“Sixty-Four, is a name, not a number,” were the words I would offer to the many quizzical glances I was to receive when introducing folk to a gentle and handsome blind merino wether. Sixty-Four took his name from the Beatles classic, When I’m 64, a song written by a very young Paul McCartney, questioning whether he would still be loved when he reached the ripe old age of 64.
“Yes, I will,” were the very words I uttered when I learned of Sixty-Four’s plight and in response to the question of whether we would be prepared to take him (and the challenges of caring for a blind wether) on. You see, Sixty-Four had been found wandering aimlessly about the side of a rural country road when he was reported to animal control officers and taken to the local pound. Generally, sheep found in such circumstance would have been sent to the saleyards. Seeing Sixty-Four’s blindness matched by his ability to survive in a world of such obstacles, the officer determined the stoic old gent deserved a change of fortune.
We ate, we listened, we laughed and we walked away feeling inspired. Thanks for coming along to our Third Evening of Kindness last Thursday, we loved meeting so many of you and the night went without a hitch.
The evening was marked by rousing recollections, starting with Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director Pam Ahern, followed by Striking at the Roots author Mark Hawthorne and concluded with Founder of the Food Empowerment Project, Lauren Ornelas.
Huge, in fact. This festive season we’ve been able to take Animal Ambassadors Marty, Penelope Sue, Betany and Wendy all over Australia in our biggest ever billboard campaign, and it’s all thanks to you.
Christmas is heralded by family and joy, but for so many farmed animals it’s a time of anything but. We want Australians to come face-to-face with the animals they perhaps never give a second thought to, but whose kind they directly affect—pigs like Penelope Sue who only smell fresh air and feel the warmth of the sun on their last days. Continue reading
The call came in late one night, as a member of the public relayed having only moments earlier come across a sheep in the middle of the road. Believing the hopelessly crippled animal had been hit by a car, they desperately sought our assist. Heading off into the dark of night, armed only with a flashlight and kindness, we nervously drove, turning down country road after country road. Just when we were starting to question our sanity, we spied the hapless animal, head peeping up amongst the long grass on the verge of the road. Indeed, her leg was a mess and in no way would it assist the freshly shorn ewe to flee. With little light to assist, it was into the van with Georgie Girl and back to the sanctuary for a more thorough assessment. Continue reading
Today, December 5th is International Volunteer Day, and what better way to celebrate it than with one of our amazing volunteers, Ruth. To all of our amazing volunteers who selflessly help out at Edgar’s Mission and to volunteers everywhere we celebrate your kind and diligent contributions to make the world a better place. We dedicate today’s update on Hamlet to you. Continue reading
Meet Hamlet, a pig who will truly steal your heart. He was under attack from dogs trained to hunt pigs when a kind and caring neighbour stepped in to rescue the gentle boy. Hamlet is now safe and will be off to the vet shortly to have his ear assessed, you can follow his updates here.
Please note this video does contain footage that may upset sensitive viewers.