What ever happened to the rooster? With all those eggs filling supermarket shelves in every town in every state in Australia, you have to wonder where all the roosters are. Statistically speaking, for every hen hatched a tiny rooster also came into this world. Continue reading →
Bumping into BUPA Kyneton last Tuesday were a cheeky little goat named Steady Eddie and a woolly sheep named Timmy. Tagging along for good measure were their human folk from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Lancefield.
While the affable Eddie was more interested in checking out people’s shoes and anything else remotely edible, the anything but sheepish Timmy enjoyed a good old back scratch. There could be no doubt that the happy faces, busy hands and lively discussions, all provoked by the animals, confirmed what our hearts know – animals unite us, they calm us and make us feel good. And as Eddie and Timmy so poignantly confirmed, this is a two-way street. It goes to show that regardless of age or species we all welcome, need and cherish kindness.
Oh and a special and heart-warming note, check out the lady in the pink sweater and her friend in the turquoise twin set. These two, with their special friendship stole our hearts.
As snow began to fall around the tiny country Victorian town of Daylesford, a wee lamb slipped from the warm of his mother’s womb onto the frosty ground. Exactly what came next we are not sure but one thing we are sure of is the kindness of the good hearts who saw a little bundle of pristine white, cold, alone and in desperate need of warmth and nutrition. Had this kind heart not acted the lamb would surely have passed away as sadly so many do from the ravages of hypothermia. Bundling up with little chap contact was made with the property owner and the greatest life line was thrown to the lamb as the words “he’s yours” were uttered. But quickly realising that the responsibility of caring for newborn lambs was something these kind hearts could not meet with great certainty. Searching high and low, from vet clinics to internet searches, the call was made to Edgar’s Mission. Continue reading →
Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting an incredible young man who had just turned 13. Instead of treating himself to all sorts of wonders, Jack determined that his $200 birthday money could be better spent looking after rescued farmed animals at his favorite sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission. Thank you so much Jack, we trust your day was as grand as you!
Every month we 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. Read on to see how Thelma and Lousie are doing in their new forever home.
There was nothing natural about the life or death of Mon Amie, a wee chick hatched out in a school classroom. Even before she blinked in wide-eyed wonder at the world, nothing was the way nature intended it to be. No mother hen had gently and dutifully turned her eggs, chirping to them all the while, each learning the distinctive calls of the other as strong bonds formed—bonds that would have seen the mother hen fiercely protect her chicks, while teaching them very important life lessons.
Sadly, the only life lessons that would be taught on this occasion were those of disposability and shirking one’s responsibility. Delivered in a hired incubator along with several other unhatched chicks to an unsuspecting teacher and exuberant youngsters, Mon Amie and her siblings had already been reduced to a teaching aid. With nothing resembling a doting mother hen or a knowledgeable animal attendant in sight, the wet chicks pecked and peeped their way into the world. With no mother hen to respond to their calls or guide the baby birds, a game of roulette had begun. And for Mon Amie, it was one she was never going to win.
Born with a crippling leg deformity, her suffering and struggle almost went unnoticed. Thankfully, a kind-hearted child refused to become immune to the plight of another creature and a plan was hatched to try and save the ailing chick. Once surrendered, the chain of kindness continued as Mon Amie was delivered to expert avian care, where help was at hand. However, the worst fears were soon confirmed that a condition more sinister than splay leg was at play. Perosis had twisted the tiny tendons of Mon Amie’s right leg, necessitating surgery if there was to be any hope of an even partially functional limb.Continue reading →
Humankind is capable of the most awe-inspiring achievements. On July 20 1969, the first human stepped foot on the moon’s dusty grey surface – tonight we will look towards the night sky knowing that while kindness to others is one of humankind’s greatest challenges, it could also be one of our greatest feats. Continue reading →
‘Sanctuary’ is described as ‘refuge or safety from pursuit, persecution, or other danger’. And for a mother animal, finding sanctuary for her offspring is one of the greatest comforts she could ever take. Arriving at our sanctuary a few months ago were Stamper and her buddies. What we didn’t know was that Stamper came with something more than her sweet soul. However, the ensuing months and her burgeoning waistline told us we had rescued more than this sweet ewe. And on 14th June 2016, Stamper achieved every mother’s dream, delivering her babies onto a sanctuary’s grounds.
A huge shout out of thanks to the fine young minds of the Out of School Care Program from Marlborough Primary School in Heathmont. Celebrating kindness and our sheepies love of wheetbix, a stash of these delicious treats came our way recently. In collecting the booty Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, praised the students initiative to make a difference in the life of another; “it is wonderful to see these young individuals so committed to enriching the lives of animals. Their selfless gestures remind us all that each and every one of us can, through simple acts of kindness make the world a better place those less fortunate”Continue reading →
Ava, we want to thank you for raising $115 for the resident animals here at Edgar’s Mission. Thank you for using your elbow grease to give massages to your parents and their friends for gold coin donations, and for making and selling paper flowers and butterflies. But most of all, thank you for your kind and generous heart – at only 8 years old you’re already showing the world just how beautiful people can be, inside and out.
A recent recruit to our army of cuteness is The Colonel. A sweet little lamb whose bad fortune actually turned out to be his best. Having been taken prisoner by a predator who never completed their mission, save leaving a large gaping wound on one of his front legs, The Colonel was taken in by kindly folk who loved him and nurtured him. However, they quickly realised that the task of raising such a vulnerable creature was beyond their means and the endearing boy was tearfully surrendered into our care. With his ulcerated wound quickly healing and the memories of his past ordeals fading, The Colonel has indeed shown great courage under fire and is now most welcoming of the flotilla of kindness around him. That too and lots of other little lambs! Which leaves us with one final question, isn’t it time we humans made peace with the animal kingdom? Continue reading →
Wikipedia tells us that the tulip is a Eurasian and North African genus of perennial, bulbous plant in the lily family. It is a herbaceous herb with showy flowers, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted. What Wikipedia fails to tell us is that Tulip is also the name of a gusty little female kid goat.
Tulip was surrendered into our care by the good folk at RSPCA Epping, the wee creature having sustained horrific and life threatening injuries to her head. She refused to give in, and neither will we. Over the coming days we trust that will love, kindness, care and anti-inflammatories this little flower will flourish.
While she may be cheerful and bright, little Marigold’s entry into the world was anything but. Born on a livestock transport vehicle en route to an abattoir that would claim the life of her mother and herd, somehow little Marigold fell through a crack. However, lucky was she that she fell into kindness and the warm hands of someone who gave a damn. Still reeking with the smell of fear and male goats when surrendered into our care, our greatest challenge was to not only wipe away her past but combat the brutal assault that had already been perpetrated on her undeveloped immune system. Such an assault had denied Marigold her mother’s life-enhancing colostrum (a mother’s first essential milk for her offspring).
Not even the gloomy weather could dampen the enthusiasm of 22 intrepid students from St Columba’s College on their recent visit to Edgar’s Mission. Taking in a farm tour, that included lots of pat and cuddles, and a thought provoking presentation on just what it means to be kind meant the students had plenty of life defining thinking for the holiday period.
Been thinking “if only I ate a little healthier” lately? We know just the guy. Mark Doneddu recently gave the Edgar’s team a talk on what to eat and why – to ask Mark about coming to your school or workplace, contact him here.
It was a day given to kindness when a newborn kid goat was found hugging coldness and the side of a creek embankment. Knowing the wee creature would surely die, if not from hypothermia then from predation or starvation, a desperate race was on to find just the right place for Daisy to flourish. And flourish she most certainly has. She was surrendered into our care with her wet umbilical cord telling us we had but a matter of hours to ensure life-enhancing colostrum was delivered to one very hungry little tummy. With her will to live at an inverse proportion to her size, it was not long before little Daisy sprouted to life, love and jump-jumps as only a kid goat can.
When you make a promise you are telling someone you will definitely do something, or that something will definitely happen in the future. And I can say with the greatest honesty, pride and exhilaration, and with the biggest smile on my face, that when you fulfil one there are few greater joys. This is the story of one such promise.
I cannot remember the exact date I first saw the small white female goat tethered on a cold, unforgiving metal chain outside the knackery that was all but a stone’s throw from the heart of Melbourne. But I will always remember my parting words to her all those years ago: “I’ll save you, I promise.”
Here’s why, greyhound racing is to be banned in NSW. Kudos to all involved. We trust that all the necessary kindness will be put in place to ensure the remaining greyhounds find the loving homes and hearts they so richly deserve.
Seven years ago to the day, Ruby launched herself into our hearts although it was quite a different Ruby to the multi-tasking one everyone knows and loves today. Ruby was frightened and scared; she would wee herself if you looked at her sideways, she would flee if she heard a loud noise and she was shamefully underweight. But as they say in the classics that was yesterday. Today Ruby continues to bounce into the hearts of many, as she has elevated her status to tour guide and vet nurse and we could not imagine a day without her endearing antics (although we really do need to have a chat with her about the places her tongue should never be thrust!). Happy re-birthday Ruby Girl
Surrendered into our care is this forlorn little man—his squinting eyes a tell-tale sign that all has not been well in his realm and the debilitating condition of entropion has set in. A combination of poor nutrition, the loss of his mother and the wicked winds and chills of winter have unleashed a barrage of cruelty on this innocent babe. But we know that this fortress that currently claims him is not impenetrable to our love and knowledge. Jousting with warm jackets, sweet formula and his new buddies, an entire kingdom of kindness now awaits Sir Squintalot. Continue reading →