23rd May 2023
Introducing our new rescue lady ❤️
A plea was put out for rescue space for this terribly neglected ewe and when we saw the condition she was in we just had to say bring her to us.
A kind lady had kept her alive by feeding her grass and giving her water each day when she was down and unable to stand. Down for 2 weeks leading to horrendous and painful pressure sores.
The farmer gave antibiotics but when they didn’t make her any better he just left her to die refusing to call a vet due to the cost. Finally he agreed to sign her over so she could receive the care that she needs to hopefully recover.
Unfortunately being down for so long has caused weakness in her legs plus she’s been unable to graze and also been feeding her lambs which has exhausted her physically.
Now on the correct antibiotics and pain relief along with hand picked grass, treats and sheep mix and without the burden of producing milk for her lambs, we are doing everything we can to help her recover.
The good news is that her lambs came with her and are already accepting bottle feeding. Momma is in poor condition and was only just producing a small amount of milk but, as explained earlier, we are now bottle feeding the babies to relieve the pressure off her body and Momma seems quite happy with that 😊
We seem to always be asking for money for something but this has put an extra burden on us financially and so any donation is gratefully received …. Thank you 💕
8th December 2022
29th November 2022
27th January 2022
I’m so tired …. both physically and mentally tired.
I’m not looking for sympathy as running a sanctuary is my choice but I want people to know that when I’m late or forget to do things that it’s because I’m either involved with the animals or I’m just so tired that I can’t think straight.
Today is a classic example of a day at Sheep Ahoy being both a busy and productive day today at the charity ☺️
It started with picking up a shed that had been donated to us from some kind people and taking it to one of the fields. Unloading the shed, picking up some sheep hurdles from the field and then some shed paneling and other wood from a kind local supporter. Then we were off to the polytunnel field where the priority was of course to check and feed the sheep. That in itself is a mammoth job as we make up our own bespoke feed and feed the sheep according to their individual needs, for example, Eli needs a separate feed as he won’t eat with the other lambs.
Then it was time to unload the trailer and we put the donated shed panels to use straight away. We used these to wind proof the area we had made for Ed and Bill & Ben plus we then secured their area even more with the hurdles we’d brought from the other field …. We just don’t trust that Ed sheep!
Lots of other tasks which included unloading the feed from the trailer and putting in the secure feed bins. Feed ranges from 15kg to 25kg a bag and there is no other way than to literally lift it into the feed bins. I do worry about the charity volunteers who carry out these tasks along with me for the sake of the rescues. I’m not sure they know what they are signing up too when they start to volunteer.
If that wasn’t enough we re stacked the few remaining hay and straw bales and created an area for the fresh large hay rounds to be stored … and as if by magic they arrived!
Phew! What a day!
We do it for our love of the sheep but it still doesn’t stop us being exhausted and our bodies aching at the end of the day.
On top of all the jobs we do is spending time with the rescues. Peter just loves fusses and follows us around just to spend time with us, Caleb is very chilled and waits patiently for a cuddle, Ed wants us with him 24hrs a day so whatever time we do spend with him needs to be quality time …. we just love it but do realise that we have to balance our time between tasks and spending time with our sheep family.
The day did have some funny parts like the time that I got the biscuits knocked out of my hand and ended up with Elvis between my legs stuffing his face with biscuits whilst the others knocked me forward and stood on my hair …. I emerged looking like a scarecrow!
The evening usually involves admin tasks but tonight that’s a ‘no’ as my brain isn’t up to it and I need an early night with some pain relief 😂
10th August 2021
20th January 2021
Jo Burns from Radio Kent recently came to find out about Sheep Ahoy. Why not have a listen.
11th February 2020
We have some exciting news!
Sheep Ahoy Animal Rescue has it’s first charity patron in the lovely Rose Wyles – The Vegan Nutritionist.
A patron is someone who agrees to lend their name to an organisation as a way of supporting them by helping them get noticed, adding prestige or lending credibility to the cause. Rose certainly does all those things because she has the same vegan values as Sheep Ahoy plus supports our objectives and future plans.
Rose has a healthy following on Twitter and is now managing our Twitter account too which takes the pressue off the rest of the team …. The Sheep Ahoy Twitter account @olisgang has grown from around 45 followers to well over 1000 in the short time that Rose has managed things
Rose is dedicated to helping raise the profile of our Land Fund project and to raising funds for it too. Watch this space for an update on what she has planned … it’s massive!
Rose is a qualified Nutritionist and is a Vegan, Raw, WFPB & Child Nutrition Consultant so why not visit her at www.thevegannutritionist.co.uk or follow on Twitter @vegannutrition1 for some great dietary tips and recipes!
Thanks Rose for supporting us
15th November 2019
We always welcome new supporters but this month we are especially welcoming people that are visiting our web page after reading the charities article in the December copy of Vegan Life Magazine.
Hopefully you will find out everything you want to know about us but if you have any questions then please go to the ‘Contacts’ page and send us an email.
Our etsy shop has lots of nice things to buy as Christmas presents including our Sheep Sponsorship Scheme so why not take a look here.
Thanks for your interest and support as always.
29th October 2019
Winter is an expensive season for us as we give the gang hay bales to make sure their tummys are full.
Our ‘Buy The Gang a Bale of Hay’ campaign last year was so successful in helping with our winter hay bill that we are launching it again for 2019.
If you buy a bale of hay then you will be tagged in the Facebook/Instagram post when it is delivered to the Gang so you get to see who eats it too!
If anyone would like to pay for a hay bale then please click on the ‘Buy a Bale’ link below where you can pay via PayPal or debit card. Each hay bale costs £5.
Thank ewe from us all.