SLIMMER PIG OF THE YEAR
Shelley the pot bellied pig is slimmer of the year at the Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Shelley was rescued from the bedroom of a council flat in Cannock. She had been so overfed that she was grossly overweight and could not stand or walk.Rolls of fat covered her eyes so that she could not see and the fat round her neck was so hard that she could not move her head.
A vet who examined her said that it might be kinder to put her down. But Shelley was only two years old and deserved a chance to lead a normal life. A sanctuary volunteer devised a trolleey made from shopping trolley wheels,foam and wood. Every day for five months Shelley was placed in the trolley to help her to lose weight and learn to use her legs.Miraculously she shed weight and began to walk unaided. Today she is leading a normal life alongside the other rescued animals at the Sanctuary.
Like the rescued goats,sheep, pigs, ponies, geese chickens and horses who are her companions she will live out her life in the safety and security of the sanctuary.
The Farm Animal Sanctuary was founded 14 years ago to rescue sick and abused farm animals, give them veterinary care and a permanent home.
The Sanctuary campigns against the abuse of animals in markets and tried to ensure that sick and injured animals are not offered for sale.
Five years ago we initiated the Orphan Lamb Campaign which was taken up by Compassion in World Farming. Our aim was to ban the sale of lambs under one month old in livestock markets. The campaign was partially successful in that is secured a ban on the sale of lambs under seven days old in markets.
We also monitor the transportation of animals and support the national campaing to stop live exports.
We have two sites. One at Stoney Lane, Bromsgrove the other at Manor Orchard Farm, Middle Littleton.There is only one paid helper the rest are dedicated volunteers who give up their time to care for the animals and pay for the ever increasing cost of feed and vets' bills.
It costs over £900 per week to look after the 500 sheep, horses, ponies,goats, pigs, cows, geese and hens in our care.
We raise all the money needed to house,feed,and give our animals the necessary veterinary treatment they need by-DONATIONS,ADOPTIONS, BEQUESTS,JUMBLE SALES,CAR BOOTS,TIN RATTLES,QUIZ NIGHTS,MARKET STALLS,PUB SKITTLES AND RAFFLES-IN FACT ANYTHING LEGAL TO RAISE CASH.
If EWE want to help our animals you could do so in the following ways-
DO A CAR BOOT OR JUMBLE SALE
DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS IN YOUR AREA AND COLLECT SALEABLE ITEMS FOR US TO SELL.
ORGANISE A RAFFLE,QUIZ,RACE NIGHT,SPONSORED WALK/CYCLE/RUN /SLIM
MAN A STALL AT OUR JUMBLE SALES OR OTHER EVENTS
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE TELEPHONE MAUREEN ON 01527-870613 OR VAL ON 0121-445-3888
OR WHY NOT COME AND MEET OUR ANIMALS AND MAYBE SPONSOR ONE OF THEM?
A YEAR'S SPONSORSHIP COSTS £25 OR SIX MONTH'S £15 FOR WHICH YOU WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF SPONSORSHIP,YOUR ADOPTEES STORY PLUS A PHOTOGRAPH AND QUARTERLY NEWSLETTERS.
ITS THE IDEAL BIRTHDAY OR CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR ANIMAL LOVERS.
JUST CONTACT US FOR DETAILS.
ALL OF OUR ANIMALS ARE SPECIAL,KNOW THEIR NAMES AND LOVE PEOPLE DESPITE BEING NEGLECTED OR ABUSED IN THE PAST.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE CHARACTERS AT THE SANCTUARY.
GERTIE THE GOAT is a great favourite. Gertie was found on a Welsh Hillside in the middle of a rainstorm. Her newly born kid lay dead beside her. Animal lovers from a nearby village took her in and a week later she rewarded them by fostering a newly born lamb who had lost his mother.
She allowed him to suckle and brought Bertie up as her own. The two of them were brought to the sanctuary to live out their lives in peace.
RUTH was spotted at a livestock market. A blind ewe, terrified by all the noise and bustle around her she was being beaten down a concrete runway by callous market workers. She crashed into the metal bars of the pen they moved her to. Sanctuary volunteers who were present bought her and after two weeks she had calmed down enough to find her way around.