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Profiles

Christabelle

Christabelle (cow). Arrived 3 March 2016

Christabelle is a beautiful chocolate brown Jersey cow who came to us as a spent “milker” from a dairy farm – destined for slaughter because she had become unproductive. They had tried to get her to calve again, but were unsuccessful; she became a worthless liability rather than a productive commodity to the dairy facility.

We were shocked by the condition of her hooves – she was unable to run or walk properly due to the length of them. Two vets were horrified at the state of them and we had them trimmed down as best possible in mid March and will be further shaped after a bit of wet weather, when they are softer, but even after initial trim she was immediately able to run and frolic in the paddocks!

She endured a journey of almost four hours to get to her final home here at Happy Hooves and we welcome her with open arms and hearts, expecting nothing from her and providing her with all she needs to live a healthy, happy life – good feed, clean and plentiful water, swift medical attention if required and of course the delightful bovine company of Ellen DeHeiferis and Busta Moo.

 

 

 

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

 

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Profiles

Archie

Archie (pig). Arrived 11 July 2015

Adorable Archie was surrendered to a municipal pound as the owners could not afford the licensing fee. Everyone at the pound fell in love with Archie and pulled out all stops to find him a new forever home even though he was coping well and getting lots of love and belly rubs.

When Archie didn’t find a home in time, we of course opted to move him to Happy Hooves, and we’re glad we did – as it turns out, Archie has some significant behavioural issues of a errmmm … delicate nature that would have been problematic for any new adopter… we’re working on it.

Archie is super friendly and affectionate and very used to humans – he had grown up in the suburbs with a dog at his previous home, and picked up a few doggy behaviors like nipping at your heels as you walk but seems to have grown out of that.

We are actually very happy that no one else offered him a home – he is such a sweet-natured, playful little guy and we are very lucky to have him around. He is LOVING the new Pig Paradise quarters, paddocks and mud wallows and appears to have a “special” friend in Inka.

 

 

 

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

 

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Profiles

Lizzie, Ethel and Kevin

Lizzie, Ethel and Kevin (sheep – Wiltshire cross). Arrived 27 September 2015

Lizzie and her twin lambs were found at a semi rural weekend market with about 26 other ewes and lambs bound for immediate slaughter if not purchased. Lizzie was extremely emaciated and unable to feed her lambs – she kept kicking them away or pulling away from them and the lambs, clearly hungry, would try to feed from any other ewe in their pen only to be rejected again and again.

Their release was negotiated by some caring people who happened to be at the markets that day, but very tragically, the other 26 mothers and their offspring would not have the same good fortune.

Although too weak to even get a proper “baa” out, Lizzie was fiercely protective of her lambs and obviously stressed by the necessary handling to get them all into a vehicle to transport them safely the 90 km to Gidgegannup. Upon arrival they were unloaded into a safe isolation area with clean bedding straw in a shelter for them, fresh water and quality hay to eat.

Due to the ordeal of being transported to market (and having feed and water withheld), spending all day in a pen, being caught and transported another 90 km to a strange place, they were all clearly distressed and exhausted. Kevin was very quiet, lacking energy and barely eating, so he was given antibiotics, and along with Lizzie and Ethel, B1 and B12 shots, Colovet (vitamin and mineral tonic and appetite stimulant) and Vytrate (for dehydration). He improved a lot in just a couple of days. We are keeping a close eye on all of them to ensure they enjoy the best of health and longest lives (like ALL our flock).

It is a beautiful thing to see this mother allowed to spend the remainder of her life watching her children grow in a safe and loving environment where they will never have to worry about feed, water or an uncertain fate.

We welcome this family to our family at Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary.

 

 

 

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

 

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Profiles

Peppercorn

Peppercorn (pig). Arrived 22 July 2015

This sweet little girl was picked up by a Perth municipal pound, but nobody claimed her and time was running out.  Because of the urgency of the situation, we were able to help Peppercorn (then known as ‘Peppa’) find a safe temporary home away from the pound environment with foster carer, Donna. As we couldn’t find a safe permanent home for Peppercorn, we decided to move her to Happy Hooves, but she had to be spayed first – Donna so generously offered to drive her all the way to the vet clinic, then all the way to Gidgegannup – that was a BIG day of driving for both Donna and Peppercorn.

We already had a Peppa Pig here, so to avoid confusion, Peppa II’s name was changed to Peppercorn. She has a fun and friendly nature, although she does nip a little bit and can be a tad bossy. Donna worked with her whilst she had Peppercorn, to help overcome these reactive habits and made some great improvements.

Peppercorn will now enjoy a large paddock to dig and root in to her heart’s content, a cool wallow and shade for summer, and secure sheltered pen for winter and the companionship of eight other pigs, but most importantly she will enjoy the rest of her life free from harm and with lots of love and care.

 

 

 

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

 

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Rainbow Bridge

Flopsy – Rainbow Bridge

Flopsy: (sheep/ewe): Arrived 2011

Rainbow Bridge 12 May 2016:

Another long term, favourite resident departs, leaving us heart-broken. Flopsy came to us with two other ewes (Fuzzy & HiTops) in 2011 whilst still in Parkerville. She was a loner and not prone to contact, but had a sweet nature to match her face.

She got her name Flopsy from her one floppy ear – a legacy (along with scars from horrific leg injuries) from a serious dog attack early in life.

Last year she received veterinary attention for her loss of sight through cataracts and earlier this year again for a respiratory infection. It seems she just never made it back to her old self and it was time for her to go, which she did today peacefully and on her own terms.

You will be missed, Flopsy. R.I.P.


Flopsy arrived with two other ewes – Fuzzy and HiTops. They were owned by a resident in Parkerville who had them on his property as “lawnmowers’. They would often be moved to our property when our neighbour’s feed ran out and ultimately ended up with us permanently when there was just no more pasture for them.

Poor little Flopsy had earlier sustained horrific injuries and nearly died (you can still see the scars on her rear leg after shearing, four years after the attack) so she was also much safer on our property with better fencing. The same attack injured one of her ears which subsequently flopped is how she came to be known as “Flopsy”

So all three came to live with us at the Parkerville property for the better protective fencing and year-round feed for them; they naturally made the move with us to Happy Hooves in Gidgegannup and still hang out together!

UPDATE: November 2015 – we were very surprised to find Flopsy laying on her side, virtually blind and very snotty. After rushing her to the vets we learned that she has cataracts and will not get her sight back. The problem for sweet Flopsy is she is a loner and is prone to wandering into a sunny area and not being able to find her way back to shelter, so she is at danger of overheating. While we wait for an appointment with a veterinarian who specializes in ophthalmology to discuss whether cataract removal is an option, Flopsy has had to be housed in a stable for her own safety. She seems pretty happy with the arrangement, enjoys having her food uncontested and the safety of a smaller space – but of course this is not ideal for her long term health and quality of life. Please keep your fingers crossed for Flopsy – we will update you again as soon as we’ve got some answers from the vet.

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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Profiles

HiTops

HiTops: (sheep/ewe): Arrived 2011

HiTops arrived with two other ewes – Fuzzy and Flopsy. They were owned by a resident in Parkerville who had them on his property as “lawnmowers’. They would often be moved to our property when our neighbour’s feed ran out and ultimately ended up with us permanently when there was just no more pasture for them.

They were also much safer on our property with better fencing – Flopsy had survived an horrific attack by a roaming dog before coming to us,

So all three came to live with us at the Parkerville property for the better protective fencing and year-round feed for them; they naturally made the move with us to Happy Hooves in Gidgegannup and still hang out together!

 

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

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Profiles

Little Tyke

Little Tyke (sheep – Shorthorn). Arrived 5 September 2015

 

This tiny lamb was surrendered to us by a hobby farmer whose ewe gave birth to twins – she abandoned this male lamb and he received no vital colostrum from his mum. The owner was really keen to see the little guy make it, but didn’t have the time and know how to give him the care and around the clock attention he needed, so he brought him to us… what a great guy!

He was nursed through his first four days of life with substitute colostrum and two-hourly feeds and administered B vitamins and antibiotics after consulting with vet; we also had to force feed him to ensure he was getting enough nutrients into him, as he was just not interested in suckling from teated bottle – we weren’t sure he was going to make it. It was kind of a roller coaster ride of him doing well and feeding, then lethargic and not so well, then OK again… for four days, pretty much 24 hours per day.

When he developed scours (diarrhoea) on day three we gave him electrolytes to help with hydration, but we felt he was not taking in enough formula and we took him to the vet for a consultation and check-up. Vet said he was doing well, gave him a shot of a long-acting, broad spectrum antibiotic and something for his scours.

Day 5 and Little Tyke seems so much better – loving his bottle and much more energy – even playing a game we like to call “noggin!” where he head-butts your fist, and having little mini-gambols outside. His poo is almost back to normal too!

Our fingers are crossed that his improvement continues and this gorgeous little guy is over the worst and can look forward to a long and happy life at his new forever home here at Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary.

 

Day three outside excursion
 
 
Getting stronger!
 

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

 

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Profiles

Daphne

Daphne (sheep – Dorper). Arrived 30 August 2015

Daphne was rescued after giving birth to twin lambs who tragically, did not survive. One was taken by a fox or possibly a dog, and the other was found dead by her side. Daphne herself was bloated and unable to rise, so she was picked up and driven to vet, where she received treatment and was thankfully saved.

We were fully prepared to pay for the vet, but when the owners were contacted to alert them to that fact that we had taken their gravely ill sheep for vet treatment, they donated $150 to Happy Hooves to cover her vet bill and best of all, allowed Daphne to stay here at her new forever home, never to be used for breeding again!

Naturally, she had very full udder when she came to us… ready to feed two lambs, and we didn’t have any lambs young enough to introduce to her to suckle and help with the fullness and possibly also the grief. Her udder has started to go down about five days after arriving.

She survived her ordeal and is now in a safe sanctuary, but we think she still looks sad, and she has good reason to… we hope that she gets over her loss and finds peace and happiness here with the rest of the flock. She is SUCH a beautiful girl.

 

 

 

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

 

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Rainbow Bridge

Gwyneth Poultry (Gwenny) – Rainbow Bridge

Gwenny (White Lace hen) . Arrived 4 June 2015

UPDATE: 7 June 2016. Gwenny was found suddenly very ‘flat’, not eating, tail down and inactive. She was taken to avian specialist who found very large, firm and impacted uterus – probably a tumour. Gwenny was humanely euthanised. The difficult thing about birds is that they will never show that they’re ill until right near the very end when they are too sick to hide it… just days earlier, she was running around and eating with the other chickens. We hope you didn’t suffer, Gwenny. Run free and rest in peace.

Gwenny was surrendered by her previous owner as she was being  aggressive to all the other hens and Bantam roosters. The owner could not find another home for Gwenny that she was happy with and thought that her only other option was to put her down. We had a theory that Gwenny’s aggression might have been due to the housing set-up she was in, so decided to offer her an opportunity to live in a more spacious and free-range situation, to see if the issue resolved.

Happily our suspicions were confirmed, and Gwyneth Poultry now spends her days roaming the property with nine other hens and King Louis the rooster with no problems – another happy ending at Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary!

 

 

 

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

 

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Profiles

Gary Sweet

Gary Sweet (goat): arrived 9 November 2014

Gary was surrendered by a Perth Municipal pound after remaining “in custody” past the standard time – hew was at risk of euthanasia, so naturally we offered him a safe and loving, secure forever home here at Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary.

His history is unknown, but when he came to us as an entire buck, we wormed him and administered Vitamin B1 and B12 and vytrate. We noticed perforations along Gary’s pizzle and so took him to the vet for advice. Vet said he had torn himself on something and his penis was a mess, with urine coming from the perforations instead of the end of the penis. That cleared up and unfortunately for poor Gary, we had to book him in for surgical castration (as we do for all our male residents).

He now lives a happy and healthy life with all his goatey mates, Rupert, Thurman, Beau & Jangles, Shaggy and  Pogo

 

 

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

 

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