When it comes to caring for animals, there should be no tricks, only treats!! Happy Halloween!
Nine lucky little broiler chicks made their way to Edgar’s Mission. This is their amazing story.
Join us in celebrating Plush Animal Lover’s Day. Do you have a special little stuffed-someone you snuggle up to at night? Or have you outgrown your faithful plush, but still have him or her taking pride of place in your heart?
If you know someone who you think needs to get a little more cuddle into their lives, we have a range plush toy soldiers ready and waiting. Order your very own ethically made Ruby Dog, Hope Pig or Shirley Cow, or give one as a meaningful gift, proceeds will support our life-saving work.
To the extent that you prevent an animal from living the way he or she evolved to live, you are creating unhappiness for that animal. – Jeffrey Masson
With no resident wolves to take centre stage on Howl at the Moon Day and Night, Polly Pig and Hansel will tonight look up into the starry night sky and savour life’s many joys. As you’re likely aware, Polly and Hansel are two very lucky souls, the vast majority of this world’s animals are involuntary members of the food and fibre machine, many of which are deprived of even the simplest pleasures.
Throughout history animals have shouldered more than their fair share, this is especially true for farmed animals. Much of their careless treatment has been attributed to the belief they are “dumb and don’t feel pain like we do”. “They’re not deserving of our moral concern because they’re different from us”, “their suffering doesn’t matter” and “it’s justifiable for them to live and die for our wants”. Continue reading
When we first met Boyz and Laddie, two nameless, near-lifeless sheep, we thought their chances of survival would be slim. But with their greatest lifeline having been cast their way, we were not about to sever it. Quickly realising that the bloody mess that was once each boy’s eye was not the least of their woes, we set to work. Administering pain relief, we gently placed battle-worn bodies on the scales and our hearts sank. So pitifully thin were these fully grown male merino wethers, one person could lift each of them alone. Live in the country long enough and you will hear a Cocky* announce, “Ain’t no one with a death wish like a sick merino”. But this is not true, these guys are tough. Struggle along they will, masking their illness as best they can, until they are one hoof step away from death and then they can step no more. Thanks to selective breeding by humans, sheep of today bare little resemblance to their ancestors, the wild mouflon, yet nothing has been able to extinguish their will to live.
We open in San Francisco, cars line the Golden Gate Bridge, to all appearances it’s just a normal day. That is, until the bridge starts to shake, cracks form and a school bus complete with innocent children dangles dangerously over the edge. Cue Superman: “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!”
While tragedy and crime are real problems with real victims, many of this world’s terrors are human-made rather than plotted by an evil megalomaniac, meaning they can be human-repaired. You don’t have to be super human to make a difference to the lives of your fellow Earth-dwellers. Continue reading
Each year the Australian Catholic University (Fitzroy) invites guest speakers from the environmental and social justice movements along to share with the soon to teachers their life experiences on their road to activism. Once again Edgar’s Mission was delighted to be a part of this great initiative as Founder and Director, Pam Ahern retold of her motivations, challenges and joys.
Sometimes only a few words are need to convey the appreciation of the work we do. The visit of the grade 5 and 6 students from Holy Child Primary School in Dallas, is one example
“Thank you so much for the work you do and for sharing it with others. My students and I were truly inspired.”
The sun shone, the guitar was strummed and the residents patiently waited. Tuesday was an extra special day at Kilmore’s Dianella and Caladenia Nursing Hostels as the lawn was quickly alive with the sounds of “baaing” and “bleating” as the good folk from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary trotted into town. No strangers to Dianella and Caladenia staff is Edgar’s Mission, as their past sojourns have never failed to create lively chatter and revive old memories as their animal ambassadors weave their inimitable charm. Today it was the handsome and affable wether Timmy Sheep accompanied by several of his young understudies, Spock and Pee Wee, kid goats and Arabesque Lamb, who held centre stage. Continue reading
September 17th saw the final group from North Keilor’s Regional Catholic College head north up the Calder to Edgar’s Mission. More and more schools are recognizing the value of teaching social justice and the importance of community service. Linking these two together, three groups of year 9 students from the Catholic Regional College in North Keilor made the trek to our beautifual sanctuary here in Lancefield. Thought provoking power point presentations, farm tours and lots of animal cuddles ensure much critical thinking will be undertaken by the decision makers of tomorrow.
To arrange a humane education visit of Edgar’s Mission for your school, work place or community group please contact 0408 397 301 or email [email protected]
For over five weeks, little Tina was abandoned on a property just off a busy arterial road into Melbourne. Often seen standing at the open gateway to this busy road we are forever thankful that the young ewe ventured no farther. With her human flock no more and no sheep around her, Tina had become scared and fearful, trusting of no one. No one that is until our very own Timmy Sheep strode into view. Quickly recognising the company of her own kind, Tina was abandoned no more. Tina’s story of salvation is a reminder that animals too yearn both company and kindness, something she will now have forever more.
Our special thanks to Timmy, as we doubt this rescue would have gone as smoothly without his guiding hoof.
Every month we’ll shine the spotlight on a family who have chosen to bring new faces into their homes and hearts and adopt one or a few rescued animals.
It always warms our hearts to hear how our former residents are settling in to their new abodes and causing their new families to wonder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. If you’ve never had the honour of spending time with a barnyard friend, you may be surprised by the love, friendship and fun they add to your life.
“Hello all you wonderful people at Edgar’s Mission. Just an update on how our beautiful animals are going since they joined our family from your mission six months ago. First of all the sheep. Clarke Kent is a real character and despite sometimes showing signs of being as mad as a hatter, other times he is an affectionate darling. He believes he is the king but actually he is the court jester. Greg is the king Continue reading
Five years ago today Gemima joined Bambi as our second resident deer at Edgar’s Mission! There favourite game is Hopscotch – check it out below
Yesterday, October 18th our sweet faced and cheeky black Suffolk little friend celebrated her first birthday. A birthday that few thought she would ever see as Saturday was born with a crippling disability that robbed her of the capacity to use her back legs, but not her determination to live. Each and every day with this bundle of woolly joy is something we treasure so dearly. Her ability to roll with the punches is inspiration for us all. Saturday, we trust your day was wheely wheely special!!
Today is Mulligan Day, a day marked for second chances and life improvements. So I want to tell you about my friend, whose second chance came not a minute too late.
On the 31st of May, 2012, a livestock truck carrying some 400 sheep overturned on the Western Ring Road and threw many of its passengers over the edge and onto the Princes Freeway below. Sadly most of the sheep perished that night, those who didn’t were rounded up to complete their journey – all but one was doomed. The sole survivor became known as Molly Brown.
Molly Brown’s second chance was twice the miracle, escaping death on two counts – you see the truck was headed for a slaughterhouse. Thankfully rescuers chaperoned her to the Lost Dogs Home to have her head wound attended to and recover. Brandishing a crescent moon shaped scar, Molly Brown’s brush with death is a celestial lesson that we should not give up hope, nor should we stop aiming for the stars.
Everyday we here at Edgar’s Mission work tirelessly to upgrade the world for animals, people and the planet, and WOW, POW, HOLY COW, we have just learned how much you all appreciate our efforts. In July of this year, Mircosoft kicked off their 12-month initiative to #UpgradeYourWorld as part of their launch of Windows 10 by celebrating people and organizations who do great things. As part of their $10 million investment to amplify amazing work being done around the globe, 10 partners in 10 countries were to receive $50,000 each. During the month of September, people in 10 countries voted for thousands of nonprofits to receive this monetary donation to continue their efforts to #UpgradeYourWorld. And just this morning Microsoft have announced the votes are in and here’s the best part. Because of you, your love of Edgar’s Mission and your hitting those keyboard keys, we have been selected as one of the five partners in Australia to receive a $50,000 shot in our kindness arm!!!! Continue reading
We cannot begin to tell you how much we love this special girl. Her infectious joy of life despite her disability is inspiration to us every day, and makes us even more determined to ensure she does have every reason to jump for joy (and a strong set of from legs to do it on!)
As many of you know, last Tuesday saw our tranquil world here at Edgar’s Mission shattered by the sights, sounds, smells and embers of bushfire. An out of control, “controlled” burn had skipped her containment lines just north of our home and was making great speed towards Edgar’s Mission.
Still sharpened from last year’s encounter, we quickly swung into gear with our fire plan. Although massive amounts of water were exhausted keeping everyone safe, thankfully no one was injured and no damage was sustained. With one sombre eye still on the Cobaw Ranges and her smouldering trees, we know it is going to be a long, hot and dry summer with the ever-present risk of bushfire made even more real.
Each year Edgar’s Mission rescues, rehabilitates and often rehomes hundreds of farmed animals, each one having the words “you’re safe now” whispered into their feathered or furred ear. In order to keep this promise we are constantly looking at ways to improve our care and emergency contingency plans. Last week’s bushfires were a timely reminder of our need to keep their home fire safe. As we know you too love Edgar’s Mission and hold her many animal residents close to your heart, we are asking you to please consider making a tax deductible donation towards our fire preparation plan.
- $1,000 will contribute towards the purchase of another rapid spray trailer and pump.
- $500 will provide a tanker load of fresh water to ensure we have uncontaminated water on hand for both stock and firefighting. And in the aftermath of a fire, as we have just experienced, we can refill our depleted tanks.
- $250 will ensure a member of our firefighting crew will have a pair of all rubber safety approved firefighting boots or be equipped with a firefighting knapsack.
- $100 will mean those fighting at the fire front will have safety approved firefighting face masks and fire resistant overalls.
- $50 will provide us with a fibreglass axe in our toolkit for emergency situations.
- $10 will supply another metal bucket to be placed around the farm to stamp out embers and small spot fires in the event of a fire.
- $5 will ensure above fire bucket has a mop.
As part of our fire plan Edgar’s Mission will be the first responders to protecting our beautiful sanctuary. This was borne just last Saturday as a burnt out tree in Bridies Lane reignited due to the wind. Alerted to the flames and embers we were able to quickly put the fire out with our mobile fire-fighting unit as we gave thanks to those kind hearts who had previously donated funds to secure it.
Recognition is a noun. It is described as the action or process of recognising or being recognised, in particular: identification of a thing or person from previous encounters or knowledge. It is the acknowledgement of the existence, validity or legality of something. The verb is to recognise.
On Tuesday 6th of October 2015, we recognised the all-too-familiar sights, sounds and smells of bushfire as Edgar’s Mission stood between the out-of-control “planned” burn and the fire’s sinister plan to take over the world. Recognising the imminent danger we faced, we swung into gear to protect everything we loved and had worked so hard to achieve. As pilots of water-bombing helicopters recognised the close proximity of our four dams to the fire, these dams became a critical arsenal in the assault on the fiery menace. The cacophony of noise and embers that engulfed our tranquil sanctuary was met with an equal dose of choking smoke sent billowing over the farm and sending the sun to another realm while robbing our airways of their ability to breathe. And, in a paddock nestled between the two dams that had become a pit stop for the choppers to re-energise their firefighting efforts, our terrified sheep huddled. Continue reading
If you are a kid what could be more fun than meeting other kids on your school holidays! That’s just what happened on Tuesday 29th of September when the kids from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary met the kids from the Beveridge Primary School Holiday Program. Teaching lessons of kindness for all animals were tiny Pee Wee and Spock, two adorable kid goats. Pint sized Pee Wee’s tale of rescue from the side of the road whilst a gentlemen answered the call of nature brought lots of laugh and giggles from those assembled while little Spock’s tale of bleating out “beam me up Scotty” as he frantically ran around an empty football oval showed that animal kids too hate being lost. And the common theme? All animals, human and non-human, want, need and recognise kindness of course! Continue reading
Thought provoking, heartbreakingly real, challenging and honest, were some of the words to describe Pam Ahern’s presentation to the year nine students of Kobe Catholic College in Greenvale Lakes.
Life has certainly been tough for a little orphaned lamb we have named Kermit. With the recent death of his mum he was surrendered to our care, frightened and in need of a friend and a warm jacket. Finding both, Kermit reluctantly settled into his new life. His protests that came at feeding time, “you’re not my mother”, saw our hearts break that little more. Normally it doesn’t take much for lambs to take to bottles full of warm sweet formula, but sadly little Kermit would literally have none of it. But patience, lots of different teats and techniques and a very hungry tummy saw Kermit accept his circumstance and our kindness. With his cute green jacket and his trusty pal, Paddington Baa Lamb, Kermit now has found a new take on life, but we cannot help but wonder whether his thoughts are still filled with the mother he will sadly never see again. It aint easy being green, or a little orphaned lamb named Kermit.
Richard Gere pretended to be homeless for the day and explained how his experience affected him: “When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless man. People would just past by me and look at me in disgrace. Only one lady was kind enough to give me some food. It was an experience I’ll never forget. So many times we forget how blessed we are. We should not take that for granted. And if we can help someone in need, we should. That’s why after I was done, I walked around and gave food and $100 to every homeless person I saw. They cried and were so grateful. Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (Source: Richard Gere Facebook)
Nobody should be homeless, but the sad reality is that over 100,000 people in Australia have nowhere to hang their hats. Today is World Homeless Day and a great opportunity take action in your community and help local groups provide support to those needing that little extra care. It’s also a time to reflect on homelessness – how and why it affects so many people. This is especially sobering in light of the current situation in Syria and the millions of refugees fleeing their homes. Continue reading
This afternoon I took a slow, silent walk down Bridies Lane. I closed my eyes and recalled her once beautiful gums trees who lined the road. Their magical arch embraced all those who traversed her paved passage to Edgar’s Mission. I kept my eyes closed that little bit longer, not wanting to open them least I see the haunting black remains of yesterday’s needless bushfire that had stripped her of her tranquillity and her tiny wild orchids. I pray the possums and sugar gliders who were seen jumping from tree to tree managed to out pace the firey fury. In that sombre moment, the peril that had robbed my Tuesday hit me and I gave thanks to my amazing team who swung so bravely and effectively into gear. Keeping our sanctuary and all her residents safe, many oblivious to the smoke, embers and cacophony of helicopter rotor blades that danced around them. Continue reading
Today we wake to a different world, one that needs a hand. Whilst we here at Edgar’s Mission are safe, thanks to the efforts of our own fire fighting team and the amazing CFA, many homes remain under threat and countless native animals are in dire need. No doubt our friends at the Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network will shortly be out in force. Please consider making a donation to these two selfless organisations.
Pictured: our aging matriarch, Petunia and Mr Miyagi, taking refuge in our barn.
On October 6th 2015, an out of control bush fire was headed down Bridies Lane straight at Edgar’s Mission. Through the incredible work of our staff and the CFA the fire was stopped less than 200 metres from our front gate. The wind change has moved the fire North East, away from Edgar’s Mission. We are safe for now.
Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes and support. Below are some photos from the day.
One of the most tragic sights we will ever see as we look north from our sanctuary the once beautiful Cobaw Ranges and all her magnificent wildlife are no more.
For now we are safe, albeit, with no power, battle worn and weary… its going to be a long night on fire watch. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and good wishes. We are safe. We thank the CFA (Country Fire Authority) for all their tireless efforts throughout the state and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are still within the fires path.
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As World Animal Day 2015 slowly comes to a close in Australia and we prepare to shut the barn doors for the night we reflect on just what a magical day it has been. Our very first World Animal Day at our new home saw over 1,000 people flock to celebrate our animal friends in all their glorious feathered, furred, finned and scaled forms. We cannot thank those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make our event both magical and memorable. To our amazing staff, volunteers and supporters, your efforts were appreciated beyond words and to all those who came along, we cannot tell you what your happy, smiling faces meant to us and your belief in work is something we will never take lightly. You all truly stand on the right side of history. Once again our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone who supported and patronised World Animal Day 2015 @ Edgar’s Mission, you guys rock!
We’d like to think every week was Be Kind To Animals Week, but sadly in our world many get caught up in their busy lives, so let’s use this opportunity to create awareness and just that little bit more kindness for our animal friends. Here are some cool ideas for farmed animals
1. Find a kinder way of living www.veganeasy.org
2. Be well read. Check out some of the amazing books about the animals who are farmed for food and fibre like: The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, Eating Animals. Farm Sanctuary – Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, Dominion, The World Peace Diet and of course The Gift of Kindness, to name but a few.
3. Support one of the many amazing animal sanctuaries who are creating a kinder world for all.
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?”