And then there were three—meet Deanie and Weenie.

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Lambs are indeed social animals, relishing in the company of their own kind. And so it was to our bedroom each night dear Beanie Lamb went to ensure she was not lonely. However, coming to our rescue were the newborns, Deanie and the diminutive little Weenie. With their umbilical cords still plump with blood and nutrients, we were reminded of their vulnerability and short time dancing on this earth. Cords disinfected and clipped, warm jackets donned and life-sustaining colostrum downed, they were all set to meet their new buddy, little Beanie.

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Where have you been, Beanie Lamb?

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Whilst a penny will never pay for the thoughts of Beanie Lamb or provide an answer to just where she had been, we do know that it was through the swift-thinking actions of kind-hearted humans that she is alive today. Arriving at Edgar’s Mission in the cutest little baby jump suit emblazoned with little cans of baked beans, wee Beanie could not have pulled at our heart strings any more if she tried. Not long thereafter we learned that a traveller from Geelong had encountered the scared and hungry little one just shy of the township; struggling to rein in Beanie’s poor attempts at directing traffic, soon even more humans stopped to assist, as little Beanie’s journey of kindness began.

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What are you grateful for today?

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It’s not a question many of us ask ourselves daily but with a growing body of evidence supporting the value of a gratitude practice, perhaps we would each benefit from doing so. Gratitude is not only an immediate mood booster but has also been shown to be good for our health, as well as increasing our feeling of connection to those with whom we share our lives. The Harvard Medical School tells us gratitude is “a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.”

Certainly, with our busy modern lives, it can be easy to slip into the habit of focusing only on the to-do’s, the should-do’s and the “I can’t believe he/she didn’t do’s.” And whilst some studies tell us the human brain is hard-wired for hope, others state our ancestors only survived due to their tendency the anticipate and respond to negative events. Continue reading

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Welcome to the Book Club – Chapter One: Goats of Letters

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It was in March of 2010 when around 150 people trod up the well-worn bluestone steps to the Bella Union Bar of Melbourne’s historic Trades Hall building.  Enthusiastically they listened while heartfelt, funny, poignant and profound letters were read out loud as the brainchild of literary wits, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire etched into being. Not long thereafter the first episode of Women of Letters was complete.  Now some 8 years and hundreds of letters later, Women of Letters has reached a global audience as the lost art of letter writing has well and truly been revived.  At the heart of Women of Letters was the drive by Marieke and Michaela to raise much-needed funds for the sanctuary they loved.  To this end they have achieved admirably and we here at Edgar’s Mission remain forever grateful.

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Cheech and Chong- two smokin’ fun friends!

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There is no doubt that Cheech and Chong, complete with their cute and cheeky goaty antics, will bring you great belly laughs. However, their beginnings most certainly will not.  Found abandoned at a tip (it’s likely their homeless mother was spooked) the vulnerable little orphans, just barely days old, were lucky to have been spotted by a kind heart.  But had they not, alone they would have slowly succumbed to the elements. Or perhaps even violently died between the teeth of a predator. Seeing their will to live amongst the rubbish and despair that surrounded them, their Good Samaritan sped into action.

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What could you do with $5?

With $5 you could buy a soy latte, your favourite chocolate or put it towards the weekly shop. But we have a plan to get your $5 doing great things for animals.

Say hello to Five Dollar Friday. We need your help, well, your $5, every Friday so we can meet the growing vet expenses of our 450-plus residents and all those who finds sanctuary here at Edgar’s Mission. Last year alone, our vet bills reached $249,728.

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Charlotte

Wise beyond her years and with a heart open to all, 13-year-old Charlotte has been weaving a web of kindness at Edgar’s Mission. Here’s what she had to say about a few things.

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Thank you Win

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So many of us have a special bond with one or a number of animals. There’s no denying, they have the capacity to move us in many ways— we love them, cherish our bonds with them and they make our lives so much the richer.

Last night Charity, one of our resident sheep, was featured on Bondi Vet. Many of you told us her story moved you, and one woman was so moved she told her daughter she must drive her out to Edgar’s Mission. Win is 98 years old and today she donated $250 so that we can continue helping animals like Charity.

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We believe in the power of the human heart and of kindness. Thank you Win for moving for animals, your kind support is so appreciated.

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2017 Year in Review

Farewell 2017, what a year you’ve been. We’ll never let go of the idea that a kinder world for all animals truly is possible—heading into this new year, we have so much to feel hopeful about.

If this is what we could achieve for animals in 2017, imagine what we can do in 2018…

If you’re able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. As ever, we’re humbled by the love and support we’re shown—we can’t thank you enough.

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Kind Christmas

Look who came to spread some joy to the residents this Christmas—Santa and a merry band of helpers. ❤️💚❤️

Thank you to everyone who supported Edgar’s Mission​ in 2017, your belief in our work ensured that every day for our many residents felt like Christmas 🎄

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One year ago, this happened…

Christmas time is meant to be a time of joy, but for so many pigs it’s anything but. On this day last year, with the festive season well and truly upon us, one story of hope touched the hearts of people all over the world. The story of Carol and her cheeky tornado of a trio: Cookie, Candy and Kris Kringle. We also wanted to share their arrival video with you again, because who doesn’t want to see the moment a mummy pig is reunited with her beautiful babies?

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Happy Birthday Pam: The shoulders we stand on

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What is it that makes a person great? Is it that they’re up from dusk to dawn caring for those close to their heart? Is it that they help those who find themselves alone and without a friend in this world? Is it that they see a stark unfairness in this world and dedicate their life to correcting wrongs?

It’s easier to walk the road most travelled; you can lead a life, for the most part, unchallenged. Caught up in the ebb and flow of society, it’s comfortable to ride the wave of familiarity. You fit in the world and the world fits your picture of what’s normal. But what if you saw something, thought something or felt something that tipped normality on its head—what would you do? If you were Pam Ahern, you’d turn your own life upside down to challenge the newly-seen injustice head on.

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Evening of Kindness

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We ate, we listened, we laughed and we walked away feeling inspired. Thanks for coming along to our Third Evening of Kindness last Thursday, we loved meeting so many of you and the night went without a hitch.

The evening was marked by rousing recollections, starting with Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director Pam Ahern, followed by Striking at the Roots author Mark Hawthorne and concluded with Founder of the Food Empowerment Project, Lauren Ornelas.

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This is big

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Huge, in fact. This festive season we’ve been able to take Animal Ambassadors Marty, Penelope Sue, Betany and Wendy all over Australia in our biggest ever billboard campaign, and it’s all thanks to you.

Christmas is heralded by family and joy, but for so many farmed animals it’s a time of anything but. We want Australians to come face-to-face with the animals they perhaps never give a second thought to, but whose kind they directly affect—pigs like Penelope Sue who only smell fresh air and feel the warmth of the sun on their last days. Continue reading

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Driving Kind

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“Where ever you go, whatever you do, make your kindness count”

And that is just what happened today as we headed to Melbourne in the company of one forthright and “don’t mess with me” chicken, Kung Fu Panda.  Whilst the details of our important mission cannot be revealed until next week, we can tell you that our day was brightened by fellow commuters who showed their love and support of our work.  From the tradesman who inched up to our vehicle as we were stuck in traffic, wound down his window and shouted, “I love your quote, I don’t eat animals”, to the lovely young lady who waved excitedly at us at the traffic lights and all salutations in between, we truly appreciate your support and take great comfort that you too are driving the world to a kinder place for all.

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Cooking with Kindness, a tasty launch

Among all the excitement of the Cooking with Kindness launch today, Elmo, Eddie, Rose and Red Baron had time to schmooze with their adoring fans. There was much anticipation over the arrival of the animal ambassadors, who stole the hearts of our wonderful guests, but oh the food—it tasted as good as it looked.

The morning went off without a hitch and we had a blast among friends, food and festivities. A selection of tasty treats taken directly from the pages of Cooking with Kindness were so kindly brought along by a host of brilliant chefs and we were lucky enough to devour every single one. Also joining us on the day were musician and host Lindsay McDougall and Dan Maio from the Getaway Plan.

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Baking in kindness

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While you were watching the AFL Grand Final, sisters Aurelia and Imogen, along with their friend Sofia, were hard at work fundraising for Edgar’s Mission.

After baking the cruelty-free gingerbread players, sporting the jersey of the Crows or Tigers, Aurelia, Imogen and Sofia manned their stall and raised an amazing $592. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts and generous hearts—and for helping make the world a kinder place for farmed animals.

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A winning heart

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Well we’re impressed, for a number of reasons. One, young Jayden completed a 10km run. Two, he completed the run in 1 hour 7 minutes. Three, he raised a whopping $1,800 for Edgar’s Mission.

But the most impressive thing about Jayden is his kind and generous heart—for someone so young to dedicate himself to achieving for the benefit of other speaks volumes. We can’t thank Jayden enough for his mammoth efforts and helping us help animals. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

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Hear it’s your birthday!

Today, October 18, we celebrate the birthday of Saturday Lamb.  She rolled into our world almost three years ago and crash landed into our hearts.  Although her congenital spasticity has robbed her of the proper functioning of her back legs it has not robbed her of her zest for life.  Daily, aided by her custom-built wheel chair, Saturday wheels about the sanctuary and rolls into the hearts of all she meets.  Her plucky resolve to take each day as it comes it truly inspirational for all she meets. Celebrating her third birthday in style, she did so with her best friends Steddie Eddie and her human folk who wait on her hand and hoof.  Tucking into her wheetbix cake, garnished with lucerne and topped with three carrots, Saturday’s verdict was “the day was not baaaad, not baaaad at all”.

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See the light, see the power of kindness…

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Every day here at Edgar’s Mission we see the power of kindness, simple acts of human benevolence to make the world a better place for all. And today that kindness kicked in to gear yet again as we flicked the switch and the farm will now be run on solar power during our daylight hours.

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Our greatest glory

A sweet, mop-topped little lamb came into our care on the 27th of September in 2016. Because she had this wonderful old-world charm about her, we could think of no better name for her than “Petal”. As beautiful and cheeky as she was (like any other lamb), Petal was unable to express all the exuberance expected of a lamb, because she couldn’t walk.

Her back legs were pretty much useless and unable to bear weight, and with little to no sensation in them things were not looking too good for Petal – and our hearts sank.. The original vet who saw Petal thought she was suffering from “joint-ill”, a bacterial infection whose most likely entry point was a wound on the stump of what had been her tail. But that didn’t quite sit well with us, so off to another vet went Petal for more extensive tests and diagnostics. And this time we got an answer, but sadly not one so readily addressed. Petal had suffered a terrible trauma to her spine, fracturing a vertebra at the junction between her spine and tail bone. From there, a most laboursome rehabilitation program began.

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We have a dream

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Transcript of speech delivered at Melbourne chapter of the World Day to End Speciesism.

A wise woman once uttered the words: “Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future”.  

We have a dream. Each and every one of us here today has a dream, and we are here today because of our shared dream. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all for gathering here on this remarkable day as we take that dream from the recesses of our hearts and minds and place it centre stage as we seek to make the world a kinder, more just place for all of her inhabitants. Continue reading

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Teaching Kind

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Huge shout out of thanks to the Catholic Regional College in North Keilor for allowing us to be a part of your school year. Today we hosted the last of four groups of students who have spent the day with us, sharing our vision for a kinder world for all.

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If you too would like your school, community or work group come and visit Edgar’s Mission and partake in a thought provoking day filled with critical thinking, farm tour and animal cuddles. Please drop us a line [email protected] Remember we are located in Lancefield, Victoria.

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His name is Herb

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Last Friday we shared with you the story of a goat, who, due to no fault of his own, found himself on the wrong side of the law. He had foiled plot after plot to take him down – both by gun wielding police and bow and arrow wielding camouflage-clad would-be hunters, who were no match for the handsome wether. Thankfully, what did hit him was the kindness of a very compassionate marksman. His name is Manfred Zabinskas, from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue. Continue reading

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Our new billboards!

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What the world needs right now is a little more kindness. And who better to promote kindness than a few of our very own animal ambassadors?

Around Australia right now, Panky Calf, Daisy Kid, Brad Lamb and Cookie and Candy are larger than life. Along with their beautiful portraits is our quote, asking onlookers to consider – “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?” Continue reading

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All things grow with love

“Aerodynamically the bumble bee should not be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know that, so she goes on flying anyway”.  Two years ago today, Fanta came into our world and while few would have given her any chance of surviving, no one told Fanta that, so she went on trying anyway. And look at her today. ‘Tis true, all things grow with love, even a wee lamb named Fanta.

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The things that unite us

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As the scissors began to surrender to the dense felt that was now the fleece of the gentle Angora doe we had hastily named Julie, we doggedly battled on. Why hastily? Let me explain. Julie was one of 27 of the large herd of Angora goats recently surrendered into our care reaching a crisis point in their welfare. These gentle goats were burdened by more than four years’ worth of fleece (that’s missing over 8 shearings, as Angoras need to be shorn twice a year) and countless parasites (both internal and external), and crippled by overgrown hooves.

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The warmth of kindness

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In the middle of winter, the warmth of kindness continues to shine brightly. Yesterday, Liam and his mother Camille paid us a visit, well actually, they paid Saturday a visit. Watch the heart-warming video of their meeting below.

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Elysia and Miranda

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Thinking of Elysia and Miranda, who both recently turned 12, the words of the Dalai Lama come to mind: “[i]t is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.” For their combined birthday party, rather than gifts they asked if guests could bring a donation to Edgar’s Mission – raising an amazing $510!

Whether they learnt such thoughtful generosity from their parents, teachers or from their own kind hearts, Elysia and Miranda have proven beyond any doubt that teaching kindness and compassion is priceless. Thank you to Elysia, Miranda and your guests, your donations will go a long to helping so many animals now and into the future.

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Operation Helping Hand

A herd of beautiful Angora goats is in desperate need of a helping hand. And that is just what we have swung into action to make possible. With the first of these goats having arrived at our sanctuary we have already commenced urgent and much-needed hoof trimming, wigging* and dag removal**. All goats have been treated for parasites and received vitamin injections. Despite being emaciated, they are welcoming of our kindnesses and are really very sweet. Bucks will shortly be castrated, and each animal assessed for any vet work required.

What we need most right now are offers of life-long homes for the animals, they truly deserve that. Angora goats do need more upkeep that other goats, with regular fleece removal and wigging essential. If you are able to assist, please send your contact details to [email protected]

We do ask for your patience in reply as our workload has suddenly increased manyfold.

* wigging is the removal of fleece from around the eyes of goats to ensure they can see
** dag removal is the cutting of lumps of encrusted faeces from the rear end of animals

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