The Animal Sanctuary

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The Animal Sanctuary is a haven for animals and birds in need of safety, care and compassion. We focus on three main areas: native birds,

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  Auckland Wildlife Conservation Animal Welfare

We raise orphaned native birds & rehabilitate injured native birds, with the goal of releasing them back into the wild; we provide a loving home for abandoned and abused animals, teaching them to trust again; we nurse battery hens back to health and find good permanent caring homes for them.

We have nursed and released hundreds of injured and orphaned native birds successfully. We have rescued a wide range of abused animals (providing or finding a permanent home for them), including donkeys, miniature horses, goats, pigs, hens, turkeys, turtles, parrots, peacocks, pet rats, etc etc!!

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We provide a refuge for abandoned and abused animals, teaching them to trust again; some animals live here permanently, and we find safe new homes for others; we raise orphaned native birds & rehabilitate injured native birds, with the goal of releasing them back into the wild; we nurse battery hens back to health and find lifelong caring homes for them.

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The Other Side Of Neglect  9 March 2014

Posted by: The Animal Sanctuary

THE OTHER SIDE OF NEGLECT Many of the animals we rescue are starving and uncared for. Occasionally, however, we see the opposite: overfeeding and under-exercising that results in morbid obesity. We were totally shocked when we rescued two massive cows. The vet said they were the fattest cows he'd ever treated, and this caused serious health problems for them. I couldn't stop staring at their butts, which had grown huge bags of fat that almost buried their tails! Transporting them to their new home was a dangerous prospect. They were so obese and weak that when they couldn't stand for long in the float... and when they went down, they couldn't get up again. We honestly feared we were going to have to euthanise them. After a long and extremely stressful effort, the cows were finally extricated from the float. It was several days before they could stand for any length of time, they needed quite a bit of care. Thankfully this cow and her daughter are now up and around, getting exercise, and are on a diet to improve their health.

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  • Nandini & Sophie from Reremoana School

    Nandini & Sophie from Reremoana School on 04 Mar 2020


    Donated by Nandini & Sophie at Reremoana School through a market day held in 2019.


    • The Animal Sanctuary

      It's a wonderful surprise to learn that some of the students at your school raised funds for our animal sanctuary. We are absolutely delighted. With the grass in our paddocks dying because we’ve had so little rain, we’ve had to buy lots and lots of extra bags of food and grains to feed the animals. So your donation has come at the PERFECT time. We truly appreciate your kindness and your compassion. Thank you for helping the animals. Best Regards, Shawn Bishop

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 12 Feb 2020



    • The Animal Sanctuary

      Hi Diane. Thanks so much for your donation... and for adopting the 4 hens and giving them so much love and tender care! Best Regards, Shawn

  • Remco and Willeke

    Remco and Willeke on 08 Jan 2020


    To support the great work you are doing and the love you show for the animals!


    • The Animal Sanctuary

      This is such a wonderful gift, thank you very much. We'll use it toward the hen rescue we just completed, and the hen rescue scheduled for 1 Feburary. You're very kind, and we appreciate it.

  • Maria

    Maria on 07 Jan 2020


    Thanks for everything you do for the animals


    • The Animal Sanctuary

      Oh wow, thanks so much Maria. This is a wonderful New Year surprise! We've just had a huge rescue, and a lot of expenses go along with that. So your timing is wonderful, and we really appreciate it.

  • Jodene Mildon

    Jodene Mildon on 19 Dec 2019


    Merry Christmas from Jodene Mildon at Harcourts Matakana/Warkworth.


    • The Animal Sanctuary

      Oh Jodene, thank you so very much for your generous support. We truly appreciate it! I'm sorry I missed you yesterday, and hope to see you next time.

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