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Claude

Claude (calf) Arrived 12th October 2017

Claude was born on a dairy farm down south. He was born with a disability – he was wobbly. Standing up was a challenge and he experienced tremendous difficulty walking. In cases like Claude’s, farmers will usually shoot the disabled calf. In Claude’s case, some young backpackers working at the farm took it upon themselves to feed and look after him.

After some time the farmer decided that he no longer would allow the woofers to spend any more work hours caring for the calf, and that he would indeed shoot him. One of the young women contacted us, desperately trying to find a safe home for Claude.

After a long drive, Claude arrived at the sanctuary in the Happy Hooves van. Everyone fell in love with him instantly. The next day he was taken to our vet to determine the cause of his wobbly stance and poor motor skills to devise a treatment plan. As most calves with such an affliction are terminated at birth, most vets have not dealt with this condition. It was however suspected that Claude suffered from a brain lesion – though this would only be able to be confirmed through an autopsy.

We discovered that another sanctuary had rescued calf with a similar disorder to Claude; she had improved over time and was living a quality life. This gave us hope that Clause too could overcome his condition. Over time there were some small signs of improvement, we tried to remain positive but it was always in the back of our minds that he may not improve quickly enough, that as he grew, his ability to use his limbs would not improve fast enough to accommodate the increase in weight.

For the most part he seemed content, even happy. He loved a good cuddle and scratch, and enjoyed the company of the other animals in the nursery paddock – the older lambs and Jackson the kid, and even the resident sanctuary dog, Tank. Strangely he seemed to be able to run much better than he could walk, seeing him run around was such a wonderful sight.

Claude seemed to reach a point where he stopped improving, and then what we all dreaded began to happen – he went backwards. He no longer ran around, he found walking so tiresome that he would just sit down in the same spot for hours at a time. He no longer tried, it came to the point he wouldn’t even stand up for his bottle – he was clearly telling us that he had given up, he was defeated. We had to make the heartbreaking decision to let him go.

Claude had found a place in so many hearts and his passing at such a young age was especially hard. Rest easy beautiful boy.

 

Would you like to help us to take care of the residents at HHFS?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

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Gandalf

Gandalf (sheep) Arrived 17th July 2017

Gandalf arrived at Happy Hooves at around six months of age. His carers had found him three weeks prior on a neighbouring property, downed and covered in frost. There was no sign of his mother. They discovered that his front joints were swollen, and he was unable to walk and tried to treat his condition with home remedies.

When we collected Gandalf we took his straight to our vet. His joints had seized up, and had become septic. Our vet did not hold high hopes that Gandalf would survive as he hadn’t received veterinary care earlier. He administered pain relief and a regime of antibiotics. We also did physiotherapy with Gandy multiple times a day.

Over time Gandy continued to improve, and we were optimistic that he would have decent quality of life – although most likely shorter than his life expectancy might have been had he not had this affliction.

He shared a small paddock with the youngest arrivals, Angus and Fergus. These two young lambs adored Gandalf and would not leave his side. Everyone that met Gandalf, human and animal, were drawn to his sweet and gentle nature.

Later Angus and Fergus moved in with the older lambs, and Gandy was joined by Arlo, a little Damara lamb. Arlo was also drawn to Gandalf, and they quickly formed a bond.

Recently we noticed Gandalf was becoming less mobile, he seemed uncomfortable. We contacted multiple vets in a desperate home that there was something more we could do for him – more physio, surgery, anything! Unfortunately no solution was available for his declining condition.

Gandalf’s little body was failing him, and he no longer had the strength to fight and we made the heartbreaking decision to end his suffering and let him go.

This little boy left a hole in everyone’s hearts; he was the embodiment of innocence – so pure and loving, he was truly one of a kind.

 

Would you like to help us to take care of the residents at HHFS?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

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Olive – Rainbow Bridge

Olive (sheep). Arrived 6 February 2013

A few months ago a cancerous growth on Olive’s nose ruptured. Despite efforts to treat the wound, the infection continued to worsen as her 13 year old body could no longer fight it. We tried our best to keep her as comfortable as possible, but we could see her condition was affecting her quality of life – she was experiencing a lot of discomfort and starting to have trouble eating. With the guidance of our vet, we made the painful decision to end her suffering today (9 February 2017). RIP sweet girl <3

Olive (name after Olive Oyl, Popeye’s very slim girlfriend) arrived at Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary with Patrick the sheep and Ellen DeHeiferis the cow, from a local pound.

Olive was very underweight and they were all fearful and extremely wary of humans, but none more than Olive. Over the first couple of months, we wormed her and provided  her with good nutrition, but it seemed to take a lot for her to gain weight – really not gaining it as quickly as we expected. We found out why exactly, one day about two and a half months later when we came out to find she had given birth to a lamb… we had no idea she was pregnant, due to her lack of weight and condition!

Naturally we had to name this little guy Sweet Pea. His feeding from Olive needed supplementing for the first few days of his life as he was very weak – probably because of the malnutritioned state Olive had arrived in. However, it was great that we only had to supplement the feeding and not remove Sweet Pea from Olive to raise away from her. After just that few days of helping out with the feeds, Olive was able to raise lil’ Sweet Pea all by herself, as it should be with all sheep and their lambs.

They have been completely inseparable ever since, with Sweet Pea following his mum everywhere, even at the age of one year old and beyond.

Would you like to help us to take care of Olive?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

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Monaro (Moni) – Rainbow Bridge

Monaro (Pony) Arrived 5th December 2016

18th August 2017 – Sadly today we said goodbye to sweet Monaro.
At an estimated 30 plus years old Monaro had lived a long life but it seems her age had caught up to her. Upon investigation vets discovered she had multiple issues with her stomach, liver, and intestines that were irreparable. Monaro will be greatly missed at the sanctuary, and in our hearts.

This adorable little lady was rescued 7 years ago from a large abondoned property. Because she hadn’t had any human handling, she was extremely wary of humans and arrived in a float laying down and very stressed. Luckily the family that rescued her back then, spent a lot of loving time with her and helped her to overcome her worries and learn to trust again.

More recently, her current family had to move to the city and they were very worried about where their girl Monaro (AKA “Minnie”) would end up. Being over 30 years old and prone to colic, she needed to find the exact right home that could care for her properly and provide her with a comfortable life in her mature years. So they contacted our co-operative rehoming group New Homes for Rescued Farm Animals (NHRFA) to help with this. NHRFA tried to find a home for over 5 months but we were unable to secure the right type of home, so now she has found her way to sanctuary at Happy Hooves.

We are so happy to welcome Monaro to the rest of her safe and secure life. She is now affectionately known as Moni – because we already have a sheep named Minnie.

 

Would you like to help us to take care of Monaro?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

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Minty – Rainbow Bridge

Minty (ewe). Arrived 14 November 2012

UPDATE: Minty developed mastitis and pneumonia in November 2014 and despite over two weeks of vet visits and medication treating bacterial infection, she sadly passed away suddenly after showing some improvement, on 18 December 2014. RIP Minty.

Minty was originally surrendered to us with 5 other sheep – Mary (deceased), Freckles (aka Lily Lamb), Lucy, Kel and Kath) and two alpacas, Jack (deceased) and Julio.

They came from a lady who had hand-reared all of them, but due to illness needed to surrender her entire flock. They had spent most of their lives together, and Minty continues to hang out with the family.

Would you like to help us to take care any of the other animals still with us?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

**  Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary – Where The Good Life Begins  **

 …and sometimes where a good life ends too


 

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Heff – Rainbow Bridge

Heff: ram. Arrived 4 June 2014

Heff was surrendered by a municipal pound. He was abandoned in Woorooloo by rental runner, picked up by shire, unclaimed and not able to be rehomed. He was due for destruction and “off to the meat man”.  Heff is an uncastrated ram, seems to be young and possibly Dorper mix.

He was very skinny and with snotty nose when delivered to us and we had little knowledge of his history. He needed to be castrated and for his condition to be improved. Unfortunately, Heff got very ill after the castration and vet suspected he contracted tetanus through the wound. We were devastaed that this had happened and the decision was quickly made to humanely euthanise him to alleviate suffering.

Deceased 20 June 2014 RIP Heff

Would you like to help us to take care any of the other animals still with us?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

**  Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary – Where The Good Life Begins  **

 …and sometimes where a good life ends too

 

 

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Georgia – Rainbow Bridge

Georgia: Arrived 2009

Deceased 15 February 2015

 

Would you like to help us to take care any of the other animals still with us?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

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 …and sometimes where a good life ends too

 

 

 

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Ferdinand – Rainbow Bridge

Ferdinand (drake): Arrived 24 April 2014

Deceased 16 February 2015. RIP Ferdy

Would you like to help us to take care any of the other animals still with us? One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

**  Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary – Where The Good Life Begins  **

 …and sometimes where a good life ends too

 

 

 

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Dilbert – Rainbow Bridge

Dilbert (drake): Arrived 2009

UPDATE: July 2015. Dilbert was found dead on our property, believe to have been attacked by a fox or cat during daylight hours. We hope you didn’t suffer too much 🙁 RIP big boy.

Dilbert was Ric and Maree’s very first rescue, before they established Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary. He was found wandering the streets in Darlington, after being left behind by previous “owner”.

Dilbert has some luxury digs and hangs out with the chickens and Guinea Fowl

Would you like to help us to take care any of the other animals still with us?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

**  Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary – Where The Good Life Begins  **

 …and sometimes where a good life ends too

 

 

 

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Jack – Rainbow Bridge

Jack (Alpaca): Arrived 14 November 2012

Strikingly handsome Jack arrived with Julio (another alpaca) and sheep Mary (deceased), Minty, Lily lamb, Kath, Kel and Lucy. They all came from a lady who had hand-reared them, but due to illness needed to surrender her entire flock.

They had spent most of their lives together. Jack and Julio were inseparable right up to Jack’s death in March 2015. Julio was very depressed for a while but given the new job of looking after some youngster arrivals (Rose, Bud, Petal, Belle, Tully) he seems to now have a new lease on life and takes his job very seriously!

Would you like to help us to take care any of the other animals still with us?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

**  Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary – Where The Good Life Begins  **

 …and sometimes where a good life ends too