The end of May saw us inundated with feathered friends-starting with a goose called Pixie and a cry for help.

Old friends give pixie a home.

Raised by them from a gosling, pixie become a family pet living in their garden with a dog for a companion she shared his food and slept alongside him in a bed in the kitchen until she grew up and the garden was no longer safe as pixie could take off and fly over the fence. Worried for the safety they reluctantly felt that she would be safer at the sanctuary. 

It was a sad parting when they left but pixie bonded with Jo and myself. Highly inquisitive following us around obviously thinking she was in charge of all the other in mates including ourselves. she now spends her days bulling lambs, chickens, goats and often walks into the house to harass the dogs.







maureen's diary

Happy ending for Cardi  

Its very rare that a sheep ends up with just three legs. Its one in a million that it also gives birth to twin lambs.

But 7 years old ewe Cardi defied all the odds and not only coped brilliantly when she had her front leg removed but went on to give birth to two bouncing lambs.

Six weeks earlier this unusual and challenging patient had arrived at Clent Hills Equine Unit with a broken front leg.

 Rescued 7yrs ago by the Farm Animal & Bird Sanctuary Trust . She had spent every day jumping over fences from one paddock to another. Earning the name of Cardi- “Because the was a woolly jumper” .

 Until the fateful day when she misjudged a fence,shattering her leg so that now it was touch and go that she could survive,

 Vet Alistair Field explains” There were only two options-To amputate her leg or have her put down.

 But the option to amputate also had its high risk. Sheep do not tolerate anaesthetics well. If the operation took place it would have to be done very quickly with the minimum of sedation.”

Another problem -Cardi was in lamb. Anaesthetics could cause an abortion or kill the unborn lambs

 “ We had to give her the chance but we were on tenterhooks waiting to hear if she would survive. Thankfully just two hours later the good news came that not only the operation had been successful and ten minutes after she came round she was walking around on three legs .

Cardi mastered losing a leg and and continued to live a virtually normal life. The worry now was had the unborn lambs have been affected by the anaesthetic and would she be able to cope with lambs feeding from her.

To everyone 's amazement she not only produced two strapping lambs and had no problem feeding them.

 They are aptly named Arran and Jersey.












Farm animal & Bird Sanctuary Trust,Stoney Lane ,Tardebigge,Bromsgrove B60 1LY





maureen's diary



Life is full of surprises-none more so than the day we received a welcome donation from a friend,Katherine. Then an hour later made an unexpected discovery-The tiniest newborn lamb we had ever seen.

Lying on straw amongst sheep milling to be let out we had no idea who her mother was or where she was. Then a tiny sheep who had arrived days earlier pushed her way to the lamb and stood staring at her

The ewe had been found wandering down a lane with no identification or ear tags. No one claimed her and so she was brought to us .Thin and

frail when we examined her there was no indication that she was in lamb.

She looked as surprised as we were as she stared at the tiny baby and then marched off.

Picking up the tiny newcomer we herded her reluctant mother into a pen. Her teats were swollen but no milk was being expelled. Time after time we tried to get her to bond with her baby who was getting colder and weaker. But she wasn't interested.

It is vital that newborn lambs have colostrum in the first 24 hours. The thick yellow milk is full of vitamins,protein and antibodies to fight of

infections like diarrhoea and pneumonia. Without it they may not survive.

We took the tiny lamb into the house ,wrapped her up in a woolly jumper and put her under a lamp to raise her temperature. While I looked after her Jo went back to the ewe to try to get her to let down some precious colostrum. Thankfully with perseverance she managed to expel enough and using a syringe persuaded the lamb to take some.

She was installed with me that night on the settee in front of a roaring open fire so that I could keep her warm and feed her at regular intervals.

Wilma my Basset was intrigued and took up her position on the end of the settee and the three of us settled down for the night.

I held the tiny lamb in my arms as she settled her head on the pillow. “You'll have to have a name.” I told her as she drifted off to sleep.

Looking back on the events of the day I remembered the donation which had arrived that morning from Katherine.

We'll call you Katherine-or better still Kathy” I whispered to the sleeping innocent as she nuzzled against me.

She survived the night but by morning her breathing was laboured. A visit to our vets was needed. Senior vet Alun Edwards at Clent Hills Vets in Bromsgrove examined her. She had developed slight pneumonia .

He was amazed how tiny she was and that she had survived. She weighed only one kilo. We came away with antibiotics and he wished us luck. The combination of the two did the trick.

Kathy started to drink from a bottle. She and another orphan, Trixie have bonded and they both still stay in the house overnight sleeping in a dog crate at the side of my bed.

Well, I'm her mother now and that's what mothers' do!





maureen's diary


Three years old Border collie,Moss came in a sad state. Thin, lethargic and cowed. Taken in by his owner with the purpose of training him to be a Search dog and to herd sheep he could do neither. He just could not cope with the rigorous regime.

He hardly ate any food and slept most of the time. When we took him in he had developed a nasal fungal infection and had been diagnosed with a thyroid problem.A vet who had examined him had predicted he would probably be on tablets all of his life.

Three weeks after he arrived we had to race him to our own vets. He woke up with a vicious nose bleed pouring with blood on his bed ,all down the stairs, in the car and into the reception area at  Clent Hill Vets.

Kept in overnight ,thankfully the bleeding was stopped. After a searching examination senior vet Alun Edwards gave him leave to go home without needing a scan which would have cost £2000.

And also in his opinion Moss did not have a thyroid problem and did not need any medication.

He was right. Moss, who was only given just a small portion of dry dog food,  now thrives on a variety of meat,  fish and complete dog feed. Has put on 2 kilos in weight.

No longer cowers and worries about being ordered to herd sheep and obey orders  , but enjoys rounding up the ducks and chickens and behaves like a normal dog.

He sleeps upstairs at the end of Jo's bed together with Molly.Our two bassets Puzzle and Wilma play with him and he has now learned to enjoy life.






maureen's diary



It had been raining all week when a two yrs old Shetland pony, arrived at the sanctuary. It seemed quite appropriate that his name was Noah .We only wishes he had brought an ark with him.

It was a cry for help from a lady desperate to find a home for him after she had found him dumped on her land who brought him to us.

A sweet, lovely pony on the surface but we soon learned that he had no manners and had obviously never been schooled. If anyone tried to put a head collar on him he reared and kicked.

Being an entire he was obsessed with the thoroughbred  mares in an adjoining field and tried his best to escape into the field to mate with them-despite they were three times as big as this little Casonova.

The only solution after consulting with out vet was to have him castrated.

It will take several months before his amorous  antics will totally subside. But he has calmed down and grazes with the sheep and amuses himself rounding up the pigs and the chickens.  











maureen's diary


Maureen's Diary

Starting December 2013

Trying to catchup to date with events at the sanctuary has brought back sad memories alongside triumphs.

The lead up to Christmas was nothing but heartbreak when our 30yrs old Shetland pony ,Treasure ,was diagnosed with Cushings Disease and had to be put down.

Many tears were shed. Despite over 150 rescued animals at the sanctuary we missed the cheeky pony always full of mischief who had been brought to us by her owner 12 years ago when she was being bullied by other ponies.

No one could have anticipated there was more heartache to come.


I sleep downstairs on a sofa bed so that I am on hand if there are emergencies . Usually sharing a room with our pet Basset hounds,convalescent birds in an indoor aviary and often orphan lambs and an ill sheep.

It was a groaning noise that brought me awake. Switching on the light to my horror I found our 9yrs old Basset Toby was staggering around in terrible pain.

One look and it was obvious what was wrong. He was bloated .His belly twice the size of normal. He was rushed to the vets at 4 am.he was X rayed and treated but died the next day from a massive heart attack.

We were reeling from the shock of losing both animals. It was so strange without them and so depressing.

The events that followed seemed so odd when when a few days later another Shetland pony arrived on our doorstep and the day after another dog needing a home.

Their names are Noah and Moss and read the newcomers stories.












Subscribe to this RSS feed

Make a Donation

Any contribution however small can make a real difference for the trust. We appreciate it!

Newsletter Signup

Contact Us

Farm Animal & Bird Sanctuary Trust
The Stables
Stoney Lane,
B60 1LY