"Early 2011 we purchased our run down Cottage and a few acres of land. The place was completely wild and overgrown, having been empty for over 2 years.
As we left the city life behind and aimed for self sufficiency, we got in our first quartet of chickens for our daily fresh eggs, and we fell in love with them. We now rehome many unwanted chickens and other 'lifestyle' animals. We also grow our own organic veggies, and along the way recycle as much as we can. We laugh at our exploits, learn from our mistakes, and find joy in our successes."
Please, do visit her blog, and go back to read her posts from day one. I'm sure it will warm your heart, as it has mine, to read about all of the animals they have rescued, and to look at the fantastic photos. They treat their animals like most of us (should) treat our children, with love and patience and understanding.
At one time, Jacqui had a donation link on her side bar, and a brief post requesting a bit of help. I happened to read it in Google Reader, but when I clicked on the page link it was gone. I made a comment, and a request for the return of the donation link, and she replied:
"I started to contact local business for possible sponsors, and went through a gruelling 'interview' process. It seems I don't have a valid 'track record' for anyone to invest in my 'good intentions'. All I have is one year of helping animals, and rehoming them but didn't have proper proof to back this up, ie receipts, costs etc. I was advised to keep maybe a portfolio and was told to come back in a couple of years time. I was deflated, and thought how can I expect the same of my followers too? I only have my stories on my blog, and word of mouth, and many happy photos etc. It made me think maybe I shouldn't expect help, but instead to build up what we are doing here first? It's hard, it's 'catch 22' but we do what we can. I just get so frustrated when finances are the only thing blocking more shelters, more petrol to get out and collect animals, stock foods and vetinary care etc. I can put up the donation link again, and simply ask forgiveness if anyone else feels I am being 'cheeky'. I'm not begging, but the rehoming we do costs, and I didn't wish to offend anyone by asking for help. Jacqui "
The donation link has returned and I, for one, would like to give to what I feel is a really good cause. The animals go to a wonderful home, and get LOVE as well as excellent care. I'm not sure how or if I can contribute via my debit card, as Jacqui is in New Zealand, and the donation amount is in New Zealand funds....I have no idea what the exchange rate would be. But, where there's a will, there's a way. I'll figure out how to send her a small donation some way and I hope some of you, me dear readers, will do the same.
You can find this donation link in Jacqui's side bar as well as in mine. Although it says "poultry" rescue, there are many other animals that have been taken in, like Cookie, Cherry and Crumble, the orphaned lambs, the goats, Cinnamon and Forty, and most recently two very tiny newborn orphan kids, Shikamaru and Chanel. Each is such a heartwarming story, and just a few of so very many enjoyable posts Jacqui has made on her blog. I'm reading my way back to day one. If you are an animal lover like me, I invite you to do the same.
Baby Chanel, one of the newest residents of Little Acres Cottage.