Molly Day

Molly

On this day two years ago news services across the country relayed one of Australia’s most horrific livestock trucking accidents. On May 31st, 2012 a truck carrying around 400 sheep overturned on a highway overpass whilst turning on to the Princess Freeway at Laverton North causing the animals to rain down on to the freeway below.
It was to be the second time in the space of weeks that a livestock truck had crashed turning on to the Princess Freeway, with tragic consequences.

Molly

Whilst ‘miraculously’ no human lives were lost, the animal toll revealed a most different and grisly story. Amidst the carnage, dead sheep were strewn over the gruesome scene as others, some horrifically injured wandered dazed and bloodied about amongst the damaged cars on the busy and dark highway. All were rounded up and either shot at the scene or reloaded to complete their journey to their death. All but one, Molly ‘the unsinkable’ Brown, somehow beat the odds. Read her story here.

Molly

So what have we learned? Since this time livestock truck accidents continue to claim the lives of hapless farm animals. Top heavy large vehicles suffering the vagaries of shifting animals, driver fatigue and tight schedules, put not only the animals themselves at risk but also other road users.

Molly

Over the years the spotlight of animal concern has shone on the conditions and treatment farm animals face on farms across the country as well as at the slaughterhouses that ultimately takes their lives. Much focus, and just concern, is paid to the untenable and cruel live export industry but little has been done to address this most pressing issue of livestock transport within this country.

Molly

Whilst the quest for cheaper food and animal products continues, animals will always pay the ultimate price. But it doesn’t have to be this way; the key to a kinder world for animals rests with us. Every choice we make is a vote for the world we wish to live in. Please, for the sake of all the not so lucky Mollies choose wisely and kindly and watch the seeds of your kindness grown.

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Shalom

Levi

“When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” ~ A.D. Williams

Meet Levi Sheep our newest resident.  Levi made his way to our sanctuary via an outer Melbourne Pound.  A grand old man is he; his telling eyes framed by his magnificent horns and greying muzzle give him the appearance of wise old sage.  Oh the stories we are sure Levi could tell, but sadly his last one is of a life forgotten.  An aging old ram who somehow had lost his way and had become forgotten with no one coming forth to claim him.  But we will never forget him, a wise old ram with telling eyes.  Welcome Levi, Shalom.

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Can a goat smile?

Frostie

Can a goat smile?  We sure think little Frostie can, and he certainly has many reasons to do so.  Each day has seen the little chap grow stronger and stronger.  Fuelled by a passion to explore and a zest for life that even his crippling illness could not dampen, Frostie is now able to not only stand on his own but walk, skip and run on albeit wobbly little goatee legs.  In the days and weeks to follow, there will be much physiotherapy and some medications however amidst the once gloomy forest of Frostie’s world, we can now see bright skies ahead.  We are all so proud of his progress, of our amazing veterinary team, of our dedicated staff and volunteers and also of our well-wishers around the globe- all who have done everything in their power to help little Frostie.

Can a goat smile? We think so and little Frostie has given us every reason to do so!

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Celebrate good times, come on!

School Visit

And celebrate they did last week at the Melton Catholic College as they held their annual celebration day festivities.  As part of celebrating social justice in the community Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary was invited to attend and it took no asking on our part for Timmy Sheep to come along too!  With an increasing focus on social justice amongst students it is timely to consider the lot of farm animals as ethical thought advances questioning many of the long held beliefs about these intelligent, sensitive and emotional creatures.  If you would like to have a visit from our humane education team to your school or work place please contact Pam on 0408 397 301 or pam@edgarsmission.org.au

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Quick and Quack

Quick and Quack

Now they may have quirky names and are cute too boot, however it is no laughing matter when it comes to our new ducky friends.  Foolishly given as a birthday gift to a non-amused recipient, Quick and Quack could well have been cast aside along with all the gift wrapping, greeting cards and trimming so often superfluously given on these occasions had it not been for the kind hearted soul who stepped in to save them.

Giving animals as gifts is serious matter that should be given considerable thought and most certainly is something that should never be taken as lightly as water off a ducks back.  Surprising friends, relatives and work mates with living creatures makes no sense at all as adding a companion animal to anyone’s life is a most important decision to be based on many factors that are often not know to the ‘giver’.  Animals of any description come with a lifetime of specialist care and needs, they require love and kindness and yes also money – not only for food and accessories but also veterinary care as need be.

If you too are taken by these adorable creatures please bear in mind these important points before adopting a ducky or too from your local animal shelter, pound or rescue organisation.

  • Ducks can live for up to 20 years!!  While your circumstances may change they will forever rely on you for everything.
  • Ducks are not suitable house companion animals, they need green grass, water, a fun and interesting world to explore and most importantly a safe, clean and secure area come dusk to keep them safe from predators.  It is also important to ensure nosey dogs and curious cats cannot cause havoc for the defenceless and flightless guys and gals during the day.  It is critical for the health and well-being of ducks that they have access to water whereby they can keep their eyes and airways clean.
  • Ducks are social animals and just like you and I they are emotional creatures, they feel loneliness, grief and isolation and they feel joy and happiness.  Of particular note they love to have a buddy or two to hang out with.  Be careful though to keep an eye on the gender balance, testosterone charged drakes can prove a nightmare for the females.
  • If you do have fluffy baby ducklings in your care it is vitally important they do not have access to water they can climb in unsupervised as their fluffy down is not waterproof and they could become chilled or even drown.  They will also need an external heat source to keep them warm until their soft downy fluff is replaced by their adult feathers this is usually complete by around 8 weeks of age.

And so as the old saying goes if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is not a good idea to give as a birthday gift!!!

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You guys are awesome

Thank You

In a word, you guys are awesome!  How awesome? Why, $162,408 of awesome!  Yes that’s right, as the clock ticks past 6pm and our Raising the Roof Appeal comes to an end, not only have our amazing and awesome supporters well and truly ‘Raised the Rooves’ but you have also raised the most money ever for an Australian crowding funding appeal for a not for profit organisation.  You guys are awesome, incredible, marvellous and so much more and our sincere and heartfelt thanks go to each and every one of you.  We cannot tell you just how touched we are by your kindness and we cannot wait to get out there and make the fruits of your efforts come to be.

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The Final Countdown

‘I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.’

Eminent statesman Abraham Lincoln uttered those words many moons ago and it is one of my favourite quotes along our kindness trail here at Edgar’s Mission.  As you know, this very same kindness trail is picking up its roots and relocating to a larger, more beautiful and picturesque property in Lancefield, Victoria. This move will see Edgar’s Mission take on a whole new dimension as shedding is erected, fencing is put in place, ducky ponds and goat mountains appear as if by magic, chicken mahals come to life and, yes, rooves are raised. And all of this has been made possible because our amazing supporters believe in us.  And for that, you have my most sincere and heartfelt thanks.

I cannot believe it was just two months ago that we launched our Raising the Roof appeal with what we thought was an ambitious target of $50,000.  But our amazing supporters dug deep and in just three days we hit this target!  With the realisation that Stage Two of our new farm plan could be brought forward, we raised our target to $100,000 and we could almost hear our supporters as they cried, “Yes, we believe in you!” simultaneously hitting hit enter on their keyboards.  And now, with our $100,000 target surpassed we will be able to commence work on our much needed medical centre and intensive care ward.

And so, we have reached the final countdown to the end of our Raising the Roof appeal, which is in less than 7 hours. It is with excited trepidation that we wonder if our final total could possibly exceed $153,412, the highest amount ever raised through an Australian not for profit crowd funding appeal. This is something we had never in our wildest dreams considered, however your belief has shown us that it just may be possible. And how wonderful would it be if a sanctuary for rescued farm animals were to top the record books, showing the world once and for all, just how many people care for these dear creatures. If you have already donated to our appeal, we thank you for helping to bring to life one of the most exciting, ground breaking and magical farm sanctuaries there has ever been. If you would still like to be a part of this exciting chapter it is not too late, you can do so here. But come 6pm today, it will be too late.

These are indeed exciting times as we prepare to pack our bags and head for our new forever home. Even our animal friends are getting in on the act.  Sit back and watch Polly and her pals get ready to Raise the Roof!

And one more thing, please remember we will not let you down.

The Edgar’s Mission Raising the Roof appeal closes at 6pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday 26th of May 2014.

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Panda

Sophie and Panda

Our volunteer Sophie greets our newest sheepy resident Panda.  Sadly Panda’s mother passed away just yesterday leaving the wee two day old lamb orphaned.  But thanks to the swift and kind action of property caretakers Panda did not become fox fodder.  Whilst the little ewe is in good spirits she is suffering from the debilitating condition of entropion – a condition which sees the eyelid or lids turning in and rubbing on the cornea causing irritation and pain.  In severe cases blindness can result.  The cause of entropion is often hereditary but we do see quite of bit in rescued lambs and kid goats who are severely dehydrated upon arrival.  Our first course of action will be bathing the eye then massaging the lid, encouraging it to restore to its proper position, thereby avoiding painful injections or even surgery.

While unlike her namesake Panda does not come from an endangered species she is none the less worthy of every attempt that is being made to save her and ensure she lives a happy, healthy and long life. Continue reading

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My Big Adventure by Frostie the Snow Goat

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Penguin

Frostie and Penguin

There are around 18 species of penguins alive today, yet none look quite like our newest little black and white friend aptly named Penguin. And the closest thing our Penguin will come to living surrounded by ice is the warm and fuzzy feel she gets when cuddled up to her new play pal, Frosty! You see little Penguin is a kid goat, and one of the luckiest ones alive as you will soon read.

Frostie and Penguin

At barely hours old, it is believed little Penguin survived the fall from a passing livestock truck. Her lucky find was relayed by kindly landowners who came upon the tiny bleating, and still covered in amniotic fluid, baby. Realising time was of the essence the clinging to life, kid goat was quickly taken to a nearby veterinary clinic. Here replacement colostrum was given and hope created.

Frostie and Penguin

Not only making it through the night the little one did flourish, bleating to the world her cheeky resolve to live. Arriving at our sanctuary happily and warmly tucked away inside a cat pet carrier, the precious cargo of a kindly volunteer, Penguin was christened.

Frostie and Penguin

We wish to extend our sincere and heart-felt thanks to all those who assisted a tiny creature in need -the good hearted folk who worked swiftly to get Penguin into the caring and knowledgeable hands of the Bendigo Animal Clinic, the wonderful staff and vets at this clinic and our amazing volunteer, thank you for re-assuring us the world can indeed be a kind place.

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Frostie the snow goat!!

Frosty

They cry like little babies, because they are little babies!  Meet Frostie the Snow Goat.  At just a few days old, Frostie’s pitiful little bleats pierce the ears and the heart just like the cries of a human baby.  And just like human babies, baby goats otherwise known as kids, long for the company of their mother, they yearn for her sweet life-sustaining milk and they have the strongest desire to be safe and warm.  Yet poor little Frostie had none of these things.  What he did have was one of the worst cases of lice infestation we have seen, coupled with severe dehydration Yet these were not the worst of his woes as they were all issues that could be readily addressed. It is was Frostie’s debilitating and life threatening condition known as joint navel ill that sent our hearts racing.

Frosty

Joint navel ill is a disease that is seen in very young calves and kid goats and results from an infection entering the body via the umbilical cord soon after birth.  The causes are often insufficient or poor quality colostrum (a mother’s immune building first milk) or a dirty and unhygienic environment.  And in Frostie’s case, the bacteria had spread via his bloodstream and settled in the joints of his hind limbs. This saw his joints become swollen, hot and painful, so much so that Frostie was unable to use them.  Necessity became the mother of invention as we worked to save and enrich the life of our newest little rescue. Watch what happened next….

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single trotter step….

Leon Trotsky

With the sage advice of an ancient philosopher ringing in our ears, we slowly released our grip on dear little Leon Trotsky’s sides and off the dear chap waddled with all the gusto a defiant little piglet could muster. Grunting happy little piggy grunts of delight, Leon marched across the grass, forthright, brave and very much alive (the latter being something that would never have been possible if not for the goodness of the human heart). Being born a ‘farm pig’ Leon was up against it from the start, but having his injured mother fall on him, crushing both his left and right hind limbs, his number was pretty much up. But this was in fact to prove Leon’s luckiest break. Learning of the plucky piglet’s plight, a kindly neighbour intervened to help save Leon.

Leon’s road to recovery has been fuelled by both love and innovation, strengthened by the resolve of one little piglet to never ever give up. Whilst his wheelchair gave him the means to move about and to help his body grow, it also provided relief for his injured limbs, allowing the soft, immature bones to readjust themselves, heal and knit together. With still more veterinary check-ups scheduled along the way to monitor Leon’s progress, the little guy is giving us a trotters up that all is going well so far.

And so, whenever you begin to think that the task before you is too hard or daunting, when you think the odds are stacked against you, think of dear little Leon Trotsky, a tiny piglet who beat the odds and flew into the hearts of millions around the globe! And remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single trotter step…

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Meet the triple J goats!

Triple J Goats

Today we welcome our triple J goats -Julia, Jillian and Jacob; our all Australia little goatee family. If being lost and alone was not bad enough, the petite and pretty Julia, barely an adult herself, had somehow found her way into an outer Melbourne Pound. But on a brighter note she too had found her way into the heart of a kindly worker there. Only hours after the young doe surprised staff by giving birth to two little Mexican jumping beans of babies, Jillian and Jacob, the kindly staffer quickly sought a better life for the family of three.

Triple J Goats

Female goats are indeed loving mothers, they communicate with their babies by noises, both loud and soft, called bleats. Each mother ensuring her curious and cheeky young ones never stray too far away, with each mother and her kid or kids able to recognise the calls of the other soon after birth.

Triple J Goats

While Julia remains cautious of our advances, little Jillian and Jacob are not. Too innocent and young to know not all humans are kind, they are truly fortunate that now this is something they will never know. If only all animals could be so lucky… Continue reading

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You can sing a rainbow….

Rainbow Lambs

With frosty mornings heralding the fast approach of winter, we see more and more little lambs dotting the surrounding paddocks and know that lambing season is now underway.  Already the calls have been coming in thick and fast; of tiny orphans in desperate need of our care. And it is on this note that we introduce our newest orphan arrivals, lovingly christened The Rainbow Lambs. Lapping up much needed TLC, as well as life sustaining formula are little Red, boisterous Blue and cheeky Kermit Green!  Soft is their touch, sweet is their breath and innocent their being, just like a beautiful rainbow. And with the tender children’s singsong encouraging one and all to ‘Listen with your eyes,’ it is our great hope that one day a kinder future for innocent creatures like our Rainbow Lambs will be upon us; a future in which all that we see will truly make our hearts sing. But until then, “You can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing along with me.”

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Millions Paws, four trotters and two wings walk!!

Million Paws Walk

What a glorious day it was today, changing hearts and minds about farm animals.  Polly wowed the crowd with her own inimitable charm, amazing one and all with her repertoire of tricks and Little Miss Sunshine just rewrote the book on what it means to be a called a ‘bird brain’!!  No doubt many people walked away with a new found belief that regardless of the shape an animals is, they all need, deserve and relish our compassion and kindness, oh and Polly rocks.

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Chicks are cool keep them out of school…..and nursing homes too!

Chicks

Now many of you will be familiar with our campaign to end chicken hatching projects in schools due to animal welfare concerns and the poor educational outcomes that result. And we are pleased to report many schools are now coming out of the Dark Ages, choosing more compassionate, real life and meaningful exercises to teach young and impressionable minds how to truly appreciate nature and the natural world. However it seems hatching companies are finding a new target in nursing homes and aged care facilities. Thankfully for ten lucky chicks the incoming manager of one such place was horrified to learn the newly hatched chicks she had ‘inherited’ were to be collected tomorrow by the hatching company only to face an uncertain future. Crying ‘not on my watch’ and offering a written undertaking the facility would never again engage in such a short-sighted activity the kind hearted brave soul called for our assistance. Tonight the wee ones are sleeping peacefully under a heat lamp as we whisper in their fluffy little ears, ‘you’re safe now, you’re at Edgar’s Mission’. Continue reading

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Wow and double WOW

WOW

Wow and double WOW, holy guacamole and hot diggity all rolled into one! With still eleven days to go, we have surpassed our Raising the Roof target of $100,000. Woo hoot to boot! We are so excited! What this means is that soon, Stage One of our Raising the Roof Program will become a reality as fences are completed to keep our residents safe and secure, shelters begin to take shape and straw beds are lovingly lined to keep our residents comfortable and warm. So generous you all were after the launch of our appeal that we were able to bring forward Stage Two of our Farm Enrichment Program, which will now see Goat Mountain, Duck paradise and Chicken Mahals come to life. Now that we have secured the funds for these two vital stages and because of your belief in and support of our work, any additional funds will now secure Raising the Roof’s Stage Three. This important stage will see the construction of our Animal Medical Centre. This dedicated veterinary barn will enable us to give our rescued animals the very best chance of recovery and provide us with the tools and wherewithal to ensure this.

Please, I urge you all to sit back and drink in the happiness of this moment because you did it! Because of your kindness and generosity, so many animals will now truly have a chance at a life worth living and we will be best placed to make this possible.

And remember, it is still not too late to help Raise the Roof of our Animal Medical Centre. If you would like to help make this happen, please click here.

Thank you so very much for being a part of this exciting chapter of Edgar’s Mission.

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Broken Bones and Mending Hearts

Bridget Bardot

It is now three weeks since dear Bridget arrived at our sanctuary with a gravely broken hind leg.  We will never forget her terrified look as she lay in the back of the utility that delivered her into our care.  Vulnerable, scared and wanting to flee was she, for to her, her life was precious.  And so, with her arrival we had two mammoth tasks before us. Not only did we need to heal Bridget’s broken leg but we too needed to help heal her shattered heart.  Tackling the former, whilst as difficult as it has been (her break so severe, the entire lower hind limb swung in the breeze like a pendulum) is going to proof the easier of our challenges.  Bridget’s fear of humans is indeed well founded. For most sheep, their only encounters with humans are unpleasant at best and being a prey species whose only defence is to flee, an enormous amount of trust needs to be earned on our part.

But each day since her arrival, Bridget has shown an incredible tolerance of our presence, and in doing so a hint of our kindness has been able to touch her, helping her give in to the possibility that we may just be ‘the good guys’ she has only ever dreamed of.  Over and over, it is the capacity to forgive that puts us in such awe of our animal friends.   Dear Bridget has grown to love the chaffy mix we give her and she welcomes the lush handfuls of green grass we pick for her each day. We truly believe she is even beginning to look for and appreciate our company.

Bridget Bardot

While it will be some weeks yet before Bridget’s cast is finally removed as her bones continue to heal, we know we are also nurturing that all too often forgotten organ, an organ which serves to remind us that no matter where you stand on our relationship with the animal kingdom, both humans and non-humans are connected. That organ is the heart.  And when we work to heal the broken, shattered, torn and frightened hearts of animals, we also heal our own and make good our fractured relationship with our animal kin.

“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? “

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Bowled Over by Kindness

We have been well and truly bowled over by the kindness of our wonderful supporters and, with less than two weeks remaining, our ‘Raising the Roof’ Appeal has almost reached its fundraising target! But we’re not there yet! There’s still time to take the lead of Edgar’s Mission Ambassadors and heroes for all animals, Australian cricketer Peter Siddle and his partner Anna Weatherlake by contributing to our appeal and hitting our target for six! We would love for you to be a part of this incredible moment in Edgar’s Mission history, so why not go all out for a duck?! (Or a pig, or a chicken, or a sheep etc…)

 

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Somewhere there’s a place for us…

And it has taken two long years to find it! But I am sure you will soon agree that it has been well worth the wait.  And the effort! For the past two years we have scanned the internet, driven thousands of miles, trudged through paddocks, imagined infrastructure, inspected fencing, analysed soils, talked to locals, had our hopes raised only to then have them dashed all in the quest for our forever sanctuary.  But as the saying goes, ‘Good things come to those who wait.’

Our new forever home will be 5 kilometres outside the tiny township of Lancefield, just 70 kilometres north of Melbourne, on 153 of the most picturesque acres you could ever imagine.  Here, peace and quiet, the wide open country and fresh air will be our everyday blessing.  The area boasts some of the best soils in Victoria and is in a popular tourist district.

The coming months are going to be very hectic for us here at Edgar’s Mission as we relocate all of our beloved residents and ensure that they are comfortable and happy in their new home.  Our challenge now is to finish ‘Raising the Rooves’ as we build shelters and our medical centre, adjust fencing to cater for our many animal species, construct bunny houses, pathways and more.  And my greatest hope is that in the coming months I will be able to say, “Hold my hand and I’ll take you there.”

But in the meantime, it gives me great pleasure to offer you this sneak peak of the new Edgar’s Mission. If you would like to be a part of this defining moment in Edgar’s Mission history, it is not too late to support our ‘Raising the Roof’ appeal. But you must be quick, there are only two weeks left to help us reach our target! You can find the details here.

Somewhere, there really is a place for us…

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What Noise Does a Cow Make?

Mothers Day

“What noise dose a cow make?” This was the phrase we heard many times last Sunday, Mother’s Day, as we reminded one and all that cows are mothers too. While human mothers were showered with flowers, chocolates and special gifts, sadly it was just another day at the office, or rather, the dairy for mother cows. Despite the fact that mother cows love and form strong bonds with their babies just as humans do, very few ever get to raise them as their own. At just a few hours old, the babies are taken from their bewildered and doting mothers, who will mourn and bellow for the young ones they will never again see. The milk that a mother cow produces for her baby will be harvested for human consumption and her baby will likely meet a grisly fate. Her calf, if male, will more than likely be sent to slaughter within the first week of his life. A female may grow up to become a herd replacement animal, she might be exported to a far off land for dairy production or she could even go the way of her hapless male counterparts.

Mothers Day

And so, next time you hear the phrase, “What noise does a cow make?” while the obvious answer is moo, remember it could very well be a mother cow telling you that she loves her baby too!

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Foundation Day 2014

Foundation Day

What happens when you roll an Anniversary celebration, a Kindness Challenge, a Raising the Roof and a Farm Appeal thank you as well as a major announcement all into one?  A hell of a great night that’s what!  And that is just what we did last Saturday night at the Melbourne Bowls Club.  Once again our heartfelt thank you to all those who participated in our Kindness Challenge, donated to our Raising the Roof Appeal and gave to our Farm Appeal fundraiser.  Because of our kindness Edgar’s Mission will shortly be relocating to our new home in the delightful and picturesque town of, drum roll please, Lancefield, Victoria.

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Today we celebrate….

National Volunteer Week

Today we celebrate our volunteers as National Volunteer Week swings into its 25th year.  With around 6.1 million Australians lending a helping hand to over 600,000 not for profit organisations we give thanks to you all.   Here at Edgar’s Mission you have; picked up, shovelled, cuddled, fed, cleaned, tossed, carried, built, dismantled and loved your way into our hearts.  If not for your selfless efforts our residents would not be able to live the amazing happy, healthy and richly rewarding lives they do.  And so once again our thanks to you and volunteers everywhere.

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What were you doing eleven years ago today?

Edgar Alan Pig

Edgar’s Mission, Founder and Director, Pam Ahern recalls, “exactly eleven years ago to this very day, stands as one of the most profoundly joyous days of my life for it was when Edgar Alan Pig trotted into my world and changed it forever. I cannot help but smile when I think of him. He was smart, funny and sensitive, all rolled into one rock star of the porcine world and I loved him then as I love him now”.

“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?”

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Bird Brain? Episode 3 – How To Pick Up Chicks And Influence Hens

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Last night while you slept…

Gumby

Last night we wanted nothing more than to curl up into a ball after the exhausting 24 hours we had endured; the passing of dear Peter Parker inflicting a cruel blow to our hearts.  But the beat goes on.  Last evening we took a call that informed us of a tiny three day old calf whose mother had passed away sometime earlier, possibly even the night before, leaving the young and vulnerable calf all alone.  We were his last hope, and with temperatures hitting record lows of minus 5 in some areas, his demise would have been both forthcoming and cruel.  Cold, alone and hungry is no way for a young one to perish.  So, putting our own grief temporarily to one side, our rescue team swung into gear and now dear Gumby will be given every chance to have a life worth living. Once in our hospital ward, although slow to begin, the young calf quickly realised that we indeed were great surrogate mothers and that the milk we offered was warm, delicious and much needed.  And to our delight, he treated us with a little Gumby happy dance thereafter.

Gumby

Along with our ever-growing family comes the knowledge that our sanctuary, despite shortly moving to a larger plot, cannot possibly provide lifelong loving care for every single farm animal in need.  Despite the animals thinking we are super heroes, we must adhere to the logistical confines of our reality as we honour our promise to every animal to give them a life worth living.  And so, if you think you have it in your heart, your circumstance, bank balance and your property, to provide that special somewhere for dear Gumby once he has recovered from his terrible ordeal, we would love to hear from you.  Please email info@edgarsmission.org.au or give Pam a call on 0408 397 301 with your interest.

Gumby

And one more thing, if you would like to make a tax deductible donation to ensure our life saving and life changing work can continue and that animals in need, just like dear Gumby can have a second chance at life, click here.

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It started with a pig….

It started with a pig

This time eleven years ago, my life had some level of normality to it, but little did I know that was all about to go squealing out the window with the arrival of one adorable, handsome, dashing, debonair pink pig.  That I was to fall head over heels in love with Edgar was a given; animals had always shared my home, as well as my heart, but never before had I been provided the opportunity to get up close and so personal with a pig.  After exchanging all of the things that I thought had given my life meaning and purpose, I was soon to realise these things were only grooming me for where I was truly meant to be.  I have to say that I was as nervous as all get out, stepping out into the unknown, with no road map to guide me, heeding only the raucous grunts of my adoring pig.  But that was all I needed. Continue reading

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National Geographic Photo of the Day

National Geographic

In 1921 Frederick R Barnard coined the immortal words ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ to describe the effectiveness of images to portray a story.  Almost 100 year later the effectiveness of images remains ever powerful and one of our greatest tools here at Edgar’s Mission.  And it is with great pride we congratulate our stellar photographer, Kyle Behrend for having his beautiful image of our dear Peter Sheep selected as the National Geographic Photo of the Day.

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Summer

Summer

While for some, the jury may still be out as to whether chickens have emotions, those who have the opportunity to form strong bonds with these quirky creatures, watching them closely every day, will know this to be all too true.  And now, the world of science has come on board, with evidence of chickens displaying empathy, happiness, shock and yes, even grief coming to the fore.  This latter emotion is the reason for the surrender of dear Summer.  Having recently lost her lifelong friend, Summer was indeed mourning and her human carer, fearing greatly for the welfare of her lone feathered companion, sought to surrender her to our sanctuary.  Summer now has a small flock to call her own, with a handsome rooster to watch over her, at a place where for the winter of her days she will be surrounded by all the creature comforts she could wish. Continue reading

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Peter Parker

Peter

CODE RED – Just arrived, seemingly lifeless in a moribund state, tenderly wrapped in a child’s Spiderman blanket to provide essential warmth for his life threatening hypothermia is Peter Parker. While it is still unknown if this newborn can overcome his ails, rest assured we are doing all we can to pull him through. Pain relief, subcutaneous fluids and colostrum have been administered, along with multiple sources of warmth and, of course, kindness. As he lies innocently alongside us in our office, the rest now, is up to Peter Parker. Please keep him in your thoughts.

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