Monday, September 19, 2016

Sanctuary and Minimalism?

I've been asked about minimalization and animals. How to feel less overwhelmed with all that comes along with our fur and feather animal family. With over 20 living beings INSIDE our home, and several outside, I have some thoughts about this.

First, let me talk about minimalism. If it wasn't for minimalization of things like friend clutter, effort made, cleaning routines and my 1 in 1+ out rule, I would surely not be able to do all I can for animals and still run a well-maintained home and family life.

So... for me, it's all about my planner. I use my daily, monthly and yearly planner to keep up with all that needs to be done (animal-wise and pretty much every other detail of my life as well).

Nail trips are scheduled 2x/mth. Ears are weekly at a minimum. Haircuts for one dog is seasonal. Cage/home cleaning is scheduled as well. You name it, I write it down. I try to space things out so everyone gets attention daily. That way I can keep on top of any issues that may arise. You wouldn't want something to get out of control when you aren't looking.

Another tip is natural-care. We use diatomaceous earth for flea prevention and also in barns for bugs and moisture prevention. Prevention is much better than the alternative.

Clutter. I keep items grouped together. Extra food bags are kept in one bin and with all the food containers, in a closet in our basement. Along with grooming items. Toys are kept to a minimum, including dog bones which are mostly very cool, cruetly-free pressed wood and some nylabones,  and all in one bin in the kitchen.

Rabbit Rescues Sept 2016

I recently found an ad on kijiji that a local hobby farmer was "getting out of the meat rabbit business", and I told my husband about it.

Normally, we would try not to 'buy' a living being because not only are we not into the slave market (as apposed to adoption) but we don't want to support people in harming yet more animals. Since this person was getting out of the business I was thinking that there was two options... either he would sell his rabbits to someone who might eat or breed them or he would eat them himself. Since he won't be getting more we jumped on it.

I left it to my husband to go pick up the two rabbits we decided we had room for, knowing full well I would take them ALL otherwise. Well, that didn't go as planned because when Chris came home, with the two we decided on, he tells me that three more are coming the following weekend. (Haha.. I was thrilled of course!!) He told me with tears in his eyes, "I looked around and couldn't leave them there". (Isnt he the greatest??)

Here are some photos over the past week of our little darlings... all females so we won't contribute to the population. Clover and Meadow came first and then their sisters Rosie, Freyja and Brigid. 
For more photos, or to follow the sanctuary 'happenings, please see our Facebook page. I also have Snapchat for those who want to see some high raw food choices, sanctuary photos etc ( witchy-Kim ).

3 more saved from the 'meat' industry!

They not only have never had so much space but never experienced shavings, only a wood floor

Never experienced the ground, dirt or grass. Until now.

"With all this excitement I really should wash my face!'
Already been with us a week here, grass is old news
My first time holding a rabbit!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Rescues and The Move

I was asked about our newest sanctuary steps so here it is!

After searching for a suitable home/property we have decided NOT to move. Unfortunately, we quickly realized that we would have to spend A LOT more to do better than what we currently have. And then there was the issues with farmed zoned property, mortgage, bi-laws etc.

We really DO love our home and property but felt it was just too small for our sanctuary needs. But maybe we just needed a change in plans!

I left things alone for a short while I occasionally pondered on the next steps and while looking through kijiji ads I think I found our purpose....

We are going to soon attempt to rescue some 'farmed' RABBITS! (To go along with the 21 other animals we currently give sanctuary to.)

We don't know how soon or how many, though. It totally depends on how much money we can raise. We will collect donations and start to collect needed items ASAP for rabbit supplies and the new barn (outdoor hutch) build.

What can you do?

*Donate money. It doesn't have to be big, even $10. And if you want to do more you could donate once a week for a while.
(Remember, we are not a registered charity so you won't get a receipt but we also won't use your money for accouting fees etc. ALL the money goes towards food, housing and animal care.)
You could donate via website (I dont believe it shows up on phones) or via EFT (ggfsanctuary@gmail.com).

*Donate needed items. Check our website for what we require to run our sanctuary. (Just updated - see 'Needs' page)

*Like/share our sanctuary page on Facebook (The Grass Is Greener Farm Sanctuary) and share our FB pages (Chris D Mills & Kim Belanger-Mills for our stories). Like/share our fundraising page on FB as well. I'm hoping to auction off some items, once again, to help our cause.

We thank you!! 💚🐰🐇

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Updated Needs and Sponsor Pages.

Despite being sick over the past week, I've really accomplished quite a bit! 

Today's task was updating our pages for meeting/sponsoring our animals as well as the sanctuary needs page.

It was an overwhelming thought of what to ask for, how to word it, and even who to mention sponsorship about but thanks to some great fellow Canadian sanctuaries, I had lots of inspiration. Big Sky Ranch was a huge inspiration along with Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary. Great websites, with lots of information.

Be sure to check out my updates.. there's even a few new photos and some exciting news on there! 



Thanks,
Kim

Monday, February 22, 2016

Slowly, but surely, our dream is coming to fruition!

Confirmation!!  Our new URL www.GGFSanctuary.com is working and business cards have been ordered.  Seems it took forever to get to this step, since Chris and I got our dreams in alignment, back in September 2015.

Unbelievably, though, it's not long now before our house goes on the market.  If it sells quickly, we could be only a few months before we are actually IN our farm!!

Just goes to show you.. NEVER give up on your dreams.  Maybe put them on the back-burner, just don't give up.  All the pieces of the puzzle will eventually fit together.


Our first sanctuary business cards!

Blessings, Kim.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Guinea Pig Rescue of 2016!

February 11th, 2016 we met a lovely family who needed to re-home their 2 bonded female Guinea Pigs.  The mom has Cystic Fibrosis and was told that if she needs a lung replacement she would be denied because of the type of pets she had. Wow, eh?  I can't even imagine.

So, there we were meeting this family.  I felt good for being able to help out on one hand, but SO guilty on the other.  Especially when their daughter was crying and holding one of the piggies.

Then, there was another aspect. Our daughter was going to be SO excited.  We kept the actual animal type a secret and she couldn't wait to get home from school to find out.  Her friends were asking her repeatedly what they were... and then me as well at pick up time.  They are so sweet and fun to watch.  Willow loves to cuddle and pet them.  They make the most unusual and amazing sounds when they are happy.


Welcome Princess Buttercup and Dusty!


*You can find more photos of Buttercup and Dusty as well as our other animal family by seeing our GGFSanctuary facebook page HERE.
First time holding a Guinea Pig!
 
REAL men love ALL animals ;-)


Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Connection


As I work on the highway day after day, I see these transports hauling animals well on their way.
From east to west the rubber they lay, I think no more about it and continue my day.

It's Late February and cold as it can get, my machine has be running but not quite warm enough yet.
All bundled up and covered from head to toe , I hop up in my cab and and start plowing the snow.

Deep in thoughts of that big pay cheque I will cash, suddenly up ahead I hear a loud crash!
Not thinking to much about it, because it happens all the time,
But I hear the brakes of a truck squeal as he stops beside me on  a dime.

I have seen thousands of these transports time and time before, you know the ones with all the holes along the sides and some in the back door.


These trucks haul animals they raise on the farm, I was once was a farmer too not thinking of the  harm.

As I sit here and and think I turn my head and see, a tiny pink nose poking out at me.

My mind starts to wander as I look at that truck, I see many more pigs covered all in their own muck.
Looking all around this big shiny truck, I glanced over to the holes again and that's when it struck!

My eyes suddenly made contact with this poor little soul, she looks so afraid like her mind was lost in a black hole.

Not turning away and our eyes locked together, I think how can they survive in this minus thirty weather.
Her face is all scared and covered in frost bite, she must have been in there all yesterday and last night.

I can't help but notice a tear fall from her face, right then an there my heart started to race.

This truck will take her for slaughter and sold by the weight. What a horrible way
to lo live and so terrified of your fate.

I can't help but notice this trailer  is packed full , I hear their cries, there screams as the truck started to pull.

I can no longer bear  the connection I just made, these creatures are doomed so a farmer can get paid.

My eyes well up and my heart literally sank, as I now know their fate  will be worse the walking the plank.

They will be tortured and butchered and end up on a plate, there is no wonder why the world has so much hate.

With all the thoughts in my head my heart finally does break, I think, how can we do this to them! what changes can I make?

It wasn't a hard decision at all to make,  I right away called my wife and said I have made a huge mistake.

From that moment on my new journey would begin, for I made a promise that day .......I'm  forever VEGAN

By Chris D Mills ©

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