Saturday, 29 February 2020

New Ewes...and a Ram!

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

Your support will help feed and provide medical care for new arrivals, and mean we can reach so many more – thank you!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

PVAS Events March 2020

9am Saturday 7 March: Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary Tour

3pm Saturday 7 March: Goat & Lamb Yoga

2pm Saturday 21 March: Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary Tour

4pm Saturday 21 March: Goat & Lamb Yoga

10am Sunday 29 March: Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary Tour

Bookings can be made through the 'Events' tab on our Facebook Page. We look forward to seeing you!

Bush Fire Ready Busy Bees

By Chris R.

Through Spring and Summer of 2019 we held three busy bees, with over thirty volunteers participating to help. Getting ‘bush fire ready’ was the theme for all three, with helpers raking, pruning and tidying around enclosures and fence lines. Despite the warm weather and hard work, the groups moved over twenty trailer loads of leaves and branches away from areas where animals may be at risk. 

At the start of summer an incredible team of volunteers braved the heat to tidy our eastern boundary, adjacent to the duck and rooster enclosures. The hum of chainsaws filled the morning, while over six trailer loads of leaf litter and dead branches were taken to the far fire heaps, giving our feathered friends a little more safety in the event of a bushfire.

The hard work is followed by a delicious lunch!

We are always so grateful for the hard work of the Sanctuary volunteers – rain, hail or shine, they are there, doing their best for the Valley’s residents.  

If you would like to join in to help on a busy bee day, they are held every six to eight weeks and advertised on our ‘events’ tab on Facebook. The next is scheduled for the 23rd of February from 9-1pm.