NEWS - March 2013
George Celebrates His First Birthday
George has grown from a stunted little lamb with grossly malformed legs into a bright and bouncy lad with straight front legs, OK so they are shorter than they should be but George is happy with them and so are we. He is a great fan of Polo Mints and will ransack pockets until he finds one. Happy Birthday George!
Charlie Back On Form
Charlie developed cellulitis in his legs in late December. So he came into one of the barns, had lots of homoeopathy and some conventional treatment, lots of treats and was bought special socks and shoes so that he didn’t get his feet and legs muddy. Of course since November we have had far too much of that. He has two sets of socks one for day wear and one for night wear. Here he is in the day wear set. He had regular but restricted exercise which involved being led round the village wearing his socks and we are pleased to report that his legs are almost back to normal now. Charlie has been utterly spoilt and why not at his age. Let’s hope spring will soon be on its way and he can join his companion Arnie back in their field.
First Photos Of The Lambs Rescued Last November
Seven six month old lambs were rescued from Stratford market last November they were all suffering from liver fluke and they were emaciated. If they hadn’t come to the Sanctuary they would have been left in a field to see if they survived the winter in good enough shape to be sold on. Well, none of them would have survived more than a couple of weeks and sadly two didn’t survive despite all our efforts. The one girl and four remaining boys are now putting on weight and have got rid of the eye infection that spread to 60 of our sheep, we are cautiously optimistic that they have now turned a corner and will go on to thrive. On arrival here they were terrified of everyone and had obviously been treated in a callous manner to say the least. So, at last they have now been brave enough to pose for the camera, the little ewe lamb is right at the front, and they are now brave enough to take treats from our hands. We hope they will be with us for many years to come.
Ruby Makes Good Recovery From Minor Operation
Beautiful Ruby had a growth removed from her side a couple of weeks back. She loved being at the vets making friends with all the staff, other patients and a small child in the waiting room. She adored her journey in the car refusing to get out when she got home. However, we declined the vet’s offer of a collar for Ruby to stop her chewing her stitches, it wouldn’t have lasted five minutes with Tilly the Basset, Ruby’s best playmate, so her she is wearing one of her many T-shirts instead.
“THANK YOU” from all of us to everyone who has supported our Emergency Appeal and in particular to MooFree Chocolates who have adopted the Sanctuary as their official charity to raise funds for and have put some blog about us with photos on their website. Check out their Chocolates and Easter Eggs at www.moofreechocolates.com. The Emergency Appeal is still open for any of you who would like to donate – thank you.
A Date For Your Diary
Saturday the 27th April is World Day for Laboratory Animals and if you live in the Oxford area there is a national march and rally on that day. For details contact www.wdail.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 07749 367799
Larry and Lucy Our Latest Arrivals
Larry came first and Lucy followed two weeks later both rescued by Dawn and Alan from Wrexham, North Wales. They are sharing a pen with Christopher one of our middle aged sheep who seems to enjoy them being snuggled up to him and using him as a trampoline when they are awake. Both are now around five to six weeks old. But for Dawn and Alan’s intervention Larry would most definitely have died in the snow. But for Dawn and Alan’s intervention both Lucy and Larry would have lost their mothers in around eight months time, their mothers would have frantically looked for them whilst they were on their way to a slaughterhouse, their journey of no return. Please support Animal Aid’s campaign to introduce CCTV into slaughterhouses to help combat the physical abuse of animals that some of these establishments perpetrate.
On a happier note read Larry and Lucy’s story first hand from Dawn and check out their photo gallery. Please donate now to help us continue to be here for the Lucy and Larry’s of tomorrow.