Every year we here at Edgar’s Mission open our farm gates to hundreds and hundreds of school students and in doing so we trust we are guiding them to a kinder way of living. Last week we introduced the year nine students of Kilbreda College, in Mentone, to the fascinating world of cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats and our adorable resident turkey, Martin. “There can be no doubt” said our Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, “that looking into the eyes of these animals has the power to touch hearts, transform lives and make the world a kinder place for all”.
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A call from our friends at the RSPCA in Castlemaine to assist with an orphan lamb saw us presented with one of the saddest babies we have ever met. Even her pretty pink jacket, warm bottle and a cute as a button new friend in Little Boy Blue could not stop this wee lamb crying. Desperate were her pleas for the one thing we could never give her: her mother. Hearing the frantic bleats, and seeing her desperate pacing left no doubt in our minds that lambs form the strongest bonds with their mothers, something circumstance cannot break. One of our most heart-breaking of days was the first day with Little Girl Pink, as she cried and cried and then cried some more for the mother she would never see again. No amount of sweet milk formula nor cuddles was going to cut it for her. As the days slowly rolled on, Little Girl Pink came to terms with her situation, a stoic resolve guiding her through.
A tiny lamb suddenly appearing in the headlights of a late-night traveller was something this kind-hearted driver least expected. But sadly, this was no tiny baby who had simply lost their way, as a serious head wound told of a lucky escape from a predator, who dropped the hapless animal some distance from where he ought to be. But this is where Little Boy Blue’s luck turned from bad to bright, as he was taken home and a call hastily made to Edgar’s Mission. With the wound still fresh, several stiches were needed to close the gaping hole in the little guy’s head. Now all he needed to make his life complete was a warm bottle and snazzy jacket (resigning ourselves to the fact that, sadly, Little Boy Blue would never see his dear mum again). But with determination in our stride, compassion in our hearts and teddy bears at the ready, we have promised our new friend that we will be the best mum for him we can ever be.
Dear little Anne of Green Gables, and her ever-present smile on her sweet face, reminds us daily of the vulnerability of her kind. And also, the goodness of the human heart. From the vantage point of her country home, the feeble cries of an abandoned and newborn lamb saw our hero swing into action as night time was quickly descending and wily foxes were no doubt surveying their quarry—awaiting their time to pounce. This was most definitely a case of finding the right place at just the right time for little Anne of Green Gables.
A couple of weeks back, on a cold and bitter day, an abandoned ewe, who had been inhabiting the grassy verge of a train line, gave birth to not one but two tiny lambs on the train tracks. The terrified and confused mother, quickly fleeing, urging her babies to do so also. Yet young and weak, they could not. On seeing this happen, our brave heart knew that with the busy morning express train shortly to hurtle down that very line as it did at the same time every day, the wee lambs would surely be killed. Thinking swiftly with his feet and his heart, his single act of kindness spared the two baby lambs. With their condition critical and no colostrum in their system, time was of the essence if there was to be any chance of saving the lambs. Not long thereafter, the baby lambs were in our care as we set about a plan to return the next day and, aided by daylight and a deft team of kind crusaders, attempt to catch the terrified ewe. Although, to be honest, we doubted our chances, as we pondered whatever had happened to her to cause such fear in her heart.
When Saturday was born she looked just as any little lamb should, but when she tried to move things went decidedly pear-shaped. The sweet little Suffolk ewe could barely manage more than a few steps before falling down, making her human carers question how they could provide her with a good life. As determined as Saturday was to live, so too were they driven to find her a place where she could get the care she needed – and that’s when they found Edgar’s Mission. Continue reading
On this Mother’s Day we celebrate mothers, in all their glorious shapes and species, and thank them for making the world a kinder and safer place for those they love.
We’d like to dedicate Meghan’s uplifting rescue story to mothers everywhere, may your babies stay safe and sound.
A journey of a thousand kindnesses begins with a single pig…
Right about this time on the 10th of May in 2003, I grabbed my car keys and in the company of my best little buddy, ET Good Doggie, we set off on a journey to collect a pig. A journey that has certainly been one hell of a ride. Please sit back and watch this clip that has seen me reach the destination of somewhere.
Clarabelle, Carol and a few of their friends have taken residence around Melbourne and Sydney CBD, sharing their messages of motherly love. If you’ve spied them in your travels, we’d love to know about it.
Please take a snap (if it’s safe to do so), share it with us here and don’t forget to hashtag #allmothersday.
Right now, Animal Health Australia (AHA) is managing the development of a new set of national standards for Australian poultry industries. This is massive – it’s a rare opportunity to have our voices heard as we speak up for millions of chickens.
But we’ve already learned of reports that the process is heavily weighted to industry interests over those of the animals. This is where you come in. AHA assert the standards will create “a suitable industry position that meets community expectations.” We know that the tide is fast turning against cage egg production and concern for the immense suffering of broiler chickens is growing. Laying hens suffer a range of health issues from the unnatural egg production, genetics has imposed upon them greatly reducing the quality and quantity of their lives.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what is means to me.
They are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex and they outnumber humans more than 6 to 1, yet for the 43 billion chickens on this planet so few are rarely seen, let alone respected. But all that changed today, May 4th, as lovers of these feathered wonders around the globe celebrated chickens in all of their glorious forms on International Respect for Chickens Day. Continue reading
Timmy’s life could have been so different if not for the goodness of heart of the human who saw him first, all those years ago on a cold winter’s day in August of 2007. Spying the bewildered little orphan on an open stretch of the road, where no orphan little lamb should have been, Timmy was bundled up with a blanket and love and was soon on his way to Edgar’s Mission. Perhaps Timmy knew, in some way, that it would only be fitting that he repay the kindness and that his life would see him go on to touch the hearts and minds of people around the world—showing them that our impact in life should never be restricted by the form one has taken, and that our goal in life should be to make the world a kinder place for all. Timmy achieved both of these things and more as he unwittingly became an ambassador for sheep, and indeed all farmed animals. Diplomatic to the core, yet never wavering from his mission, and all he did was act naturally.
Dawn and Carol are now larger than life, standing tall and proud, asking motorists to see them for who they are: mothers. We couldn’t have done this without your generosity, so thank you.
Want to win a private tour of Edgar’s Mission for yourself and your mum? Head to our website allmothersday.com.au and download our free recipe eBook to go in the draw.
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Each and every day, in so many ways we give thanks to those who believe in the work of Edgar’s Mission. Whether it be your kind and generous financial donations or goods in kind, or even heartfelt words of support – we could not do what we do without you, you make it all possible as you buoy our spirits and help us ensure that the animals in our care will never be forgotten again and that they will want for nothing to make their worlds complete. Most recently we have been touched by the kindness of our friends at The Animal Rescue Appeals and visitors to our sanctuary. Your thoughtful gifts are a true testament to the statement “kindness begets kindness”, and for that, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you.