More than 62,000 of us signed the petition to end rodeo in New Zealand. Tomorrow the government will meet to consider our demands.
The Animal Welfare Act 1999 is breached every season when rodeo animals are subjected to pain, terror, suffering and death in the name of entertainment. (Click on the image to see the undercover video footage taken just last year).
The law needs to change and we're hopeful that tomorrow will result in a total and permanent rodeo ban.
Phew! Pesque is safely in foster care
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 13:57
Remember the beautiful pig named Pesque?
In our last post we had finally found him a wonderful home on the outskirts of Wellington with two rescued sows for company - and were searching for a stopover haven near Auckland for his neutering and recovery.
When nowhere suitable was found, The Animal Sanctuary kindly offered to foster him for us as a last resort – and we gratefully accepted. We are delighted to report that Pesque has now been neutered and will stay at the sanctuary for a month until he is no longer fertile. The sanctuary generously sponsored the cost of his surgery.
Huge gratitude to Shawn and Michael for fostering him and to Amanda and Kevin for keeping him protected and loved until then. Kevin so adores Pesque that he travelled with him from the Far North and is staying at the sanctuary to settle him in. We look forward to transporting Pesque to his final home in mid-June and hope Kevin is able to accompany us there. Watch this space…
NOTE: Video credit to The Animal Sanctuary. Within days of his neuter surgery, Pesque is shown taking a walk with Kevin.
Thank you for the lovely gift Gareth
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:00
When Gareth Jardine donated a wall cat-bed to our shelter, handsome Chico was the first to explore and then relax into it while he waits for that special someone to adopt him. Many thanks to Gareth for this unique gift and to trustee Paul for installing it. (Gareth is pictured with his dog Chocolat).
To see Chico’s advert click here Inquiries for Chico to
10% of New Zealander's don't eat meat
Thursday, 05 May 2016 00:00
Good to see that 10% of New Zealander's don't eat meat now. Wonderful news for suffering animals, our health and the environment.
Ghost & Sweet Pea need a loving home together
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 15:11
Ghost (California White) and Sweet Pea (Dutch x Lop Ear) are a friendly, bonded pair who need a loving home with plenty of human company, a big enclosure and a stimulating play area to suit their large size and curious natures.
Ghost was rescued running back and forth across a busy suburban road and exploring garden verges. Thankfully he then came into our care. When Sweet Pea's caregivers moved house, the neighbours watched in disbelief as days became weeks and no-one returned for her. They kindly took her to a pet shop and we were contacted.
We have not looked for the people who abandoned Sweet Pea and sadly, even after intensive advertising, Ghost's original caregivers did not come forward. We have now had both of these delightful rabbits vet checked, de-sexed, micro-chipped and vaccinated in readiness for their new home. They have become an affectionate couple and must not be separated.
They are used to human attention and especially love to be stroked from nose to ears. They happily eat from our hands and hop over to say hello when we approach them.
Please apply for their adoption if you are in a position to spoil this beautiful couple for the rest of their natural lifespans and to keep them safe from dogs and other predators. The youngest child in your family must be at least nine years old.
We can choose to live kindly... or we can choose not to think about the suffering our choices cause. If you truly care about animals, please leave chicken and eggs off your plates good people.
One month of foster care needed for Pesque
Friday, 29 April 2016 00:00
Just to let everyone know that we have now completed our interview processes and Pesque has a wonderful home awaiting him in Lower Hutt. He will live with a vegetarian couple, two rescued sows and many other fortunate animals. However, we are still looking for a suitable foster home in the Auckland area where he can be neutered and stay for four weeks - to ensure he is no longer fertile. If you are able to offer him a safe stopover home, please contact us at
Human acts of kindness
Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00
Is there anything more beautiful and more attractive in human beings than acts of compassion?
Sweet home found for Cornelius
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00
When Sam Vrij said she was happy to offer Cornelius a home with her chickens, her visiting ducks and her big lonely boy named Duckling, I couldn’t wait to visit her property. I had a very good feeling about Sam, so I took Cornelius with me… and he never came back.
Inside a large settling-in enclosure, Sam had prepared a choice of two sleeping areas, a big paddling pool and plenty of food. After a few days of resident animals paying him visits through the wire mesh, he would be allowed to free-range the rural property with them.
Here are some updates from Sam:
“Cornelius has settled in well and has chosen the house nearest the fence to sleep in tonight. Our rooster, my two other hens and a couple of the wild ducks have been up the back with him this evening checking him out. I got home about half an hour ago and he has taken himself to bed. “Cornelius is doing well, just hanging out with Duckling and two wild ducks. Like them, he now refuses to go into his house. LOL.”
Cornelius's original advert and videos: Click here
Dogs need plenty of exercise and socialisation
Thursday, 21 April 2016 00:00
Our rescue dogs need plenty of exercise and stimulation with lots of dogs to keep them happy, healthy and well socialised. Bronxy, Pablo and Vernie especially love their energetic romps at Sanders Reserve in Paremoremo.
For more info and photos of Pablo, Vernie and Bronxy: Click Here