About Rainbow Animal Sanctuary
Meet Duncan Pig, the Inspiration Behind the Sanctuary.
Duncan Pig - Adoption Day
In January 2016 I adopted a small, pink and black piglet, Duncan. Duncan had spent his short life so far (approximately three months) living in a suburban driveway. Duncan was so small I could pick him up then - not anymore! Duncan currently weighs approximately 260 kilos.
People meet Duncan and are amazed by how friendly, clever, funny and gorgeous he is. A few cuddles and before you know it, bacon and pork products are off their menus forever.
Duncan showed us the incredible potential for people to live more kindly, just by spending time with animals. One little boy, who had been acting-up for some months and not sleeping well, spent a quarter of an hour sitting with Duncan, before going home and enjoying a full night's sleep. The boy was also very nervous about dirt, so Duncan obligingly used his beautiful big snout to shower him in dirt. To his mother' s amazement, instead of the expected tears, her son laughed, a lot!
As he grew too big to stay in the house, Duncan moved into his own paddock. He loved it! A dam to splash in, lots of mud puddles, trees for shade. But he soon made it known that he was miserable. Duncan was lonely!
Duncan Pig - November 2019
Gracie, the Tiny Pink Pig with the Big Heart
In June 2016, Gracie Piglet arrived. Gracie had endured starvation and was close to death when a kind soul discovered her and two equally unwell piglets and asked the farmer could she take them. Gracie then found herself in the tender care of Emma Haswellat Brightside Farm Sanctuary.
She would need a little extra care, but with slow introductions to Duncan through the safety of a fence, they bonded beautifully. After only a few weeks inside with the humans and Netflix, Gracie Piglet became Duncan's Pig's beloved companion.
Gracie is now much larger than Duncan, weighing about 300 kilos. I suspect this has been a great shock to Duncan Pig, who considers himself the King of Pig Palace.
How One Dog Can Change Your Life!
I was vaguely aware of the plight of greyhounds, but after adopting Stacey Greyhound, a two year old dog at the time who trained but didn't race, I fell in love big time. And so my journey into the shameful, cruel world of greyhound racing began.
Stacey was rescued by Brightside Farm Sanctuary, where I met the amazing Emma Haswell, who has devoted her life to saving animals and has a particular passion for greyhounds. But there are many more greyhounds needing rescue and rehoming than the shelters can take in. Duncan Pig had already made it clear to me that I had been ingoring my calling to provide safe haven for animals in need for too long. Stacey sealed the deal.
You see my heart breaks every day knowing that thousands of these gentle, humourous, loving dogs are put to death every year in Australia just because they are no longer considered 'useful', or 'not fit for racing'. And I can't know this and do nothing.
Lucy Greyhound arrived six months after Stacey, also from Brightside. Lucy did race, and suffers the aches and pains in her bones and soft tissue of a much older dog. Energetic healing, Animal Wellness Communication, herbal pain relief, stronger pain relief when required, and after a few months Lucy is pain free most days. The bald patches on her thighs and buttocks from being on a hard surface have regrown their hair, and the once nervous Lucy is now showing her true cheeky nature.
These dogs are such beautiful, loving and fun-loving companions. I aim to rescue and house as many greyhounds as we can squeeze in and provide quality food and care for. My slumbering dragon has awoken and will never stop petitioning for the end of greyhound racing, the end of killing young greyhounds who aren't considered 'useful' for racing, the older ones and the injured, and the end of exporting these gorgeous dogs overseas for breeding with no controls or regulation on their care.
And I encourage you to visit, open your heart to these dogs, and change your life for the better when you adopt a greyhound. You won't just be saving their lives, you'll be enriching yours.
And How She Led us to Duncan Piglet
Not to forget gorgeous Rosie Dog, a short legged little Staffie X. When Vicki bought the current property we live on with the animals, I wasn't in the mood for moving house. So I said I would move on the condition that we saved a pig. Vicki agreed.
A couple of months later, Vicki's eldest son told us there was a pig waiting for adoption at the local RSPCA. We went. There wasn't. But while I visited the cats for a chat, Vicki discovered Rosie Dog.
Hunkered down in her cell, Rosie was a miserable little dog. A volunteer appeared with incredible speed, lead in hand, and asked if Vicki wanted to take Rosie to the yard. Vicki could hardly say no.
Rosie did everything Vicki asked, and all with a fabulous toothy grin. Talk about love at first smile!
So we took Rosie home and introduced her to the three cats. They weren't too impressed! At first Vicki fostered Rosie, but we were in love with her from the moment we took her home.
Two months later we remembered we hadn't completed the paperwork to adopt her, so we went back to the RSPCA. While we were waiting, a ute pulled in to the carpark.
There in a cage on the back of the ute was a small, three month old piglet. He had grey hair with black spots. I was at that ute in a flash.
The piglet looked at me and I heard the name 'Duncan'.
My heart melted on the spot and while Vicki adopted Rosie I adopted Duncan. Duncan came home with us that day.
Because Cats Deserve Better, and so does Native Wildlife
It is common to hear people talk about the 'cat problem', but the cats themselves aren't the problem - the humans who don't provide responsible care of their cats are. Are you adding to the cat problem without even realising it?
Responsible cat ownership involves:
* neuter your cat to prevent breeding (no cat needs to have at least one litter!)
* keep your cat indoors, or outdoors confined to an outdoor cat run. This is essential to prevent your cat killing wildlife. Even if you believe your cat is not a hunter, one cat pooh can kill a number of native animals.
When your cat does a pooh outside, Toxoplasma gondii is in that pooh. A native animal (here's some Australian examples), perhaps a possum, wallaby, pademelon or bandicoot, eats plants that have cat pooh on them and they are doomed to a slow and painful death.
In the 2014-2015 financial year, 834 cats euthanised in Tasmania (335 for infectious and medical reasons) just by the RSPCA. Not because they wanted to, but because refusal by a significant number of cat owners to neuter their cats, in spite of initiatives in place to provide lower cost neutering, means there are many more cats born each year than there are homes for.
Rainbow Animal Sanctuary will endeavour to house, neuter and rehome as many cats as physically and financially possible, and to add to the already loud voice in Australia calling for compulsory registering and desexing of all pet cats.
Pictured here are Ruby (black cat), who was born wild in the Tasmanian Midlands and bottle raised from five weeks of age.
Tills, the beautiful tortoiseshell, was discovered at about six weeks of age. Tills was the only kitten still alive in a bag of kittens dumped on the side of the road near New Norfolk.
Elvis, the handsome silver and white tabby, was adopted from a shelter in Nottingham, UK. His elderly owner had died and there was no one to care for him, so he found himself in a shelter. Elvis was so nervous and timid, it took three weeks for him to come out from under a bed and explore his new home.
All three cats developed into confident, happy cats and a living example of why it is so important to adopt a cat from a shelter, and to neuter and keep your cat indoors once you do.