Media Statement

On Friday the 23rd of September, Pearcedale RSPCA requested that Edgar’s Mission provide care and rehabilitation for five young and sickly piglets that had been handed in to the RSCPA by a member of the public, who advised they found them abandoned. The RSPCA released the piglets to Edgar’s Mission due to their young age and health needs, as we are well known for our knowledge and expertise in pigs.

We assessed the piglets to be in a poor and unhygienic condition, in our minds consistent with the story that they had been abandoned, and one piglet was taken directly to a local vet to receive ongoing medical treatment while in our care. He arrived sick and lethargic and was most likely to have been showing signs of illness for some time – he was very underweight, had diarrhea and a gut infection. He was put on a course of medication. Of the rest of the piglets, three were thin and underweight, with ribs, spine and hips protruding, and had untreated wounds. All the piglets had lice. Thankfully they bounced back after a few days of treatment and nourishment. Continue reading

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The person, the pig, the passion

Max

The person, the pig, the passion – Edgar’s Mission celebrates 13 years of kindness.  Many thanks to the Herald Sun for sharing our story.  To find out more about our Foundation Day event click here.

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Upgrade Your World Winners

Upgrade Your World

Everyday we here at Edgar’s Mission work tirelessly to upgrade the world for animals, people and the planet, and WOW, POW, HOLY COW, we have just learned how much you all appreciate our efforts. In July of this year, Mircosoft kicked off their 12-month initiative to #‎UpgradeYourWorld‬ as part of their launch of Windows 10 by celebrating people and organizations who do great things. As part of their $10 million investment to amplify amazing work being done around the globe, 10 partners in 10 countries were to receive $50,000 each. During the month of September, people in 10 countries voted for thousands of nonprofits to receive this monetary donation to continue their efforts to #UpgradeYourWorld. And just this morning Microsoft have announced the votes are in and here’s the best part. Because of you, your love of Edgar’s Mission and your hitting those keyboard keys, we have been selected as one of the five partners in Australia to receive a $50,000 shot in our kindness arm!!!! Continue reading

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Celebration now come on, it’s (almost) World Animal Day!!

Pam

They touch our lives in so many ways, they are there for us when others turn away, throughout history they have trotted right along beside us and helped us build nations, and they make our lives complete. Animals, in all their many glorious shapes, forms and colours, enrich our lives in so many ways and on 4 October 2015, World Animal Day, we have the opportunity to unite with animal lovers around the globe to celebrate them.

In just over four weeks the biggest celebration for animals on this planet will be underway. With no borders of country, religion or race, each and every person, either as individuals or in groups, is invited to do something special for animals. Perhaps a walk to raise awareness about an animal close to your heart takes your fancy, a library display of cool animal-related books, a church service and blessing, a written letter to the editor, encourage your family and friends to not use cosmetics and household products that have been tested on animals, fundraise for a cause. Whatever you have planned, please do make this day memorable and please do not forget to register your event at www.worldanimalday.org.uk

And one last thing: remember each and every one of us can make a difference for animals.

Pam Ahern, Australian World Animal Day Ambassador

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Daily Mail

DailyMail

A huge thanks to The Daily Mail for sharing the stories of some of our rescued orphaned lambs! Check it out here.

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Kindness at Karingal

Karingal

Life is indeed a melting pot of people, places and animals. Add in a touch of kindness and magic happens, just ask those present at Karingal Elderly Citizen’s Hostel recently when the good folk from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary came to town. Accompanied by a friendly sheep, a cheeky goat and an affable rooster, residents we able to get up close and personal, sinking craggy hands into fur, feathers and fleece, old memories were revived and conversations commenced. While it was Timmy the sheep who charmed everyone with his calm persona, little Miss-Chief decided everything was edible and Lorenzo Rooster truly amazed with his devilishly handsome good looks and friendly nature. Animals have long held a fascination for humans for so many reasons. Their non-judgmental ways make their company appealing but it is in their ability to communicate beyond words that is truly enchanting.

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And animals have been shown to have so many positive benefits for human health; lowering blood pressure, heart rates and stress chemical and they make us feel good!!

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A story of hope

Meet Soda Pop! Unable to stand… but we will do everything in our power to get her up on her feet!

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Accidental Bloggers

Bupa

1997 gave rise to many things; Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear and the term ‘weblog’ was coined. The later quickly shortened to blog and described the ‘art’ of sharing ones life experiences and insights with the world in an informal or conversational style via the internet. Today literally millions and millions of blogs exist covering anything from personal diaries, how to manuals, business journals, critiques of food, fashion, fame and much more.

Accidently falling into ‘blogoshere’ has been not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals, Edgar’s Mission. Sharing stories of the rescued farmed animals who have passed through their farm gates has stirred hearts and changed minds about these much-maligned creatures. Causing people to smile, cheer and even weep, all stories whilst different are linked by a welcomed theme of kindness. ‘Blogees’ have recently been taken on a whirlwind journey as the sanctuary moved lock stock and fence post to their new digs in the beautiful Macedon Ranges at Lancefield.

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Edgar’s Mission at the Bupa Blog Awards

Bupa Blog Awards

Omg omg omg… Thank you so much to Bupa and to everyone who voted for us! Because of you not only will the Animal Lovers Blog Award be heading home with us but the People’s Choice Blog Award will be too!!! omg omg omg… Thank you!!!

It’s wonderful to see kindness for animals recognised at such a level! And remember a happier healthier world for all begins with you! Continue reading

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Mick Jagger Rocks the Macedon Ranges!!

Mick

While disappointed fans lamented the no-show of the Rolling Stones last weekend at Hanging Rock, little did they know, just a stones throw away (pardon the pun), Mick Jagger was belting out tunes. Holding centre hay bale in a quiet paddock nestled in the heart of the Macedon Ranges, Jagger ‘kidded’ around with a few of his favourite fans. Top of the playlist were classic tunes such as I Goat The Blues, Jumpin’ Goat Flash, You Caprine Always Get What You Want, and Get Off Of My Tractor.

Mick

Now while this Mick Jagger may not have had the colourful reputation of his human namesake, his signature pouting lips, lapping tongue and wicked way with the ladies, earned him the title. Rescued some years ago by local animal charity, Edgar’s Mission, Mick Jagger’s life had certainly lacked any satisfaction.

“Poor Mick certainly had a tough time before we were alerted to his plight,” said Sanctuary Director, Pam Ahern. “He had been cruelly tormented and beaten about. One of the sad legacies of this abuse, is the loss of sight in his left eye, which was poked out by an uncaring human. It understandably took us quite some time to gain the poor fellow’s trust.”

Edgar’s Mission is famous not only for the exemplary care they afford all the animals in their fold, but the quirky names given to each resident. As Pam explains, “We name all our animals soon after their arrival. The names result from some notable personality trait, their circumstance or something to do with their rescue”. One thing is for sure, with over 350 happy animals currently at the sanctuary, these folk certainly do not have a ‘Heart of Stone!’ Continue reading

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Read all about it!!! Be Kind To Animals Week 2014 in the news.

Be Kind to Animals Week

While Timmy Sheep and 2014 Be Kind To Animals Week ambassador, Leon Trotsky, bask in the glory of their many new adoring fans, we take great heart knowing their efforts will cause many to be just that little bit more kind. Here’s just a snip of the media frenzy these two intrepid crusaders of kindness trotted out:

Bendigo AdvertiserHerald Sun LeaderThe Ballarat CourierShepparton NewsMidland ExpressHerald Sun3AW

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World Animal Day 2014

World Animal Day

For as long as I can remember animals have shaped my world – from Blackie, Tiny and Laddie, my family’s first pets to the hundreds of rescued farmed animals that share my world. As I caress their soft fur and fleece, rejoice in watching their joyous leaps and bounds and am captivated by their antics, I am assured that species other than ours have rich emotional worlds. With this in mind I am incredibly proud to be the Australian World Animal Day ambassador.

World Animal Day commenced in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Since then, World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

I encourage you all to make this October 4th something to remember, Happy World Animal Day!

Pam Ahern, Australian World Animal Day Ambassador.

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Hello Timmy

Wallan Market

Ambassadors come in all shapes and sizes and indeed species, as was found at the ever popular Lancefield Farmers Market on Saturday. Flying the flag for farm animals was the ever-popular Timmy Sheep from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary. And he was on hand or rather hoof to happily greet his many friends, both old and new.

Wallan Market

“Not only was it a beautiful day at the market and Timmy received lots of cuddles and scratches” said Timmy’s guardian and Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, “But we were overwhelmed with the level of support from the local community for our relocation to the picturesque Lancefield” Continue reading

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It’s Timmy Time!!

Mill Park Library

Yesterday the Mill Park Library came alive with ‘baa’s’ and ‘oh’s’ and ‘ah’s’ as Timmy Sheep from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary held centre stage as part of the Green Fingers School Holiday Program. “Timmy is an incredible ambassador for sheep and indeed all farm animals” enthused Timmy’s number one fan and Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern. “Teaching the young decision makers of tomorrow the importance of kindness and empathy for all can never be understated and Timmy does just this in the most peaceable and fun way. Everyone simply fell head over hoof in love with him”

Mill Park Library

And what did Timmy think of the day? Not baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad at all!! Continue reading

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National Geographic Photo of the Day

National Geographic

In 1921 Frederick R Barnard coined the immortal words ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ to describe the effectiveness of images to portray a story.  Almost 100 year later the effectiveness of images remains ever powerful and one of our greatest tools here at Edgar’s Mission.  And it is with great pride we congratulate our stellar photographer, Kyle Behrend for having his beautiful image of our dear Peter Sheep selected as the National Geographic Photo of the Day.

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We’re so excited to announce…

I’d like to introduce you to my new pal Ash who, as you can see in the photo below, is one gorgeous boy indeed! Recently our area was hit hard by the worst fires in Victoria since Black Saturday and while poor little Ash managed to survive the fire storm that raged all around him, he was separated from his mum.    For Ash it seemed like there was nowhere for him to turn, but like many other farmed animals before him, Ash got lucky and found his somewhere right here at Edgar’s Mission. And now, Ash and I have some very exciting news for you!

Ash

Many of you will know that over the years, Edgar’s Mission has provided a special somewhere for  thousands and thousands of farmed animals just like little Ash here, just like Molly Brown, the sole survivor of a horrific truck accident, just like Hope who made her escape from a piggery one Christmas, and just like Little Miss Sunshine who found a reprieve when a battery hen farmer had a change of heart.  But of late, that somewhere has begun to get a little crowded.

Over the last two years we have been searching for that special somewhere for our sanctuary to grow.  A place with vast open paddocks to welcome nervous cows, to give sheep a place to roam freely, safe in the knowledge there will never be a live export vessel to ship them to a far off land, a place for piggies to take their very first wallow, for goats to know that life on a tether will never be for them, a special place for ducks to be able to stretch their wings and for chickens and turkeys to dust bathe until their hearts are content.  We have been searching for a place where these dear creatures will always be valued for who they are, not only for what they can produce.  It has been an incredible search, with hopes raised only to then have them dashed; however throughout, we have remained strong, for we knew that somewhere, there truly was a place for us.  Ash and I are now over the moon to tell you, we have finally found our special somewhere!

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No Kidding, it’s Miss Chief!

Pets in the Park

“Are you kidding me?” the announcer cried as a cheeky goat entered the dog agility ring at the Stonnington Pets in the Park event on Sunday.  Tagging along behind the perky little white goat was her human companion from Edgar’s Mission, Pam Ahern.  But ‘Could she tackle the course set for beloved pooches?’ was the thought racing through the minds of those gathered. Delivering a resounding ‘yes’ was the adorable Miss Chief as she happily made her way through tunnels and into the hearts of many.

Pets in the Park

“You know we tend to think of farm animals differently,” explained Pam, the Founder and Director of the not for profit animal charity Edgar’s Mission, “but once you get to know them you realise the differences are limited to outwardly appearances only. And these differences most certainly do not justify the way many farm animals are treated.”  Also on hand to show one and all just how much sheep love to be petted and made a fuss over was the affable Timmy, a now rather large sheep who was rescued from the side of the road as a tiny baby by a kind hearted motorist.Pets in the Park

The day attracted thousands of visitors and for many it was their first chance at getting up close and personal with farm animals.  “And we trust they will walk away with a new found love and respect for these much maligned animals as we do,” concluded Pam.  Continue reading

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“It all started with a pig”

What started as offering sanctuary to one beloved pig has grown and grown as Edgar’s Mission has provided sanctuary for thousands and thousands of rescued farmed animals, but more than this it is changing hearts and minds about these once forgotten creatures. And today we learn that the Huffington Post and Ellen’s The Good News spreads our simple message of kindness for all beings with the world through words and images of our beautiful happy residents. Please keep the story alive by ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ these articles!

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Pro Bono Australia Changemaker

‘After 30 years as an equestrian, animal advocate Pam Ahern’s life took a very different direction after reading one book. Pam Ahern is this week’s Pro Bono Australia Changemaker.’

Learn more about Pam, her favourite saying, what book she is reading at the moment, her greatest challenges and achievements here.

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It’s Australia Day, let’s celebrate!!

Today is Australia Day and while we are not alone in a chequered past, we can make this day a landmark event to move forward, remembering we cannot change history only shape the future.  So let’s make that a brighter future for all; one where compassion, kindness and justice shapes our every thought and deed.  Now that will truly be something to celebrate.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

We cannot tell you how delighted and proud we are to see Kyle’s amazing pictures (and the stories they tell) being picked up by mainstream media. Last weekend the Sunday Herald Sun and today The Sydney Daily Telegraph features a photographic spread of heart- warming pictures of our residents. For more pictures please check out our new site www.acollectionofkindness.com Continue reading

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A time to be kind

In our youth obsessed material world, oft times the forgotten ones are the more senior members of our community.  But thankfully there are many who argue that age should be no barrier to our compassion, the good fold at Karingal Aged Care in Seymour being in their number.  And last Thursday saw their Christmas Festivities kick off; amidst the mirth, merriment and music, happy farm animals mingled.  “These occasions are just so important to all of us here at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary” said the Founder & Director of this not for profit group, Pam Ahern.  “Farm animals, like the elderly often fall off the radar of many, yet both welcome the caress of human kindness, respond to cheery faces and enjoy mental stimulation.  You only have to look at the happy faces of both the residents and the animals here today to know that our time has been well spent” Continue reading

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This is a story that needs to be told. This is a story that needs to be heard.

As the 7th of October 2013 closed her eyes and suddenly became the 8th of October, Be Kind To Animals Week 2013 was no more. However our final story for this amazing week comes to you a little late due to our unscheduled rescue of 1,008 hens.  We trust you will understand their rescue took priority and we thank our incredible Paula May Broadstock for yet another of her heartfelt offerings.

This is a story that needs to be told. This is a story that needs to be heard.

The saddest stories are always the hardest to tell. As I write, they are the ones during which, my fingers intermittently freeze over the keyboard unsure of exactly how, or if, to continue tapping away, telling the tragic tale many would prefer not to hear. And although thoughts, emotions and ideas all jostle for position, at the very same time my mind also clouds over and time after time I find myself coming up blank as I struggle to find the silver lining and the uplifting message within a situation that threatens to break my heart. However, as difficult as it may be, I carry on, knowing that sometimes the saddest of stories are the ones that need to be heard the most. Continue reading

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Local Hero!

Australians are known for their grit and determination, their ability to hang on in the face of adversity and to champion the cause of the ‘little guy’. Encapsulating all of these qualities and more is Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern. Her long standing work to be a voice for the voiceless has been recognised with three successive Australian of the Year nominations. With Pam now named as one of four finalists in the 2014 Local Hero Award, she has yet again put animal welfare in the spotlight and had proven that kindness is indeed mainstream. The Victorian Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced in a presentation ceremony tonight at the Arts Centre, Melbourne. The Victorian Australian of the Year award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held on 25 January 2014 in Canberra. Continue reading

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Vote 1 – Kindness

While politicians may have been out on the hustings last Friday, grade 7 students at Carrum Downs Secondary College received an extra special visitor seeking an extra special vote.  Vote 1- Kindness was the simple request of Polly Pig and her human companions from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Kilmore. Continue reading

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Helpful Helen

For just over 6 ½ years Helen Crozzolin has, come rain, hail or shine, lovingly and loyally once a week donned her hat, gloves and outdoor gear and headed out to her favorite animal charity, Edgar’s Mission.  Greeted by a bevy of happy rescued farm animals, Helen has assisted with the daily chores of cleaning animal houses, checking water bowls, feeding orphan lambs and kid goats and giving those in need some reassuring words and pats.  But sadly, all good things must come to an end and with Helen and her husband pulling up stumps and selling their Kilmore home, along with the impending relocation of Edgar’s Mission, last Thursday saw many a teary eye at the much loved sanctuary as Helen said farewell for the last time. Continue reading

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Tal Ronnen

Did you see Tal Ronnen in today’s Herald Sun? Grab your copy and read Tally’s story here.

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Happy Birthday Nigel!

At 34 years young today, our dear friend Nigel celebrates what really is an extraordinary age for a horse. But it is not only Nigel who is one year older and one year wiser today, so too are the remainder of our resident horses (and ponies) here at Edgar’s Mission as August 1st is recognised as all horses’ birthday in the Southern Hemisphere. Originally devised to provide uniformity within the equine industry, at a farm animal sanctuary such as ours, this day takes on a whole new meaning. You see, in the majority of instances, we do not always have the privilege of knowing our rescuees from birth, having had them arrive from pounds, knackeries, the racing industry and almost everywhere in between; the details of their past often murky at best. So, a day like today is cause for celebration for us, as well as for our equine friends as we revel in their company and in having the honour of providing them with a life worth living. All too often in our world, horses are seen as money making machines, as a form of entertainment or as novelty items. However, when the going gets tough or when the ‘machine’ churns up more money than it makes, the future of these creatures is not always bright. Unfortunately, not every horse in our world has the opportunity to live to a ripe old age like our dear Nigel who in human years is almost a centenarian at 95 amazing years! Continue reading

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World Animal Day is on Friday 4 October 2013!

As the Australian Ambassador for World Animal Day, I wish to remind everyone of this very important date.  With social justice very much at the forefront of compassionate thinking, now more than ever, it is time for us to recognise that our next step toward a fair and just world is the realisation that our current treatment of animals simply does not stand up to community expectations.

As people worldwide unite on this special day in honour of all animals, we here at Edgar’s Mission have traditionally celebrated with our enormously popular World Animal Day event and open day here at the sanctuary.  Sadly however, due to restrictions placed upon us by the Mitchell Shire Council, we are no longer able to host such days at the farm.  But we cannot let this landmark and popular day pass without a proper, Edgar’s Mission-style celebration. Soooooooooooooooooo, this year we will be taking our World Animal Day celebrations into the heart of Melbourne.  Federation Square Terrace will come alive on Friday October 4th as we invite each and every one of you to come on down in honour of the animals between 11.00am and 6.00pm. Join us as we partake in some delicious cruelty free fare, enjoy browsing the many  information stalls or pick up some cool Edgar’s Mission merchandise.  And best of all, it is free to attend!! Continue reading

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Federation Story

Edgar’s Mission immortalised in Federation Square’s Federation Story. Read the full article here.

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