Sunday, 26 January 2020

Miss Grabby Hands

By Chris R.

Just before Christmas, we received a call via the Wildcare Helpline regarding a young possum who had taken a fall from her Mum’s pouch in a hills backyard.  We advised her finders to wait and see if Mum Possum came to claim her tiny bundle, but alas, it was not to be. Two hours later, a small but feisty pouch young was delivered to the Sanctuary. The first thing we saw from the swaddled bundle was a set of huge pink hands, wielding tiny claws, clasping desperately onto the blanket. It was getting late, so the title ‘Miss Grabby Hands’ was given to the hissing arrival. The name stuck as those big hands proceeded to grow even larger.

It had been a crazy hot month, with temperatures over 40C each day, and Miss Grabby Hands was tired and very dehydrated. After settling her in a pouch in the quiet, a small amount of possum formula was offered, which she drank enthusiastically before drifting into a deep sleep. Throughout the night more formula and fluids were offered and Miss Grabby responded well.

The next day we visited good friend and marsupial extraordinaire, Liz, from Chidlow Marsupial Hospital, to give Miss Grabby a check over. She had some minor injuries, probably resulting from the fall. She then had X-rays and a follow up check with one of our favourite wildlife vets, Dr. Tim.

Over several weeks, Miss Grabby Hands' appearance changed from velvet to furry. She also put on 50g in just three weeks. She now is enjoying apple and marri blossoms and explores her carry crate with enthusiasm. Watch this space for more updates on her adventures as she grows and learns more about life in the wild!

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Carols in the Valley 2019

By Chris R.

On the 7th of December 2019, we held our second ‘Carols in the Valley’. This important summer fundraiser is also one of our absolute favourites – December evenings are beautiful in the Valley and ideal for families to enjoy a night of festive fun. 

The sausage sizzle and massive bake sale were incredibly popular and the face painting was enjoyed by visitors of all ages.  

Our sheep nativity attracted a great deal of attention and we were so grateful for all the beautiful presents for the animals placed under the Sanctuary Christmas tree. 


Christmas carols were sung beautifully by Tania Mazzotti Music. 

Santa made a guest appearance, escorting visitors to meet two of his deer. He also gave singing a go, but he was nowhere near as good as Tanya 😉

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event, including those who baked and barbecued, set up lights and marquees, painted faces and helped in so many other ways to make the night such a huge success.  

We are already looking forward to next year’s event!

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

PVAS Events February 2020

Beat the back to school blues in February at a PVAS event:

Saturday 1 February, 4pm: Goat & Lamb Yoga

Saturday 8 February, 4pm: Goat & Lamb Yoga

Sunday 16 Feburary, 4pm: Goat & Lamb Yoga

Saturday 22 February, 2pm: Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary Tour

Saturday 22 February, 4pm: Goat & Lamb Yoga

Saturday 29 February, 6pm: Good Night Possum Valley Children's Twilight Tour

Visit our Facebook page for bookings. Thanks for supporting over 160 birds and animals at PVAS!

Flocktoberfest 2019

By Chris R.  

On Saturday the 26th of October, we held our annual fundraiser ‘Flocktoberfest’!  This fun event is critical for raising funds to cover the summer hay costs of over 120 sheep and goats.

This year’s event was held at the Guildford Town Hall, a fantastic central location close to the train and bus. A range of delicious loaded dogs, a massive bake sale and a wide selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were available to enjoy while rocking to the incredible Bavarian tunes of The Last Five Coins.  

Our silent auction was a great success with some fantastic donated items ranging from beautiful animal prints to jewellery.

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets, donated items and volunteered – we are so appreciative!