercially available services.
- There is no defined route on the race. Riders will start in Bulgaria and pass 4 mandatory checkpoints across 7 countries and 4000km, finishing in western France. The rest is up to them.
- The clock never stops.  Racers chose where, when and if at all to rest.
Michael decided to make the race a fundraiser for our Animal Sanctuary.  Unlike some people who’ve “raised funds” for us but never deposited them (!!), Michael has set this up under our Givealittle page so that any donations come directly to us. He even came to meet the animals before heading back to Europe for the race.  Love the gumboots with the bike!!
Please visit https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/cycling-4000km-for-the-animal-sanctuary

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good ON them! - good luck

How awesome- what top blokes!

That's amazing!!!

John Montgomerie Isn't this wonderful

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