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‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has’ – Margaret Mead
In this uplifting image you are looking at two of the most incredibly committed citizens I have ever met. Yesterday afternoon and well into the night, through the bitter cold, hungry stomachs and time when they should have been acquainted with their pillow and not me and three wily pigs; they never gave up, never complained, were resourceful and fleet of foot and above all kind. I am truly privileged to have Paula and Darin in my world and call you friends. From the bottom of my heart I thank you so very very much for helping bring Operation Charlotte’s Web to the happy conclusion that certainly changed the world for three little pigs! Namaste, Pam
While many may have easily overlooked our new friend as no more than a plain, smelly old billy goat with no particularly remarkable qualities, we certainly did not and nor did a kind hearted soul at the local pound where Captain Remarkable (Remy to his new found friends) had found his way. Realising that this fellow deserved so much more than a quick despatch from this world, the call went out to see if we had room at our ‘Inn of Kindness’ for one more goat. Genial in nature, timid, almost with a look of uncertainly in his eye is Remy. His gaze looks to you and then beyond as though he is looking for, or even expecting, something unpleasant to follow. Whatever has shaped Remy’s past seems to have been unkind and is causing him to question with what strings our friendship now comes attached. Continue reading
He came to us a little over a year ago, a wee lamb found on the side of the road with not a sheep nor a farm in sight, in desperate need of a helping hand. Exactly how he made his way to what could well have been his roadside grave we will never know, for his two front legs were so severely crippled he could barely stand, let alone put one foot in front of the other. A kind hearted Samaritan took the weak and dehydrated creature to an outer Melbourne veterinary clinic, where the call to Edgar’s Mission was then made. Hours upon hours of physiotherapy, of corrective bandaging and, of course, love and attention were lavished upon this wee lamb we christened Alan Marshall, after the well-known Victorian writer and renowned storyteller. Only time would tell if the combined efforts of Edgar’s Mission and our dedicated veterinary team would see Alan’s legs begin to look as a sheep’s legs should and, indeed, if he would ever lead a ‘normal’ life and walk freely through our paddocks with his friends. Continue reading
Okay, we know Funky Chicken is indeed a goose, but hey, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But if you still consider ‘Funky Chicken’ to be a most bizarre name for a goose, we urge you to consider the way we humans so callously abandon geese, ducks, chickens and roosters in our society today. Bizarre, and sad, indeed! All too often here at Edgar’s Mission, we are learning of the tragic plight of animals like our new friend Funky Chicken; who are left to fend for themselves and who are also at the mercy of hungry foxes, all too playful dogs and humans of evil intent.
We extend a debt of gratitude to Dave Mould who, at a moment’s noticed, dropped everything and raced across town to ensure a safe outcome for Funky Chicken.
No sooner had we sent out the call for homes for our Secret Seven school hatching chicks than we learned of the plight of yet another group of hapless babies in trouble. This time ten wee chicks had been surrendered to an outer Melbourne Animal Shelter. Struggling to cope with the ever burgeoning number of unwanted cats and dogs, finding homes for what may well be vocal roosters in suburbia presented a most unwelcome challenge for the shelter and so the call to Edgar’s Mission was made. Continue reading
Aye aye me hearties, Captain Jack Sparrow says, ‘Did you know it’s International Talk a Pirate Day?’ Good folk around the globe are all having a swashbuckling good time. But seriously, you don’t have to speak like a pirate or even speak at all to be kind to animals for kindness knows all languages. Just ask Captain Jack and his first mate Suni. And ‘shiver me timbers’ if you don’t!
It is no secret that allowing children to develop a relationship with the animals of their world is important for all involved. It is also no secret that school hatching projects have been developed with this aim in mind. And it is most certainly no secret that many children involved in such projects develop strong, loving bonds with the creatures they have brought into the world. However, what currently does remain a secret, are the undesirable outcomes these projects so often produce for the newly hatched chicks, as well as the harmful messages they have the potential to send to children. Continue reading
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
And don’t it feel good! After a little over one week in the care of Edgar’s Mission, we are pleased to report that Sunbeam, the orphaned young calf, is doing very well indeed. After witnessing the motherly bond shared between our very own Pixie and her baby Dixie, it saddens us to know that due to her mother’s passing this is an experience precious Sunbeam will be denied. Continue reading
“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
― Hans Christian Andersen
Pictured: Miss Pompy Do –www.edgarsmission.org.au/animals/pompy-do/
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?”
Eleven months ago, Edgar’s Mission was alerted to the plight of a young male calf who had been abandoned on a property in rural Victoria. With our Rescue Team immediately despatched, the scene we were to encounter would make our hearts fall. At approximately 4 months of age, left to fend for himself in a paddock littered with rubbish and hazardous objects and devoid of sufficient shelter, the abandoned young calf’s situation was dire. But it was the way in which he so desperately clung to our presence, not unlike the way a lost child might seek out a trusted adult for protection, which tugged at our heartstrings the very most. Clearly having previously known human kindness, through no fault of his own, this young, bewildered and innocent creature had somehow suddenly found himself alone in the world, with no one to turn to. With clean drinking water provided, many a long night was spent with the gentle creature; sitting by his side in the grass, our shoulders touching through the rusted fence that made up the property’s boundary, as we monitored his wellbeing and provided him with the company and reassurance he so required. We told him stories of the friends he would make when he one day made his way through our sanctuary gates, we told him he would be loved and safe and would never want for anything again. We told him it would all be ok. With the relevant authorities already notified, we then followed the due procedure prescribed to us and it became a waiting game to save the little baby who had stolen our hearts. Continue reading