By Chris R.
So far, the summer of 2020 has been our busiest yet, with over fifteen new arrivals in just six weeks.
Why the influx of so many animals in need? We aren’t sure, but we suspect that the holiday season and the exceptional dry months have meant people may be unwilling to collect lost or escaped animals. For some owners, pound fees exceed any apparent ‘worth’ as ‘livestock’, so claiming their lost animals may not be cost effective.
For animal sanctuaries, however, all lives are priceless. We are fortunate to have a positive relationship with a number of pounds who contact us to assist unclaimed animals, such as our latest rescues - a group of five beautiful Suffolk sheep.
The lost family were collected early on a Saturday morning by one of our amazing volunteers. They packed the float with the woolly rescues before the heat of the day set in.
Once in the Valley, it was difficult to move through the float to check the new arrivals, their huge fleeces filling every gap! Further inspection also revealed that one of the ewes was actually a ram – and so a watch for lambs began, given the huge size of the Suffolk ladies. Once vaccinated and health checked, the group was released into the quarantine paddock with newly arrived Raymond Ram and the shearer was contacted to book in a time to take care of their massive coats.
In the coming weeks we hope to shear and name each of the group – so watch this space to learn more of their antics. Mr. Ram will be castrated once his vaccinations are completed, meaning he can remain with his woolly girlfriends with no risk of further lambs. The five are already accustomed to Sanctuary routine and know what the sound of the tractor means – haytime!
If you wish to donate to help rescue animals in need, such as the Suffolk family – it’s so easy – just see www.givenow.com.au/possumvalley
Your support will help feed and provide medical care for new arrivals, and mean we can reach so many more – thank you!