Monthly Archives: March 2012

We have a new horse to join the family

A few days ago Carol and Steve were with a friend who told them about a thoroughbred she knew of that was going to be put down. Carol knew she wanted to help the horse and spoke to Steve and Martin about it. Although it is a big commitment it was decided we could give the horse a home.
The mare arrived at the sanctuary today. She is about 16.2hh dark bay. She has a tendon injury to her front leg and is underweight. She had only been with her previous owners a very short time and had gone to them in a very poor state.
We have called her Abbey as her pet name was Steve. She started her life as a race horse but in the past few years she had been used as a brood mare.
Abbey had a complete panic attack when she arrived because the llamas all rushed up to see her. She seems very highly strung but she was safely turned out in the paddock next to Sonny and friends and soon calmed down.
We have let her settle today as she needs to be calm to get used to her surroundings.
Abbey has a real fear of being shut in a stable which is going to need working on. Bad experiences stay with horses for ever and often aggressive behaviour from a human scars a horse for life.
Welcome to Greenland Grove Animal Sanctuary Abbey, a place where you will be loved for who you are and the past can be put behind you. Your new life starts today!

Rabbits get their nails trimmed

this weekend all the rabbits have had a their claws trimmed up. 24 rabbits is quite a number to get through but it all went without any dramas. It is amazing just how long they grow in a short space of time.

A successful day!

Thank you to all the friends of Greenland Grove Animal Sanctuary who gave up their time to help at the table top sale today. Thanks to all the cake makers and all the people who donated items to sell not forgetting the people who supported it by turning up to purchase items on the day
We took just over £840
What a successful day!

Please Keep out Mr Fox!!

We love foxes and in all the years we have been at Greenland Grove we have had very little fox trouble although they are about.
Unfortunately we do have a persistant one at the moment who is lurking about night and day. A few days ago he was sitting in the sunshine and did not seem worried that we were about. We have to be extra careful to make sure our birds are away at night. Martin was watching him on the CCTV having a good look around the other night. He even checked in the barn before getting startled by Tug our young llama who wandered out to see him.
We had a tame fox called Scrappy for 11 years and he was an amazing clever little boy who loved to lay next to Carol in the evening while she was watching television. He could outwit Jenna the border collie if he wanted her toy off her.
Foxes are beautiful creatures and they do kill animals at times for nothing more than the fun of it but then so does man!
Hopefully this fox will soon get bored and move on otherwise we are going to have to make our fencing more secure and put some notices up “Mr Fox Keep Out”

Amber gets spat at

Our beautiful german shepherd Amber was having a friendly exchange with the young llamas. They were enjoying nuzzling each other over the fence when Cleo Tuggies mum approached Amber and spat straight in her face!
Poor Amber was shocked and looked really offended as she jumped backwards and headed off back to the caravan in disgust.
Cleo seemed very pleased with herself as she walked off with a smug look on her face!

Don’t forget out Table Top Sale

10th March St Osyth Village Hall 2pm
money raised will be put towards feed bills and grass seed for the paddocks!

Open Weekend at the sanctuary

We will have an open weekend on the 16th & 17th June 11am – 5pm
remember to write it in your diary and come and see us!

Basher settles in his new pen

After three weeks of dodging Bashers horns we are all much safer as his pen is completed and he moved in on Wednesday evening. The first thing he did was chase all the chickens out of the pen. Lets hope he doesn’t escape!