Plant a tree, shelter a sheep!

$803 of $650 goal
Given by 24 generous donors in around 5 months

As winter approaches, it's time to get planting! Trees offer animals shade in summer, shelter in winter, and will enhance our wetland area


$5 buys a flax plant - $6 buys a cabbage tree - $7 buys a post - $11 buys a coprosma or lemonwood - $16 protects a shelterbelt tree - $40 buys mesh to protect a medium tree - $68 buys posts and mesh to protect a large tree

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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Thank you / Sanctuary working bee  29 September 2014

An enormous thank you to all the wonderful folk who have been donating to our give-alittle tree planting campaign! Your gifts have enabled us to have some very useful tree planting sessions this winter, and the animals will benefit in years to come - it's a gift that just keeps growing. We'd also like to invite you to our first working bee of spring :-) All welcome! When: Saturday 11 October (Sunday if wet), from 10 a.m. Where: Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary Otaki Forks Please bring clothing for all weathers, gumboots, sunblock, and vegan treats if you wish. We will be providing a vegan morning tea and lunch! Please RVSP to for directions and so we have an idea of numbers for catering.

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 03 Sep 2014
Roz Paterson
Roz Paterson on 26 Aug 2014
Thank you for the loving work you do. When is your next working bee, I'd like to help.
Chloe Benjes, Waterloo School
Chloe Benjes, Waterloo School on 10 Aug 2014
Hi, my name is Chloe. I'm in Year 4 at Waterloo School, Lower Hutt. I saw your website and I really like what the sanctuary does to help the animals. As one of my PRIDE challenges, I decided to raise some money for you. I made fudge and sold it to the Year 4 students at morning tea. I raised $113.40. I hope you can use this money to buy some trees for the animals to make them happy! From Chloe
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 28 Jul 2014
Yey! Trees and fluffy animals! Living harmoniously.
Rachel & Breana
Rachel & Breana on 22 Jul 2014

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