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NEWS - December 2017

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Another year almost over. As always a mixed year, lots of new faces arriving through the gates, sad days having to say goodbye to old familiar faces, faces with names that we could all draw from memory.

Sad also because for so many people the meaning of Christmas focuses on the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of animals, animals whose life was cut short before they'd experienced even twelve months of life.

And in the days following Christmas Day how many times do you hear, "oh not more turkey/lamb/beef. Can't we have something else, give it to the dog, throw it in the bin". An animal died, certainly not a humane death, leaving nothing but that legacy behind. No respect, even in death. The pleasure and satisfaction we get from looking after the animals who have found their way to us is everlasting, long after people have forgotten the taste of an animal we have our memories. Priceless.

Animals have been arriving in a steady stream since early spring. We asked for permission to bring in over 60 ewes and lambs for welfare reasons. Many of them looked ready to give up, they were thin, bedraggled, lame, had serious eye infections and just had a look of hopelessness about them. We're still waiting to see if the RSPCA will prosecute the owner of these animals. If they decide not to proceed then it proves once again that farm animals are the worst treated, least respected animals in the world?

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Moving on to happier thoughts. Despite the desperate condition of some of the animals we've taken in this year, we have only lost one little lamb who came to us far to late to save. The rest of the sheep now look amazingly well and healthy, and more than that, contented. Besides sheep, we've recently taken in two little goats, Bobbin and Biscuit, several bantam hens and cockerels, two lucky turkey girls, Holly and Joy, four unwanted cats, a small Greek dog, and a pony.

Billy, as the pony has been named was abandoned by our local travelling community, who strangely enough never seem to travel very far. Billy was left to cause as much havoc as he could, wandering loose around the local lanes.

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Our local Police officers can't be faulted when it comes to finding a safe place for these abandoned animals, which have also included dogs and pigs. We're usually their first port of call because as the Police know well, there'll be nowhere else for them to go. It's why we're here, with your support these animals will live out their natural life in peace and comfort. For some of them no more being shouted at and hit, no more feeling frightened, cold and hungry, no more trying to fight illness with no help. For others, who've come from caring homes where owners were no longer able to give them the care needed, we can continue with the same care and respect that all animals have the right to receive.

We've had a good year, lots of improvements around the farm, the new barn has stretched to take in all the newcomers but we are up to our limit, for now.

Please stay with us for the sake of all of our animals, we do have to rely totally on your donations. We still have improvements we want to achieve, like more field shelters and pig arks, and as this is the most expensive time of the year with feed costs doubling, might even treble dependent on how harsh the weather is going to be. As always, we appreciate your support and for helping us to continue to give the animals the care they all deserve.

Hoping that everyone can look forward to a peaceful, worry free New Year, just like our animals.

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