Winter veterinary care

$300 of $2,000 goal
Given by 8 generous donors in around 3 months

Help Thunder & friends stay healthy! Funds raised will go to veterinary care, including checkups, parasite treatment, special diets etc.


The Black Sheep cares for over 160 animals, some of whom have special needs. Thunder, our quirky miniature horse, is being treated for laminitis. With a special diet and new friends, this has made an enormous difference to his quality of life and he is happy and lively! Now Mackay, our new rescue ram needs desexing. We look after animals both large and small. Most recently we healed a duck with a broken leg, now released to freedom - and we are currently treating hedgehogs with mange. We are committed to providing life time care as long as quality of life can be achieved. This can be expensive, especially as veterinarians are not used to treating older farm animals. We spend at least $500 a month on routine veterinary care. Preventative care, checkups, parasite control, desexing, emergency care and ongoing treatment of special conditions are all essential - can you help us offer Thunder, Mackay and friends the healthiest possible life?

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary's involvement (page creator)

The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary is a safe and sustainable space to rehabilitate and re-home abused, injured, and neglected non-human animals. We are a relatively new sanctuary on 26 acres of land at Otaki Forks, an hour's drive north of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. The Sanctuary operates according to animal rights principles and promotes animal liberation.

About us

The Black Sheep rehabilitates and re-homes abused, injured and neglected non-human animals. We support animal rights and animal protection, and our main aim is to provide a safe haven for animals, as well as outreach and education in our community. Right now, several full-time caretakers, with support from dedicated part-time volunteers and WWOOFers care for over two hundred animals (pigs, goats, sheep, roosters, geese, cows, horses, dogs, cats, ducks, hedgehogs, geese, rabbits, rats, turkeys and many others) at Ōtaki Forks, an hour's drive north of Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Although in more normal times our fundraising shops cover the sanctuary mortgage, we depend on community support for all animal care costs.

Our particular focus is to take in neglected, mistreated, and abandoned farm animals. We offer a refuge where they can live out their natural lives in peace and security, in the company of others of their kind. Where possible we rehome to loving forever homes, but there are many high-needs animals who will live with us permanently. We're run by the Animal Protection Society, a registered charity, and we're hoping you can help us survive.

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Latest donations

T Kelly
T Kelly on 28 Jul 2016
Thank you to the donors, this is a combined donation from the Friends of Friends gig. Go Black Sheep! You guys rock!
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Guest Donor on 05 Jun 2016
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Guest Donor on 02 May 2016
Glen on 01 May 2016
Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

Many thanks for your generous contribution. a great help towards the vet bills. All the very best on behalf of the animals!

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary
Emma on 29 Apr 2016
Thank you for what you are doing - a vet student
Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

Thank you Emma, your generosity in helping with our vet bills is much appreciated. All the best with your veterinary studies too, and maybe we'll meet you one day :-)

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

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