Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Shauna the Sheep

By Chris R.

Last month we received a call for assistance through a volunteer, alerting us to a very overgrown sheep on a horse property north of Perth. Affectionately named ‘Shauna’, this little ewe with no identification had strayed onto the property and taken up residence for a couple of years. She was reluctant to be yarded, despite her huge coat, and many months passed as authorities deemed her capture a difficult job to tackle. With some quick coordination, volunteers Tom, Hayley and Teresa championed a plan and met with Shauna’s caretakers on their property. After much chasing, diving and weaving, Shauna was captured and safely in transit, on her way to a new haircut and a new life at the Sanctuary. Shauna settled in for a time and then shearer Brad did his magic, removing her 17 kilogram fleece to reveal a new ewe! 

Given the current cool weather and her being clipped for the first time, Shauna was dressed in a new tailored sheep jacket! We can’t wait for Shauna to meet her new sheep friends! 

Event: Terrarium Workshop


Saturday 25 June 2022

1.00 to 3.00 pm

Join plant enthusiast and volunteer Emma and learn how to make your very own terrarium garden!

Your ticket includes plants, soil, decorative stones, moss, and a light morning tea in the Sanctuary gardens – just bring your empty terrarium of choice! Note – it is advised terrarium has a large neck, and maximum size approx 25 to 30 cm.

Terrariums can be purchased online, from opshops and nurseries.

Emma will guide you on creating your terrarium and provide tips on keeping it thriving once home.

Tickets are limited so be sure to book in ASAP! 



PVAS Donation Drive - Thank you!

 By Chris R.

A big thank you to all our amazing supporters who got behind our recent donation drive for important consumables, which included lamb milk powder, washing liquid and food items.  

The response was amazing and we so appreciate everyone’s generosity in helping the animals!


Monday, 20 June 2022

Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe: Apple and Walnut Slice/Muffins

This is a delicious apple recipe which can be adapted to make a slice or muffins. You can also substitute the walnuts for almonds or white chocolate chips if you prefer.


- 1/2 cup of butter substitute (we used Nuttelex)

- 1 1/4 cups of white granulated sugar

- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

- 1/2 teaspoon of salt

- The equivalent of 3 eggs made up using vegan egg replacer - we used the Orgran brand

- 3 cups of gluten free self raising flour

- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

- 1/2 cup of your favourite milk substitute - we used soy milk

- 2 cups of finely diced apples and an extra apple cut into quarters and then thin slices to decorate the top of the slice/muffins if desired

- 1/2 cup of walnuts, almonds or white chocolate chips with some extra to decorate


- Cream the butter substitute and the sugar.

- Add the egg replacer, vanilla and salt and mix.

- Sift in the flour and cinnamon and stir a little. Then add the soy milk and combine.

- Stir through the apples and nuts. 

-  Pour the batter into a large slice tray - the slice will rise - or muffin pans.

- The top of the batter can be decorated with apple slices and nuts. For a more indulgent touch, sprinkle over more granulated sugar (approximately 1/4 of a cup), shake over extra cinnamon, and break up some small pieces of butter substitute over the slice/muffins.

- The muffins will take around 30 minutes to bake, the slice may take up to 50 minutes, depending on the size of the tray used. 


Wednesday, 25 May 2022

National Volunteer Week at PVAS - Part II


Celebrating National Volunteer Week with volunteer Kym!

'Volunteering at Possum Valley is like sunshine on a cloudy day. These beautiful animals bring so much joy, even though many of them have suffered at the hands of humans. Their capacity for love and forgiveness is awe inspiring. Being a sanctuary volunteer is the best thing I’ve ever done and I have seen the best and the worst of humanity but, in the end, it is all about the animals, always.'



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with volunteer Lauren!

‘Volunteering at Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary is wonderful and helps me feel like I'm useful and making a positive difference.

Patting/cuddling/talking to the animals after doing work is especially rewarding, because you know exactly who you're helping.

Seeing these animals get to live their best lives and receive the care they need is so heartwarming. The animals are so friendly and good-natured. Even though many of them have been hurt by humans, they are so trusting, curious, playful and affectionate.

Some of them have similar traits to dogs. Did you know that goats, lambs and sheep are scared of storms and like to cuddle up under a blanket? And when they're happy, they wag their tails and do "zoomies", just like dogs do!

You will also be surprised by how many different species of animals there are at the sanctuary. There's so many!

Some people think that becoming a volunteer is a long process and that there are waiting lists, but that's absolutely not true. Lots of not-for-profit animal sanctuaries are in desperate need of reliable volunteers. There are different volunteering opportunities to suit different skillsets too.

Note: Please only come to the sanctuary if you have prior arrangement.

I won't lie to you. It can be hard work and it's certainly not all about cuddling animals and taking photos. There will certainly be opportunities for that, but some work needs to be done as well. It is well worth it in my opinion though.

Volunteering is not for everyone, and if it's not for you, there are certainly other ways to support Possum Valley.

But why not come down to a volunteering information session, or book yourself a tour and see what it's all about?’



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with volunteer David!

‘Love those deer girls they are so playful and precious along with the other 270 odd loved residents of PVAS.'



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with volunteer Sharon!

‘My very first volunteering day I got to have cuddles with beautiful Albert. I love being a Volunteer at PVAS because I adore being with animals. Working with all the animals at the Sanctuary fills me with joy, hearing their (sometimes sad) stories breaks my heart, but knowing the lucky ones who are now living their best lives, are safe and so very loved and cared for, fills my heart with happiness.

The added bonus about volunteering at PVAS is meeting kind, like minded people, and getting out of suburbia into a beautiful bushland environment.’



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with volunteer Tracie!

‘I love volunteering at PVAS and spending time with all the amazing animals with their individual personalities and characters. As the majority did not have a great start in life until they were so lucky to get to PVAS, you see how all the care, love and attention they get at PVAS improves their lives immensely. And working with the amazing team at PVAS is pretty special too!’



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with volunteer Sharni!

‘In a world that is so consumed by animal exploitation, volunteering and being at PVAS gives me a sense of hope and comfort when I get to see these beautiful animals truly cared about and loved.

PVAS has also provided me with a sense of community by being with people who share the same values and passions that I do.'



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with volunteer Emma!

‘I like volunteering at PVAS because its a chance to get outside in the beautiful hills of Perth and make friends with lovely people (and furry friends) who care about animals. And to help a truly wonderful #possumvalleyanimalsanctuaryteam who gives their all .'



National Volunteer Week at PVAS - Part I

It’s National Volunteer Week and we’re excited to be featuring our incredible volunteer crew!

Learn about what our volis do and why they love volunteering at Possum Valley.

We would like to thank everyone who helps the Sanctuary in so many ways - from rescues to baking, laundry to shopping, cleaning to accounting - you are all critical in saving lives and we appreciate you!

Thank you for being a friend - to the animals!


Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Jordan!

‘Possum Valley is a magical place, it’s full of amazing animals who have found their sanctuary in a world that’s often unkind to them.

This safe haven doesn’t happen by chance, it’s endless work is carried out entirely by volunteers which makes it all the more special.

Coming together and working with a common purpose means that you make quick connections with those around you and you won’t find a more serene setting than here. Volunteering gave me a sense of purpose and connection when I needed it the most and I’m forever grateful to all the human & animal friends who let me share their lives for a little while.’


Celebrating National Volunteer Week with goat and lamb yoga instructor Jodie!

‘Lovely Latte loves to participate in goat yoga, sometimes entertaining the class trying to eat my hair whilst I’m downward dog. Such a joy to teach here!’ 



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Anne - Our laundry hero! 

‘I started volunteering at Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary as I really wanted to “give back” in some way that benefited animals at risk. It is a wonderful thing to see these creatures, big and small being enveloped in the love and care that is PVAS. Every single one, regardless of what condition they arrive in, is treated with compassion and dignity. Not every volunteer gets to work directly with these lovely creatures but every job is important to their well-being. I get to deal with the large amounts of dirty laundry that is produced by the vulnerable animals in care. Whilst not the most glamorous job, I know that I contribute to making sure that they are kept clean and comfortable. It is so satisfying to look around at the many rescued animals that now call this peaceful and safe place home and know that in a small way, I am able to support the wonderful people who have given each of them a second chance.’


Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Kelly!

‘I think volunteering should be part of everyone's life in some way. It's a beautiful way to help other living beings not as fortunate as you. It doesn't have to cost you anything but means the world to those receiving your time. There's a place for everyone's interests, skills and availabilities. That place for me is Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary, where I always feel welcome and appreciated, no matter how I am helping. Especially from the two amazing people who run the sanctuary, who have dedicated their entire lives to making sure as many creatures as possible are able to live the lives they deserve. One of those beautiful creatures is Webster, who also made me feel very welcome the first time I met him! Cows are very intelligent, emotionally sensitive beings that respond to love and kindness plus scratches and food treats! Thank you to the entire Possum Valley team and all volunteers who give a little bit to make the world a better place for someone else.'



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Goat and Lamb Yoga instructor Kim!

‘I’ve been teaching Goat Yoga at Possum Valley for almost 5 years now. It is such a fun, enjoyable, heart warming class to teach and the participants love interacting with the beautiful, friendly goats and lambs as they attempt to do the poses while often sharing their yoga mats with them. With all the funds raised from the classes going directly to the animals care it is such a rewarding experience.’



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with our Treasurer Claire!

‘There's more to an animal sanctuary than looking after the animals. There's keeping records, and balancing the books. That's why I volunteer at PVAS. I help with the behind the scenes tasks that keeps PVAS powering on to help all the animals it does.’



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Cassie!

‘Why do I volunteer with Possum Valley - sometimes a call for help is received sometimes not - an animal arrives in the Valley regardless of species - it may be young, may be old, potentially injured or disabled; it may be domesticated or even wild born however the only maybe is it’s past - the uncertainty very quickly turns to certainty - a future is guaranteed - a future where regardless of its past it shall receive love, attention, medical treatment, food, shelter and a forever home providing unconditional love - that’s why I volunteer with Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary.’


Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Greet!

‘It's a privilege to volunteer at Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary.

Being able to spend time with the animals and get to know their little personalities is just sooo good for the soul.

They get every chance at a long and happy and healthy life here!

It gives you the energy to keep going in a world where animals are not treated in the way they should, the heartbreak of it all can be overwhelming at times.

It's the happy endings after an animal gets rescued from a not so nice situation, when they settle in and make new friends.

And the many friends you make with the other volunteers is absolutely priceless too.

Thanks for having me.'



Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Sam!

‘Chickens are intelligent, quirky and highly social. They have best friends, speak about 30 different sounds, are expert hunters and constantly keep an eye out for treats and danger. They have supernatural powers which include seeing ultraviolet light and dozing off with one eye open keeping one hemisphere of their brain awake.

And yet they are the most abused animal on earth.

Each chicken at PVAS has a ‘before’ story and thankfully, fate has brought them to PVAS where they have been rehabilitated and are now living their very best lives. Seeing the change in each and every one is so incredibly rewarding. My life has become so colourful since I joined the team at PVAS. I love the time I spend there and I have made so many wonderful friends along the way.’