As our farm gates closed after the last visitor had left, the second Kind Critter Care Conference came to an end. Notes were taken, presentations delivered, hearts were moved and souls were searched. “There is so much more to running a sanctuary for rescued farmed animals than simply putting up a shingle on a gate,” Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern explained. Many important aspects involved in setting up and running an animal sanctuary were covered, including catering for the needs of farmed animals along with their care and maintenance, farm layout and animal housing, as well as thought-provoking presentations such as how best to help animals (which may not directly involving running a sanctuary) and dealing with burnout. These thoughtful topics and more saw the participants, many of whom who had flown in from around Australia, offer a resounding ‘hooves up’ declaring the conference ‘inspiring’, ‘hugely informative’, ‘insightful’ and ‘intensive yet balanced’. And the food, it was awesome! (Of course no animals were harmed in its preparation.)
A huge shout out of thanks to all those; who took part in, assisted with or presented at, our first ever Kind Critter Conferences (both our March and May events). Such was the interest in this landmark event we plan on making it an annual occurrence, please keep an eye on our website and facebook page for details of the 2016 event in March.