Sweet hay for animal tummies

$3,000 of $3,000 goal
Given by 25 generous donors in 4 weeks

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Summer grass is being cut for hay, and the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary is fundraising for winter feed. Just $9 buys a haybale!


Can you help the animals at the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary this winter? Summer grass is being cut for hay this month, so the sanctuary is fundraising to buy in winter feed supplies. In the colder months, the grass stops growing, and so the cows, sheep, goats and Thunder the horse will all need extra hay, grain, and pellets to keep them healthy and happy.

The generous people who donate will receive a small token of thanks. We're very grateful and humbled by the support we've received in the past, and we're hoping for your continued support. Just $9 buys a bale of hay.

We need around $3000 to buy in grain, hay, pellets and other essential feeds, so we're launching our annual fundraiser for hay now. The grass is being cut right now, and this is the best time to buy in our winter stocks of hay.

Although the Animal Protection Society's fundraising shops cover the mortgage on the sanctuary land and some animal care, the sanctuary we largely depend on the support of compassionate people to cover off our animal care, food, housing and veterinary bills. Our Kilbirnie shop was closed for a month in November 2015 due to moving, which means that funds are tighter than usual. Can you help us ensure the cows, sheep and horses are happy and well-fed this winter? We are a registered charity so all donations are tax deductible and go directly to animal tummies!

Tokens of thanks

$5 + Hay cuddle me! A virtual cow smooch, pig hug, or goat cuddle given on your behalf by the caretakers

$9 + Just the recipe! A recipe for gourmet vegan butterfly cakes plus a virtual cow smooch, pig hug, or goat cuddle given on your behalf by the caretakers. $9 buys a bale of hay.

$18 + Post me a card! A designer postcard featuring a sanctuary animal, plus all the above. $18 buys 2 bales of hay.

$45 + Animal magnetism! A designer magnet & your name listed on our website and in our newsletter, plus all the above. $45 buys 5 bales of hay.

$99 + Chocolate treats! A small bag of vegan chocolates, plus all the above. And the knowlege you've bought 11 bales of hay.

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary's involvement (page creator)

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. Right now four full-time caretakers, with support from dedicated part-time volunteers and WWOOFers care for around a hundred and sixty animals (pigs, goats, sheep, roosters, geese, cows, horses, dogs, cats, ducks, hedgehogs, magpies etc.) at Otaki Forks, an hour's drive north of Wellington. Although 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 animals with special needs who are permanently with us. We're run by the Animal Protection Society, a registered charity, and we're hoping for your help to buy much needed animal feed. Thunder, Sirius, Poppy, Iris, Gypsy, Hazel, Struan, Jacob, Bartholomew, Kale, Klapansi, Mossbeard and the others will be so happy!

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.

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Enormous thanks  3 March 2016

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed.

Once the pledges have been actioned by Give-a-little we'll be in touch to get your address details so we can send out the wee tokens of thanks as promised.

It is so great to have the animal feed sorted for winter. The first load of hay has already been delivered!

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Guest Donor on 28 Feb 2016
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This campaign started on 1 Feb 2016 and ended on 2 Mar 2016.