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NEWS - April 2014

A Sad Goodbye

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To Jackson who had only been with us 14 months, brought here by his owner who said that she could not longer find grazing for him. It soon became obvious that Jackson had a problem with his joints and being a big lad that was not easy for him. Last year he developed a huge abscess at the top of his right leg which was successfully treated but over the course of this winter the arthritis in his joints had very sadly caught up with him and we decided that, even though Jackson was only around 14 to 16 years old, it was kinder to call the vet in. Jackson had always been a bit of a moody lad and didn’t like being asked to do anything, of course his size made that difficult for us at times, but on his last day he was content to be led down the field with a bucket of food for him to munch on. He was quietly eased out of his pain by Josie our vet. He had a peaceful and dignified death surrounded by the people who loved him. Thank you for coming to us Jackson handsome lad, I know we didn’t always see eye to eye, but we will miss your spirit and hope that now you are free of pain and rolling in the buttercups. Bye Big Lad.

The True Cost of Lamb

So far this spring we have had three lambs brought to us. The first by the farmer who had bred him and at only two days old had a severe and life threatening infection as his umbilical cord had not been cut properly and treated with antiseptic. This tiny chap rallied initially after being warmed up and given fluids, but sadly fitted during the night and died. A short life, a painful one and one in which he must have felt really ill, but his end came, not left in a muddy field to die, but amongst people who cared for him.

Lambs number two and three, or should I say Gabriella and Grace have so far fared better. Rescued from the field where they were being kept both had severe eye infections. Both girls had severe infections of both eyes and Gabriella had one eye that was so badly ulcerated that it has had to be removed. Their eyes had been neglected and simply not treated by the farmer. Gabriella has recovered from her operation and both girls have recovered from their infections which must have been extremely painful to say the least. They spend their nights in Janet’s bedroom where they have recovered well enough to jump on and off the bed all night much to the disgust of 17 year old Puppa the dog. Not to mention Janet’s insomnia. Their days are spent playing in next door neighbour Vanessa’s enclosed garden. We hope they will grow up to be strong and healthy Girls, watch this space.

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"Hi I’m known as Old Girl, I came here 17 years ago with my 3 sisters. We were feral cats and so couldn’t be homed as pets but, happily for us, The Sanctuary agreed to take us and let us live on the farm and in the feed shed. Well, my 3 sisters are no longer with me and I am rather ancient now about 19 years old and I have younger sisters for company. My sisters had a wonderful life here and died here peacefully, I would like to do that too. Please donate today to Save The Sanctuary, Save My Home and Give Me A Peaceful Place To End My Days, Thank You."

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