A few months ago we were contacted by the SPCA on Waiheke Island about two donkeys that needed a new home. Their owner was planning on travelling overseas and had nowhere for them to go. He had also struggled to feed them over the summer. It took some time to organise but we finally got them here! It was a long day but worth it! Thanks go to A1 Float Hire who loaned us a horse float for the day, and Sealink Ferries, who paid for the harbour crossings, and generous donations from a friend of ours and also the donkeys' owner.
Bilbo and Pipo have settled in well, although they are a bit aggressive when it comes to feeding time. They aren't used to being fed twice a day so they don't trust us not to take the food away from them! Otherwise, they are very tame. At this point we are keeping them separate from our other donkeys, but we hope that they will all live together happily before too long.
Apart from the sad passing of our rooster Freddie, it has been a calm and relatively peaceful summer here. Two of the roosters decided that they didn't like me very much and I had a couple of unpleasant wounds on my hand. Those naughty boys have now been fenced into enclosures where they can't get at me!
The animals have coped well with some very hot weather and now we are heading into cooler days.
We have had several volunteers staying here and helping us out since the start of the year so we are almost prepared for the wet and muddy winter months!
We are very excited to be getting two donkeys from Waiheke Island soon. They were left on a farm after it's sale and the new owner doesn't want them. We are just waiting for transport to be finalised.
Happy New Year from all of us to all of you! After a depressing start to the summer (weather-wise) we are now enjoying some beautiful weather and the animals are enjoying it. We have just finished making hay so we are well-prepared for next winter! All of the animals are doing well and our totals at the moment are:
1 rooster and 6 hens (separate enclosure)
1 dog (plus 5 others not part of the sanctuary)
1 cat (plus 2 others not part of the sanctuary)
If you are interested in sponsoring an animal, there are about 30 roosters that still need a sponsor - $10 a month and tax deductible. They are the most expensive animals to feed simply because there are so many of them!
Spring is finally in the air! We are finally seeing some grass growing in the paddocks and the arrival of sunny days is a boost for animals and humans alike :)
The sheep have been shorn....
Monkey and Ralph are enjoying the better weather in their new paddock
Max the rooster was adopted by his sponsor and is loving his new home and girlfriends!
Zeus and Phillip were returned to us and they are slowly settling back in.
Because we had two roosters adopted recently, we had room to take on one more - Blue from Puhoi
With a very slight improvement in the weather, we were finally able to clear up the two trees that came down in storms over the winter. Luckily we had some volunteers staying with us, and Toby, Alison and Lucy were a great help!
Spring brings bad behaviour in the rooster enclosure and poor Roberto was the victim of a beating from a rooster who had managed to get into his fenced-off area. Roberto appears to have lost sight in BOTH eyes, although we had hoped that he could still see out of one eye. He now lives in his own private "room" but it is part of the big rooster house so he has company around him.
We were mentioned in an article in a local paper.
Heartbreaking news - one of our newly rescued donkeys, Peter, died suddenly after only three months with us. He had many health issues when he arrived but he was eating well and we had hoped that he would live a long life here. In this photo, Peter is on the left.
While Toby was here he took some photos of our farm and did his ...
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It has a been a long, wet, muddy winter and we're still waiting for some drier weather! The animals are all doing well but I'm sure they would all prefer a bit less of the wind and rain and MUD!!!
Unfortunately we had no success in rehoming the three returned pigs, so they're going to stay here. Mary has been sponsored but Cheetah and Yoda are still looking for sponsors - $20 a month and visiting rights!
We have welcomed some new sponsors over the last couple of months and we thank them very much for their support......
My sister, Kim, had sponsored our donkey Nellie, who died in May, and she has now taken on the sponsorship of one of our new donkeys, Peter.
Ami Taylor is sponsoring Prune the donkey, and she came to meet her last month.
Juliet Ware is sponsoring Stefan the rooster and it was lovely to meet her and her mother last month.
Dale Leyland is sponsoring Monty the goat and we look forward to meeting her when she gets the chance to visit us.
Sinem and her friend, M ...
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Firstly, we are very happy that one of our roosters, Jamie has been adopted by a local man who needed a companion for his hens. We hear that Jamie has settled well and is loving his new life!!
We have had a quiet couple of months, with only one volunteer, Nivad from France, who did a fantastic job planting trees all over the farm.
But now that the weather is supposedly improving we have a steady stream of travellers from overseas offering to help us out in return for room and board. We have just said goodbye to Toby and Alison who, along with Lucy who is still here, have done a huge amount of work in a short amount of time. They cleaned up the downed tress in the rooster enclosure, cleared branches out of paddocks, planted trees, fed animals, brushed the donkeys every day, cooked great meals, put up plastic windbreaks in some shelters and made hay feeders for the donkeys. Fantastic!!!!!
Our friend, Shawn, at the Animal Sanctuary in Matakana has kindly offered to advertise our three pigs who are looking for homes, so I thought I would re-post their photos here for anyone who is interested.
Mary, Yoda and Cheetah were adopted from here in January last year but returned to us when their owner had to move to Australia. They are friendly and love tummy rubs. Mary and Yoda need to stay together. They are both black but Mary has four white feet. Yoda has been neutered and they both have nose rings.
Two months ago we adopted Cheetah out as a companion for another kune kune pig but unfortunately that didn't work out and he came back home. His brother and sister have decided not to accept him back, so we are looking for a home for him as a companion for another pig. Cheetah has been neutered and he has a nose ring.
Winter can be very depressing when the grass stops growing and the pigs' paddocks turn to mud, but all of the animals are doing well and enjoying the occasional days without rain. We had another big storm in early July and unfortunately lost the second and only remaining tree in the rooster enclosure. Luckily it didn't damage any of the rooster houses but it's sad to no longer have the shade from this tree. On the positive side, the roosters seem to be enjoying climbing over the trunk and branches and it will still provide shade in the summer in it's horizontal form!
We welcomed three new roosters in July, and two roosters, Prince and Zeus, were rehomed. The new boys are named Jamie, Callum and Kristian and they have settled in well.
July 26th was the day of national action against factory farming and I went along to the protest march in Auckland. It's been quite a while since I last marched up Queen Street - it was a great feeling and for such an important cause.
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I was invited to be interviewed for the TV programme, Paws for Thought, on Face TV (Sky 83), and Trixie (one of our dogs) and I were on TV tonight :)
We talked about the setting up of the sanctuary, the roosters, and also the pigs. The main focus of the entire programme was to emphasise the intelligence and needs of pigs, who are treated so cruelly in factory farms in New Zealand.
Here is a link to the programme