On a day when we could not have been any busier our attention and gaze was taken by the arrival of three fragile and weak, newborn baby goats. Whilst the road ahead will be rocky to beat their terrible start in life it will indeed be paved with sweet formula, teddy bears and kindness. Their story coming shortly, until then it’s bottle time! Continue reading
When Blossom was barely a week old she had already learnt what loneliness feels like. Alone in a paddock, her mother taken from her, it was only because of a kind-hearted stranger that Blossom found her way to a long life worth living, or possibly had any chance of life at all.
Piglets, puppy and play! What more could you want!
Izzy piggy was a young sow I meet many years ago, not long after establishing Edgar’s Mission. That she was special was something that was not lost on me and most certainly not on her human carers. Although already well into my love affair with pigs and their rich emotional world, it is to Izzy that I credit my knowledge of just how much pigs bond and, yes, love their humans.
I first came to know Izzy when her humans had a change of circumstance and sought to rehome her. She was delivered to the sanctuary by them and it was tearfully clear they loved Izzy and she too them. At first Izzy seemed a gentle sow, although a little put out by the change of scenery and its inhabitants. But what came next was a total shock as the once-friendly Izzy morphed into the Godzilla of pigs, each day becoming more and more unpredictable—save for the fact that she clearly wanted to kill me. Although still in my early days of pig whispering, I considered I knew enough about pigs to work with Izzy; I was wrong. Clearly, reading all the available literature was no match for a pig who had not. I had much to learn. Continue reading
Wow, what a month. Through December our good friends at The Cruelty Free Shop Melbourne made record sales of Edgar’s Mission goodies. We can’t thank Jessica, Paul and the rest of the team enough for their constant and valued support. And a massive thank you to all of you who shop at the Cruelty Free stores and have taken home some cute Edgar’s Mission loot.
Never shopped at a Cruelty Free Shops? They have stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, or you can browse online. Their range is amazing – sooo many tasty treats for you to discover.
Lo and behold, this mountain of wheat-bix is more than just a peak of delicious treats to be conquered. This is a mountain of kindness built on the soaring generosity of many. The Brown family, after booking in for a tour, asked for donations on their local Yarra Ranges noticeboard and this was the result.
We still don’t quite understand how they made the expedition – one car, one family and a mountain of wheat-bix – but so they did. Massive thank yous to the Brown family and the rest of the cohort of intrepid explorers who worked together to make this mountain of kindness.
We will never know what stroke of fate caused little Agnes to be standing stock still in the middle of a major highway just shy of the township of St Arnaud. And whilst it could well be argued that such a place was not a compatible arrangement for long and happy life for a wee lamb, we do know that it was the best place she could have been, for what came next certainly changed her life for the better. Found, thankfully by a kind heart and not a fast-moving semi-trailer, the tiny orphan was bundled up and taken to a local veterinary clinic. With no means of identifying an owner, options for Agnes were few, but she really only needed one to save her. And that she got, as she was soon Edgar’s Mission-bound.
Today is a good day to share a kind word, a kind gesture or a kind smile. No matter how small, every kindness has great power.
Snoopy is only a very small horse, but every kindness sent her way has been so well worth it. While we love her as she is, the selective breeding that has manipulated and shrunk the natural shape of a horse to fit the tastes of some is the cause of serious health problems for many a miniature horse. Snoopy’s complications are relatively mild, but we’re prepared to give her every care if the need arises.
Read more about Snoopy and miniature horse breeding here.
Do you want your students to build on their empathy and critical thinking skills? A trip to Edgar’s Mission will do just that, with a side of fun. The thought-provoking journey teaches young minds the importance of compassion, responsibility and respect, and a trip to the sanctuary will give students the opportunity to learn about and meet some of our resident animals. Continue reading
“Pam, can you come to the vetroom quick? It’s Phantom. We’re losing him”. “Oh no, please tell him to hang on. I’ll be there in a minute,” I shot back. Only moments before I had just exited our little vet clinic where Phantom had been brought in. He had been found outside his house as the night crew were ensuring all of our feathered friends were safely tucked away in their palatial quarters. Phantom, departing from his normal practice of holding court hissing as he bobbed his caruncled head back and forth, ushering his ladies to his lair, was sitting sombrely on his own. His laboured breathing and purplish comb rang alarm bells too loud for us to ignore. However, with him stabilised for the moment and under the watchful eye of our animal care team, off I set to complete the nightly rounds, comforted that my ducky pal was ok for now. But the message received changed all that and sent me and my legs into overdrive as I hightailed it back to our vetroom, only for Phantom to take his last breath as he looked one final time into my tear-filled eyes. That for once in his life he obeyed my request gave me little solace as his limp body was cradled in my loving arms.
Don’t adopt these adorable young goats, unless you are prepared to give them a lifetime of love, care and a safe, secure and well sheltered home. Bill and Bob, by the narrowest of margins are alive today, and whilst they are still very scared and uncertain about the world, they most certainly want to live. Our task now is to find the brightest of futures possible for them. Please follow the link if you can help make this happen or make a tax deductible donation towards their veterinary costs if you can.
What the dickens is Boots doing? When goats and other animals smell something of interest they raise their upper lip and inhale, drawing pheromones and other smells in towards the sensory neurons at the top of their mouths. It’s called the flehmen response.
When I was six years old, right about this time of year, I came to this very spot with my family. It was something so many families did, tugged along by excited children and lured in by the enchanted Christmas windows of Myer. And we did this because it meant something to us – the spirit of Christmas, the promise of presents and the essence of family, it all meant something to us.
Ironically enough, I stand here today, gathered with like-minded individuals who have given up their time because today means something to us all. However, it is not the intricate, colorful and mesmerising windows of Myer that captures our hearts and minds, but images of animals caught in the crossfire of our humanity and culinary pleasure. Of beautiful, intelligent, sensitive, curious, emotional, witty, playful and sentient animals who sadly will never experience the peace and goodwill that is purported to be showered on all at this time of year. They will never realise their potential or enjoy their place in the sun. In fact, for most of these animals, the very first time they will see the sunshine or feel and breathe fresh air will be on the last day of their lives as they are trucked off to slaughter. Continue reading
If you are reading this, we know you care about animals and want to make a positive difference in their world. We understand that the task of assisting farmed animals can often seem daunting and overwhelming and so we must think and act strategically . As such, outreach is one of the cornerstones of our work here at Edgar’s Mission. As advocates for not only the rescued animals in our care but as ambassadors for the ones we cannot save, telling their stories is one of the most powerful tools we have to enable others to develop empathy for farmed animals. We seek to provide people with the information to make informed choices in their life, which will assist in aligning ethics and action, all the while never telling people what to do or not do and never judging. Continue reading
Happy New Year! And what an amazing year it’s been – we’ve achieved so much. We’ve been challenged by unprecedented medical emergencies, like that for little Harry Lamb, seen four of our beautiful residents reach the sky in our first billboard campaign and been moved by the display of love between Carol and her piglets. But it’s you that made all this and more possible, we simply couldn’t do what we do without your support.
As a thank you we’ve put together a selection of some of our favourite cute moments of 2016. We know you’re going to love it!
Every year, pigs just like Leon Trotsky don’t make it to their first birthday. The statistics on how many land animals are slaughtered for consumption yearly are overwhelming, especially because we know that every individual holds the same hopes and dreams as Leon and his friends here at Edgar’s Mission.
But the tides are well and truly turning as more and more people are choosing compassion for our fellow beings. And when we choose kindness for the animals, it also benefits our bodies and the planet. Continue reading
May your Christmas too be kind. From Carol and her babies and our furred, feathered and fleeced family to yours, wishing you a happy and healthy festive season. We thank you for your love, support, donations and kindness in 2016! Continue reading
Check out all the happenings at Edgar’s Mission from the week of the 29th of December 2016.
Monday 19th December
Cold, alone and in a barren place a bewildered sow gave birth to seven tiny piglets. In such an inhospitable of circumstance, it would be a miracle if any would survive and by daybreak only three had. As our rescue team set off a straw filled stable was readied for their arrival. Gentle yet scared, the new mum anxiously followed the crate into which we had placed her surviving babies. Safely ensconced in our float, we were Edgar’s Mission bound but not before the not-so-fortunate ones too were gathered up for burial at the sanctuary, it was the only kindness we could now offer them. 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 Little Squeak and Pig Tails are going in their new forever home.
As the calendar rolled over to November we learnt of the tragic fate of a herd of domestic goats. With around a dozen of the goats already corralled and trucked off to slaughter, three recently trapped goats were awaiting a similar fate. But with news of their plight hitting our ears we knew just what we had to do, downing our tools and grabbing the car keys our rescue team swung into top gear.
The greatest threat to any prey animal is a predator, who can come in many skins. And for the hapless Luigi, that is just what he faced, and more. With numerous reports flooding in of two goats traipsing a busy outer Melbourne arterial highway, taking refuge every now and then in the treacherous centre divide, it was only a matter of time before the predator won out. And, sadly, for Luigi’s buddy, that appears to have been the case. One day he was there, the next he was not. One can only image the terror and adrenaline that raced through the now-lone young goat’s veins as he desperately tried to find sanctuary in a world that was anything but safe. Continue reading
With the heat of summer approaching, we began to pack away our thermals and gloves, kissing goodbye to winter 2016 and the incredibly busy orphan lamb season she had imposed upon us. And while we may curse the stifling heat that summer will impose upon us, there can be no lamb alive who welcomed the heat of those pre-summer days more than our (almost certainly) last rescued little orphan lamb of the season: Madeline Merino. For it was to those days’ sweltering heat that she owes her life. With it being determined simply too hot to dig a hole to bury the crippled lamb, the plan to end her life was halted. With the ensuing passage of day into night and day again came the realisation there was indeed another option: the lamb could live and she could receive the life-saving veterinary treatment she so desperately needed.
Having compassionate role models in the lives of young people is critical for raising individuals who are possessed of both empathy and a drive for positive social change. With this in mind, we were more than delighted to deliver a thought-provoking and empowerment-creating presentation to the year 2 students of the Winter’s Flat Primary School recently. Whilst Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, spoke eloquently of the importance of kindness for all animals and the intriguing emotional world of farmed animals, it was Yolanda-Sally Pumpernickel Jewell (Lolly to her buddies) and Little Miss Sunshine Hen who stole the show, winning the hearts and minds of the students.
To arrange for the Edgar’s Mission humane education team to visit your school, workplace or community group, or even better, to arrange a humane education visit for your group to the sanctuary, please email [email protected] Continue reading
Standing boldly above a busy motorway, one inquisitive and engaging little piglet asks everyone to: “Call me Penelope Sue, not dinner.”
This festive season we’ve unleashed a series of groundbreaking campaigns. Where you would usually see meat products advertised, we’ve filled the space with animal ambassadors who are giving farmed animals a voice. Behind every roast ham there was a young pig who desperately wanted to live, so we want you to help us spread their stories far and wide. Continue reading
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. And if this is true, we here at Edgar’s Mission feel we are in good company indeed. The reality is, most of us who work at the sanctuary spend the better part of our days alongside our animal residents and one cannot complain when surrounded by such qualities as forgiveness, gentleness, a sense of adventure, endless optimism and contentment.
His eyes were the saddest eyes we have ever seen. Looking out into the world through a lens of fear and trepidation, we wanted nothing more than to hug this dear boy and tell him all would be well. But his quickly stiffened body, arched back, lowered head and ready to flee gaze told us now was not the time to do so. Christening him Waffle, we do not know what circumstance had justified a look of such forlorn sadness. Perhaps it was during his month-long time wandering the streets of a small country town that he had met with the unkindest of experiences, or perhaps it was his prior life from which he had fled that saw we humans declared his public enemy number one. But what we do know is that we were his absolute last chance, with an abattoir beckoning just down the road from the pound that he currently called home. Put simply, Waffle had run out of options, but not kindness. And with the knowledge that pigs are both resilient and smart and that we humans can indeed be kind, we offered our outstretched hand and soft words of calm as our awaiting straw-lined float was at the ready to take him to our promised land. Continue reading
Leading the charge for a kinder world is a lively group of year 8 students from Taylors Lakes Secondary College. Last Thursday, this intrepid group attended Edgar’s Mission to learn more about the emotional world of farmed animals, and in doing so, an entire new world of kinder possibilities was opened up. Who would have thought buying toothpaste could harm an animal? That our animal protection laws fail to protect farmed animals from painful acts that would never be tolerated for our domestic furry friends? And that the key to a kinder world is as close as your plate?
It’s a scenario that repeats itself many times during my day: the phone rings, a desperate caller seeking my assistance, and one thought runs through my head. Just one thought; “what I choose to do next could save a life”. I don’t man the phones at 000; I don’t work in a doctor’s surgery; nor am I an ambulance officer. My name is Pam Ahern, and I am the Founder and Director of Edgar’s Mission, a not for profit haven for rescued farmed animals. But what is at the core of who I am is just the same as what is at the core of all the people who sign up for those roles. An individual with power, so much power. Despite my diminutive pint-size of 54 kg, that power is played out daily, never more so than just after the phone rings.
A call from a pound worker seeking a refuge for an escapee farmed animal; from a distraught parent whose child lovingly brought home from a kindergarten chicken-hatching project chicks who have just morphed into a dozen testosterone-charged and vocal roosters; or from a kind-hearted yet naïve adolescent who bought two bobby calves to spare them being killed as surplus to the dairy industry’s needs—the list is as endless as the number of animals who need sanctuary, and whilst my thought remains the same, so does the reality. I cannot save them all. Continue reading
Look who’s showing her beautiful face all around Victoria, our very own Delores De Pig. This is thanks to our friends at Avant Card, who have so kindly donated a print run. We just love them. Continue reading