I am sending out an extremely urgent appeal for donations for MoonAcre Sanctuary.

We lost our family income in February 2021. The situation reached crisis point in August 2021 when I became unable to pay monthly bills or continue with essential surgeries. I appealed for financial help to the Government but was told I had missed the funding deadline. I appealed to Veterinary Services to remove our animals because we could not support them. No assistance was available. We continue to struggle every day, and the strain is now unbearable. I have been unable to pay the property rental, the electricity bills, the water bills, or proceed with essential surgeries since August. I made token payments to our feed supplier but our arrears are now significant. I can no longer make basic payments.

The reality of our situation is that I have received a warning of eviction, the electricity supply which runs the sanctuary water pump will be cut off, and also the emergency mains water supply. I have bills pending for animal feed, hay supply, and farrier.

There is nowhere for me to turn for help. I do not have a network of foster homes, I do not have anyone to raise funds for us, and there has been no adoption interest in our dogs or cats for 2 months. I are totally reliant on a handful of monthly sponsorships which are now used only for essential veterinary medications.

My fundraising appeal is still running – PLEASE help with a donation if you can. Reaching the fundraiser target is the only way we can survive.


Dear friends and supporters, I have launched an appeal for help on social media on behalf of my beloved sanctuary, MOONACRE.

You will know that our family has primarily funded the cost and projects at MOONACRE since it’s inception. Sadly, back in February 2021, we lost our income due to sudden unemployment. I have managed to keep the case load going, and have met most of the outgoings from our existing funds. However, we have reached rock bottom, and we are in a very serious situation now. We cannot continue without help, and the only source of help which I can turn to immediately, is right here on social media and our webpage via our fundraiser.

We are struggling for our survival, and I desperately need your support. I have taken steps to bring in advisors to help get us onto our feet again, but this is a medium and longer term solution. In the short term, I need to find funding to pay essential bills and an ever increasing animal feed bill before our credit is suspended, and we find our access to electricity and water cut. Our situation is very serious. I wish I had taken the step to ask for help when I actually saw this crisis coming, but I thought I could manage the situation, and clearly I cannot.

What I do know with every fibre of my being, is that MOONACRE is worth saving. It is a truly amazing place which generates so much happiness and love into the lives of the hundreds of disadvantaged animals that have passed through our gates. Countless dogs are running with limbs that would never have come to life without the work done by MOONACRE. Dogs struck down by stroke and coma, and broken spines are whole, and in new homes, because MOONACRE did not give up on them. Please do not give up on MOONACRE – please help keep this unique place and all the wonderful animals here going.

MOONACRE will stand on it’s own feet again, but please help us while we try to get back up.

Thank you,

Rochelle van Buuren

Founder of MOONACRE


Dear Friends & Supporters, I am currently in Macedonia shadowing rescuers working with street dogs. This is the experience of a lifetime – nothing like Cyprus – and without doubt the place that I, as the Founder of MOONACRE SANCTUARY, am meant to be at this moment in time.

I will report my findings at the first opportunity. I want to THANK every one who donated to make this rescue journey a reality. By helping me reach Macedonia to retrieve 2 disabled dogs, you have made possible a “rescue corridor” for many more dogs who have no public presence and live out their sad lives on the streets in freezing temperatures. Many have survived like this for more than 10 years, and clearly they will not make it past the coming snows.

Today I will meet JIMMY & PENELOPE, the 2 disabled dogs and bring them to my cottage for their first experience of home life, before we fly back to MOONACRE together.

Thank you on behalf of all the lives you will save through MOONACRE’s MISSION to MACEDONIA.

UPDATE ON EMMA our Golden Girl!

I found EMMA stray and injured in October 2019. She had no form of ID so we advertised her far and wide to try to find her owner. When we put EMMA through our standard vet examinations for new arrivals, we came to the conclusion that EMMA had been deliberately abandoned – our findings showed that EMMA had not strayed and been hit by a car as I thought! EMMA had a skeletal defect and needed an expensive total hip replacement!

We raised the E2000 needed to get EMMA her new hip. The surgery was a success, and EMMA came home to us for post operative nursing and therapy. EMMA has now had her first check up and passed with flying colours! Her 2nd check up will soon be upon us, and IF the outcome is as we hope, EMMA will be discharged, and the moment we have all been waiting for will arrive – EMMA will be free to travel to her new home in UK!

EMMA is the happiest, most smiley dog we could have wished to rescue! Her appetite for life (and dog food) knows no bounds! EMMA is a fabulous dog, and her new mum has waited patiently for many months while EMMA has undergone her serious surgery, therapy, and passport preparations.

We are almost at the finish line – so stay tuned for EMMA’s happy ending!