Every year we here at Edgar’s Mission open our farm gates to hundreds and hundreds of school students and in doing so we trust we are guiding them to a kinder way of living. Last week we introduced the year nine students of Kilbreda College, in Mentone, to the fascinating world of cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats and our adorable resident turkey, Martin. “There can be no doubt” said our Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, “that looking into the eyes of these animals has the power to touch hearts, transform lives and make the world a kinder place for all”.
If you would like to book a school visit please email [email protected]
When Saturday was born she looked just as any little lamb should, but when she tried to move things went decidedly pear-shaped. The sweet little Suffolk ewe could barely manage more than a few steps before falling down, making her human carers question how they could provide her with a good life. As determined as Saturday was to live, so too were they driven to find her a place where she could get the care she needed – and that’s when they found Edgar’s Mission. Continue reading
On this Mother’s Day we celebrate mothers, in all their glorious shapes and species, and thank them for making the world a kinder and safer place for those they love.
We’d like to dedicate Meghan’s uplifting rescue story to mothers everywhere, may your babies stay safe and sound.
A journey of a thousand kindnesses begins with a single pig…
Right about this time on the 10th of May in 2003, I grabbed my car keys and in the company of my best little buddy, ET Good Doggie, we set off on a journey to collect a pig. A journey that has certainly been one hell of a ride. Please sit back and watch this clip that has seen me reach the destination of somewhere.
Each and every day, in so many ways we give thanks to those who believe in the work of Edgar’s Mission. Whether it be your kind and generous financial donations or goods in kind, or even heartfelt words of support – we could not do what we do without you, you make it all possible as you buoy our spirits and help us ensure that the animals in our care will never be forgotten again and that they will want for nothing to make their worlds complete. Most recently we have been touched by the kindness of our friends at The Animal Rescue Appeals and visitors to our sanctuary. Your thoughtful gifts are a true testament to the statement “kindness begets kindness”, and for that, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you.
Society’s treatment of animals has been described as the next great social justice movement, and one we here at Edgar’s Mission are proud to be a part of. Late last year the Victorian Government called for submissions to its Animal Action Plan – a commitment to “effective and proactive action in animal welfare over the next five years”. We’re heartened to see our leaders and decision makers taking the lives and treatment of animals seriously.
We will never know when or how, but this brave and gentle old sheep had become blind and was abandoned on a property. With no place in this world to belong, he made his way to the refuge of Edgar’s Mission, where he will live out the rest of his golden years. Once given the clean bill of health, we then had to put on our thinking caps, how the Dickins were we to give him the happy life he deserved? Queue Joe Cocker: “I get by with a little help from my friends”. Continue reading
Today we are giddy with delight as Lambert came home. But it was not a noisy, cramped, open aired livestock carrier that made this possible. Rather our straw filled transport vehicle, carefully navigating each turn to ensure Lambert was as comfortable as possible and never put off his feet, that did.
If you missed Lambert’s arrival, he came into our care in the dying hours of Tuesday just gone. Found by a kind heart who witnessed his brutal handling as he was tossed from a livestock carrier to land in an almost unmoving lump next to his dead companion. As more nervous sheep were unloaded, this courageous passer-by knew just what she had do. Securing Lambert’s release as the words “yeah, you can have it. We’re only going to knock it on the head when we’re finished” were uttered and Lambert’s life was set to be rewritten. 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
If you know of a school, community group or workplace who would like to visit Edgar’s Mission please drop us a line [email protected]
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.
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?”
The Strathmore Cubs earned badges of kindness when they visited Edgar’s Mission on the 22nd of September. After holding their own Wheet-Bix Drive they arrived with a pile of these delicious treats for our residents, many of whom they got to meet on their tour.
Today it is World Farmed Animal’s Day. Sit back, as we invite you to enjoy some of our amazing farmed animal friends who are fortunate enough to live here at Edgar’s Mission. To find out more about Be Kind To Animals Week, jump on the website www.bekindtoanimalsweek.org.au
While out on duty earlier this week, a local animal control ranger was contacted in regards to a ewe who was experiencing a difficult birth. Sadly, the ewe did not make it, but a newborn lamb did. The bleak future that was on offer for this little babe was something this kind-hearted ranger refused to accept. Not long thereafter, “Ranger”, as he has been named, with his still-wet umbilical cord, was surrendered into our care and life-enhancing colostrum was delivered to his sweet little lips. And, reciprocating our kindness, Ranger was only too quick to offer us sweet kisses of appreciation.
So when next time you are out on the range, be like our dear Ranger and ensure kindness for animals is firmly on your horizon. Continue reading
Thursday August 18, saw twenty plus intrepid students from the Catholic Regional College in North Keilor trek north up the Calder Highway to Edgar’s Mission. What followed was a thought provoking day filled with questions, kindness and animal hugs. What more could an inquiring mind want! If you too would love an excursion to Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary please contact [email protected] to arrange a visit.
On Sunday 21 August, little Harry Lamb came into our lives. This week-old wee fellow presented us with a challenge like no other. Despite being pitifully thin, with his spine forming a sharp ridge running the length of his back, his belly was grossly and abnormally engorged. We had learned that the Victorian farmer who was charged with Harry and his mum’s care had noticed Harry wasn’t putting on weight as any healthy young lamb should, so Harry and his mum were shedded for extra feeding and to keep a firm eye on the two. On closer inspection—and due to Harry’s condition deteriorating, despite all the extra care—the problem became painfully obvious. Harry had been born without an anus; a condition that is known as atresia ani. It is a congenital condition where the membrane separating the rectum and anus fails to rupture. To put it simply, Harry had been unable to poop since birth, leading to a massive build-up of gas and faeces inside him. Crying out in excruciating pain was Harry when he was surrendered into our care. It was one of the most heart-wrenching sights we have ever witnessed. Continue reading
There can be known doubt little Harry captivates all who come into his realm. Watch this inspiring clip of Harry showing his appreciation to his rescuer and the amazing veterinary team who saved his life.
Heartstring warning: you’ll need tissues Continue reading
The last words I said to little Harry as he was whisked off for life-saving surgery were “come home soon little buddy; you mean the world to me.” And it would seem that Harry, the week old lamb born without an anus, is heeding them. Continue reading
9.32pm. We have just spoken with Harry’s attending surgeon who has advised the little fella has survived the extensive surgery. This surgery was to correct his congenital birth deformity of having no functioning anus. Whilst he is far from out of the woods and his condition remains critical he is no longer experiencing the agonising pain he was when he was surrendered into our care. He will remain on intravenous fluids and be monitored throughout the night. Although still fearfully weak, Harry is alive, much loved and thanks to you all has a fighting chance.
We have all had important teachers in our lives, ones who have guided us and inspired us. While for most people these teachers have been human, for me, animals have been my teachers. And for me, my most important teacher was a dashing, debonair, handsome, witty, wise, charismatic and incredible pig I came to love and adore, named Edgar Alan Pig.
For, let’s call her “Sally”, one of her most important teachers was a sheep named Wilmington. I’ll let “Sally” pick up the story.
“More than 20 years ago my ex and I bought a rural shop which came with a pet sheep. Her name was Wilmington, and she was a nuisance, always wanting attention that I didn’t have time to give. I had meat-eater blinkers on about her back then, as it was before I became vegetarian and stopped seeing animals as nothing more than food. My ex had a friend who suggested we let him take Wilmington away and turn her into a lot of free meals and I let it happen. It was not until I looked at the meat he gave us and contrasted it with the last time I saw her, so proud of herself for figuring out how to get the gate open—AGAIN—that I really realised what a terrible thing we had done. I couldn’t cook the meat, or eat it, and doing that to her remains one of the biggest regrets of my life to this day. Continue reading
Bumping into BUPA Kyneton last Tuesday were a cheeky little goat named Steady Eddie and a woolly sheep named Timmy. Tagging along for good measure were their human folk from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Lancefield.
While the affable Eddie was more interested in checking out people’s shoes and anything else remotely edible, the anything but sheepish Timmy enjoyed a good old back scratch. There could be no doubt that the happy faces, busy hands and lively discussions, all provoked by the animals, confirmed what our hearts know – animals unite us, they calm us and make us feel good. And as Eddie and Timmy so poignantly confirmed, this is a two-way street. It goes to show that regardless of age or species we all welcome, need and cherish kindness.
Oh and a special and heart-warming note, check out the lady in the pink sweater and her friend in the turquoise twin set. These two, with their special friendship stole our hearts.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting an incredible young man who had just turned 13. Instead of treating himself to all sorts of wonders, Jack determined that his $200 birthday money could be better spent looking after rescued farmed animals at his favorite sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission. Thank you so much Jack, we trust your day was as grand as you!
A huge shout out of thanks to the fine young minds of the Out of School Care Program from Marlborough Primary School in Heathmont. Celebrating kindness and our sheepies love of wheetbix, a stash of these delicious treats came our way recently. In collecting the booty Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, praised the students initiative to make a difference in the life of another; “it is wonderful to see these young individuals so committed to enriching the lives of animals. Their selfless gestures remind us all that each and every one of us can, through simple acts of kindness make the world a better place those less fortunate” Continue reading
Ava, we want to thank you for raising $115 for the resident animals here at Edgar’s Mission. Thank you for using your elbow grease to give massages to your parents and their friends for gold coin donations, and for making and selling paper flowers and butterflies. But most of all, thank you for your kind and generous heart – at only 8 years old you’re already showing the world just how beautiful people can be, inside and out.