Say it with flowers

Lambert

Lambert came into our world on a day synonymous with flowers, Valentine’s Day (you can read his story here) and today we again celebrate his arrival to our barn with, you guessed it, flowers. You see Lambert has just returned from yet another critical surgery to repair the horrific break in his leg. Sadly, a break he sustained some days, or even weeks before he came into our care.  Continue reading

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Bottle Time

We know, it can be difficult to get going in the morning. Well Doctor Edgar’s has just the right dose of cuteness to cure that morning drag. Recently orphaned Benjamin, Princess Leia and Dominic found refuge and the care they desperately needed at Edgar’s Mission – and they also found warm bottles to guzzle with gusto. Take a look at these three tail-wagging cuties and call us in the morning.

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Where are they now – Lovely

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 Lovely is going in her new forever home.

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Love is a many-splendored thing—meet Francesca and Fabio

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While two frightened goats huddled in a drain beneath the lonely country road that had become their home, they may not have had too many kindnesses in the world, but they did have the one thing that mattered most: each other. Although traditional thought places a divider between the emotions of animals and humans, daily the veil is being lifted. Charles Darwin was one of the first to give it a gentle tug when he said, “The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind”. And just as each and every human is unique in the way each of us hangs off the same tapestry of life, so too are animals—similar yet different. Continue reading

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New kids on the block

Dominic, Benjamin and Princess Leia

Being presented with three barely-clinging-to-life, day-old goats was just another challenge sent our way. Recently separated from their mothers, who had been sent to slaughter, the tiny, confused and bewildered babes tried to make sense of the world. As did we. But there was little time for judgment calls as the most urgent need was tending the three orphans before us.

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When you’re ready – Ms. Reddy.

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Named after the Australian singer, actor and activist* is our Ms Reddy. Although species apart, they are united by their determination, free spirit and desire for emancipation of their kind. So, naturally enough, our Ms Reddy meets the world on her terms daily. She is kind, yet forthright, knows her friends, and views each new human she meets with a suspicion justly deserved by her species. As with so many of our rescues, we never quite know the exact circumstances that have caused their fear of humans. However, there is a shortlist of things to remedy this—kindness, Weet-Bix treats and no threats of harm being right up there. And that is just what Ms Reddy will find for the rest of her days, and that indeed is something worth “baaing about”.
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Bertie and Gertie (Updated)

13th March 2017

“They are both full of lice, but soon they are going to be full of love.”

These rescues are only possible because of you, our incredible supporters and donors, thank you!

If you would like to donate to our Medical Fighting Fund please click here.
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Heads Up! Goats are Cute!

The defending champions take to the ring for yet another bout. Benjamin and Dominic are set to wrestle your heart away with their play antics, sweet waggly tails and all. Pay close attention to Benjamin, in the green jumper, as he positions his ears just so for every headbutt.

At the conclusion of the round it was decided everyone is a winner – the athletes succeeded in winning our hearts in a blaze of glory.

 

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Hey it’s your re-birthday!!

Steady Eddie Birthday

On this day one year ago a tiny goat waddled into our lives and collective hearts, and there he has remained.  Despite all of his health challenges Steady Eddie continues to rock our world every day.  

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So it was fitting that today we got to pay the favour back, as the humans who love him most, along with many of his loyal friends, new fans and a world famous cricketer (Peter Siddle) celebrated Eddie’s first re-birthday.  And hitting it for a six was the amazing degustation Eddie devoured along with some awesome cakes supplied by Mrs Monagle’s Ethical Fine Foods his human friends.  Hippo birdie two ewe, little buddy <3

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International Women’s Day: Sisters are Doing it for Others

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When Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart wrote “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” they intended the song to liberate women and show they should no longer stand behind a man, but stand next to them. To show that women were now working on their own lives and careers as equals to men. But many women who have forged their way forward have chosen to work hard not for themselves, but for the good of others.

The contribution of women to the betterment of the world has been, and continues to be, great. Elizabeth I brought peace to England during her rein, Florence Nightingale pioneered modern nursing, Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader and instrumental in the fight for racial equality in America, Jane Goodall showed the world the emotional worlds of animals and continues to champion conservation, Malala Yousafzai stood against the Taliban and demanded girls be allowed an education, and who could forget Rosie Batty. These women make only the very tip of the iceberg and have achieved so much primarily for good of others, for humanity as a whole and for our feathered, furry and finned friends.

As you will already be aware, animals are incredibly intuitive and have a way of knowing when we need to be comforted and will offer it without reservation. For International Women’s Day we want to introduce you to, or remind you of, a few of our own female residents who are making a difference. Continue reading

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A Mother’s Love

Sophie and Simon

We didn’t quite know what to expect when we arrived to collect the ailing ewe who had been unable to feed her little lamb. But we knew it would not be good. Surrendered into our care along with her struggling little bub, we held grave fears for them both as we pondered just what had gone so awry to prevent this loving mother from feeding her offspring.  So weak had Sophie become that she could not stand, and so lethargic was her baby that he showed little interest in life. All too soon the mystery was solved as a lone maggot fell from Sophie’s rear end and a putrid smell led us to a moistened patch of wool.  The culprit, or rather culprits could remain invisible no more.  There lurking beneath this tell-tale sign, slithered and squirmed an orgy of obese and blood engorged maggots feasting on the hapless Sophie’s flesh.

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Homa’s fresh start

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What does pure relief look like? Homa’s expression says it all.

Once a stud merino ram, Homa had since aged beyond his usefulness and became homeless. Finding himself at a rural pound with greatly overgrown fleece, Homa was to be given a second chance and an eccentric but essential new haircut – removing the hundreds of grass seeds forging their way through his skin.

Homa has found his way home and his welfare will never again depend upon his “usefulness” – from here on out, this dear gent’s only task is the pursuit of happiness.

Read Homa’s full story and see more photos here.

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What about me?

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When Garry Frost, of the Australian band, Moving Pictures, watched an autistic child being constantly overlooked at his local shop in the Sydney suburb of Asquith, he was spurred on to write the lyrics for the hit song “What about me?”. The song, when released in 1982, was an instant success and quickly became an anthem for the downtrodden. Thirty-five years on, its poignant meaning touched our hearts as we watched a lonely ewe pitifully call out from the pound to the passing livestock transport vehicles carrying her kind to the abattoir. In an ironic twist, it was the fact that this sheep had been forgotten that was to ensure she was seen by the very people who could save her. Several days later, Flee-cia safely arrived at Edgar’s Mission with two lucky goats, Brave Heart and Twin Stripe, who happened to be at the wrong place at the right time.

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Bill & Bing

Bill & Bing

“They’re babies, just babies” was our first thought when we saw the faces of these two tiny, trembling boys peering terrified back at us from the small crate that held them on the back of a ute. But what came next was even more chilling: “If youse don’t take ‘em, I’ll have to shoot ‘em” quickly followed by, “But I want to do the right thing”. Regardless of their “crime”, these kids, who we christened Bill and Bing, were only babies in a big confusing world full of rickety fences to surmount, gardens to navigate and tempting treats, and when you are a kid goat, everything is an inviting challenge beckoning either your dancing hooves or curious mouth.

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Mrs Bee where have you been?

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“So where have you been Mrs Bee?” we asked of a plucky little ISA brown hen who was found nonchalantly grazing the front lawn of a suburban house recently.  Luckily for Mrs Bee she picked the right house, for the kindly folks, whilst unable to find her humans did find a happy outcome for this intrepid hen.  Sadly, many councils have no provision for lost or abandoned poultry, who often fall not only off transport vehicles but through the gaps in our animal protection legislation. But one thing is for sure, Mrs Bee will never be forgotten again!

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Rewriting his life

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.

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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

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Buffalo Bill, did he know?

Buffalo Bill

Our Buffalo Bill, not to be confused with William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody of the American Wild West fame, who killed over 4000 bison, is a gentle soul who never claimed a scalp, although he did have a bounty of sorts on his head. You see, our Buffalo Bill takes his name from the mountain range upon which he and his two buddies had roamed for many a year. Indeed, the picturesque mountain range of Mt Buffalo and her glorious falls and mountain ranges could be argued to be an idyllic home for a goat.

Alas, treacherous winding roads and close encounters with humans were one way or another going to claim the life of Bill, as it had done his small herd some time earlier. Corralled for death, Bill managed somehow to escape and literally took for the hills and high country, eventually settling on the car park area of Rollasons Falls. Over time, the timid and lonely Bill became a little too confident with food-bearing humans and displaying his annoyance at those without food. And so, Buffalo Bill’s notoriety began to soar as high as the mountain range he had come to love. With notices placed warning of his “dangerous” nature, Bill’s days seemed to be numbered. But here’s where luck and a kind heart pedalled in. Having witnessed Bill’s gentle side and learning of the “mysterious” disappearance of other goats from the area, our Good Samaritan put the wheels in motion for a rescue plan for Bill.

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Homa, the homeless hobo

Homa

It wasn’t always the case that Homa was homeless. Indeed, the aged fellow had at one time been a stud merino ram, siring many offspring and earning his keep. However, with his use-by date reached, there appeared no home for the dear boy and, judging by his excessively overgrown fleece, it had been this way for some time. Now, some may be thinking that ending up in a rural country pound, just a stone’s throw from the local abattoir, was to be the worst day of the dear boy’s life, but it was to turn out to be the best. Striking the heart and telephone of a kindly pound worker, the call went out for a reprieve for dear Homa. While there are not too many keen to take on an ageing sheep, let alone a ram, it is these golden oldies to whom we are so strongly drawn. The wisdom in his one good eye coupled with scaring of his other eye (a legacy of a long gone injury), pulled at our heartstrings like no other as we set out to fulfil our pledge of a life truly worth living for Homa.

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Strawberry kisses

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I did save a strawberry for you, but then I got hungry. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Kris Kringle is quite the gentleman.

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Princess Leia

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And kindness has never been so cute.

Princess Leia is proof that a little bit of kindness makes the whole world of difference.

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Ruby’s close up

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I’m ready for my close up now.

When your heart is as beautiful as Ruby’s, you’ll always take a great picture.

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Feeling blue?

Piglet Breakfast

Feeling blue? We have just the cure – cute piglets having breakfast. Bye bye Monday Blues!

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Knock knock, it’s Madeline

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Knock knock. Who’s there? It’s me, Madeline Merino.

Doe-eyed Madeline owes her life to a sweltering heatwave. Noticing her difficulty walking, her previous caretakers decided it was too hot to dig a hole to bury the little lamb – and as the days passed they realised there was another option. And we’re so glad they did.

Read Madeline’s story here.

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A beautiful moment

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And how privileged are we to witness the special bonds between Carol and her piglets. Seeing Carol nurture her precious babies is enough to warm our souls.

You can watch Carol’s heartwarming arrival video here.

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We caught a couple of Getaways

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It’s true, there’s no escaping the charms of our residents. Brothers Dan and Mike Miao, from band The Getaway Plan, are both compassionate animal-lovers and yesterday were captured by Hip Hop Bob, Morgan Sheep and three tiny kids, among others. How blessed we are to be able to share the magic of Edgar’s Mission with such bright and kind hearts.

A while ago we shared an article written by Dan about his change of heart about fishing, if you missed it you can read it here.

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Public service piglets

Public Service piglets

This is a public service announcement. Please stop what you are doing and look at this incriminating photo, we need your help to catch these offenders. You won’t regret it.

Cookie, Kris Kringle and Candy are wanted for causing hearts to flutter and showing people that little piggies deserve only to be treated with kindness.

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Here with us

Hope - Animals with us

Each and every animal comes into this world with the same determination to live and seeks a happy life. As individuals they have no understanding of why humans would want to hurt them, and if they could it would surely give them no solace. Continue reading

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Have your cake

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You can have your cake and eat it too, just like Marty Turkey. With the amazing breadth of food choices at our excited little fingertips, eating compassionately has never been so tasty.

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When there’s everything to live for

Connor Rosie - Friends Warmth

There’s a warmth that comes from good friends, like that between best friends Rosie and Connor. When Connor arrived, he was clinging far too gingerly to life. Covered in amniotic fluid and his umbilical cord still wet, Connor was only hours old and already exposed to a cold hard truth – no shelter and ewes bred to lamb in winter are a deadly mix. Today, Connor’s days are filled with kindness, joy and warmth.

You can read Connor’s story here.

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Peekaboo Mixie, we see you

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On that fateful day, the driver didn’t see Mixie fall, or leap, from the back of the stockcrate that was carrying her to be butchered. Actually, nobody had really seen Mixie until the kind stranger secured her safe passage to Edgar’s Mission. Anyone who truly saw her – as an innocent and gentle calf deserving of happiness, kindness and her mother’s knowing care – would never have thought her life was worth anything less.

An open and kind heart is one of the greatest gifts we can share with the world. Once we start to really see farmed animals, they leap into our hearts as though their lives depend on it. Which they do.

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