It’s a stark contrast from the compounding bad luck Luckini had known before. He came into our care in the wee hours of 2019 with painfully ulcerated eyes due to embedded grass seeds, fly strike painfully afflicting his head and a fractured elbow severely affecting his ability to walk. Whilst our onsite animal care team was able to immediately address the terrible strike and eye condition, advanced veterinary surgery was required to pin and plate the fracture, all setting Luckini on the road to recovery.
There’s not much more we can add to this story than to say, “Thank you.” Our incredible Five Dollar Friday community, you have given factory farm escapee Barbra Streisand her happily ever after. After just one month in our care, Barbra’s severely burned feet are no longer causing her pain, the welts and scratches that punctuated her sides upon her arrival are now healed and her eyes… gosh those eyes now tell a story of a pig who knows her troubles are far, far behind her.
Team Five Dollar Friday. You made this happen. You’re making our world kinder. For Barbra. For all of us. Thank you.
It’s been a long road to recovery for Lucille Lamb, yet this brave and determined girl now makes the most of her hard-won mobility, strolling about the sanctuary as a member of ‘The Happy Wanderers’ our free roaming lamb clan who elicit smiles everywhere they go.
Already having challenged fate once, with a timely escape from an abattoir sealing her destiny, our brave, yet gentle citrine-eyed beauty Gigi has again battled the odds stacked against her.
Gigi entered our care by way of a rural pound recently and touched our hearts like no other as we set about winning the trust of the terrified Merino ewe. Yet something else was amiss with Gigi and a thorough veterinary examination was called for. With biopsy results confirming our fears, we were advised that Gigi had squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) of the vulva, something that was going to prove difficult, if not impossible, to treat. With her shortly docked tail exposing this normally protected area permanently to the sun, we couldn’t help but wonder how many of Gigi’s kind have lived this same tale, albeit with a different, more painful ending.
Ray Ray, Hansel, Burpy, Together, Lucille, Babe, Queenie, Lemonade, Mary, Try…. These are just some of the lives our Five Dollar Friday community changed in 2018.
52 weeks of kindness. 52 weeks of changing lives together. We couldn’t do it without you.
Here’s a flashback to that time Charity lamb got back on her feet with a little help from her friend Dr Chris Brown.
It’s been over four years since Charity made her television debut on Bondi Vet and since then, not only has our prosthetic-wearing ‘Special Needs Sheep’ flock grown, so too have the number of friends helping our animal residents like Charity get back on their feet.
Saves more than nine! No celebration of Vet nurse Day would be complete without a stop to check in on our own Vet Nurse Stitch, another of our beloved animal residents who can always be found taking time out to cuddle up and provide comfort to those recuperating in our hospital ward. Having been rescued herself at only days old after a mammoth search and recovery effort in an industrial warehouse, Vet Nurse Stitch as she is affectionately known, has well and truly taken to her self-appointed role as chief comforter and carer of all those in need. (Second in command of course to Vet Nurse Ruby!)
Leaving no stone unturned to get animals like Hip Hop Bob and our most recent arrival Lucille Lamb back on their feet. The promise of a life worth living for all of our animals residents is what drives us to do the work we do. And to all those who make this possible, our unending thanks goes out to you. Continue reading
We’ve all heard the idiom, ‘When pigs fly,’ a figure of speech used to portray the impossibility of a task or situation at hand. And apart from pictures on the internet of pigs paddling about in sunny tropical seas or the lolling about of our own porcine residents in their beloved wallows, the idea of a pig swimming, really properly doing her own doggy (or piggy) paddle is almost just as unlikely.
And it was ‘away’ with a problematic horn recently for our dear angora goat, Silver. Whilst we are now able to breathe a sigh of relief and appreciate the unique now unicorn-like appearance of our dear friend, it has certainly been a precarious road to recovery for Silver.
Silver has been on the receiving end of a plethora of treatments after a traumatic injury to his horn refused to heal. Despite intensive and regular veterinary treatment and medications, it became clear the damaged horn was not responding and was undoubtedly painful for Silver. In addition to this, due to his ongoing care and treatment needs, Silver was unable to venture out with his friends in our main pastures to lead a life all goats deserve. A life worth living is what we promise to each and every animal who passes through our farm gates and so, it was with nervous anticipation that Silver went under the knife to have his horn and the surrounding infected tissue surgically removed.
It’s been just over a month since dear Princess and her three porcine companions found Heaven in a Haystack here at Edgar’s Mission. After serving out their initial quarantine period and enjoying some much-needed nourishment to address severe emaciation, Sadie, Toni and Gizmo have all now ventured out into one of our main pastures to root in the ground, build comfy straw nests and breathe in the cool, fresh air as all pigs should.
However, after arriving into our care with an undoubtedly painful avulsion injury to one of her hind claws, dear Princess has been on the receiving end of some additional TLC to ensure she is soon able to join her friends in Piggy Paradise. Just how Princess came to be lying on the side of a country road, surrounded by forest, bearing such a traumatic injury still remains to be seen. And her emaciated, parasite-infested state upon her arrival, combined with pressure sores that tell the tale of a life best forgotten give us reason to believe her initial lack of trust in our species was indeed warranted. Continue reading
And together with our Five Dollar Friday community, we have well and truly changed the world for one exceptionally brave and fortunate goat, who we have aptly named Together. Having arrived into our care some months ago after experiencing an horrific dog attack, it has been a long road to recovery for Together. Daily management has seen us able to gradually heal many of Together’s injuries, which included one ear having been completely torn off, another partially removed, a fracture to the delicate bone surrounding her eye and multiple bite wounds, one of which came frighteningly close to claiming her vision. Yet there is one thing veterinary care, wound management and medications cannot treat and that is the healing of Together’s spirit. Continue reading
Or in Saturday’s case, they were made for wheelin’ and what a fine job they do! This week, our unending thanks go out to our Five Dollar Friday community for keeping Saturday rolling around the farm in comfort and style. You may know Saturday, the beloved sheep who came into our care some years back suffering congenital spasticity, which sees her unable to use her hind legs. However, these days, that doesn’t slow Saturday down one bit and a specially made cart sees this resilient girl exploring far and wide around the sanctuary each day. Making sure no stone is left unturned when it comes to keeping Saturday mobile and well, a special boot is fitted to her hind hoof each day to reduce the chances of damage if it were to drag along the ground.
On the 10th of February 2018 we launched Five Dollar Friday – because we know that small change can make big differences. Our goal – to have 1000 generous supporters join our Five Dollar Friday community by pledging to skip a Friday latte, and help animals like Lemonade instead.
As you know we here at Edgar’s Mission we go the hard yards to help our rescued residents, but it does come at a cost: $249,728 to be exact. That’s what our veterinary expenses for 2017 were alone. However now powered by kindness and our wonderful Five Dollar Friday community we are so excited to announce we have just passed the halfway mark! Over 500 people have signed up to Five Dollar Friday with the funds raised going towards our veterinary care of Lemonade and his cool kicks and all of his buddies. And what a year it’s been already – from sheep dentals, to shockwave therapy, prosthetics to emergency surgeries, specialist hoof trimming to CT scans – and that’s all because of you. Georgie Girl, How Know, Saturday, Bendigo, Jewell, Tilly and Hip Hop are just some of the animals who have benefited from your kindness. From them, and us, thank you!
If you too want to be part of something big, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday community today.
With the temperature currently hovering around 5 degrees celsius here at the sanctuary, it sure is chilly indeed! But fear not for our animal residents as our wonderful Five Dollar Friday community have ensured they are warm in their cosy winter jackets. And it’s not just little lambs like Ray Ray benefitting from the warmth an extra layer or two can provide.
There’s cheeky Monty pony looking rather dapper in his new winter coat and old Bucks Fizz, our gentleman Boer goat who benefits from his psychedelic special ‘goat coat’. Also sporting a peace love and harmony vibe is dear old Catwoman, who came to us after a promise was made many years ago that hers would be a life worth living. Catwoman receives daily laser therapy and joint support supplements to assist her aging body, along with a coat that never fails to bring smiles to the faces of all who spy her.
We cannot thank our kind-hearted Five Dollar Friday community enough for their generosity that enables this arm of our work. If you too would like to bring warmth to our animal residents, please consider making a $5 donation each Friday and join our Five Dollar Friday community.
It’s smiles all round for our elderly horse trio after they received dental treatments yesterday, thanks to our Five Dollar Friday Community. With our local equine vet examining, cleaning and filing away, our minds are at ease knowing Brian, Dianne and Beryl are receiving the very best treatment and the preventative care they deserve throughout their golden years.
Our Five Dollar Friday Community is a kindness army of compassionate supporters who, for the price of a soy latte each week, enable this arm of our work. If you too would like to be a part of the team keeping our animal residents smiling, please check out www.fivedollarfriday.com.au today.
Benefitting from the kindness of our Five Dollar Friday community is Mildred, a brave ewe who found sanctuary at Edgar’s Mission a little over four years ago. Dear Mildred’s back still bears the scars of the Mickleham bushfire which saw her and her companion Mavis on the run, with nowhere to call home in a country town devastated by the inferno. Since her rescue, Mildred has lived a life filled with love, friendship and, of course, wheet bix treats in our sheep flock.
However, we recently detected an abrasion on Mildred’s nose, which did not respond to treatment. We had no history of this area of Mildred’s nose being scarred from her past experiences and when the skin took on an appearance that healthy tissue never should, a biopsy was performed by our wonderful vet, Sabine. We soon received the news we were fearing as the sample returned a positive result for squamous cell carcinoma.
Reaping the benefits from our Five Dollar Friday Community’s kindness this week was our beloved Parker goat. Parker, a gentle giant Anglo Nubian cross has become a firm favourite among staff, volunteers and visitors alike with his cheeky personality, his unmistakable ears that often seem to have a life of their own and his perfectly executed, “Please Sir, can I have some more?” look whenever the rustle of a wheet bix box is in the vicinity of those aforementioned ears.
Over the years, Parker has been the recipient of multiple life-saving surgeries to correct issues within his urinary tract, which if left untreated or undetected, would likely have led to a most painful death. Regular checks and treatments are now part of Parker’s ongoing care regime to ensure his redirected urethra remains functioning and allows him to live a comfortable and pain-free life.
“We don’t give up on those we love. We fight like hell until there is nothing left to give. This is how we should love each other.” Kiana Azizian
To which we wish to add, “And then we dust ourselves off and fight some more.” This is what all gentle, emotional and intelligent beings like Hip Hop Bob deserve. It’s been another intense week of rehabilitation for our beloved Hip Hop, who underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her spinal cord and although progress, as can be expected, is still slow, Hip Hop is most certainly taking some steps (metaphorically speaking of course) to recovery.
Two hourly rehab sessions in which Hip Hop is carefully lifted whilst ‘scratch foot’ exercises are performed on each hind limb are beginning to bring back some movement to her legs. We can now feel her placing pressure on our hands as this exercise is performed and every now and again a twitch of the hoof or a lift of the leg of her own accord has us feeling this may just be one obstacle our beloved girl can overcome.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and it takes an entire community to save the precious life of an affable, clever, gorgeous and beloved pig.
It’s been a week since Ray Ray’s epic road trip to Edgar’s Mission and not a day goes by in which we aren’t blown away by this dear little lamb’s ability to thrive despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Born with no eyes, Ray Ray is a lamb many would discount as being able to live a full and rich life. But not kind-hearted Alex, who saw hope where others might see none and who left no stone unturned to secure Ray Ray’s future.
This week Ray Ray was back on the road, albeit this time for a far shorter trip to our trusted friends at Animal Eye Care, Malvern for a thorough ophthalmologist examination and expert opinion on her condition. You can imagine our delight when we received the news Ray Ray indeed has every chance of leading a full and happy life and is experiencing no current complications as a result of her condition. We now have a care plan in place and regular check-ups as Ray Ray grows will ensure we can identify any issues if they arise and provide prompt treatment.
Feel Good Friday
And feeling much better indeed, thanks to our wonderful Five Dollar Friday community is our dear matriarch pig, Mary. Earlier in the week, something told us all was not well with Mary as she didn’t meet us at her usual spot for a secret pre-breakfast treat, nor did she respond to our efforts to rouse her from her comfy straw-filled bed. When our promises of a delicious warm mash breakfast were met with little to no enthusiasm from Mary we knew it was time to act and so it was over to The Vet Practice at Whittlesea. Continue reading
Now this isn’t your usual run of the mill before and after photoshoot nor is our beloved Dana posing with the obligatory newspaper to prove the passage of time. It may be hard to believe but these images were snapped just hours apart. Now whilst this first image may alarm some, we wish to assure all is now well for this dear girl. Our Dana experienced a sudden onset of swelling along her jaw, which was aptly identified by our animal caregiving team. With the lump of such an enormous size and with no external wounds present, today Dana was vetward-bound to eek out the cause of this unsightly and most certainly uncomfortable swelling. A wayward grass seed was adeptly pinpointed by our vet as the culprit, most likely to have entered via Dana’s mouth or even ear canal! With a thorough treatment carried out and medications prescribed, Dana was soon relieved of her woes and tucked straight into a wheet bix treat to show her appreciation. Continue reading
On the receiving end of the #FiveDollarFriday five star treatment, last week was our cow herd, featuring the gorgeous and gentle Latefa. Pedicures were the order of the day and cutting edge technology on hand in the form of a mobile hydraulic cattle crush and experienced and knowledgeable cattle hooftrimmer. Trimming the hooves of our beloved bovine residents is not a small task and ensuring this procedure is carried out with a minimum of stress is paramount. The dynamic system you see in action here caresses each cow and with the use of hydraulic motion gently tips him or her on the side for a quick and effective pedicure treatment to be performed with a minimum of fuss or stress. Of course Latefa and friends were soon treated to a round of wheet bix for their efforts and we rest easy knowing their hooves have been tended and are in the very best condition to ensure healthy and active lives.
Five Dollar Friday Update – Melody’s Journey
From a frightened bushfire survivor to the matriarch of our ‘Special Needs’ sheep crew, Melody has certainly come a long way in her four years at our sanctuary. Watching this now serene and somewhat world-wise ewe as she goes about her day, it is difficult to fathom all she has endured in her time, yet resilience is most certainly in her nature.
And this resilience has been tested somewhat of late as we were saddened to discover a tumour in Melody’s scarred stomach tissue – tissue that had healed after being burned during the 2014 Mickleham fires. With initial tests revealing there was no time to waste, Melody recently underwent surgery to remove the problematic tumour and provide her with the opportunity to live the life she so deserves. A life she undoubtedly enjoys.
And so, with the surgery complete, Melody now recovers in our care, with pain relief, veterinary treatment and expert care all on hand to ensure she has the best recovery possible.
Of course, this aspect of our work is made possible with the kind support of our #FiveDollarFriday community – and on behalf of dear Melody, we send our unending thanks your way.
If you too would like to be a part of the team helping provide animals like Melody with lives worth living, please visit https://edgarsmission.secure.force.com/Donate/5Friday
Getting by with a little help from her #FiveDollarFriday friends is Petal, who this week had her very own mobility cart designed and fitted.
Petal came into our care as a wee lamb with spinal nerve damage affecting her ability to walk and support her own weight. Countless hours of physical therapy, slow walks around the farm with the support of her harness, patience, love and kindness have seen Petal grow into a beautiful young girl with a true zest for life. It is hoped that this next step in Petal’s journey will assist her in becoming even more mobile and independent, with a life of choice and satisfaction, as is a sheep’s prerogative.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and with dear Petal, it is much the same. Our unending thanks, of course, go to our wonderful Five Dollar Friday community who make this avenue of our work possible as well as our dear volunteer Ruth who has clocked up many driving hours to and from appointments, the team at The Vet Practice, Whittlesea and Aquapaws; creators of Petal’s mobility cart.
If you too would like to be a friend to residents like Petal, please check out our Five Dollar Friday page here: https://donate.edgarsmission.org.au/Donate/5Friday
The promise we make to each and every animal who passes through our farms gates is that theirs will be a life worth living. Yet in the case of some farmed animals, whose genetics are geared toward rapid growth and artificially shortened lifespans, this promise does not come without its challenges. Take Brady and Babette, two of the beloved ‘broiler’ chickens who call Edgar’s Mission home. ‘Broiler’ is the name given to the type of chicken we have created for human consumption as opposed to those used for egg laying. Through many years of selective breeding and specialised nutrient intake, the sad fact is commercially raised ‘broilers’ now reach their ‘slaughterweight’ at just 5-7 weeks of age. At over two years old, Babette and Brady are experiencing what would be considered old age for their commercial cousins. Sadly, this rapid growth does not come without its price and the genetically determined disproportionate distribution of muscle mass and heavily burdened skeletal systems can take their toll on these young birds. Continue reading
Five dollars and a whole lot of feel good!
On the receiving end of the star treatment (and looking very content with his yummy treats) at Edgar’s Mission, this week was Hansel. A once wee bobby calf who arrived at our sanctuary some years ago, Hansel now stands a most regal and handsome steer, a crowd favourite on tours and devoted companion of special needs gal Gretel.
But it was Hansel who this week was in need of a little special care and with the help of our Five Dollar Friday community, that’s exactly what he received. With his joints having grown a little stiffer with age, our veterinary team administered therapeutic shockwave treatment to dear Hansel. The shockwave therapy he received is a very gentle, painless treatment that will help Hansel remain mobile as the years roll on. Continue reading
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Certainly, this is the premise behind our Five Dollar Friday community, a group of kind, committed individuals who are banding together to help us change the worlds of the animals in our care. And this week it was dear Tilly Lamb who benefitted from their kindness.
Arriving in our care, suffering a horrific case of flystrike, courtesy of an ill-performed tail docking, we have fought hard to bring Tilly back from the infection that had settled in her joints and threatened her life. This battle we have won, however so severe was Tilly’s infection that it has caused a degenerative change to her hock joint. So with the help of our Five Dollar Fridayers, it was off to The Vet Practice this week to begin a bout of therapy that will assist Tilly’s body in repairing the damage and have her leaping and bounding toward a long and happy life like all lambs should.
We really could not do what we do without the support of our kind-hearted community. Never doubt that we are changing the world, because lamb by lamb, step by step and heart by heart, we truly are.
If you would like to join our band of kind hearts changing the world for animals find out how here: https://donate.edgarsmission.org.au/Donate/5Friday