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The Animal Sanctuary

I never pass this stuff on.... but these had me laughing so loud and so long, my cheeks hurt. Each successive photo and caption made me laugh even harder. I thought you might like a smile to brighten your day, too. Anyone with dogs (or any animals!) will be able to relate. Enjoy. Thanks Robyn, this is just what I needed!! ...

I never pass this stuff on.... but these had me laughing so loud and so long, my cheeks hurt.  Each successive photo and caption made me laugh even harder.  I thought you might like a smile to brighten your day, too.  Anyone with dogs (or any animals!) will be able to relate.  Enjoy.  Thanks Robyn, this is just what I needed!!

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Vanessa Schedewy remind you of someone? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Maddy Brimelow-Hutchinson

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THANK YOU - GIBBS FARM
We had a lovely day yesterday at the Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park event. As you can see, this ostrich was very interested in learning more about our animal sanctuary, and baled Michael up to have a chat! Thank you to the Gibbs Farm Trustees, who allowed us to hold this much needed fundraiser. Thank you to the Gibbs Farm staff, who were so friendly, professional and welcoming. Thank you to everyone in the community who came along and supported us. It was lovely to meet so many of you, and to put faces to names that I've seen on our FB page. I'm glad we were able to share such a fabulous day!
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THANK YOU - GIBBS FARM
We had a lovely day yesterday at the Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park event.  As you can see, this ostrich was very interested in learning more about our animal sanctuary, and baled Michael up to have a chat!  Thank you to the Gibbs Farm Trustees, who allowed us to hold this much needed fundraiser.  Thank you to the Gibbs Farm staff, who were so friendly, professional and welcoming.  Thank you to everyone in the community who came along and supported us.  It was lovely to meet so many of you, and to put faces to names that Ive seen on our FB page.  Im glad we were able to share such a fabulous day!

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Awww it was such a fabulous day! What an absolutely amazing place!! And such a wonderful charity to fundraise for.. we enjoyed every minute of the 3 hours there ๐Ÿ˜ Many thanks to all involved ๐Ÿ™โค

Haha & the ostrich's were very inquisitive yes! If you want a laugh watch our wee video of our encounter.. apologies in advance for the colorful language & toddler screams but worth a giggle ๐Ÿ˜‚ Turns out he was actually a she & is very friendly, but at the time we begged to differ ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Thanks so much for arranging this amazing day, our team loved it and was blown away by the scale and beauty of Gibbs Farm, the amount you charged for tickets was very generous and very much appreciated, thank you thank you thank you....

It was an awesome day. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to cross this off the bucket list.

Had a fab time, amazing grounds, thank you for organising this occasion and would go again, feeling grateful ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Great Gibbs Farm

It was fabulous! Thanks to YOU too

Great day - thank you

Hteat day, thankyou๐Ÿ‘

Was a lovely day thanks so much to both Gibbs Farm and you for making it available!

Shawn, are ostrich’s native to NZ?

What did Michael say to Ossy? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฃ

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HENSITTER NEEDED
One of our hen adopters sent us this urgent request:
"Can you please help... we've just had some terrible family news but long story short it means we'll all be away over the Christmas period and our 4 chooks won't be looked after. Do you know anyone who could take them for me for 3-4 weeks? I really want them back, so it's not a forever move, just to help me and girls out. I'm in Dairy Flat."
If you can help, please PM me, and I'll connect the two of you. Thank you very much.
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HENSITTER NEEDED
One of our hen adopters sent us this urgent request:
Can you please help... weve just had some terrible family news but long story short it means well all be away over the Christmas period and our 4 chooks wont be looked after. Do you know anyone who could take them for me for 3-4 weeks? I really want them back, so its not a forever move, just to help me and girls out. Im in Dairy Flat. 
 If you can help, please PM me, and Ill connect the two of you.  Thank you very much.

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Oh this could be me if they would also like a house sitter... Will check dates!

Get a grandpa feeder and a automatic waterer they will be fine that’s what we do and a friend called in occasionally to check and collect eggs

Absolutely happy to. Dairy flat , no hens

What a wonderful community - I can't help because I'm way down in Nelson but it truly warms my heart to see people reaching out.

We live in dairy flat and could drop by and feed them,

Was going to offer, but ur well sorted, plus im in Patumahoe. Love seeing ur response tho

We are in all Christmas live on postman RD if you would like us to look after them

I may be able to take them

good luck

Alice Hayward

Alice Hayward

Mary Hamilton

Tess Dees

Sarah Abbot?

I’m in dairy flat and happy to come round and spend some tome with them each day and give them fresh water / food. I would take them myself but have over 100 birds. Happy to help out for you . Sorry about the news. 0225261064 - just a text away ๐Ÿ™‚

Neighbours could feed them.

I’m in Dairy Flat (BB Rd) and have 4 hens in an orchard with a house that can fit 8 easy. Mine are brown shavers too so you’d need to be able to identify yours (leg bands?) but I’m happy to take them for a few weeks ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Could drop them off in ch ch City to free range with my lo nkey chick I have full sized chook house to sleep in

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NOTES FOR GIBBS FARM EVENT
If you've bought a ticket (all sold out) for our fundraiser tomorrow at Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, please read the following to make sure it all goes smoothly:

- Please arrive at the BARR ROAD entrance of Gibbs Farm WITH YOUR TICKET, where you will be greeted by an event representative. The Barr Road entrance is OFF the main Kaipara Coast Highway.

- This is a walking experience. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunblock and water.

- Bring your own picnic lunch and water. There is no shop at the park.

- Please do not climb on or into any sculptures.
- Please remove all rubbish.
- Alcohol is not permitted.
- Gibbs Farm contains a variety of animals that roam freely. DO NOT feed or chase them.
- No animals or domestic pets are allowed, including no dogs.
- Please adhere to all signage.
- Access to all artworks is by foot.
- Good walking shoes are necessary as the farm is a 3-4 hour walking experience.
- This event goes ahead regardless of weather
- Photography is allowed but drone use is strictly prohibited
- Gibbs Farm is a multiple hazard area โ€“ persons entering this property must comply with all safety regulations under the Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992.
- The Trustees of Gibbs Farm have generously allowed us to arrange this event as a key fundraiser for The Animal Sanctuary.
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NOTES FOR GIBBS FARM EVENT
If youve bought a ticket (all sold out) for our fundraiser tomorrow at Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, please read the following to make sure it all goes smoothly:

- Please arrive at the BARR ROAD entrance of Gibbs Farm WITH YOUR TICKET, where you will be greeted by an event representative.  The Barr Road entrance is OFF the main Kaipara Coast Highway.

- This is a walking experience. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunblock and water.  

- Bring your own picnic lunch and water.  There is no shop at the park.

- Please do not climb on or into any sculptures.
- Please remove all rubbish.
- Alcohol is not permitted.
- Gibbs Farm contains a variety of animals that roam freely. DO NOT feed or chase them.
- No animals or domestic pets are allowed, including no dogs.
- Please adhere to all signage.
- Access to all artworks is by foot.
- Good walking shoes are necessary as the farm is a 3-4 hour walking experience.
- This event goes ahead regardless of weather
- Photography is allowed but drone use is strictly prohibited
- Gibbs Farm is a multiple hazard area โ€“ persons entering this property must comply with all safety regulations under the Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992.
- The Trustees of Gibbs Farm have generously allowed us to arrange this event as a key fundraiser for The Animal Sanctuary.

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Thankyou so much for this opportunity. We had a wonderful time, such a special place. I loved being able to see such well fed animals. The natural environment was a perfect complement to the amazing sculptures.

We were lucky enough to hear about this and go today. It was wonderful to see the well cared for animals. It was an amazing place, so tranquil and sculptures were fantastic.

We all ready!

Thankyou for an awesome day

Josi Fletcher Emma Elizabeth ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผโค

Angela Hollinger ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

Steve Roach Karin Le Roux Tan Henward Tan

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RECUPERATING
One of the hens that was adopted recently was stood on by a horse at her new home. Her new family brought her to us because there were no vets open on a Sunday. She has a broken leg, two broken and dislocated wings, and a fractured pelvis. We've put a splint on her leg, set and wrapped both wings, and placed her in a wheelchair. She's bored, and may limp in future, but we believe that she will heal and be able to live a normal chicken life. Thanks again to Debbie and Adrian for donating the wheelchair, which we use so much!!!
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RECUPERATING
One of the hens that was adopted recently was stood on by a horse at her new home.  Her new family brought her to us because there were no vets open on a Sunday.  She has a broken leg, two broken and dislocated wings, and a fractured pelvis.  Weve put a splint on her leg, set and wrapped both wings, and placed her in a wheelchair.  Shes bored, and may limp in future, but we believe that she will heal and be able to live a normal chicken life.  Thanks again to Debbie and Adrian for donating the wheelchair, which we use so much!!!

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Oh no, a fractured pelvis is not good for a chicken, laying will be very painful for her now, (more than usual) ๐Ÿ˜”

I hope she is on some pain relief. Well done guys. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Poor darling. I also wonder about her laying in future. Will she be at more risk of becoming eggbound?

Poor little chook, I hope her insides heal. Love her wheelchair๐Ÿ˜Š

So awesome! Must get you Henney Penney’s one back to you! She doesn’t use it now and can get everywhere she wants! Including the sofa.....bed! Such a snuggly little girl! You will be ok little one! You are in the best hands possible!

I appreciate your compassion and your love of animals BUT there are limits. Would euthanasia have been kinder?

Does she have pain relief? Poor sweetheart.

Poor baby, hope she makes it!

poor wee borb, so glad you could help her

This is so cute I hope she heals quickly! โค

Awww poor chicky ๐Ÿ’›

I bet she will too...you really have such amazing skills guys!

Aww, bless her!

aww shes awesome luv the aroha for her

You guys are amazing, hope she has a speedy recovery.

You are truly AMAZING ๐Ÿ’“

Just awesome xxx

God bless you for looking after the poor old chook ๐Ÿ˜Š

Wow, that’s impressive.

Bless

Get well soon Choky... You guys are amaaaaazing once more ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡

Good job lucky chicken.

Poor little chicken!! I hope she heals. Where did u get that wheelchair? That would be SO useful on occasions.

Maggie Johns

I can see a new book in the making to rival “Wonkey Donkey” “Stricken Chicken” ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿค—

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AUCTION CLOSED: HIGHEST BIDDER - Lucy Chilberto $50
CAT CHRISTMAS PACKAGE

1 x Scratching Board
1 x Beco Wand with Bouncing Frog stuffed with catnip
1 x Cat Kicker stuffed with catnip
1 x Meow Bites โ€“ Lamb & Hoki
1 x Meow Bites โ€“ Chicken & King Salmon
1 x Meow Bites โ€“ Beef & Lamb
3 x Cool Cat Collars with sparkly bells, each a different colour
Not in photo, 1 x Stainless Steel Non-Slip Food Bowl
****Whoever wins this auction is also entitled to a free engraved name tag at animates Albany!

For the top cat in your life, this selection of kitty items will make the purrrfect gift! Place your bid in the comments section below.

The winner can pick up in Matakana, Albany, Mangere Bridge, or Glendowie. Possibly others by arrangement. Outside of Auckland, postage will be extra.

Because this is a valuable package, there will be a reserve.
100% of the highest bid will go directly to The Animal Sanctuary for the care of rescued animals and birds. Thank you to Animates Albany for their generous donation.
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AUCTION CLOSED: HIGHEST BIDDER - Lucy Chilberto $50
CAT CHRISTMAS PACKAGE 

1 x Scratching Board
1 x Beco Wand with Bouncing Frog stuffed with catnip
1 x Cat Kicker stuffed with catnip
1 x Meow Bites โ€“ Lamb & Hoki
1 x Meow Bites โ€“ Chicken & King Salmon
1 x Meow Bites โ€“ Beef & Lamb 
3 x Cool Cat Collars with sparkly bells, each a different colour
Not in photo, 1 x Stainless Steel Non-Slip Food Bowl
****Whoever wins this auction is also entitled to a free engraved name tag at animates Albany!

For the top cat in your life, this selection of kitty items will make the purrrfect gift! Place your bid in the comments section below.

The winner can pick up in Matakana, Albany, Mangere Bridge, or Glendowie.  Possibly others by arrangement.  Outside of Auckland, postage will be extra.

Because this is a valuable package, there will be a reserve.  
100% of the highest bid will go directly to The Animal Sanctuary for the care of rescued animals and birds.  Thank you to Animates Albany for their generous donation.

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Whoever wins this auction is also entitled to a free engraved name tag at animates Albany. Bit hard to do beforehand ๐Ÿ™‚

Charmaine J Mailley

$50

Sue Green

$10

$25

$15

$20

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AUCTION CLOSED: HIGHEST BIDDER - Felicity Morgan $50
SMALL ANIMAL HOLIDAY TREAT HAMPER
(for guinea pigs, rabbits, etc)

1 x Trixie Snack Roll (hides and dispenses treats when rolled)
1 x Apple Nibblots snack pack
1 x Carrot Nibblots snack pack
1 x Berries Nibblots snack pack
1 x Ka-Bob Refillable Tread hanger with 4 fruit chews
1 x Salt Savors with 4 flavoured salt licks
1 x Kaytee Lava Bites (3pack)
1 x Play-N-Hay hanging refillable toy keeps hay & treats off the floor
1 x Kaytee Crispy Chews (3pack)
1 x Woven Apple Toss

Your rabbit or guinea pig (or even rat) will think theyโ€™ve moved to a luxury holiday hotel, with all these special treats! Place your bid in the comments section below.

The winner can pick up in Matakana, Albany, Mangere Bridge, or Glendowie. Possibly others by arrangement. Outside of Auckland, postage will be extra.

Because this is a valuable package, there will be a reserve.
100% of the highest bid will go directly to The Animal Sanctuary for the care of rescued animals and birds. Thank you to Animates Albany for their generous donation.
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AUCTION CLOSED:  HIGHEST BIDDER - Felicity Morgan $50
SMALL ANIMAL HOLIDAY TREAT HAMPER 
(for guinea pigs, rabbits, etc)

1 x Trixie Snack Roll (hides and dispenses treats when rolled)
1 x Apple Nibblots snack pack
1 x Carrot Nibblots snack pack
1 x Berries Nibblots snack pack
1 x Ka-Bob Refillable Tread hanger with 4 fruit chews
1 x Salt Savors with 4 flavoured salt licks
1 x Kaytee Lava Bites (3pack)
1 x Play-N-Hay hanging refillable toy keeps hay & treats off the floor
1 x Kaytee Crispy Chews (3pack)
1 x Woven Apple Toss

Your rabbit or guinea pig (or even rat) will think theyโ€™ve moved to a luxury holiday hotel, with all these special treats!  Place your bid in the comments section below.

The winner can pick up in Matakana, Albany, Mangere Bridge, or Glendowie.  Possibly others by arrangement.  Outside of Auckland, postage will be extra.

Because this is a valuable package, there will be a reserve.  
100% of the highest bid will go directly to The Animal Sanctuary for the care of rescued animals and birds.  Thank you to Animates Albany for their generous donation.

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Flossy Lyford

$50

$20

$30

If the auction is still running and OK to post at my expense ... $35

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AUCTION CLOSED: HIGHEST BIDDER - Vanessa Veart-Smith $100
DOGโ€™S CHRISTMAS PAMPER PACKAGE

1 x Unicorn bed (with multi-coloured mane down the back. Adorable!)
1 x Package of 24 Whimzees, natural dental treats, size small
1 x Stainless Steel Non-Slip Food Bowl
2 x Chuck It balls for Fetch
1 x Kong Classic rubber chewer
1 x Tommy Turtle Eco rough & tough double stitched puncture free squeaker toy
1 x Package of Large VeggieDent Fresh sticks

Youโ€™ll never be in the doghouse again if you buy this Christmas special for your favourite canine! Place your bid in the comments section below.

The winner can pick up in Matakana, Albany, Mangere Bridge, or Glendowie. Possibly others by arrangement. Outside of Auckland, postage will be extra.

Because this is a valuable package, there will be a reserve.
100% of the highest bid will go directly to The Animal Sanctuary for the care of rescued animals and birds. Thank you to Animates Albany for their generous donation.
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AUCTION CLOSED: HIGHEST BIDDER - Vanessa Veart-Smith $100
DOGโ€™S CHRISTMAS PAMPER PACKAGE 

1 x Unicorn bed (with multi-coloured mane down the back.  Adorable!)
1 x Package of 24 Whimzees, natural dental treats, size small
1 x Stainless Steel Non-Slip Food Bowl
2 x Chuck It balls for Fetch
1 x Kong Classic rubber chewer
1 x Tommy Turtle Eco rough & tough double stitched puncture free squeaker toy
1 x Package of Large VeggieDent Fresh sticks

Youโ€™ll never be in the doghouse again if you buy this Christmas special for your favourite canine!  Place your bid in the comments section below.

The winner can pick up in Matakana, Albany, Mangere Bridge, or Glendowie.  Possibly others by arrangement.  Outside of Auckland, postage will be extra.

Because this is a valuable package, there will be a reserve.  
100% of the highest bid will go directly to The Animal Sanctuary for the care of rescued animals and birds.  Thank you to Animates Albany for their generous donation.

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$100

Tim Fastnedge Delwyn White Alaina Ratu

Nykala Toheriri surely Enter for reef

Amba St

How do you bid? Gemma Smith

60

$50

$10

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AUCTION CLOSED: HIGHEST BIDDER Lucy Chilberto $151
ANIMAL SANCTUARY AUCTION #2:
WILD BIRD TREAT HAMPER
1 X Hanging Seed Snacker
1 x 2kg bag of Topflite Wild Bird Seed Mix
1 x Hanging Wild Bird Nectar Feeder
1 x 500gm bag of Topflite Nectar for tuis, bellbirds and waxeyes
1 x Hanger for Wild Bird Energy Truffles
2 x 6 pack of Peanut Wild Bird Energy Truffles (total 12 balls)
2 x 6 pack of Berry Wild Bird Energy Truffles (total 12 balls
2 x Hanging Gourmet Treat for Wild Birds
1 x 1kg bag of Topflite Lucky Duck seeds & grains

This auction will make your visiting wild birds verrrrry happy!
Iโ€™m quite jealous, Iโ€™d love to have this package myself. Place your bid in the comments section below.

The winner can pick up in Matakana, Albany, Mangere Bridge, or Glendowie. Possibly others by arrangement. Outside of Auckland, postage will be extra.

Because this is a valuable package, there will be a reserve.
100% of the highest bid will go directly to The Animal Sanctuary for the care of rescued animals and birds. Thank you to Animates Albany for their generous donation.
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AUCTION CLOSED:  HIGHEST BIDDER Lucy Chilberto $151
ANIMAL SANCTUARY AUCTION #2:
WILD BIRD TREAT HAMPER 
1 X Hanging Seed Snacker
1 x 2kg bag of Topflite Wild Bird Seed Mix
1 x Hanging Wild Bird Nectar Feeder
1 x 500gm bag of Topflite Nectar for tuis, bellbirds and waxeyes
1 x Hanger for Wild Bird Energy Truffles
2 x 6 pack of Peanut Wild Bird Energy Truffles (total 12 balls)
2 x 6 pack of Berry Wild Bird Energy Truffles (total 12 balls
2 x Hanging Gourmet Treat for Wild Birds
1 x 1kg bag of Topflite Lucky Duck seeds & grains

This auction will make your visiting wild birds verrrrry happy!  
Iโ€™m quite jealous, Iโ€™d love to have this package myself.  Place your bid in the comments section below.

The winner can pick up in Matakana, Albany, Mangere Bridge, or Glendowie.  Possibly others by arrangement.  Outside of Auckland, postage will be extra.

Because this is a valuable package, there will be a reserve.  
100% of the highest bid will go directly to The Animal Sanctuary for the care of rescued animals and birds.  Thank you to Animates Albany for their generous donation.

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Id love this for my daughter who does bird rescue in the south Waikato ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ $51

When does this auction end? ๐Ÿ™‚

$151

$100

$60

$130

$110

120

$65

$50 Charmaine J Mailley

$101

$150

$145

140

$135

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ANIMAL SANCTUARY AUCTION #1:
TICKET TO GIBBS FARM
The Animal Sanctuaryโ€™s Big Day Out is happening at stunning Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park this Friday. Tickets sold out within 24 hours!!! If you missed out, hereโ€™s your chance: Vicky Fletcher kindly donated back some tickets, and thereโ€™s just ONE left. The event is this Friday, 6 December, 10am โ€“ 2pm. We look forward to seeing the highest bidder there. Auction closes at 10pm tonight.
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ANIMAL SANCTUARY AUCTION #1: 
TICKET TO GIBBS FARM
The Animal Sanctuaryโ€™s Big Day Out is happening at stunning Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park this Friday.  Tickets sold out within 24 hours!!!  If you missed out, hereโ€™s your chance: Vicky Fletcher kindly donated back some tickets, and thereโ€™s just ONE left.  The event is this Friday, 6 December, 10am โ€“ 2pm.  We look forward to seeing the highest bidder there.  Auction closes at 10pm tonight.
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