Today our billboards and Kind Christmas website went live! But it’s not too late to be a part of this exciting initiative, you can still donate until the end of December and have your donation doubled. Any excess funds will go towards our next nationwide billboard campaign in the coming New Year. So watch this space.
But we couldn’t have done it without you. A massive thank you to our generous supporters and the kind-hearted anonymous donor, who will be matching donations to the Kind Christmas campaign dollar for dollar until the 31st of December. Also, our sincerest thanks to Rob, Emily and Ella –your amazing contributions have made our big dreams a reality. Continue reading →
On Saturday 30th of November 2013, six lucky turkeys arrived at our farm with the simple message from their rescuer, “Please save these turkeys; they deserve a chance.” And so life anew began for Miranda, Irma, Marion, Rosamund, Sara and Edith, and although we know that life is certainly no picnic if you are born a factory-farmed turkey, our pledge to this quirky sextet was to bestow upon each of them daily a life happily worth living. Sadly, though, with the passage of time and the ravages imposed upon these gentle birds by selective breeding, and despite our specially tailored feeding program and all the love and kindness we could muster, only one remains—Marty.
As you know, we here at Edgar’s Mission never stand still. We’re always looking for bigger and better ways to advocate for animals, so early December we’re going to unleash a powerful series of billboards across Melbourne. Continue reading →
Every month we shine the spotlight on a family who have chosen to bring new faces into their homes and hearts and adopt one or a few rescued animals. Read on to see how Roger, Kid Rock, Daisy, Marigold, Snow Bunny, Ink Blot and Jimminy Cricket are going in their new forever home.
The timeless charm of May Gibbs’ classic characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie has not been lost on generations who have come to love these Gumnut Babies and all their adorable antics. And we could think of no better names for two adorable little waifs of lambieness who recently arrived at Edgar’s Mission.
Despite their crippling disabilities, Snugglepot, with her cute overshot jaw and deformed front legs, and Cuddlepie, with her fused left hind fetlock joint, took no time in marching on in to our barn and our hearts. Although wary of humans these two little merino babies, with their velvety soft wool, will over the coming months need countless interactions with our kind to overcome their challenges. Continue reading →
Sitting at 519 metres above sea level the view from Magnet Hill, just north of the township of Gisborne, is quite majestic. So too were her two woolly inhabitants who had gazed out from this point for many a year, but it was only a matter of time before their luck ran out. With at least three years’ worth of wool coupled with recent rains and summer’s impending heat, it was a perfect storm for flystrike. And more dangers lurked around the corner as the hectic and unforgiving major highway would give no second chances to wandering sheep. Snow Ball and his trusty best buddy, Cream Puff, were in dire need of a lifeline.
Determination is described as willpower and strength of mind. Those who have it are said to possess a firmness of purpose, and we can think of no other animal who fits the bill better than little Petal. Arriving at our sanctuary just over a month ago she had little sensation in her hind limbs, unable to even move them, let alone stand.
While the truck driver who so callously removed the body of a newborn lamb and placed her in long grass at a wayside stop considered this tiny baby worthless, the kind-hearted human who witnessed the scene thought otherwise. And so too do we here at Edgar’s Mission.
Although in livestock transporting, heavily pregnant ewes are described as ‘unfit to load’, numerous are the instances of them being so. Herded up narrow ramps and crammed into tiered livestock trucks, many of these hapless animals are sent on the last road trip of their lives—straight to slaughterhouses. Sadly, many a terrified ewe has given birth in such inhospitable circumstances, never able to nurture her baby, and many a baby has been trampled to death. And with abattoirs unwelcoming of newborns, the situation described above is not the first of this kind. Continue reading →
Whilst the year 2 students from Ivanhoe Grammar may have been small in stature their enquiring minds were not. Having well studied all of the animals at Edgar’s Mission prior to their excursion to the Sanctuary on Thursday 20th of October, their enquiring minds showed a depth of understanding beyond their tender years. After hearing a thought provoking presentation from sanctuary Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, a fun and engaging farm tour by Kyle gave the students a chance to get up close and personal with many of the animals they had come to know and love via the internet.
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This month we need your help, well actually it’s not so much we but rather our animal friends. As many of you know the festive season is anything but festive if you are a farmed animal. At no other time of the year is there such a wanton and gluttonous feast of hapless animals, killed for their flesh; for them there is no peace or goodwill. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Please encourage all your family, friends and co-workers to have a kind Christmas, and to help you along we have a couple of cool suggestions.
Get your own copies of Polly Pig’s guide to a kind Christmas to distribute or just one to keep for yourself. You can download the flyer here or shoot us an email along with your postal address and we can send them out to you.
Make animals the centrepieces of your Christmas get together with a once off donation to sponsor a rescued farmed animal. This way you can share a beautiful presentation image of either the handsome Marty Turkey or affable Max Pig with your gathered clan at Christmas, reminding them of why you have chosen to keep animals off your plate and in your heart. Your tax-deductible donation will ensure Marty, Max and all their buddies have the kindest Christmas of all!
While the song “How much is that doggie in the window?” may have been a chart-topping song in the 50s, made famous by singer Patti Page, its message today speaks of a more sinister side of human nature—that of breeding animals for commercial gain. More than 60 years on, and to mark the start of Puppy Mill Action Week in 2008, the Humane Society of the United States teamed up with Patti to change the tune of this ever-popular song. Shining her brilliant voice and compassion for animals, Patti now championed the plight of homeless cats and dogs, urging one and all to heed the important message that animals come with a lifetime of commitment, care and kindness, and it is they who so often end up paying an enormous price.
As someone who is still coming to terms with the fact I have an iPhone and not ‘my phone’, is yet to master my computer’s keyboard, and cannot reconcile the cyber melody that is social media and struggles to navigate the forested paths of Facebook, it should be no surprise to hear that I rarely venture into her darkened woods. So if you’ve sent me a friend request I haven’t responded to, included me in a notification I’ve missed, tagged me in something I haven’t seen or invited me to an event I never showed up for, well there’s your answer, sorry
But every now and then a curiosity is too enticingly inviting for me to ignore and I am lured in to find out more. This happened most recently with a posting (hope I’ve got that term right) that came up on my Facebook feed . I chanced upon what seemed to be a rather innocuous image of a girl’s legs that looked like they had been cryovaced. It beats me why someone would do that, but given the plethora of other inane things people seem to do coupled with their need to post such exploits on social media, I just put this image down to yet another embarrassing social faux pas and moved on. Moved on, that is until the repeated occurrence of the image and subsequent discussion around it finally lured me in to find out just why this image had so captured people’s attention.Continue reading →
Most of us are familiar with the expression “tone it down” – meaning to do less of something. But when it comes to caring for animals there is little we should tone down; instead, first and foremost, we need more kindness. Continue reading →
We all know that dogs love hugs. Even cats will indulge you in a hug or two, but did you know that sheep love hugs as well? Just because they may look different to the beloved pets of so many, sheep are every bit as worthy of our compassion, kindness and hugs too! And what better day to share the love than International Hug a Sheep Day!
Taking their lead from the American heavy metal band, a recently arrived mixed bag of ovines have managed to reinvent themselves. Although unlike their namesake Tommy Lee, Samantha Maloney and Nikki Sixx are not known for their excessive brashness, wild parties or their impact on the world stage. Rather their transformation has seen them morph from nameless animals one hoof step away from death to named and much loved family members.
Samantha Maloney, a fine wool merino, Tommy Lee, a cheeky dorper wether and Nikki Sixx a crossbred little ewe, form this most unlikely trio. But all are deeply bonded to one another. We are so grateful to the kind heart who so readily opened their farmgate to adopt these buddies, welcoming the fact they recognise Samantha, Tommy Lee and Nikki as someones not somethings.
Climbing into the murky darkness that was the understorey of a house, we spied the pig who council had alerted us to. The tale went like this: a medium-sized black and white boar had been taking refuge in the area for several weeks, at first masquerading as a wombat and sending the household dogs into a frenzy. By what circumstance Alfie had found himself alone in a foreign world we do not know, but what we did know was that we were his last hope.
Today is World Make a Difference Day and we want to know how you’re making a difference. All around the globe amazing humans with hearts of gold are making the world a kinder place in so many ways. If you’re a little stuck and looking for inspiration, you could start by helping someone out of a pickle or donating to a great cause, and one of the most powerful ways you can make a difference for animals is to leave them off your plate.
So, if you haven’t already, you can make a world of difference today; it only takes one act, one kind word or gesture. And please don’t forget to share your story by telling us what you’re doing to make a world of difference.
“In the nick of time” is an idiom that describes a situation where something comes at the vital moment, usually at the last possible opportunity. And we could think of no better description for the rescue of two tiny young ex-school chicken-hatching project chicks. Amidst school bags and books, the hapless two had made their way home one day to a most distressed parent, who had absolutely no idea of their impending arrival. Compounding the situation was that she received no information on how to care for the chicks or what the dietary needs are of such young and vulnerable animals. Charged now with the responsibility of two young lives, this kind-hearted mother became frantic, not only for the animals themselves but also for the poor lessons her children would learn about caring for others.
“Is he still with us?” someone nervously asked as the blanket was peeled back to reveal an almost frozen and lifeless newborn lamb. With his feeble body still covered in amniotic fluid and his wet and bloody umbilical telling us he was only hours old, little Connor rolled his head ever so slightly and gave us both an answer and hope. Working to warm his moribund form, our every being was set to fulfil the promise mother nature had offered—a life truly worth living. Warming the lamb was our first and foremost task as frozen colostrum was thawed. With a lamb as weak as this and unable to suckle, our only option to introduce life-enhancing nutrition was by direct stomach tube, something we have sadly had cause to do a zillion times before. And then we waited.
Edgar’s Mission cordially invites you to join us next week as we go live at 11.00am AEST(Australian Eastern Standard Time) each weekday (Monday 17th through to Friday 21st) with ‘Livin at ‘Leven. Join us as we go live on our Facebook page, sharing many magical happenings around the sanctuary. As a special treat we will be featuring some of the residents who star in our 2017 calendar. To ensure you will have 365 days of kindness in 2017 you can order your calendar here.
Every month we shine the spotlight on a family who have chosen to bring new faces into their homes and hearts and adopt one or a few rescued animals. Read on to see how Addington, Blueberry, Tutti Fruti and Apple Blossom are going in their new forever home.
We humans can overpower animals in so many ways, but we can also choose to be kind to them. While Custard’s memory of her birth mother may begin to dim, we will never forget the heartache as she was taken from her, and we extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the good folk at Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary for so readily opening their barn doors to this innocent little baby.
Our greatest hope for a humane and just world for all rests in the fact that things can change. Please help change the world for the better—be kind to animals. It really is that simple.
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?”
Two of the most recent additions to our lamb clan are these adorable girls with their oh so fitting names. Little Red Riding Hood (so named because of her first jacket being red) is diminutive, sweet and shy, while Virginia Wolfe is forthright, courageous and loves to take the lead. Over and over it is through our experiences with animals that we have the unique opportunity to bear witness to what is so often written – animals each come with their own individual stories and personalities, shaped by both their experience and environment. And while no two are ever the same their plea for human mercy, kindness and justice is.Continue reading →
For four sickly kittens and their abandoned mother, Christmas came early on the 10th of December 2014, when they were rescued by Edgar’s Mission. Sadly, it is suspected that the poor nutrition afforded the stray mother cat had played out in her babies as all were afflicted with the debilitating condition of eyelid agenesis. This condition, where the eyelid fails to properly form leads to irritation and damage of the sensitive cornea, untreated and unchecked as it was the sight of the wee babies was greatly compromised. It was a miracle they could see anything at all. But with no barriers to our kindness for animals in need and aided by the expert care of the good folk at Malvern Animal Eye Care, all kittens received treatment and underwent corrective surgery. Most recently the sweet little Makamae had her last procedure, reconstructive surgery on her left upper eyelid, of which she is recovering well. Continue reading →
Found by wildlife carers entwined in a wire fence was a tiny little lamb, barely hours old. The wire showed no remorse for wee lamb’s pristine white hind limb; mercilessly it gouged and wrapped itself 360 degrees around, and our race against time began to see if not only Tania’s leg but also her life could be saved. Freeing Tania from not only the fence but also farmlife by way of surrender, the wee baby was thrown the greatest lifeline she ever could as she was ferried to Edgar’s Mission.