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.
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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
June was a very busy month, with the arrival of Monkey and Ralph, the kune kune piglets, taking care of the new donkeys, being interviewed for a local rural lifestyles paper and dealing with lots of rain and mud!
Monkey, the blind piglet, is doing very well and he and Ralph have become great friends. They have a lovely warm, dry house, and when it isn't raining they get to spend time in the big paddock.
When the new donkeys arrived we drenched them because they looked like they were suffering from internal and external mites, worms, etc. Unfortunately they passed some of it on to Prune who lost hair around her muzzle, eyes and ears. After a visit from the vet, all three donkeys were drenched again and we are starting to see an improvement.
We were contacted by a reporter for a local rural lifestyle paper called Valley Voice and we were happy to tell our story. These are some of the photos that may be used for the article which is due out very soon.
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Grant Ainsley, the father of our latest volunteer Emily, from Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada, has very generously offered to sponsor Ralph for the next ten months! The sponsorship is in memory of Grant's aunt, Edith Gordon, who passed away recently.
Thank you very much for your generosity.
Our equine dentist, Rebecca Bush of www.equinedental.co.nz came to check our new donkeys yesterday, and she was amazed that they were able to eat anything, given the shocking state of their teeth! She has done what she can for them, and I was able to reassure her that they do manage quite well eating grass, hay and mashed gumnuts, and they even manage to eat apples when they get the chance! Rebecca very kindly made a donation of her services, which was greatly appreciated.
One of our sponsors, Karina Jex, brought her partner, Adam, to meet Peggy and Sue, the two pigs that she sponsors. They also met Celeste and Harmony, the two sheep that Karina has also offered to sponsor. It is always a pleasure to welcome our sponsors here, and to witness their joy in spending time with the animals.