Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Vegan and Gluten Free Date Cupcakes



- 1 cup of chopped dates

- 1 cup of lightly packed brown sugar

- 4 1/2 tablespoons of Nuttelex Baking Butter (or any dairy free butter of your choice) 

- 1 cup of boiling water

- 1 3/4 cups of gluten free self raising flour - we used Woolworths 'Free From Gluten' self raising flour

- 1 teaspoon of baking soda

- 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence


This mix will make between nine and twelve cakes depending on your chosen cake size. 

- Place dates and brown sugar in a bowl.

- Add the butter and boiling water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

- Add the self raising flour and soda. Mix well. (Note: if you find it is a lumpy mix, the batter can be poured into a sieve and pushed through with a wooden spoon to remove any lumps. The dates will remain in the sieve after the batter has gone through, so remove those and place back into your bowl with the batter).

- Add vanilla essence and stir.

- Spoon the batter into your cupcake cases, filling each approximately three quarters full.

- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until they are browned on the top. Do a skewer test - insert a skewer into a cupcake and the skewer should come out 'clean', that is, without any wet batter attached to it.

Water for Wildlife


Temperatures in WA have been above 40C often this summer, and it’s been many weeks since even a sprinkle of rain has reached the Sanctuary. The forest is parched and the forecast tells of more hot, dry conditions ahead

While we are busy ensuring our rescued residents are as cool and hydrated as possible, supporting the wildlife through the summery conditions is also critical. Bird baths, sprinklers and misters are easily organised and provide welcome relief for the many native birds, reptiles and mammals who call the Valley home. These are placed in various safe locations, providing choice for all kinds and sizes of fauna - an added stick or rock protects smaller creatures from becoming stuck or drowning.

No matter where you live, providing a safe drinking area for wildlife will be so appreciated in the coming weeks. A simple Tupperware container with a brick may save more lives than you think

Pictured: Bobbi enjoying a refreshing drink - how’s that little lapping tongue!


Upcoming Event: Valentines in the Valley


Date: 13 February 2022

Time: 4.00 to 7.00 pm

Location: Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary, Mount Helena

Enjoy an afternoon tour of the Sanctuary with your Valentine, before relaxing with a picnic hamper in the forest at dusk. Listen to the sounds of Valley at sunset on your strategically placed picnic blanket, while enjoying a range of cruelty free delights.

Price includes Sanctuary tour, picnic hamper for two - vegan savouries and sweets, juice, water and picnic blanket. Attendees may BYO alcohol. Strong closed in shoes, hat and jackets are recommended (the Valley can be cool in the evening). Gates close at 7.30pm.

Visit for tickets. 

Tickets are limited so be sure to book soon to avoid disappointment.


Thursday, 6 January 2022

Upcoming Event: PVAS Quiz Night 2022


On 22 January 2022 

Visit our events page for tickets:

Come along for quiz night fun and frivolity for the animals at our first Possum Valley Quiz Night! 

Grab snacks from our array of delicious quiz night fare at the ‘Sanctuary Graze Table’ and drinks at the ‘Baa’, and check out the amazing silent auction items!

As a licensed event there is no BYO available.

All funds raised go to helping the Valley continue to care for over 250 animals, while rescuing and rehoming many more.

Additional attendance information:

WA Government COVID-19 public health measures (introduced 4 January 2022) now include a requirement for attendees at indoor events with occasional liquor licenses to wear face masks and produce proof of vaccination status in order to enter the event (with some exemptions). Please refer to the WA Government COVID-19 website for details.

These measures may change at any time, we will inform ticket holders and manage these changes as best we can, offering refunds where necessary.