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NEWS - July 2011

Doreen and Irene



These two hens were brought to the Sanctuary by their owner who had to move, could not keep them as pets in her new accommodation and didn’t want them to end up in a pot. Irene and Doreen immediately made themselves very much at home with their own overnight hutch spending their days visiting the sheep in the barn, Muscy and Mark the ducks, Hosanna the donkey and Jean the turkey. They are friendly girls and present us with the odd egg or two.


A Sad Goodbye

Bluey the horse

Bluey came to us seven years ago via the vet. He was about fifteen years old. His owners had asked the vet to put him to sleep as he was becoming increasingly nasty towards the children and his laminitis was becoming worse. Instead the vet asked us to take him which we did and his mood improved as his laminitis responded to treatment. Over the last twelve months Bluey’s condition worsened and the vet also thought he was developing Cushings Disease. Initially he responded very well to his new treatment and seemed happy living in his own special stable and yard with the ducks, dogs, cats, hens and Hosanna for company. He loved all the extra attention being so near to the house and keenly watched all the-goings-on in the main yard. In May Bluey started to struggle with his mobility and so we decided it was kinder to ask the vet to come and do what his owner’s had asked for seven years earlier. Bluey died very peacefully sucking on a Polo Mint and we are more than glad to have given him a good quality of life and to have his company. Thank you Bluey for coming to us we miss you.


Vet Volunteers to give our Oldies five star treatment

Well, I guess if you were a sheep and needed to choose a retirement home the Sanctuary would be a pretty good place to be. Our vet has volunteered her services to routinely visit our elderly sheep twice a month and give them a free health check and general MOT. This means that problems can be diagnosed earlier and treatment started if necessary. This should enhance the quality of their already pampered life even further. They’ll be wanting organic porridge oats next!

Read more about the Oldies here...

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