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Urgent Home Needed for Benji-the-Kelpie

***UPDATE! BENJI HAS NOW BEEN ADOPTED!!! HAPPY HAPPY – JOY JOY!! :D***

Benji is a beautiful fellow, and desperately needs a new home by 15th February! Can you please help by sharing his story – or perhaps consider giving him a temporary or permanent home? Benji has so much love to give. Please help.

Hi Everyone

We are urgently in need of a foster home or permanent home for Benji – a 1 year old male Kelpie. Benji is desperately seeking a new home after being rescued from the pound by a kind lady. He is currently in foster care but they are only able to look after him until the 15th February. After this date, he will have nowhere to go.

Benji is a happy friendly boy who is currently having a whale of a time playing with his female foster sister! He has basic obedience and always comes when called. He’s a lovely boy and will make a great family companion.

Please circulate this message to all of your contacts so we can get the word out this lovely boy.

If you can help, please contact Jeane of Best Friends Animal Rescue on 0415 779 610.

Thank you!

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Davey Dreamboat seeks loving family ASAP

*** UPDATE РDAVEY HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!  HIP HIP HOORAY!!****

This gorgeous kitty needs a home after being nursed back to health by Freedom at the Cat Haven. She tells his story below:

Little Davey is such a spunk (pictures do him no justice!) He really is the whole package, looks and personality, this boy will make some lucky person very very happy when they take him home. Davey adores being cuddled, when you pick him up he won’t be held any way other than with his arms around your neck or over your shoulder and there’s nothing quite like a kitten that hugs! He’s a talkative fellow but not too demanding, great with the litter tray and not fussy with food. He loves to lick and nibble toes, which is a little weird but terribly endearing and he gets on great with other cats and would love to go to a home where he has a feline friend (though he would be fine on his own too). Being just that little bit older, Davey has the joyous playful nature of a kitten without all the hassles of litter training etc. And on top of all this, Davey is super handsome, a rare liquorice (also called charcoal) tabby with a super soft coat and gorgeous fluffy tail. This fantastic puss is desperately seeking a forever home, if you think you can offer it to him please contact me on 0403 152 991 or freedom.bradbury@cathaven.com.au
ūüôā What are you waiting for??

Davey is 18 weeks of age, a male domestic medium hair. He had a pretty tough start to life and was sick with cat flu and ringworm but he has been with me receivig treatment for 9 weeks and is doing really well now, definitely ready for his forever home.

Thanks so much!
Freedom ūüôā

Take joy and kindness everywhere you go!

And don’t eat animals!

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URGENT HOME OR FOSTER HOME NEEDED for Bronson-the-Boxer

***UPDATE!!  BRONSON HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!!***

A desperate call for help from Best Friends Animal Rescue..

Hi Everyone

We are urgently in need of a foster home or permanent home for Bronson – an 18 month old male Boxer.

Bronson is desperately seeking a new home as he has been rescued from the pound and we do not have anywhere for him to go having been inundated with surrendered dogs lately. He was such a lovely dog though that we couldn’t turn our back on him.

Bronson is a great dog and deserves a second chance at happiness. He’s a friendly, energetic boy who knows basic obedience commands and would settle into your home with ease. He’s a very playful boy who will make a fantastic family companion.

Please circulate this email to all of your contacts so we can get the word out this lovely boy.

If you can help, please contact Jeane of Best Friends Animal Rescue on 0415 779 610.

Thank you!

Animal Action Alerts

Animal Action Alert – 3rd Feb 2010

When you adopt an animal, you have to wonder - Who's saving Who?

This weeks Alert has 4 cats, 1 dog and 1 horse that are desperately needing forever homes. Plus the Cat Haven is calling out for help with Foster Carers for their adult cats – its easy to do and they provide everything so please consider helping out.

Apart from the lovely animals, there’s loads more in this Alert – competitions to enter, a volunteer job vacancy, armchair activism, delicious biscuit recipe, info on global warming, cruelty free retailers and more – so sit back and enjoy the read.

Oh and please don’t forget to share the Alert with your friends, and invite them to subscribe – the more people we have on our mailing list, the more chances the animals have of being rescued.

Thanks for everything you do for the animals – Click here: http://ow.ly/13lYN to view the Alert.

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A letter to Coles & Woolworths

After the expose on factory farmed pigs on 60 minutes last night, I decided to write a letter to Coles & Woolworths:

Dear Decision Maker,

It is a no brainer that the industrialised abuse of farmed animals will not be tolerated by an informed society – and that your patrons will be looking to you to support “humanely raised” animal products. Whilst this is, of course – an essential step for a retailer such as yours to take – I sincerely hope you will also increase your stocks of meat alternatives (vege meats). The simple fact is that free range and organic are again just “labels” and “guidelines” that can be manipulated and abused – at the end of the day producers will “do what it takes” to meet demand and this very fact is what has created this mess in the first place. If we significantly decrease our meat demand the production levels can be scaled down – removing the supply/demand “need” for intensive farming. When you consider too the environmental implications of animal agriculture, the reasons to reduce meat are more compelling than ever. We look to you to please fill this growing need for alternatives.

Sincerely …

I hope the terrible realities of intensive farming gives us all reason to think deeply about the role we play and the effect our purchasing choices have. It’s all very well to demand that producers change their methods but we have to remember that they are doing what they have to do to keep up with heavy demand. So it is up to us to reduce that demand – and reduce it significantly!

As you already know – I decided to remove myself from the “consumer chain” completely two years ago and became a vegan. I did this because it suddenly became clear to me that every time I purchased an animal product, I was saying “I’m ok with whatever the producers are doing to these animals, I support it”. I could see that no amount of “labeling” (ie; freerange) will ever be a guarantee that the animals I eat will be treated well. I came to this conclusion as I considered a society that starts to put heavy demand on these labels … How could this industry ever really change if the demand is so high? There will be an ever increasing population of people, increased competition, fewer resources and dwindling unoccupied land …. It just doesn’t pan out. I then started to investigate the health & environmental impacts of a meat versus vegan diet. Everything started to make sense – all of these very important issues were linked – so it was an easy decision for me to make, and a decision I have been very happy with ever since – no regrets. (yes, there is life after cheese!! ūüôā

I’m not asking you to become a vegan (although that would surely make my heart sing with hope) … I’m just laying out the situation as I see it and inviting you – dear reader – to consider these points and to think about what you can do.

We are all responsible for our world, and in these troubling times we have much to consider. The writing is on the wall for the animals, our environment and our health – it really is up to us to take a stand and demand change.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Will you be making any changes to tackle the issues that are important to you? Please share your thoughts with us, I would love to read your point of view!

Peace & love – from Mars xxx

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Look at Fantastic Florence who needs a loving home

*** UPDATE!!  FLORENCE HAS FOUND A LOVELY NEW HOME :)***

Desperate Pets Announcement: 18 Nov 09

Please share this ‚Äď Florence still doesn‚Äôt have a home – she‚Äôs just beautiful and time‚Äôs running out.¬† Anyone interested, please contact Freedom on 0403 152 991, 9442 3618 or at freedom_the_vegan@yahoo.com.au – from the Shenton Park Cat Haven (Perth Western Australia).

Florence is, simply put, an awesome cat. She is absolutely stunning to look at – pure white and fluffy, with one piercing blue eye and one mellow green eye – and has the personality to match. If you are looking for a family cat, the kind who will smooch around your ankles, hang out with visitors and not mind being picked up and slung over the kids’ shoulders, this is the cat for you. She is approximately 18 months old, so still has the activity levels and playfulness of a kitten, without the curtain-climbing, litter training etc.Flo does like to be very dominant with other cats, so would definitely prefer being a spoiled only child, but I think she would adjust to living with a dog quite well. There is really not a lot to say about this girl, as she is, quite simply, a great cat. We do strongly recommend that, as with all white cats, Florence be a completely or at least mainly indoors cat, as she will be extremely prone to sunburn and subsequent cancers, but she has been totally indoors at my house for over a month now with no concerns whatsoever – she is not the sort to sit mournfully by the door, begging to go out!
When she was initially handed in to Cat Haven as a stray, Flo was really in quite poor condition, with huge matts all over her body, so she has a bit of a funky haircut at the moment, but she does love being groomed so if you keep on top of doing this regularly, there won’t be any problems in this regard. We were initially suspicious that Flo had signs of ringworm, which is why she came to stay with me in the first place, however this has never developed into anything. Anyone who takes her on needs to be aware that she has now been exposed to ringworm and could potentially develop signs within the next few weeks, however I consider this very unlikely and anyway, ringworm is an extremely mild and easily treatable itchy skin condition, no different to having athletes foot. If she were to develop signs and required medicating, this would be at no cost to the new owner. Other than that, Flo is in fantastic health and is eagerly awaiting meeting her new family. If you think that could be you, please contact me on 0403 152 991, 9442 3618 or at freedom_the_vegan@yahoo.com.au

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My Raw Food Detox Rave

For those of you who have endured my ravings about the raw vegan food detox I attended in October – I KNOW you’re desperate to learn more, (who could blame you?) so here is the link to the Embracing Health¬†website.¬†

The kind and very talented¬†lady who runs the retreats is Leisa Wheeler and I can assure you, she knows her stuff when it comes to natural health and diet!¬† During 6 days of detox you learn more about the very essential role a clean diet and lifestyle plays on your health and overall wellbeing than you’re ever likely to remember (thank god for the information folders – thanks Leis!).¬† You not only cleanse your body during the retreat – you also open your mind, debunk mainstream health and dietary¬†myths, tap into your personal power and before you know it you’re feeling amazing and you’re ready to truly take control of your health¬†– possibly for the first time in your life.¬†

These retreats are so much more than just detoxing off junk food Рthey are a tonic for your whole person, an essential education and a truly holistic approach to addressing your health and lifestyle concerns.  I highly recommend Leisa and her amazingly wonderful team to anyone who wishes to heal Рon any level Рin a safe and compassionate environment. 

Thank you Leisa (and all the participants at the WA Busselton retreat) for gently guiding and supporting me to another level of health, awareness and happiness.

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World Vegan Day – Fun, Food and Laughter

Just wanted to blog quickly to mention our great success in celebrating World Vegan Day. We invited 7 wonderful people to wine & dine with us, to meet the animals, to hear their stories and to share the beautiful vibe of peace and tranquility we enjoy every day here at Willow Springs.

Our group was a small assembly of diverse individuals who eat differing diets but share a common interest in good food, the plight of animals, the environment and our health.  Meeting the animals (some pets Рsome rescues Рall loved) and dining on authentically cruelty free, healthy and environmentally friendly cuisine was symbolic of our shared concerns.  

The vegan dining experience went incredibly well, we were so happy to see everyone enjoy their meals (most reaching for seconds!) and requests for recipes at the end. The menu was as follows;

MAINS:
Chickpea, lentil & barley shepherds pie with cheezy breaded crust; served with tomato & zucchini salsa and blackened brussell sprouts.

DESSERT:
Jiffy’s Mongrels (caramel banana tarts with cashew cream – thanks so much Geoff & Ramona!) and Better Than Cheesecake (raw vegan cheesecake with raspberry sauce).¬† See the droolworthy photo!

The food was delicious, the company was top quality and the focus of the day –¬†Veganism¬†– was inspiring. What an AWESOME day!

HAPPY WORLD VEGAN DAY!