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NEWS - March 2010

Two Firm Friends

chrsitian and connor

Thanks to Christian’s help, Connor, his new companion rescued from a Welsh market last month, has now settled very well with both his animal friends and the humans here. He is relaxed and contented and is getting over his fear of people. They are both looking for sponsors. So if you would like to help keep these Boys together and at the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives, please contact us. Thank you.

High Noon in the Yard

mavis the hen

Well, not only does Tilly the Basset run in the opposite direction when Tigger the feral ginger kitten appears, she now has another nemesis in the form of the newly arrived Mavis the hen. In fact Mavis has turned out to be EVERYONE’S nemesis! Janet took a call from a lady saying that her new hen was being bullied by all the others so could the Sanctuary take her. Of course, Janet thinking poor timid hen, agreed. It was apparent from the start who was the bully with Mavis attacking the hands that fed her, chasing the Basset and the Douges round the yard, accosting Gilbert the equally bad tempered and aggressive gander and laying in wait for any likely victim that crossed her path. The Dogs won’t go in the yard if she is around. Despite being scrawny Mavis fluffs up her feathers and comes screeching across the yard to attack anything that moves. It then moves in great haste to get out of her way!

And Another!

Maureen the hen arrived last month coming from a home where her owner said that all the other hens were picking on her – oh no not again! Well, fortunately Maureen’s problem is that she just doesn’t like other hens. Nothing else thank goodness! Maureen prefers to be a duck so she has taken up residence with our two Muscovy’s Mark and Muscy, much to their annoyance but Maureen won’t take no for an answer. She is a very bold hen.

Both Mavis and Maureen need sponsors, whether they deserve them or not is entirely another matter, so if you fancy taking either of these two under your wing please contact us.


And Then There Was Charlie

Charlie the cockerel flew into a garden in Yorkshire but kept getting attacked possibly by a cat so the owners of the garden decided that it was only fair to Charlie to take him somewhere where he would be safe and well looked after as, as well as the attacks, they had no experience of caring for cockerels. They looked on the internet and decided on the Sanctuary as it came over very well on the website as the best one of its kind – they said. These wonderful people drove Charlie down to the Sanctuary leaving him and a generous donation with us. THANK YOU RESCUERS FROM BOTH CHARLIE AND US. Fortunately Charlie is happy just to be and doesn’t muscle in on anyone else’s patch.

Yum, Yum!

sheep in barn

This is the time of year when all the Sanctuary residents put on weight big style - munching their way through £340 of large bales of hay, £50 of smaller bales and £350 of other feed each and every week. They do this regardless of the Sanctuary’s bank balance! If you can help keep them to the manner in which they are accustomed it would be greatly appreciated by all – thank you.

sheep in barn


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