Our little champ and much loved team member, ET was recently taken ill and after 6 days of critical veterinary care he came home. He is now recovering with all the love, kindness and kitty licks we can muster. We wish him a speedy recovery as we are sure you do too.
An update on Neo.
“All beings tremble before violence. All love life. All fear death. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?” –Buddha. And all beings love their teddy, especially sickly young rescued lambs like our Neo.
Each day Neo has grown stronger and more inquisitive, but he never strays too far from his beloved Teddy. Offering far more than security, Teddy makes Neo’s world complete as he travels with Neo daily to the paddock and back in again each night. On one occasion during cleaning rounds, Neo was moved to an adjacent stall but unfortunately his teddy was inadvertently left behind. It was Neo’s pitiful baa’s that alerted us to our faux pas, but what came next was sheer proof positive that sheep are indeed emotional creatures as Neo proceeded to do a little happy dance upon his teddy’s arrival. Continue reading
What’s up Doc; the catch phrase of the cartoon character Bugs Bunny, the title of a hit comedy movie starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal and the name of a very lucky goose who now honks Edgar’s Mission as home. Despite her comic connections, dear What’s up Doc had little to honk about before she found her new digs. With a severely twisted beak and having been dumped at a public wetland frequented by boisterous dogs, her lot was not looking good. But thankfully a kind heart decided to take a bit of a gander down that way and was taken by the plight of What’s up Doc. And to our delight What’s up Doc does not display the customary goosey greeting, rather she shows a fondness for her new human friends.
Cool facts about geese. Did you know that despite being waterfowl, geese spend most of their time on land foraging for food. They prefer grazing on short grasslands and are very loyal and protective of their kind. Their communication comes by way of their honks, which they have around 10 different sounds. A baby goose is called a gosling, a group of geese is called a gaggle and people who are kind to geese are really cool dudes! Continue reading
In October 2012, a group of animal loving students from La Trobe University, Melbourne galvanized their efforts to save 20 sheep who had been used for research purposes at the facility. At first unreceptive of the student’s pleas, it seemed the University was determined that the sheep be sold for slaughter. But hell hath no fury like compassionate and enraged students. With the kind assistance of Humane Research Australia a deal was struck which saw the sheep thrown a lifeline, and they were soon Edgar’s Mission bound.
“The sheep literally jumped for joy as we lowered the tailgate of the float. Springing high into the air, it was as if they knew they had been saved,” said Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, reflecting upon the sheep’s arrival at the sanctuary. It didn’t take long for the individual personalities of the sheep to shine through. Some were cheeky and bold like little Spartacus while others, like Mascara (who has rather unusual black lines around his eyes), were somewhat shy or aloof. But all quickly developed a taste for wheetbix treats and would come racing up the hill whenever they saw their human friends approaching with a box of their favourite snack. Today several of the sheep still remain at the sanctuary, while others have been rehomed as pets to loving families. Each and everyone is living true to their rescuers’ pledge of, “You are safe now.” Continue reading
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. That was, until a blood-curdling scream of terror rang out as the lady of the house opened the Christmas package delivered by her ‘thoughtful’ sister. You see, it was well known to family members that the recipient of this gift possessed a long held Alektorophobia (fear of chickens) so the package, consisting of two young poults, was swiftly taken to the farthest corner of the yard. Whilst not wishing harm to befall the innocent creatures but not wishing to tackle her fears either, desperate calls were sent out to find room at an inn for the hapless hens.
Just as puppies and kittens are for life and not just Christmas, so too are gentle chickens. And they are most definitely not quirky or smart alec gifts for unsuspecting friends and relatives. Animals come with a lifetime of care and commitment and bringing one (or two) into your world is something that should never be taken lightly. For the two young hens, Carole and her sweet little friend Noelene, despite theirs being an eventful Christmas, it thankfully had a happy ending. Please, if you are stuck for a meaningful gift, give cheques not chicks and remember Santa is not the only one who will know if you are naughty or nice when it comes to animals. Continue reading
Meet Peachy and Melba, two rather skinny and frightened little piggies. This odd couple made up of Peachy (black and white with a very crooked tail) and Melba (of a most interesting greyish, almost purple coloring with an oh so cute short turned up little snout) were found wandering at large in a place piggies should not have been, and it is to kind-hearted animal rangers they owe their life. Putting out the call to Edgar’s Mission to ensure things did not turn decidedly sour certainly saved these two divas from a very grisly fate. The sweet pair are so named after the sugary sweet dessert that was made famous by London’s Savoy hotel – Peach Melba. Peach Melba in turned honoured Australia’s famous soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. And in fitting style Peachy and Melba have quickly shown a fondness for sweet fruits (now our bargaining tool) and have wasted no time in showing us their great set of lungs. We are sure if you listen very quietly you will hear them exercise their ‘someone’s killing the pig’ routine when things don’t go to plan. But as the days squeal on, and they gain much-needed weight, Peachy’s skin condition soothes and friendliness overcomes their fears, we are sure happy piggy grunts will soon be music to our ears. Welcome Peachy and Melba, we really are the good guys!!
If you are an aging Isa Brown one-time battery hen, bearing the legacy of earlier de-beaking, blind in one eye, and totally lost; things couldn’t look much more grim. But nobody told our new little friend this, she never gave up. One plucky determined lady is Isa Doesit, as she has quickly settled in with her new buddies Carole and Noelene (our Christmas hens) and a rooster who goes by the unlikely name of Etta (previously known as Henrietta until his then human carers realised the difference between a rooster and a hen!)
So next when you are feeling down and thinking the world is against you, please think of Isa Doesit. If she can rise up against adversity then so can we, and while were at it let’s ditch eggs as well!
Did you know that the battery cage system of egg production only came into being around sixty years ago? Driven more by producers’ desire to maximize yields at the expense of hens’ health and welfare, this factory farming method has seen the lives of gentle hens become ones of abject misery. They can suffer a range of health issues; one of the most debilitating is bone fragility. The cause of this is nutritional imbalance, lack of opportunity to exercise and the excessively high and unnatural egg production that has become the lot of these intelligent birds. But it doesn’t have to be this way, there are more readily available cruelty free recipes online and in cookbooks today than ever before! And what could be more delicious than knowing your culinary creations cause no suffering to gentle hens like our dear Isa Doesit? Why not try this scrumptious egg free, cruelty free recipe from our friend Isa Chandra, author of one of our favourite cookbooks “Isa Does It”? Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes – yes please!!! While over at Isa’s Post Punk Kitchen website, why not check out the many other cruelty free recipes available and see for yourself that a kinder way of living can indeed be delicious. Our Isa sure hopes you Do It!
If you look up the word ‘goat’ in the dictionary you will find a description that goes along the lines of, “horned ruminant, quadruped.” You may even find unkind descriptions such as, “licentious person,” or even the word “fool.” But what you won’t find are the words, “an extremely endearing, fun-loving, quirky and emotional creature who responds to kindness and cruelty much like we humans do. A creature, who, due to their great athleticism, coupled with their sense of fun, will require the best of fences to keep them safely contained and away from harm.” Sadly for a sweet-faced little brown goat we have named Helga, her previous human family knew none of the above. Bearing the hallmarks of rough treatment from humans, Helga is very cautious of our advances. However wheetbix treats and our utmost patience do appear to slowly be bridging this gap. Despite her rough start in life, what Helga has retained is her sense of fun and the desire to explore her world. And that’s just what we and her new goaty friends will help her do!
Did you know that goats, like Helga, are naturally curious? And they do not eat tin cans, a myth perpetuated by many cartoons. What has wrongly lead people to believe this is because goats love to explore and they are no doubt intrigued by the lingering contents of the can. It is our great hope that when you do get a chance to meet a goat, your kindness for them will linger much longer than the experience. Continue reading
I named her Faith, because that is what I have had since day one when I created Edgar’s Mission. Through all of the amazing highs and gut–wrenching lows, through quitting my job, saying goodbye to my successful equestrian career and the only life I had ever known, through choosing a pig over a partner and saying farewell to ever having a ‘normal’ life, I have had faith that I was making the right choice. Just as I had faith the day I attended the notorious Mernda Market and whispered in the ears of five terrified animals, “Please have faith, I’m going to get you out of here.” And I did, but not without the help of some amazing friends. Receiving their second (if not first) chance at life were: a graceful and noble goat I named Gladys, the most gentle and dignified turkey I have ever encountered whom I christened Tony Blair, two resolute ex-battery hens I named Diana and Cherie, in honour of my partners in ‘crime’ (but no, we did not steal the animals) and last but by no means least, a feisty little black and white piglet I named Faith.
Faith seemed such an appropriate name for the little piglet who captured my heart with her gut-wrenching and blood curdling screams and with her steely determination to hold her own in a pen of pigs many times her size. The words ‘sausage’, ‘salami’ and ‘spit roast’ that were all tossed her way from the gruff voices and rough hands that poked and prodded her did nothing to diminish the tiny manure covered creature’s will to live. Faith that day symbolized hope, that the underdog (or rather, the underpig) can get up, look a menace in the eye, bring it to its knees and trot off to make the world a better, kinder place for all. And that is just what she has been doing ever since.
A sheep called Franklin
The first thing you notice about Franklin is that he is missing a front leg. The second thing you notice, is that he is a timid, little fellow. That Franklin plays things close to his chest is not really anything new for a flock sheep. For it does not pay dividends as a prey animal (especially one minus a limb) to let your guard down around ‘predators’ (such as we humans). However, Franklin does have friends in this world. His special friend is Dorrie, a gracefully-aging, kindly Suffolk ewe. Both Franklin and Dorrie came to Edgar’s Mission following the sad closure of another animal sanctuary. That they have had love and kindness on their side, is evident. While Franklin is somewhat reserved, he does have a fondness for Wheet-Bix that miraculously brings him out of his shell, all the while taking his cue, of course, from the matriarch Dorrie.
From the outset, Franklin touched hearts. First, it was the farmer who spied the birth of a three-legged lamb, but gave the little fella a chance all the same. Then, it was the kindly human who stepped in to find Franklin a home on a sanctuary, as life on the farm was proving a little too tough for the tripod sheep. However, the recent closure of this sanctuary, saw Franklin once again in need of kindness, and that is exactly what we are determined to give him, and his buddy Dorrie. Dear Franklin touches our hearts daily with his plucky resolve to beat the odds. No doubt this beautiful boy will warm your heart too! We give thanks to Franklin’s previous carers for their love, kindness and care.
And what a cool dude he is! Teddy is a very friendly and personable young Corriedale wether. This, no doubt is due to the the loving care and hand raising Teddy was afforded by a group of Agricultural students. As part of the course curriculum, each year sheep are bred and on sold but for Teddy, this was not to be as a severely overshot jaw saw him falling short of the breed standard. But this could indeed be his saving grace. Having formed a strong bond with the young lamb, the uncertain future Teddy Baa faced stirred one young student into action and reminded us all, when animals touch your heart anything is truly possible.
Incredulous as it may seem, those are the very words that came from the lips of the factory worker whose plea for help just saved the lives of four tiny kittens and their abandoned mother. With his realisation that moving the metal carry all in which the hapless kittens had sought refuge would surely kill them, he also realised that he had a choice. And so he embarked on a race against time to find someone who could not only safely remove the kittens, but ensure a happy outcome for them as well. With calls to all the likely suspects providing little joy, it was an Internet search that somehow tossed up our number. Whilst outside of our normal charter we knew were the kitten’s last hope, so it was to the catmobile, sorry our kindness van, to which we raced and prayed our aid would not come too late. Continue reading
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“Ohana means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”
There can be no doubt that motherly love transcends species, this is especially so when watching the proud Ohana and her adorable kittens. Imperfectly perfect as they are, much of our day is consumed by watching them play; enraptured, as oohs and ahhs spring forth from our mouths. Noone knows reckless abandon and fun like a kitten. Their daredevil antics on their kitty tower sees everyone within eyeshot racing for their camera, but we needn’t do this, for the heartwarming images will be forever in our souls. Each of the four kittens have graduated with honours from the school of cuteness.
Those were our very words when we heard of the fate of two young goats who were to meet their final curtain due to their goatee antics. However, it was only after an eight hour mission of mercy that we could finally breathe a sigh of relief, knowing the hapless duo had been spared a callous fate. All too often we hear such words of blackmail, and each time shivers race up our collective spines, as we know full well that saving every single animal in need is not something we could possibly undertake. And so we are turning to you, our dear supporters, to see if you or a friend may have room in your heart and well-fenced farm for a rescued animal in need.
We know that saving the lives of dear goats like High and Jinx cannot change the world, but it will most certainly change the world as they know it. And with your help, we can change the lives of many more. Please contact us today if you think you or a friend have what it takes to be their saviour. If you are not able to do this but would like to support our life–changing efforts on behalf of animals, please make your tax- deductible donation today.
And remember, living a life in step with kindness it the greatest gift we can ever give. Now, that is most definitely something we can shoot for.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been impacted by the terrible fires that have hit South Australia and Victoria. We also give thanks to the kind-hearted and dedicated fire fighting men and women along with emergency services personnel who are working around the clock to arrest the fires and keep communities safe.
The events of the weekend are a timely reminder to everyone to plan ahead for such catastrophic emergencies. Make sure you have a plan, write it down and practice it. Know your local area, road names and land marks and remain forever vigilant as you may spot a fire before emergency services are notified (please report immediately if you do). Remember in the event of a bushfire you may become highly stressed and confused, your written plan can be your roadmap for survival. Monitor weather conditions and fire activity and be sure to stay up to date with the fire danger ratings for your area. You may need to activate your fire plan the day/night before. Continue reading
As the New Year dawns so too do new beginnings for Neo, the young lamb who was delivered into our care late last night. Having made it through the night with the comfort of his teddy bear, Neo’s raging temperature has been reigned in. And we are very relived to see that comfort and Neo have now found one another. Having navigated the most urgent of Neo’s ails, our great concern is for the poor fellow’s left eye. The eye in short appears a total mess, with a prolapse bubbling out through the cornea.
Incredulous as it is, Neo was not a ‘wild’ free roaming animal but a domestic sheep. The question on our lips now is whatever happened to his Good Shepherd?
It’s the first of January, and we have already taken in our first rescue of the year. This dear boy was just found by kind-hearted travellers on their way home. Suffering severe and painful photosensitivity, which is more than likely caused by eating toxic plants, his little face bears the hallmark scabs and sores. Sadly too this condition has already robbed him of the use of his left eye. Only time will tell if any functionality can be restored to the eye and crucially whether any liver damage has been sustained. We are forever thankful the Good Samaritans came upon him today and not in the days to come as the temperatures are set to sizzle in the high 30’s. But even now with medications administered and a teddy bear for company we are still unsure if help has not come too late. Hang in there little buddy, we have lots of happy New Years planned for you.
Meet Peachy and Melba, two rather skinny and frightened little piggies. This odd couple made up of Peachy (black and white with a very crocked tail) and Melba (of a most interesting greyish, almost purple coloring with an oh so cure short turned up little snout) were found wandering at large in a place piggies should not have been, and it is to kind-hearted animal rangers they owe their life. Putting out the call to Edgar’s Mission to ensure thingsdid not turn decidedly sour certainly saved these two divas from a very grisly fate. The sweet pair are so named after the sugary sweet dessert that was made famous by London’s Savoy hotel – Peach Melba. Peach Melba in turned honoured Australia’s famous soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. And in fitting style Peachy and Melba have quickly shown a fondness for sweet fruits (now our bargaining tool) and have wasted no time in showing us their great set of lungs. We are sure if you listen very quietly you will hear them exercise their ‘someone’s killing the pig’ routine when things don’t go to plan. But as the days squeal on, and they gain much-needed weight, Peachy’s skin condition soothes and friendliness overcomes their fears, we are sure happy piggy grunts will soon be music to our ears. Welcome Peachy and Melba, we really are the good guys!!