Creature comforts – building a better sanctuary for Brian and Bessie

$20,073 of $20,000 goal
Given by 79 generous donors in 10 weeks

The Black Sheep is fundraising to buy winter feed, and to complete animal care building projects – from a duckling run to a pig vet chute.

Otaki, Wellington

The Black Sheep animals love their cosy homes! Brian and Bessie are pig companions who play and wallow together in their paddock and snuggle at night. Rabbits such as Maggie and Bunnykin live in bonded pairs, and each goat has a special home in the goat paddock.

Some of our houses and other structures need replacing, however. The sanctuary has expanded since it was founded 14 years ago, and it's time to repair and extend our original infrastructure. With rising costs, our op-shops are no longer able to fund essential projects. Reluctantly, we have to reach out to keep our residents living in comfort.

We are raising $20,000 for feed supplies, a run to protect rescued ducklings from predators, a pig chute for vet visits and vaccinations, a dedicated vet shed, permanent shelters for the sheep paddocks to replace our perishing shade sails, and another hay shed. Where possible we'll use recycled materials. We’re used to making a little go as far as a pig can chase a toy ball, and every cent counts.

Can you spread the word by sharing this fundraiser through your networks? A kind supporter has agreed to match donations until the first $10,000 is reached, so donate today to double your gift! Gifts in kind are very welcome.

If you generously fund an entire structure, we’ll name it for you – so you’ll always be part of the sanctuary.

Thank you for ensuring that Bessie and Brian can enjoy their creature comforts!

About us

The Black Sheep supports animal rights and animal protection, providing a safe haven for over 200 previously abused, injured and neglected animals (pigs, goats, sheep, roosters, cows, horses, ducks, geese, rabbits, turkeys and more) near Ōtaki Forks.

Use of funds

Pig chute $300

Duckling run $836

Small hay shed $1,290

Vet shed $1,750

Fencing (netting, poles, staples and wire) $2,500

Permanent shelters for our 4 sheep paddocks 5,600

Feed (hay and pellets) $7000

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Enormous thanks to you all - we reached our target!  7 April 2024

We're so grateful to you all for supporting us to reach our target! It’s because of all of you that we will be able to build new animal shelters, upgrade our fencing, construct a duckling run, buy winter feed, and many other tasks! Pictured below is Rex, one of our special needs roosters, who want to say thank you for giving him vet care and extra lunches to keep him happy and healthy!

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Private Donor
Private Donor on 09 Apr 2024
Michael on 05 Apr 2024
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Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity, from the Black Sheep animals!

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Moggers on 04 Apr 2024
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Many, many thanks for your support and kindness. Love from the Black Sheep!

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Wendy on 02 Apr 2024
For all your lovely animals
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Huge thanks for your kindness!

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 01 Apr 2024
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Thank you so much!

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This campaign started on 23 Jan 2024 and ended on 9 Apr 2024.