NEWS - October 2011
Animal Welfare and Open Day a Huge Success
A heartfelt “Thank You” is sent to everyone who came to visit our residents at the Open Day and to everyone who helped to make it such a success. Having had no rain since March we fully expected that Sunday the 4th September would be the day it arrived but no it remained fine and warm - thankfully. Virginia McKenna donated a copy of her new book; retailing at £25, for auction and this went for £100 to a delighted lady who was absolutely thrilled with it. Visitors arrived from Leeds, Devon and Stoke- on-Trent braving the motorways to get to us. We took a grand total of £3,000 with over 600 people through our gate and our guest Animal Welfare Organisations reported a great success too.
Agnes the Sheep Very Bright and Well Following Her Stroke
As you can see from Agnes’ face she is taking full interest in the other proceedings in the barn including Mr V having his dressing changed, although not able to stand, Agnes has regained her appetite especially for treats and porridge and appears very content with her world.
This middle aged lad, who has been at the Sanctuary for 7 years, developed a large lump on his chest a few weeks back. As it continued to increase in size Jose, our vet, decide to investigate further. The results were inconclusive and we shall continue to change Mr V’s dressing every two days spraying his wound with Aloe Vera Drench. He also has Aloe Vera in his food, antibiotics and multivitamins some by injection which Mr V takes as a matter of course now. He is very bright, eating everything put before him and spends some time most days out in the sunshine in one of the top paddocks. So time will tell whether or not he will get better and we shall continue with all his treatment whilst he wishes to continue with life enjoying the sunshine and his porridge.
Arnie the horse, rescued from market where he would have ended up going to France for meat after an already traumatic few years of life, has gone partially blind. Initially thought to be due to diabetes but happily not, Arnie has cataracts on both eyes but can see broad shapes and movement. He could have surgery to remove these but the vets advise that as long as Arnie is happy, confident and settled and that his surroundings do not change and that he has excellent care then leave well alone. Of course he has all these things and really does not appear to have changed his routine at all and has Charlie the horse as his guide and companion. So we do not contemplate surgery for Arnie in the near future.
A New Youngster On The Block or Rather In The Paddock
Billy arrived three weeks ago from Wales. He is about 6 months old and was rescued from a farm with very poor welfare standards his rescuer asking the farmer if he could take him. Billy was only a few weeks old then. Having eventually outgrown the garden and needing more company of his own kind his rescuer very kindly brought him to us. Billy keeps himself apart from the group of older sheep in his paddock, being too small to join our boisterous 2 and 3 year olds, but once he is in the barn for the winter and has grown we feel sure that he will soon make new friends amongst our younger residents. At the moment he is taking full advantage of the grass! And looking for a sponsor.