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Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary

Closed Cause page created in the Animals category by Helen Cook

$2,455 of $80,000 goal
Given by 37 generous donors in around 9 months

Building a Puppy and old dog rescue shelter and potentially other areas for larger animals.

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In the last few years we have adopted 4 goats, 2 pigs, 6 peacocks, ducks, chickens, 3 dogs and 2 cats. Anything we have taken on so far, the costs have come out of our own pockets. All animals in our care are fully vaccinated, regular vet checked and have amazing play areas.

Also, we currently foster puppies and would love to do this on a larger scale as we can only take 1-4 at a time in the house. We want to create a small puppy/old dog foster shelter on our land.

It is a mammoth task as we will need Council consents to put in a driveway/walkways (Gravel), building/s which will be able to house approx. 10-12 puppies and a separate area which could house 4-5 old dogs. The building/s would need to include a bathroom, Kitchen/food prep area, laundry, storage for cleaning equipment, blankets, newspapers, toys etc. We will also need septic tank, water and plumbing, electrics etc. Outside ideally would have a concrete area for easy cleaning, which will lead out onto a grassed area. All would need secure fencing and gates. We will use couches, beds etc for the old dogs and anything which will make their final months, years comfortable or until they are adopted. If they don’t get adopted, they will remain with us to live out their lives comfortably. Pups will need a continuous supply of every-thing, food, medication, toys etc.

The above is just an idea of what we would like, the building, outside area will depend on how much money we can raise. Even if we don’t manage to raise enough funds we will just keep working away until we can put something in place. We are planning to start with just dogs but will also be looking at fencing some safe paddocks with shelters so we can also help with fostering larger animals. Any animal that comes into our care will be given the best care we possible can give.

We will be calling ourselves Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary, we own and run Country Retreat for Dogs and Cats and have built a fantastic reputation due to our care and love of animals. The business will be totally separate to the Sanctuary.

Use of funds

We are raising funds to allow us to obtain Council consent, install driveway, walkways, building/s and the necessary service’s. Outdoor areas, fencing, gates etc. Extra funds will go to the upkeep, vet bills and food etc.

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Getting ready for the next step.  27 February 2020

Posted by: Helen Cook

We have had a battle on our hands with Auckland Council. A 64-page proposal was 119 pages at the last count. But we believe we may have won the battle, just waiting for the official paperwork.

Now it’s time to do some serious fund raising. We are looking at approx. $9000 for getting the land ready. Approx. $50000 for the building/s. We need fencing, shelters for the other animals. The first big bill will be the council bill.

Even though we are not official open we have now fostered over 30 pups. Have taken on 2 lambs one unfortunately has had to have a leg amputated. 2 old sheep have come to retire. It’s a challenge with what we have, and we are having to say no to some animals that need help until we can have safe and secure places for them.

We don’t like asking for help, but we cannot do it by ourselves. We are caring and financially looking after nearly 30 animals at the moment. This number will increase once we are up and running.

Thank you for all your support, we really appreciate your help.

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Guest Donor on 04 Apr 2020
Julie on 10 Feb 2020
Keep up the good fight - you have already done so much good.
Ian & Janet
Ian & Janet on 24 Dec 2019
Happy Christmas Helen & Gav and you many legged family :)
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 17 Dec 2019
Michelle on 12 Dec 2019

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