In 2012, my hubby (Ric) and I purchased an amazing property in the Perth Hills on 150 glorious acres of pasture and natural bushland. The property is called “Kookaburra” and it is magical.. full of tranquil dams brimming with bird-life, majestic gums and imposing jarrahs, rolling pasture and leaf-strewn woodlands. Rabbits have made a veritable “Watership Down” zone in amongst one of the Olive Tree groves, and kangaroos graze amongst the trees. Native animal life is everywhere – the sense of peace is almost palpable on this earthly slice of paradise. The property was set up for farming, with some dodgy stables, a cattle crush, and mostly rickety fencing dividing the paddocks. A beautiful windmill pumps dam water up to the tank that goes on to fill various water troughs around the place. This place was once a working farm no doubt… most likely raising cattle and sheep for the sale-yards – along with crops of hay from the hayfield. When we first laid eyes on the farm, we immediately saw an alternative use for it … we had a vision of a beautiful sanctuary that raised and cared.. healed, loved and protected. This was certainly going to be a farm with a difference. We envisioned animals that were neglected, lost, hurt, bound for slaughter or plain unwanted… finding their way home to us, where they could realise a life that all living creatures wish for. One of peace, and on it’s own terms, a free life – as free as it could be anyway. That was and is our dream.. we see this place as a Farmed Animal Sanctuary.
It has been our passion to help needy animals since 2008, and during this time, we have helped quite a few farm and domestic animals. One of our better known rescues is the much loved “Timmy The Lamb” from Facebook fame. You can read his story on the link to his page – it’s well worth a read and has touched the hearts and minds of over 3000 fans so far, not only here in Australia but all over the world. This story of one man’s fateful encounter with an orphaned lamb and the resulting rescue and loving bond that developed has been very popular, and has been a catalyst for enabling us to reach more people with our message of hope for farm animals just like this adorable little guy. Timmy – the courageous and heart-meltingly cute orphaned lamb – is only one of many animals who have a story to tell. You can check out the tales of some more of our current rescues on this page, there are not many here at the moment but we will be uploading more resident profiles as soon as we can, so please bookmark our site or subscribe to updates if you would like to read more as we post them.
Our dream of establishing a sanctuary for the animals whom are most often overlooked due to their commodity status, is slowly but surely becoming a reality. For now, the project is a relatively small and private one – but happily we are now hosting visits by appointment, and we have volunteer days set up for those who wish to help us care for the animals and the property they live on. There is a link at the bottom of the page if you would like to find out more about volunteer opportunities or other ways to help us.
So for those of you who enjoy a happy ending, who love these gentle creatures and wish to see them live in a place of peace and safety – stay tuned and we hope to see you soon. In the meantime… please follow this blog and from time to time, you may wish to share a few of our stories with your friends – to help us spread the idea of compassion and love for all animals.
With love from Maree – the Animal Actionist
Want to support our work?
You can help us achieve our rescue goals by contributing in a couple of different ways. Choose your favourite method below (more will come in due course). All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
- Make a donation via direct deposit to our charity account –
Animal Actionist Ltd
- Purchase and send us items we need via our online WISHLIST. This list will grow and change as our needs will.
- VIEW OUR VOLUNTEERS CALENDAR AND SIGN UP TO HELP BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW:
* Animal Actionist Ltd (ABN: 55167547346) is a registered non-profit/charity with ACNC as of 21/1/14. Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary is an Animal Actionist Ltd initiative.
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