When the good people at Goodwill source new wines, they take to independent wineries across Australia. Not only do they promise quality boutique bottles of wine or your money back, they donate over 50% of profits to charity.
We were lucky enough to have the kind heart behind this wonderful initiative, David and his daughter Betty, pay us a visit earlier in the week. Continue reading
If red makes cars go faster, can it make tails go faster too? Little Boy Blue would have you believe this fable is fact, but it’s not the red coat that fuels that waggling tail, it’s something deeper.
Little Boy Blue lost his mother and almost his life, but he’s still here and his love for life is plain for all to see. You can see it in the way he melts into cuddles, in the way he lays in the sun with his buddy Little Girl Pink and in the way he blissfully shakes his tail while drinking in that sweet, warm milk.
He came into our lives in the winter of 2007, and now in the winter of his life, he has left. Timmy Lamb, as he was fondly known, became one of the most recognisable members of our extended Edgar’s Mission family. His illness today was as rapid in its onset as was the love for sheep he evoked in all whom he met.
With over 450 animals in our care and a gracefully growing old population, we are never too far away from farewelling one of our flock. Sadly, it never gets any easier to bare or fairer to understand. Timmy’s passing has hit us hard and although the sun will rise tomorrow and our dear Timmy will not, our resolve to speak up for his kind will rise to even greater heights – a fitting legacy to the most affable chap we were truly fortunate enough to share the last ten years of our lives with. If ever there was to be a Noble Peace Prize granted to an animal, we could think of no worthier recipient.
Timmy, a sheep, our friend, and inspiration. Forever in our hearts, you shall remain.
Today we celebrate the Four year anniversary of Charity arriving at Edgar’s Mission! Watch her story below!
Today is World Day for Animals in Laboratories.
Around the world millions up millions of animals live and die in laboratories. This day commemorates their suffering and death. But it is also a day of hope and a reminder that things can get better – that we can demand change and that we can make kinder choices in our life. On this special day we would like to share with you the amazing story of one lab animal who made it our alive and into the heart and home of our equally amazing individual who has dedicated her life to protecting animals (and she is also one of wonderful volunteers) Jessica. Here is their story – Bodhi spent six and half years in a research colony- confined to a small, concrete pen and very nearly killed for science. While I’m forever grateful that I had the chance to save his life, I’ll always be sad that I can’t return all of those years that were stolen from him. I hope that he knows how very loved he is now and that he thinks we’re doing a good job making up for lost time.
Please help keep animals out of laboratories by choosing cruelty free.
Last week was a busy, busy week for us here at Edgar’s Mission. At the heart of our “cacophony of kindness”, always, is our commitment to offering the very best care for our many residents. This saw many frequent flyer points earned with trips to our consulting veterinarians, each offering specialist expertise. Following are some brief insights into our week.
Alicia underwent a light sedation in order to determine just what has been causing her to drool. Many of our sheep present unique challenges, in that they all get to do something sheep rarely do, and that is to reach a ripe old age. So, until veterinary science catches up with the specific tools for each species, we need to borrow from those animals who have traditionally held centre stage in people’s hearts and vet bills. For Alicia, this meant using a horse gag to investigate the inside of her mouth and in particular those tricky and hard-to-reach back molars. Whilst the jury is still out on the root of her problem, a light has most certainly been shone where it never has before. Continue reading
Society’s treatment of animals has been described as the next great social justice movement, and one we here at Edgar’s Mission are proud to be a part of. Late last year the Victorian Government called for submissions to its Animal Action Plan – a commitment to “effective and proactive action in animal welfare over the next five years”. We’re heartened to see our leaders and decision makers taking the lives and treatment of animals seriously.
For many April 20th is just another page to be flipped in the diary, however, for me, it is so much more. For on this day in 2010, I kissed for the last time his hairy ear, and rubbed for the last time his portly belly, as I whispered the words, “I’ll love you forevermore and one day longer” and Edgar Alan Pig closed his magnificent eyes for the last time. And I knew that there was something I had to do, and that was complete his mission of kindness for all animals.
It gives me great heart knowing that today Edgar still watches over me from the vantage point of a beautiful gum tree at the entrance to the sanctuary. A poignant reminder that finding one’s way to an entire new world of kindness can be guided by a gentle pig.
After his terrible head injury, we knew it was only right to provide Little Boy Blue with the best veterinary treatment available. So, we booked him in for a CAT scan. The results came back immediately: Little Boy Blue and Makamae are unequivocally adorable.
It seems nothing can faze Little Boy Blue, cool as a cucumber even as a curious cat cuddles. And the future has never looked brighter for this affable chap. Continue reading
Wow, pow, look who’s a big girl now!! On this day, this special lady squealed into the world and what an impact her trotter step has made. Happy Birdy Two Ewe, Miss Polly. Seven glorious fun filled and life changing years.
See how we celebrated Polly’s Fourth Birthday here.
When one divorces themselves of any preconceptions they have about animals and looks into their eyes, looking back at them they will see a curious and intelligent, living, breathing being who very much wants to live.
We were blessed with the most beautiful of rainbows after a downpour of rain yesterday. We hope you enjoy the photos below.
We don’t know if Norma Jean had a name before we bestowed one upon her, but we did know her future was bleak at best. On the run for over 24 hours, which spanned many a busy outer Melbourne road, Norma Jean literally ran for her life. She stopped momentarily to survey her situation and allow onlookers to catch a Facebook moment of a terrified and trembling animal. “I’ve never seen an animal shake so much,” one person relayed, but it was to another that Norma Jean owes her life: the one who made call after fruitless call, each one greatly increasing the likelihood of the young goat being shot, until a call was made to an emergency veterinary clinic. This was the one call needed to cause our rescue team to swing into action. As we uttered the words to the caring vet nurse, “Please tell them, don’t shoot, we are on the way,” we were indeed on the way, and so too was our dear friend, Manfred Zabinskas of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue.
Can you see where Norma Jean is hiding?
Last month we were lucky enough to show celebrated photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur around the sanctuary. She took some photos and we hope she took home some special memories.
We will never know when or how, but this brave and gentle old sheep had become blind and was abandoned on a property. With no place in this world to belong, he made his way to the refuge of Edgar’s Mission, where he will live out the rest of his golden years. Once given the clean bill of health, we then had to put on our thinking caps, how the Dickins were we to give him the happy life he deserved? Queue Joe Cocker: “I get by with a little help from my friends”. Continue reading