Monday, November 30, 2009

The Ladies are Home...

The hens arrived late last evening during the pouring rain. A nice couple, Taunya & Mike, made the long journey to pick up the ladies & bring them to their new home. The girls settled in quickly,picking , scratching & making their cute clucking noises as they explored their new digs!
I can hardly wait until my day off work this week to spend more time with them!
Notice how beautiful they look now with their lovely feathers!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The girls are arriving today!

The rescue hens from Cobble Hill are arriving today! They have been at Cobble Hill now for about 2 months & are ready for their new lives here!
We have their stall all set up with lots of straw, nesting areas, perch's, feed & water containers. I have never had hens before so this will be a learning experience!
Here is a photo of when they arrived at Cobble Hill in September from their factory farm hell.
I will take some "after" pictures in the next couple of days & post them here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Valentine's B-Day!!

Today is our first pig, Valentine's 12th birthday!!! I can't believe it has been 12 years since our little (165 lbs !!) baby was born!
Little did we know what getting her would bring into our lives...a blessing for me , perhaps not so much for my husband! LOL... Either way it sure has changed our lives.
I am happy to say Valentine is a healthy, active pig who has taken to living outside with such gusto! She spent the first years in the house but when we had the large outdoor heated house built we thought we would try her out there....she loves it !!!
I am sure all the other critters will wish her a very Happy Birthday & "thank you" for being born because now we all have a forever home...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jumbo is free...

Victory! It has taken over three decades of campaigning, determination and wishful thinking, but after 32 years of being cruelly confined inside the back of a truck, Jumbo, the aging female African circus elephant is free. SAFE began its campaign to free Jumbo and other circus animals over 25 years ago and has constantly challenged touring national and international circuses with exotic animals. The release of Jumbo from the Loritz Circus spells the end of a sad era which once saw baboons, lions, tigers, monkeys, a camel and Jumbo the elephant touring under big tops throughout New Zealand. "SAFE is absolutely thrilled that Jumbo is now on her way to becoming a free elephant. SAFE has been working with the SPCA and Franklin Zoo in an effort to secure Jumbo, so is delighted that her transition from the circus to an elephant sanctuary has begun," says SAFE campaign director Hans Kriek. "Jumbo has been a sad case of animal exploitation for over 30 years and SAFE has been committed to getting her out of the circus. It has been no small effort and with the aid of the SPCA Jumbo is now on her way to a more deserving life," says Mr Kriek. SAFE has been leading the campaign to make New Zealand circus-animal free. In 1999, SAFE staged a high-profile rescue and relocation of two circus chimpanzees to an African primate sanctuary and reached an agreement with the circus to never have exotic animals again. SAFE and the SPCA mounted a massive campaign against the Great International Moscow circus in 1992 that resulted in it being the last international circus to ever visit New Zealand. SAFE says the release of Jumbo from the circus could not be a better Christmas gift. "Jumbo has been deprived the company of her own kind for almost her entire life. Finally Jumbo has an opportunity to be relocated to an elephant sanctuary so she can socialise with other elephants, and SAFE will do anything in its power to ensure she retires in the best home possible for ex-circus elephants. It's the greatest and quite possibly the largest Christmas gift imaginable," says Mr Kriek.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Protest /Banning Dog & Cat fur importing into Canada

Event: Ban Dog and Cat Fur in Canada! Every year over 2 million dogs and cats are killed for their fur in China Usually raised on breeding farms but also kept tethered outside of family dwellings, these animals endure cramping, severe weather conditions and are often deprived of food and water. Family pets are also stolen. The Canadian government has been importing Chinese furs for years, most of which arrive in this country unlabeled. There are no labeling laws for fur in Canada! Cat and dog fur is easily dyed to resemble other species. It is mostly used as trim for coats, gloves, boots and even trinkets and cat toys! If you wear fur or fur trimmed clothing, it could very well be a cat or dog! Tell your friends! Say NO to fur and stop supporting this horrific trade! Please join us to educate the public and collect signatures to urge our government to ban the import of cat and dog fur once and for all!

PROTEST: Ban Dog and Cat Fur in Canada
WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 1 - 3 pm
Start Time: Saturday, November 21 at 1:00pm
End Time: Saturday, November 21 at 3:00pm
Where: North East corner of Queen and Spadina, Toronto

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas is coming...

Christmas is fast approaching ...where does the year go?? I just wanted to share the cute Christmas cards we had made up this year. Each one features a different "Snooters" animal in their Christmas hats! The card is blank inside just waiting for your own personal message & has the "Snooters" logo & site address on the back.
Show your friends & family how you care about & support rescue animals!
A pkg of 10 (with envelopes) is $12.99 (plus shipping).
Visit the web site to see other products that would be great for Christmas/holiday gifts!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hearts on Noses needs your help....

My friend & fellow sanctuary operator is in need of help.
Janice runs "Hearts on Noses" completely on her own. Recently Janice was forced to sell her property in Mapleridge, BC & has bought a lovely piece of property 20 mins away in Mission BC. The help required is to move all her animals safely to their new home. The move is taking place this weekend (Nov 14) & will continue for several weeks. All the animals houses need to be moved as well. If you know anyone in BC who could possibly spare a few hours, a day or 2 & use of their car/truck/trailer please email them!!
Here is Janice's email

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A day with friends...

Yesterday was a beautiful autumn day here in Ontario...warm & sunny! My dear friend Kristi & I made the trip to visit another very dear friend, Marianne, at her sanctuary .
Marianne & I met about 5 years ago through a pig rescue & have been friends ever since!
Marianne & Ben have a lovely piece of property & about 25 pigs (pots & big pigs), 2 horses, many dogs(!), cats, ducks, parrots....I hope I didn't leave anyone out!
We talked (& talked....& talked...!!), went for a nice walk to visit the pigs in the fields.
The apple tree still had some apples on the branches so Marianne & Kristi shook most of the apples down & the pigs had a big feast!! It was so funny to watch them running from all over to join in the unexpected afternoon snack!
All in all a great day with friends!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Puggles arrives...

We picked up little "Puggles" yesterday from the dog rescue. She is a 10 year old pug/chihuahua cross who was used in a puppy mill down in Ohio for her entire life. Now unable to produce puppies she was discarded.
When she arrived at the rescue in June she could not even stand. This was due to a lifetime of living in a small cage, leaving her back legs with no muscle control. Fortunately after some rehab at the rescue she can walk , not well, but at least gets around!
Puggles is blind in one eye & I don't think she sees well from the other either. She was never housebroken (didn't need to be in a cage) so that is a work in progress.
The poor little thing just walks in circles but seems to love life just the same. She loves to snuggle & eats like a piggy!! Oh & howls to get up at 5:30am....doesn't understand this daylight saving thing...LOL!
We will make sure she has a good life here with us for her remaining years!
Welcome to Snooters , Puggles!