In 2012, 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 its 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.
Our dream of establishing a sanctuary for the animals whom are most often overlooked due to their commodity status, has quickly become a reality. We now have over 150 rescued and/or surrendered animals in our care, so our need for ongoing support from the public is bigger than ever. If you would like to help us to continue our work – we would love to hear from you. There are many ways you can help us, from donations, to vet runs, to fundraising affiliates and general volunteering; we also would love to have more veterinary professionals working alongside us to help us with cases that need medical attention and ongoing support. Please contact us if you would like to know more or if you would just like to arrange a visit to meet the animals.
With love from the “Animal Actionist” and “Happy Hooves” family.
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