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

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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  • allie

    allie on 28 Aug 2019


    Thank you so much for lending us Napoleon, Shawn. From Allie and the hens.


  • Tamara

    Tamara on 05 Jul 2019



    • The Animal Sanctuary

      Hi Tamara. Thanks for this lovely surprise! We very much appreciate your generosity.

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 01 Jun 2019


    On behalf of Jonathan Woof & Rebecca Edwards on the wedding day


    • The Animal Sanctuary

      It's wonderful of Jon and Becky to have done this for us, and we're grateful for your donation to celebrate their wedding. Thank you very much!

  • Jonanthan & Rebecca Woof

    Jonanthan & Rebecca Woof on 31 May 2019


    Harrison Floyd donating on behalf of Jonathan’s and Becky’s wedding today.


    • The Animal Sanctuary

      Thanks Harrison. We very much appreciate your donation in honour of Jonathan and Becky, and also appreciate them remembering us in this way! Best Regards, Shawn, The Animal Sanctuary




    This donation is made to celebrate the wedding of Jonathan Woof and Rebecca Edwards who worked for - and hold a special place in their hearts for - the charity during their world travels.


    • The Animal Sanctuary

      Dear John, Thank you so much for this donation in Jonathan and Rebecca's name. It's a lovely surprise, and very much appreciated. We have great memories of Woof and Spag, and we're touched that even now they've found a way to continue to help us. Thank you!!

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