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NEWS - October 2013

A Sad Goodbye To Molly


Molly came to the Sanctuary with her companion Archie eight years ago. They had lived together for most of their lives and had been at a children’s petting “zoo” which, at the cost of the animal’s lives, was closing. Concerned staff contacted a local animal charity for horses who in turn contacted the Sanctuary and so Molly and Archie arrived.

Molly was a few years older than Archie, she showed him the ropes in their new paddock. They both settled quickly content in each other’s company as always. Molly just loved you to scratch her back , she loved apples, she adored her wallow and she loved Archie. Sadly Molly’s arthritis got to the stage where she couldn’t cope, on her last morning Archie tried to lift her up with his snout but couldn’t, he watched from their house as the vet peacefully eased Molly out of her pain. She was 14 years old.

You are greatly missed by us all Molly , no happy face grunting with pleasure having your back scratched, no coming to tell us how your day has been. We hope that wherever you are now Molly you have an army of back scratchers and be assured that Archie, who we’ve no doubt does miss you his lifelong friend, is eating and continues to take an interest in the horses and lambs next to his paddock. Bye sweetie.

The Yorkshire Tyke


Well, Logan the lamb may have had a bit of a wobbly start in life but he is certainly making up for lost time since he arrived at the Sanctuary six weeks back. He has had his “operation” which he took well and now assuming that he is grown up refuses to live with this year’s other lambs preferring the company of the Big Boys and Girls instead i.e. George and his pals Neil and Hamish, who are with a group of our middle aged sheep. Here is Logan with Louise.

New Arrivals Also From Yorkshire But More Sedate

Eight now retired Girls arrived from Harrogate last month brought by their farmer owners who had kept them for some years but now felt that they couldn’t provide the individual care that these Girls need.

Eunice, Beauty and Curly all in their teens have joined our elderly sheep in the barn with Izzy, Susie, Cat, Molly and Beauty 2 in their middle years joining Snowdrop and her group in one of the smaller fields.

More New Arrivals But Not From Yorkshire


When it looked as if Jackson was no longer going to be with us two months ago because of illness, Mary and Fred arrived as companions for Arnie. Both were no longer wanted by their owners and had virtually been abandoned at the yard where they were housed. Initially it was only Fred who was to come to the Sanctuary, he’s 24 years old, but he had made a good friend in Mary so we brought her too, she is 14. Well Jackson recovered from his immediate illness so he and Arnie have two new friends. At the start Arnie rather disgraced himself with his enthusiastic attachment to Mary, well he hadn’t seen a girl in ages, which Fred took with great dignity. However the arrangements in their field now seem to have sorted themselves out and settled down.



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