Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary

In 2012, my hubby (Ric) and I purchased an amazing property in the Perth Hills on 150 glorious acres of pasture and natural bushland.  The property is called “Kookaburra” and it is magical.. full of tranquil dams brimming with bird-life, majestic gums and imposing jarrahs, rolling pasture and leaf-strewn woodlands.  Rabbits have made a veritable “Watership Down” zone in amongst one of the Olive Tree groves, and kangaroos graze amongst the trees.  Native animal life is everywhere – the sense of peace is almost palpable on this earthly slice of paradise.  The property was set up for farming, with some dodgy stables, a cattle crush, and mostly rickety fencing dividing the paddocks.  A beautiful windmill pumps dam water up to the tank that goes on to fill various water troughs around the place.  This place was once a working farm no doubt… most likely raising cattle and sheep for the sale-yards – along with crops of hay from the hayfield.  When we first laid eyes on the farm, we immediately saw an alternative use for it … we had a vision of a beautiful sanctuary that raised and cared.. healed, loved and protected.  This was certainly going to be a farm with a difference.  We envisioned animals that were neglected, lost, hurt, bound for slaughter or plain unwanted… finding their way home to us, where they could realise a life that all living creatures wish for.  One of peace, and on it’s own terms, a free life – as free as it could be anyway.  That was and is our dream.. we see this place as a Farmed Animal Sanctuary.

It has been our passion to help needy animals since 2008, and during this time, we have helped quite a few farm and domestic animals.  One of our better known rescues is the much loved “Timmy The Lamb” from Facebook fame.  You can read his story on the link to his page – it’s well worth a read and has touched the hearts and minds of over 3000 fans so far, not only here in Australia but all over the world.  This story of one man’s fateful encounter with an orphaned lamb and the resulting rescue and loving bond that developed has been very popular, and has been a catalyst for enabling us to reach more people with our message of hope for farm animals just like this adorable little guy. Timmy – the courageous and heart-meltingly cute orphaned lamb – is only one of many animals who have a story to tell.  You can check out the tales of some more of our current rescues on this page, there are not many here at the moment but we will be uploading more resident profiles as soon as we can, so please bookmark our site or subscribe to updates if you would like to read more as we post them.

Our dream of establishing a sanctuary for the animals whom are most often overlooked due to their commodity status, has quickly become a reality.  Even though we now have over 50 rescued and/or surrendered animals in our care, we still consider ourselves to be relatively small and are working as best we can to expand our capacity to help more animals.  We have much work to do and we are now at a stage where we need more help from the public to help us fully fulfil our mission of kindness.   If you would like to help us achieve our goals – we would love to hear from you.  There are many ways you can help us, from donations, to vet runs, and general volunteering, we also would love to have more veterinary professionals working alongside us to help us with cases that need medical attention and ongoing support.  Please contact us if you would like to know more or if you would just like to arrange a visit to meet the animals.

With love from the “Animal Actionist” and “Happy Hooves” family.

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* Animal Actionist Ltd (ABN: 55167547346) is a registered non-profit/charity with ACNC as of 21/1/14.  View our online ACNC profile.

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17 Responses to “Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary”

  1. Dear Maree,
    This is the best news I have gotten all year! I truly, truly am so very happy that the work you are doing, taking care of these beautiful negelcted animals, and giving them peace, sanctuary, love and care is proving wonderful result with seeing Timmy and his incredible journey. I am so greatful for you and for people like you, who emotionally, spiritually and physically, mentally and financially are drained but continue to fight to save these beautiful animals from those who would do severe harm. Dear Maree, I don’t have much but you are welcome to contact me in case you need any form of assistance.

    • animalactionist Reply 31 Aug, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Dearest Mazzy, I have seen you on the Timmy page following his story and I am so grateful for your interest and support for our mission. You’re right, it can sometimes be draining to do what we do, you come up against a lot of opposition when you start to speak about the rights of farm animals. That and the daily chore list is long and the critters do not recognise public holidays or weekends so they don’t give me much time off. ;) That said, gosh I wouldn’t have it any other way. The sheer joy these animals give is utterly fulfilling. With their constant antics and gentle presence – it is I who is blessed to share my life with them. That’s why we want to help more people to see farm animals through our eyes, to see that they have just as much capacity for love and suffering as the beloved cat and dog, and therefore, deserve the same level of respect and care. That they are worth so much more than just becoming products for our consumption.
      Love and gratitude to you Mazzy… please stay in touch. <3

  2. Looks & sounds absolutely wonderful!!!! If I ever get to Australia, I’m coming to visit! : >

  3. Congratulations! Wishing you speedy council approvals and much support for such a beautiful project.

  4. Dear Maree,
    Thankyou for taking the time to reply to my post, I definately want to continue to follow the progress of Timmy and of all your other animals in the Sanctuary. I myself, am a great lover of all animals, as you can see, I use the picture in my profile of my baby, who unfortunately was also abused and is a rescue lady dog!!! I’m a strong advocate for the well being of animals and I assist as much as I can. You are an inspiration to us all, even those who dont understand animals as much, or even have them. With all my heart, I wish you all the best! Kisses and hugs for Timmy!!! xxooxx Keep in touch please!!

  5. Dear maree
    It is wonderful to hear you have started a farm sanctuary in perth; this is my dream one day! I will cross my fingers and toes that you may be open for visits/volunteers within the next twelve months and look forward to hearing how it’s all going with your email updates. Very best wishes in what I’m sure will be the most rewarding experience

    • Thank you Ruth for your wonderful words of encouragement, and your interest in getting involved when we are ready. Thats great news!
      We are settling in nicely now and the animals have found their groove with routines and lay of the land. We have only got one paddock adequately fenced at this stage so what started as an exciting new paddock to them all, is now turning into old news and they gaze longingly at the taller grass and lupins on the other side of the fence. :)
      Good news is we are hoping to get the next paddock (this ones much bigger) fenced within next few weeks so they can run and munch and explore again.
      Once this is done we will be taking on about 11 – 15 more animals from a family in a desperate situation and can no longer care for them. And so in the blink of an eye, the sanctuary resident quota will almost double. Yikes! This will be an interesting challenge. ;).

  6. I just stumbled onto this page and will definitely subscribe to updates. My family lives a cruelty free lifestyle and i have been looking for a farm sanctuary to introduce my 3year old to beautiful farm animals. I wish u all the best and we’ll be there when you’re open to the public!

    • animalactionist Reply 11 Nov, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you Amie! Great to hear you guys live cruelty free. We would love to meet you and your 3year old once we’re open – watch this space!

  7. Just stumbled on this page, and I will be subscribing ,awesome work, awesome people, you rock

    • animalactionist Reply 25 Mar, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Thank you Sue! ❤❤

      • Are you still wanting help on weekends there maree?

      • animalactionist 30 May, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        Hi Sue, thanks for asking. We are ok at the moment thanks – but if we do need to organise a help day, can we email you? Please send an email to me via the “contact us” form and I will add your email to our volunteer list. Thanks so much for your interest in helping! xxx

  8. Best of luck with your sanctuary, it sounds wonderful. I have been following the Freedom Hill sanctuary, (http://www.freedomhill.com.au/) located in the Adelaide hills, for a while and wondered if there was anything like it here in WA, so did some searching and found your page. I will be eagerly following your progress and hoping you will be open to the public soon – my kids & I would love to come & visit.


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