Local Hero!

Australians are known for their grit and determination, their ability to hang on in the face of adversity and to champion the cause of the ‘little guy’. Encapsulating all of these qualities and more is Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern. Her long standing work to be a voice for the voiceless has been recognised with three successive Australian of the Year nominations. With Pam now named as one of four finalists in the 2014 Local Hero Award, she has yet again put animal welfare in the spotlight and had proven that kindness is indeed mainstream. The Victorian Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced in a presentation ceremony tonight at the Arts Centre, Melbourne. The Victorian Australian of the Year award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held on 25 January 2014 in Canberra.
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Joining the Dot’s

‘Joining the Dot’s’, our humane education program @ Kilbreda Secondary College, Mentone last week.

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They Say Good Things Come in Small Packages…

And oh what a good thing the arrival of Destiny was! One year ago today, our dear little Jessie, the once runaway young miniature horse, brought joy to all of our hearts as, early one morning, she delivered a healthy young foal into the sanctuary of Edgar’s Mission. You see, named after the infamous ‘Jesse James’ our Jessie had earned herself quite a reputation as she eluded capture for quite some time after escaping from the property of her horse breeding ‘owners’. With a history that had taught her humans were not a species to be trusted, it took some effort to finally rein Jessie in and to then teach her the way of kindness. After some time in our care, it became apparent that Jessie’s rescue had saved not just one but two lives and we eagerly awaited the arrival of her ‘miracle’ baby. As we witnessed Jessie’s young foal take her first steps into a world where she will only ever know safety, kindness and love of the truest kind, we realised there was only one name for her – Destiny. Continue reading

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A duck nearly out of luck, that’s our Miss Puddle Duck.

If Mother Goose knows best so too does Mother Duck as they are of the same family of birds- Anatidae (swans are also included). Yet so often baby ducklings are separated from their doting mothers and sold off in pet shops and markets across the country. Despite Mother Duck’s expert care in keeping her babies safe and teaching them important life lessons, baby ducklings all too often find themselves (as a result of human intervention) in dire straits as indeed was dear little Miss Puddle Duck recently. Found wandering the streets of a local neighbourhood a kind hearted soul could not have carried on their journey once they spied the fluffy duckling. Continue reading

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Shooting for Kindness

We extend a heartfelt thanks to our friend Manfred of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue for coming to the aid of three wirily goats who had long been on the run. Evading capture from local rangers a date had been set with an all un-too kind gun. But thanks to the kind heart of a local resident who was touched by the plight of the brave trio, a plea for help went out and thanks to the experience and excellent aim of Manfred the goats were tranquillise darted and are abandoned no more. For now Daniel Boone, Amelia Earhart and Jessica Watson are recovering comfortably in the sanctuary of Edgar’s Mission.

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Life Has its Ups and Downs- Meet Yo Yo!

 

The devoted and loving bleats of her mother welcomed Yo Yo into the world as she gently licked clean her newborn but from here on in life certainly gave this little kid goat plenty of ups and downs.  We are not exactly sure what circumstances caused Yo Yo to be in need of a helping human to hand rear her but whatever the cause, the separation from her mother would no doubt have been traumatic. Like all mammals, goats form strong and lasting bonds with their offspring.  Young kid goats will come to rely on their mother, not only for sustenance but for the teaching of important life lessons.  With humans coming to the aid of the hapless Yo Yo things were swinging fine for the first year of her life but despite no goaty company, she could not deny her caprine roots and unfortunately, young children became the target of her cheeky antics.  Sadly a quick (and albeit ill-conceived) solution was sought that saw the hapless Yo Yo pass hands yet again and her fate looked sealed to see her become a Sunday roast.  With life nearly hitting rock bottom Yo Yo’s luck was to suddenly be yerked north when her plight was overheard by a kindly neighbour.  With a steely resolve to save dear Yo Yo, a mission of mercy set forth and a confused little black sweet hearted goat arrived at our gates this morning. Continue reading

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Bird Brain?

They are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus rex and they outnumber humans on this earth by more than 6 to 1. Yet for the 43 billion chickens on this planet, so few are ever afforded the credit or the treatment they deserve. Chickens are inquisitive creatures with distinct personalities and what’s more, they possess cognitive abilities to rival dogs, cats and even some primates (that includes us humans!). And so, to round up National Bird Week, we here at Edgar’s Mission are excited to present to you our much anticipated new series, Bird Brain?

We hope you enjoy this endearing and thought provoking first episode, starring our very own Little Miss Sunshine – please share it far and wide!

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1008 Reasons

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Operation Charlotte’s Web

We had dubbed it ‘Operation Charlotte’s Web’ however when we realised the task before us, it appeared more like a scene from ‘Mission Impossible’. Three wily pigs, on the run from a fate less fortunate, had found their way onto a large rural property upon which they could not remain. The local council had been alerted, however they were unable to identify the pigs’ carers and, with the harsh reality that no one could get within several hundred metres of the trio without them dashing to safety, bringing their adventures to an untimely end through the barrel of a gun was the prescription dispensed. Continue reading

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Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

And it was the most relieved ‘baa’ we have ever heard as the gigli wire completed its mission. Banjo’s right horn falling to the ground leaving the eye that it had long been afflicting to blink at the world for what would have seemed like, to our new woolly friend a life time.  While we are still assessing the extent of damage to the eye, we are slightly encouraged as the eye lid still functions and the lens has not been penetrated although it has sustained much scarring and the good news is eye is responding to stimuli.  Soothing and healing medication has gently been administered as has drenching for both he and Paterson and a date with the shearer has been booked. While Banjo’s other horn has not caused such grievous damage to his left eye it has severely hampered his vision, which no doubt caused him to heavily rely on his buddy for guidance, comfort and security.  As a matter of course it too has been trimmed.  With Banjo now viewing his world through a new lens of kindness it is our hope that people will read his tale of rescue and redemption with empathy and compassion see that kindness to animals is the greatest mercy we can bestow.

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Banjo & Paterson

We hope our help hasn’t come too late to save the sight of Banjo and his friend Paterson who just arrived at Edgar’s Mission. The recently rescued two are in desperate need of shearing and poor Banjo’s horn has grown dangerously close to his eye. We are working feverishly right now to help our new friend.

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Yesterday we won the lottery and today we got a Bentley!

Well, almost! Yesterday we shared with you the heart-warming news that Cappuccino, our recently arrived orphan kid goat had begun to choose life and was drinking his formula with gusto and growing stronger with each passing day. So overjoyed were we by these events that we celebrated as though we had won the lottery! And today our winning streak continued as we were graced with a Bentley. However, this Bentley is not of the four wheeled variety, but rather hails from the two footed, one beaked and spectacularly loud crowing family. Yes, that’s right, our Bentley is a rooster. Continue reading

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Dancing Gretel

“As I peered into the horse float transporting them to the safety of Edgar’s Mission, it came to me; there before me curled up in the straw were Hansel and Gretel, two little lost children making their way home.”

These were the words I penned on the 11th of January 2010 after making the trip to save yet another two young calves whose time on this earth was to be no more. And although each life is as precious as the next, the helpless black waif of a calf that I rescued that day had a story like no other. Born with only three legs, dear Gretel touched the heart of the farmer as she struggled to keep up with the herd. However, it was this very disability that was to save her life, and so the call was made to Edgar’s Mission to see if there was a possibility that the imitable young three legged calf could have a chance at a life worth living.

Now three and a half years on, oh what a life she leads! With her pal Hansel still by her side, Gretel has not a care in the world, with regular veterinary treatment and specialist hoof care keeping her as comfortable and as nimble as ever, as I hope you will enjoy seeing for yourself in this short clip! And I am sure you will agree that the once wayward young souls are most certainly lost no more.

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Frankston Pets Day Out 2013

Despite wild weather and threatening skies Frankstonians and beyond braved the elements to ‘treat your pet and family to a great day out’ and once again Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary were pleased to attend. Reminding one and all that no matter what shape they come in all creatures great and small are worthy of being man’s best friend, now if only we humans be worthy of being theirs!! See all the pics from the day here.

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Winning the Lottery

Have you ever bought a lottery ticket and dared to dream?  We did just that last night.  Despite the stern warnings from our parents that nothing worthwhile in life is ever gained without hard work, we walked into the local newsagent and bought what we hoped would be the winning ticket. With a mental apology made to our folks, we prayed we could fast track the way to a new home for Edgar’s Mission but alas our dream was short lived.  But today, we did win the lottery!  While it may not be the kind of spoils that will make our bank balance go to the dizzy heights and would have our bank manager think we had been hanging out with Ronnie Biggs, our ship most certainly did come in.  Albeit, our winnings did not come in the form of crisply minted dollar bills nor are we able to swap them for monetary gain but a richly rewarding prize has come our way nonetheless. Today, for the first time, our little Cappuccino kid goat sucked on his bottle with all the awkward enthusiastic relish a weak and young kid goat can muster – his tongue hunting in the dark for that elusive slippery teat of his proxy mum.  And it took every inch of our being to stay sitting firmly in the chair, keeping the warm and nutritious fluids flowing, instead of jumping up and down like a banshee screaming, “We’ve won!! We’ve won!!” But it was an emotionally-charged moment nonetheless. Continue reading

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This is a story that needs to be told. This is a story that needs to be heard.

As the 7th of October 2013 closed her eyes and suddenly became the 8th of October, Be Kind To Animals Week 2013 was no more. However our final story for this amazing week comes to you a little late due to our unscheduled rescue of 1,008 hens.  We trust you will understand their rescue took priority and we thank our incredible Paula May Broadstock for yet another of her heartfelt offerings.

This is a story that needs to be told. This is a story that needs to be heard.

The saddest stories are always the hardest to tell. As I write, they are the ones during which, my fingers intermittently freeze over the keyboard unsure of exactly how, or if, to continue tapping away, telling the tragic tale many would prefer not to hear. And although thoughts, emotions and ideas all jostle for position, at the very same time my mind also clouds over and time after time I find myself coming up blank as I struggle to find the silver lining and the uplifting message within a situation that threatens to break my heart. However, as difficult as it may be, I carry on, knowing that sometimes the saddest of stories are the ones that need to be heard the most. Continue reading

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Operation Red Hen

Whilst we do not know what hand of fate caused the free-range egg farmer to throw a lifeline to his remaining hens before he exited the industry, we remain greatly appreciative of the kind hearted soul who alerted Edgar’s Mission to their plight. With only hours’ notice ‘Operation Red Hen’ swung into gear in the early hours of Tuesday morning as we raced against time for fear the abattoir truck would reach the farm before us. But thanks to our amazing Rescue Team, every one of the remaining 1,008 hens were gently placed into our convoy of kindness as we made the epic journey back to the sanctuary – ‘Operation Red Hen’ complete by 3.30am yesterday morning, almost 24 hours after we first hit the road. The girls have spent their first morning in a luxurious straw filled barn, which once their quarantine period is served, will provide access to the great outdoors. But for now, our rescuees are contentedly busying themselves with nest making and dust bathing, as well as becoming acquainted with delicious grains, watermelons and greens; something that is most certainly a sight our battle weary eyes have greatly welcomed. Continue reading

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The Gift of Kindness Book Signing

A huge thank you to everyone who came from near and far for my book signing yesterday in both Kilmore and Kyneton. I was deeply touched to see so many people be moved to purchase The Gift of Kindness and most importantly be able to put faces to the many names I have seen pop up over time. I trust that by reading and sharing the stories contained within the ripple effect of the kindness shown by those who helped save the lives of animals will continue to bring out the best in people. All royalties from the sale of the book go to continuing the live saving and changing work of Edgar’s Mission.

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Edgar’s Mission in the Herald Sun

Check out Timmy, Paula, Polly and Pam in today’s Herald Sun!

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Happy World Animal Day

To see pictures of World Animal Day and an Evening of Kindness please click here.

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Beryl and Barbara, the Very Best of Buddies..

Or are they? It was a sad occasion indeed when Beryl and Barbara’s former carer arrived to surrender his much loved hens to the sanctuary of Edgar’s Mission. Clearly having loved the duo for some time, he told us of their quirks and individual personalities as he bid them farewell. After having served our standard quarantine period, Beryl and Barbara were then introduced to their new happy, freely roaming feathered friends here at Edgar’s Mission. There was no question in our minds that the two would be housed together, for they had already spent six years of life in each other’s company and separation would surely be upsetting. However, astounded were we to discover that as soon as they were able, Beryl took off to the left and joined the Two Ronnies on a quest for adventure while Barbara ran to the right and buddied up with Ursula, a more sedate hen with a penchant for living life in the slow lane. Continue reading

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Operation Charlotte’s Web

I have learned many things from working with pigs; they are indeed among the smartest animals around and they are indeed among the most sensitive.  As a result, when pigs become frightened or scared they will panic and quickly whip themselves up into a feverish frenzy.  They are also possessed with a sixth sense that we humans long ago surrendered.  Their emotional world is complete and exact; their wants are simple and few.  They have a true understanding of Zen; watch any pig on a sunny summer’s day just standing, eyes shut, head gently inclined towards the sky, deep fulfilled breathing, drinking in the feeling of being alive.  With this in mind, I can only imagine their terror when they are loaded up and trucked off to abattoirs to endure the kindness- deprived treatment that ultimately sends them to their horrifying death. Continue reading

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Capricorn

Question: What does a housing commission unit and a young goat have in common?

Give up? You’re not alone. Struggle as we did, we could find no common link between the two either. Yet somehow poor young Capricorn had found himself holed up in a housing commission unit for the early part of his life until a good hearted family member said enough was enough and determined that this was one young kid who deserved something far better.  Taken in on a whim as a cute baby goat, young Capricorn grew not only in size each day but in playfulness as well, as all precocious young kids do.  But alas his antics were not welcomed nor was his welfare considered and boredom and harsh words became his lot.  With a governance inspection scheduled, it was clear to Cappy’s saviour and non-resident family member that without their intervention the route of least effort would be taken to see Capricorn removed from the equation and also his time on this planet. Continue reading

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Be Kind To Animals Week

Today marks the start of Be Kind To Animals Week! Now we all know that we should be kind to animals 365 days a year but what this week does is give us the opportunity to take time out of our busy lives and show the world we care.  Here’s how; upload the Be Kind To Animals Week logo as your Facebook profile picture for the week and do something special at your work place, in your community or within your family.  This may be something like volunteering at your local animal shelter, highlighting an animal welfare issue that is important to you or helping out a neighbour in need. (Remember we humans are also a part of the animal kingdom!)  So no matter where you are and no matter what you do, there’s no excuse to not make a positive difference in the life of an animal. For more ideas about things to do and for information about the events happening this week please visit the Be Kind To Animals Week website.

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Local Hero!

Australians are known for their grit and determination, their ability to hang on in the face of adversity and to champion the cause of the ‘little guy’. Encapsulating all of these qualities and more is Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern. Her long standing work to be a voice for the voiceless has been recognised with three successive Australian of the Year nominations. With Pam now named as one of four finalists in the 2014 Local Hero Award, she has yet again put animal welfare in the spotlight and had proven that kindness is indeed mainstream. The Victorian Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced in a presentation ceremony tonight at the Arts Centre, Melbourne. The Victorian Australian of the Year award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held on 25 January 2014 in Canberra. Continue reading

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Toby

Why Did the Goat Cross the Road?

Not simply to get to the other side! You see Toby the handsome Toggenburg goat had been living with his goaty pals on a property for some time, however his world was not the joyful one he so deserved. Social hierarchy, dominance and plain old bullying all played their part in making Toby uncomfortable in his surrounds and he soon began to realise that relief came in the form of hurdling over the property’s boundary fence. However, goats and cars do not mix well and so it was in fear for Toby’s safety that his carers sought out his sanctuary. Continue reading

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