Many animals arrive at Edgar’s Mission ‘on a wing and a prayer’ as their last chance of hope for a life worth living. Goosy and Loosy are sadly in this number; branded vicious by their previous caregivers, the two were in desperate need of sanctuary for simply doing what geese do best. But with their caregivers having no desire to themselves transport the animals to our sanctuary, it was a long haul mission of mercy by a kind-hearted Edgar’s Mission volunteer to save dear Goosy and Loosy. Continue reading
Some stories touch your heart, some stories break your heart; this one will do both. But in loving animals as we do they make us complete – a touching story by our beautiful Paula May Broadstock.
July 6th 2012 is a day I will always remember as the day my life changed forever. It was the day I met my best friend, my greatest teacher, my inspiration. It was the day I met my Teresa. And yes, she was a chicken. Continue reading
They say that home is where the heart (and pig) is! And so I wish to bring you all up to speed with our quest to find that special new home for Edgar’s Mission. Many of you may be aware that I have been looking for this unique somewhere for quite some time, with hopes raised only to then be dashed when all the boxes could not be ticked or we just couldn’t raise the funds in time. But at last that somewhere is now only a pen stroke away. Continue reading
Animals and the elderly have much in common, making up a significant proportion of our community yet they tend to be forgotten. Recognising that both welcome and indeed have their lives enriched by kindness Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary recently brought a little country cheer to The Gables Aged Care Facility in Camberwell.
“In this fast paced world in which we all live it is easy to forget about the most vulnerable and often unseen amongst us, namely the elderly and animals” said Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, “and it always gives me great delight in seeing the two come together, knowing that our work is able to make the lives of both happier and more fulfilled” Continue reading
Yay, you did it! Thanks to the kindness of all our wonderful supporters, we are thrilled to announce that Edgar’s Mission is one of three lucky recipients to receive a generous $5000 donation from Colonial First State as part of their Charity Boost Campaign! These much-appreciated funds will go toward the care of our 300+ beloved animal residents, including orphans Miss-Chief and Sunny, as well as our ever- affable ambassador, Timmy Sheep. The funds will also be used to cover the cost of essential veterinary treatment for residents such as Babe Ruth and Dorothy, just two of our orphan lamb clan. We thank you from the bottom our hearts for your generous support.
“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
Angus, Jack and James are three intrepid and kind Grade 6 students at St Christopher’s Primary School, Airport West. Passionate about animals, justice and keeping the flame of compassion alive, the three boys determined to make Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary the beneficiary of their benevolent endeavours as a part of their ‘Spirit In Action’ school project. Enlisting the help of family, friends and teachers, the young lads presented the spoils of their efforts in the way of rakes, brooms, buckets, gloves and other associated farm needs to sanctuary Founder and Director, Pam Ahern at one of the not for profit sanctuary’s regular volunteer days. “I am deeply touched that the youth of today recognise the importance of kindness towards animals. For regardless of our species, each and every one of us within the community welcomes, needs and responds to kindness. Great effort Angus, Jack and James!”
This is the only kind of life she will ever know from here on in. With a rock chick hairdo and an attitude to match, feisty Teeny Tiny Tina Turner has a set of lungs that would put any rocker to shame. Having lived her 18 months of life confined to a battery cage, kindness was not something to which Tina was accustomed and so, as our hands gently lifted the weak and frail looking hen from the tiny wire prison that held her and three others during our most recent chicken rescue, our ears and our unsuspecting hands were in for a shock indeed! Screeching and squawking so loudly, one could have been forgiven for thinking we had provided this little pocket rocket with her very own microphone, we soon discovered this was one hen who would do all she could simply to live one more day and she had no fear in telling the world about it. With the almost featherless hen pecking away at the hands which cradled her, it was exactly this kind of spunk and obvious desire to live that so quickly endeared her to us, which, along with her diminutive stature, saw her make the ride home to the sanctuary of Edgar’s Mission tucked up safely under my arm in the passenger seat of our vehicle. And because It Takes Two, little Tina has made firm friends with another of our 1081 rescuees – Little Bo Peep. Continue reading
Families come in all shapes and sizes but the Broiler Clan come in one size only and that is BIG! There is the bold and boisterous Derek who, at only 5 months of age already weighs in at a whopping five kilograms. Lily is shyest of the clan, preferring to quietly navigate her way through the world as opposed to running flat out through it like her brothers. At just 11 weeks of age Rose has a curiosity that sees her venturing far and wide around the farm, yet when the call of, ‘Dinner!’ comes each night, she is always the first to come to a screeching halt by our side leaving Pip, Rain, Poppy and Daisy far behind. And then there is Petal, dear sweet Petal, who sadly struggled to keep up with her brothers and sisters from day one. Continue reading
‘To befriend Pam Ahern, it might help to be a Landrace pig.’ Pick up your copy of today’s Sunday Age, Sydney Morning Herald or Canberra Times to read the full feature on Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern
Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern’s speech at the Ban Live Export Rally June 2013
As a result of our May battery hen rescue we have secured the release of a further 1,081 lucky hens who would have otherwise been sent to slaughter. The hens were all lovingly, one by one lifted from the tiny wire cages that had held them prisoner for the previous 14 months by Edgar’s Mission volunteers over the long weekend. The girls are now recuperating in our straw filled barns and are awaiting the next most welcome chapter of their lives. If you think you have what it takes to show these hens that humans really can be the good guys, have a secure and warm fox proof enclosure and have the time to help guide their rehabilitation, all the while being prepared for one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, please complete our prospective adoption form below. Please note these girls are being rehomed as pets only, they are not for commercial purposes or gain. And the good news continues – the cages will remain empty as the farmer is exiting the industry. Continue reading
The year was 1975 and the scene was the Victorian Football League Grand Final between Hawthorn and North Melbourne. The Hawks were down at half time, 5.6 to North’s 9.2. While Hawks coach, John Kennedy Senior’s now famous motivational half time speech failed to rally his troops, it has served as a call to action for people everywhere, “At least DO SOMETHING! DO! Don’t think, don’t hope, do! At least you can come off and say, ‘I did this, I shepherded, and I played on. At least I did something.'” Continue reading
Join our TLC club! Animals need love just as much as we do, and this is especially so for many of our rescued residents like Tom and Jerry – read their story here. Simply sitting calmly with a rescued animal, showing them they have no reason to fear humans can play an enormous part in assisting with their recovery. And it is equally rewarding for the humans involved; as you feel the warm breath of a new friend on your skin, a fuzzy glow will light up your heart. While it may take some time before the frightened animal before you will eat from your hand, every moment you spend generates such positive energy and we have no doubt that you will want to keep coming back for more. If you think you have what it takes to make a regular commitment in the life of a less fortunate creature please contact Paula to arrange an introduction with your new pal. Please note, you will need to be prepared to spend at least one hour of your time at each session, just sitting and smelling the roses so to speak (or it could well be the pungent odour of a smelly male goat).
With the Australian Federal Election set to take place in September this year, never before has it been more important to tell your MP how vital it is they support an end to the Live Export Trade. With numerous investigation uncovering ongoing cruelty inflicted upon Australian animals abroad, despite various measures and monitoring having been implemented, the cry of ‘No Ban, No Vote,’ is fast becoming a reality. Each and every one of us now has the opportunity to crate change and to create a kinder world for animals. If you are in Melbourne, please join us this Saturday 15th June, at the Ban Live Export Rally, beginning at 10.30am at the Melbourne State Library. If you are interstate, please send a polite email to your local MP, outlining your concerns regarding the Live Export Trade. The time has come to make history- will you be a part of it?
Please take a moment to thank Bunnings for allowing Edgar’s Mission to stage a cruelty/meat free and delicious sausage sizzle last Sunday at their Craigieburn store. The response on the day was overwhelming with the girls selling out of all sausages and having to call out for reinforcements. A total of $957.60 was raised which will help us enormously. A special thanks to Kathleen, Liz, Karina, Paige & Nikki. Woo hoot girls!! A special unending thanks to our friends at Vegan Perfection for supplying our favourite sausages. Remember positive feedback will only encourage more opportunities to share with the world how easy it is to live happy and healthy lives without harming others as well as enjoying a good old sausage sizzle!! Continue reading
For those of us in the animal protection movement, sadly we know all too well that death is not the worst option for an animal but that suffering is. The freshly shorn Herbie arrived in our care late last Thursday evening in a horrifically emaciated condition and it was quickly realised that we needed to act fast to ease the pain the poor fellow was enduring whilst we battled to arrest the cause of his ails. Despite most encouraging early signs, Herbie began to teeter; rallying then slipping, rallying then slipping and only moments ago, with considered discussion with our veterinary team, it was determined that Herbie could fight no longer and we did the most merciful thing we could- we let him go. His time here on earth done, having taken the plight of Australian sheep around the globe, Herbie, a lone sheep who would have otherwise slipped silently from this world with nobody any the wiser, has touched the hearts and changed the minds of countless people and he has strengthened our resolve to tell his story. That Herbie was seen and spared from a more grisly fate we are grateful, he left this world having known love, warmth and the gentle touch of kindness. However, for an animal so often viewed as merely a ‘production unit’ far too often they remain unseen and their death is a lonely one. Continue reading
Those two words are something I have desperately been pleading to Herbie over the last 24 hours, ‘Choose life, buddy, choose life.’ I don’t think there has ever been a time in my life when I have been more soul destroyingly tired or heart wrenchingly grief stricken. Watching Herbie’s grasp on life slip throughout the night is really taking its toll; while outwardly I am holding up, inwardly I am crumbling. Herbie didn’t get to his emaciated state overnight and no one can claim they didn’t know. I can well imagine the shearer as he hurriedly jostled Herbie to his feet, blood dripping from his shearing wounds as the stumbling Herbie was slapped on the rear end and pushed on. Sleep has not been my friend for the last 24 hours as I lie on the floor next to my buddy in the make shift hospital wing that was once my bathroom, urging him to, ‘Choose life.’ Denying my inner turmoil, I told Herbie of all the things I wanted him to experience – of wheetbix treats, of running free across fields with happy sheep who hold no fear of man, of a life devoid of hunger, of never having to fear being stripped of his fleece and sent to face the bitter elements of winter, of meeting a sweet faced little ewe who too could tell a tale of incredible recovery in the face of adversity. But most of all, I want Herbie to experience the joy of just being a sheep and being loved for who he is. Not only valued for what he can produce. Continue reading
A midnight dash to the vet saw Herbie placed on an intravenous drip as his condition quickly began to deteriorate. Waiting patiently, Herbie cradled in my arms, as life sustaining medications pumped through his veins and all our good wishes into his heart, the wait is now on. As is often the case after a glucose drip Herbie showed a marked improvement and began to eat on his only but sadly this was short lived. Our fears are heightened, as in the absence of seeing Herbie’s buddies we do not really know if we are battling more than a starvation/malnutrition case for there could well be a more sinister cause that has led to Herbie’s skeletal form beyond poor animal husbandry.
With so many thoughts running through our sleep deprived heads at the minute our overarching question is why? Why is it that our society treats animals not on their ability to suffer but rather the shape they come in, our familiarity with them, our use of them?
Herbie’s progress has surprisingly been coming along well, while not quite in literal leaps and bounds, the little man is indeed rallying. Weighing in at around 25kgs, a mere fraction the weight of a healthy wether of the same age and given the terrible weather conditions in which he was found, it is indeed a miracle Herbie can still even stamp this mortal coil. But this morning we had a setback. Having gotten Herbie to his feet, and him countering with his usual grateful sigh of relief as he toilets himself (God love the little man as he doesn’t wish to soil himself)it was with a heavy heart I witnessed the reoccurrence of his tremors. A dash to the medicine cabinet saw on my return a prone and almost lifeless Herbie amongst the straw. ‘No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t leave me buddy’ fell from my lips as the shivering Herbie was once again righted. Continue reading
Please come and support Edgar’s Mission at our Vegan Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Craigieburn tomorrow from 8am to 4pm! A Huge thanks to Vegan Perfection for donating the sausages!!
It brings a tear to the eye to imagine that just over 24 hours ago dear little Herbie lay helplessly alone, too weak to move and too frail to fend off the cold, the Grim Reaper nipping at his heals. It could never be claimed that the farmer didn’t know of Herbie’s pitiful condition given his recently shorn state, and so it is hard to credit that nothing was done to assist him or treat his wounds. Yet seeing the worst of our humanity brings out the best, in the kind hearted soul who determined Herbie would not die alone. And while Herbie’s body may have taken a break his spirited hadn’t. Heeding his inherent will to live and the good wishes of many, Herbie, aided by the Lady in the Hat stood today. Albeit on wonky legs he tenaciously moved, and heaving a heavy sigh he relieved himself, casting a kindly eye to the Lady in the Hat, as if to say, ‘thanks buddy, the feels better’. Physiotherapy helping to restore blood flow to his weakened limbs and sweet hay nourishing his shrunken stomach, it will still be days before Herbie regains enough strength to stand on his own. But when he does you can be sure there will be a sweet faced little ewe waiting to reassure him that ‘these really are the good guys’.
With regular monitoring throughout the night we are pleased to relay that Herbie’s critical condition has improved somewhat. With hypothermia clasping firm every inch of Herbie’s being and dragging his temperature to an alarmingly low sub 37 degrees, the race was on to dig deep into our bag of tricks and pull him through. There can be no doubt that the recent shearing to which Herbie had been subjected was a significant contributor to his current grim state. To put some perspective on this, imagine going from sitting in front of a nice comfy warm fire to being turfed outside, stripped naked and exposed to the severe cold front that was experienced across much of the state yesterday. Recently shorn sheep experience a 3 fold increase in heat loss with hypothermia claiming the lives of many sheep in mobs even up to four weeks after shearing. But Herbie’s woes were not limited to the loss of his golden fleece as severe malnutrition and starvation had left him a literal bag of bones – a natural explanation for many of the nasty shearing wounds inflicted on his crinkly Merino skin. Continue reading
A knock at the door and a call for help, as a young sheep has been found abandoned roadside. Freshly shorn, critically underweight and unable to stand is Herbie. With the will to live slipping slowly from his eyes it will be round the clock care as we try our darndest to let Herbie know that life indeed is worth living. Whilst we do not know how he came to be in such a dire state we wonder how it can be that animals just like Herbie so often slip under the ethical radar of human care and compassion. But for now Herbie is one lucky sheep, as we know that you, like we are willing him on.
Clucking in just in time for supper are Jane Eyre and her plucky friend Charlotte Bronte. With their one time carers soon to fly the coup for distant shores, a new loving scratch patch and more was needed for these two adorable hens. But for now they are safely tucked away in our quarantine cages having been treated for internal and external parasites prior to their introductions to our heterogeneous hens. Welcome Jane and Charlotte.
Its Competition Time again!! For your chance to win an Edgar’s Mission prize simply leave a comment with a funny caption or email us. 3………….2………….1…… and we have lift off, Destiny has left the ground!! Winner announced in June Trottings! Good luck!
Today, June 5th, is World Environment Day. With the theme for this year being ‘Think Eat Save’ there is no better time to start thinking about what we put on our plate and what effect that has not only on the animals and people we share this world with, but on the planet itself.
Please take a moment to read through Vegetarian Victoria’s ‘Eating Up The World’ to learn about the environmental impact of our food choices and then jump to our recipe page on LiveKind.com.au to find some delicious recipes to help you along the way!
Down on his luck and haunting a council pound of late was Casper, an elderly, odiferous yet strikingly handsome billy goat. With his sheer size and some of the most impressive horns we have ever seen, his appearance alone may well have been enough to put the frights on even the bravest passerby. Yet, there was no scare school for this gentle giant, only an affable nature that endeared him to one and all. It was his lonely little bleats and attempts to befriend other wayward animals that captured the heart of a pound worker and saw her call Edgar’s Mission, desperate to seek a safe and loving home for Casper. And this friendly goat was in for a pleasant surprise upon his arrival to our sanctuary, for the two young goats he had befriended in the pound had also made their way through our farm gates just days earlier.
Sadly, in a world that is slowly waking up to the reality of animal welfare, goats are still all too often forgotten. In a ghostlike manner, they are always there but often unseen and theirs is a plight so few know of. From those who live their life on a tether to those who are simply forgotten or left to fend for themselves, these personable, curious and loveable creatures are often deprived of a life worth living. It is our hope that Casper and his plucky personality will begin to shine a light on these misunderstood creatures. Because he is Casper, the Friendly Goat- one of the friendliest goats you will ever know!