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Laila (goat) Arrived 8th June 2017

In early June we received a call from Cockburn Pound, they had picked up a little goat that was found wandering. Unable to find her owner, they contacted us. Laila was picked up the next day and brought back to the sanctuary.

She was in rather poor condition when she first arrived, but has steadily gained weight and is now a healthy size.

She is a sweet-natured goat, inquisitive and loves human interaction. In her short time here she has already gained popularity with the HH team and volunteers due her sociable personality.

She will be joining the herd of goats soon, where she will enjoy a long life of grazing and frolicking with friends.


Would you like to help us to take care of Laila?  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  **


Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary

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

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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
BSB: 086492
ACCT: 844718223

  • Purchase and send us items we need via our online WISHLIST.  This list will grow and change as our needs will.

CLICK to view Volunteer Opportunities - VolunteerSpot

* 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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The Amazing Story of Mr Matsumura – Saviour of Animals in Fukushima

I recently learned about the incredible personal dedication and sacrifice one man is making in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant meltdown.  Mr Matsumura is the last man standing in the “forbidden zone” of Tomioka – refusing to leave so he can stay and care for as many animals as he can.  So many creatures have died since being left behind by those who had to evacuate… some have become sick from radiation, others were never let out of their pens so they starved to death, others (pet dogs) have been caught in Wild Pig traps… the list goes on and this solitary man is putting his life at risk to stay behind and care for whoever he can.  I am in total awe of his commitment and selflessness – so I had to share his story with you.   Below are a few photos depicting the scene he is dealing with, there are many more photos and the full story can be read here: The Buddha of Fukushima’s Forbidden Zone: A Photo Essay.

Mr. Matsumura is willing to live in a nuclear wasteland to take care of the 400 cows, 60 pigs, 30 fowls, 10 dogs, 100 cats and an ostrich that the nuclear meltdown left behind. He is the Buddha of The Forbidden Zone.

Money is now being raised to help Mr Matsumura to continue with his animal rescue project, and is now being supported by veterinarians and other concerned citizens.  The following is a quote from his fundraising page:

Recently inspired and energized by a moving presentation in San Francisco by Dr. Imamoto, (Japanese Veterinarian who has worked inside the exclusion zones), I am continuing to ask for your help. “Coffee money” donations have added up, and others have dug even deeper into their pockets. The animals in Tomioka have a “guardian” – Mr. Matsumura. Our contributions will go directly to him for those who have no voice to ask – the dogs, cats, and livestock of this devastated area. Will you help?

Please consider making a contribution to the fundraising efforts.. you can find all the information and links here:

Also, a local (West Australian) Buddhist Priest – Cate Kodo Juno, will be creating some specially made protection amulets for pets to help raise money. These amulets are little collar tags for dogs and cats that are engraved with protection signs and ritually blessed in Wabi’an by her. The tags will cost $20 and I will post some photos as soon as they become available.  If you would like to order one (or more) .. please fill in the form below: