“I’m not sure she is going to make it,” were the first words we heard as little Columbia came into our world. Found barely clinging to life on a property with a very poor track record for caring for lambs, a kindly neighbour was able to secure the lifeline little Columbia needed to give her a chance at life—but had help come too late? Fears were heightened as the thermometer gave us little incentive for hope, but a shot of glucose, warmth and love most certainly did, for not long thereafter Columbia stood and baaed out, “What’s all the fuss about folks?” and the little mite hasn’t looked back since!
Whilst on the outside he may have seemed a tough blokey bloke, on the inside he had a heart of gold. And that was all little Dakota lamb needed to wrest her to the right side of living and sadly away from the side of her long-dead mum. Spied by a passing motorist, the wee lamb was desperately trying to feed from her mother, who would never again be able to fulfil her role. Sadly, such a tragic event occurs all too often in sheep paddocks across the country; devoid of meaningful animal protection legislation and human care to save them, so many little lambs, and indeed their mothers, just like Dakota’s, slip from this world without even being noticed. But on this day, that did not happen, and to the blokey bloke who stepped in we give our thanks, not only for saving Dakota’s life but also for reminding us that sometimes in life, finding a little lamb is also about discovering the goodness of the human heart.
A sweet, mop-topped little lamb came into our care on the 27th of September in 2016. Because she had this wonderful old-world charm about her, we could think of no better name for her than “Petal”. As beautiful and cheeky as she was (like any other lamb), Petal was unable to express all the exuberance expected of a lamb, because she couldn’t walk.
Her back legs were pretty much useless and unable to bear weight, and with little to no sensation in them things were not looking too good for Petal – and our hearts sank.. The original vet who saw Petal thought she was suffering from “joint-ill”, a bacterial infection whose most likely entry point was a wound on the stump of what had been her tail. But that didn’t quite sit well with us, so off to another vet went Petal for more extensive tests and diagnostics. And this time we got an answer, but sadly not one so readily addressed. Petal had suffered a terrible trauma to her spine, fracturing a vertebra at the junction between her spine and tail bone. From there, a most laboursome rehabilitation program began.
Miles arrived at Edgar’s Mission on this day in back in 2013. At such a young age he had already seen more hardship than one should endure; orphaned, weak and in desperate need of warm and helping hands.
Today Miles is a handsome and gentle fellow, who loves nothing more than the affection of his human carers. Among all the love and care sent his way, Miles is also being treated for Epilepsy – we believe he is the only sheep treated for the condition in Australia.
Miles is part of our Best Friends monthly donor program, if you’re able and would like to sponsor him, you can find him in the Sheep Shack here!
Only hours ago, I was making my way home as the rain poured down and the windscreen wipers struggled to do their job. A trailer-load of abattoir-bound pigs headed the other way, grabbing both my gaze and heartstrings, as the words, “And they’re going to get wet” rolled from my lips. The thought haunted me for the rest of the drive home—that in their final hours on this earth, those gentle pigs would not even be afforded the kindness of warmth as their lives were soon to be reduced to pork, ham and bacon. But it also reminded me of the serenity prayer: “God* grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference”.
Every day I work on that prayer; in fact, it is what weaves the threadbare fabric of my world together. While it may come as a surprise to some, there are some days when I’m holding it together better than on other days, and some days when my world threatens to fall apart. Today is one of the latter. Already struggling under the weight of last night’s decision to end the life (and pain) of my beautiful buddy Neo, I arrived home to learn that little Todman’s brain had said, “No more”.
Transcript of speech delivered at Melbourne chapter of the World Day to End Speciesism.
A wise woman once uttered the words: “Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future”.
We have a dream. Each and every one of us here today has a dream, and we are here today because of our shared dream. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all for gathering here on this remarkable day as we take that dream from the recesses of our hearts and minds and place it centre stage as we seek to make the world a kinder, more just place for all of her inhabitants. Continue reading
We all know that volunteers make the world go round, right? Without their endless and selfless hours of support, countless not-for-profit organisations, just like ours, would not exist. That is why we here at Edgar’s Mission salute you! And in honour of you all, we have named who could well be the sweetest and most gentle goat we have ever met – Vollie.
This is the last straw, well, we hope so anyway. Who knew that that humble straw, yes the one you sip your cordial through, could be the cause of so much needless destruction? According to Fast Company, every year we throw 28 billion pounds of plastic into the oceans, while in the US alone around 500 million plastic straws are discarded every single day. And being so small these straws are rarely recycled – finding their way into the oceans and the bodies of wildlife.
So next time you’re offered a straw, please consider saying no. And if you want to do even more, sign up to Lonely Whale’s #stopsucking campaign and encourage others to do the same.
The Fast Company article can be found here.
Have you heard of Vollie? It’s an online platform that connects charities with skilled volunteers, and right now we’re uploading some projects. We’re so excited to have the opportunity to connect with passionate and compassionate people all around the country and get through some projects, giving us more time to advocate for the animals so near and dear to us.
So far we’ve submitted projects seeking graphic designers and a photographer, please find our projects here.
Huge shout out of thanks to the Catholic Regional College in North Keilor for allowing us to be a part of your school year. Today we hosted the last of four groups of students who have spent the day with us, sharing our vision for a kinder world for all.
If you too would like your school, community or work group come and visit Edgar’s Mission and partake in a thought provoking day filled with critical thinking, farm tour and animal cuddles. Please drop us a line [email protected] Remember we are located in Lancefield, Victoria.