Friday 14 November 2014

Bringing a Bit More Kindness into the World

Dr Jess with Pompy Do the pig 

If you’ve visited our clinic recently, you may have noticed that we are helping to raise funds for Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary. Edgar’s Mission is an animal rescue organisation which is very close to my heart. It's an organisation to which I devote much of my spare time and I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about the wonderful work that they do.

Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit farm sanctuary that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. The sanctuary was founded by Pam Ahern in 2003 and was named in honour of her first rescued pig, Edgar Alan Pig. The sanctuary was originally set on 60 acres just outside of Kilmore, Victoria. However the ever growing number of animals finding their way through the gates of Edgar’s Mission created a need for a bigger property. The new “forever home” of Edgar’s Mission was found on a gorgeous 153 acre property in Lancefield, Victoria. Pam and her dedicated team are currently in the process of building their new sanctuary and moving the resident animals to their new home. 

Leon Trotsky the piglet with Edgar's Mission founder, Pam Ahern

Edgar’s Mission has orchestrated some of the largest farm animal rescues to have taken place on Australian shores. Last year alone, the sanctuary rescued an incredible 3002 animals! While some of the homeless, abused, injured and abandoned animals that make their way to Edgar’s Mission will find a life-long home at the sanctuary, others will be found a permanent home through the sanctuary’s adoption program. Today, Edgar’s Mission provides a loving home to over 350 animals, including: pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas, cows, horses, ponies, deer, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and peafowl.

In addition to offering shelter and care to farm animals in need, Edgar’s Mission works to expand the public’s circle of compassion to include all animals. They endeavour to achieve this through their humane education program and their work in advocacy and public outreach. As they encourage people to embrace their mission of kindness the team at Edgar’s Mission ask that people consider the question, “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others…why wouldn’t we?”
Little Miss Sunshine the rescued battery hen

You can help us raise funds for Edgar’s Mission by bringing your furry family member into the clinic for a nail trim. Bring your dog or cat into Bendigo Animal Hospital for a $5.00 nail trim and we will donate 100% of the proceeds to Edgar’s Mission.

Edgar’s Mission is hoping to open their new farm gates to the public for visitors in the New Year. I hope to see some familiar Bendigo faces down on the farm!

Dr Jess

Ruby the kelpie with Penguin the kid
(We are pleased to see little Penguin doing so well after her rough
start in life, which brought her to Bendigo Animal Hospital)

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