Water Babies!

Thankfully the weather has warmed up and we are able to maintain our hydro schedule at long last!

Here you see some of our disabled residents, and post operative dogs taking their supported swims. We have achieved good results from hydro, and the effect on the paralysed dogs is wonderful to see.

Sponsors, take a look at your dogs having their pool time!

JUNIOR Volunteers

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Saturday mornings at MoonAcre means Junior Volunteers.

It means making new friends, learning about animals, and working in a team on the farm.

It means fresh air, lots of exercise, and eating healthy snacks.
It means having fun, going home smelly, and looking forward to coming back next weekend!

Beautiful BONNIE

MOONACRE SANCTUARY: Long term resident BONNIE the Rottweiler cross is now 7 years old. She was one of five pups born to a Segugio Italiano mum whom we received into our care in 2013. All the pups were gorgeous – four took after their mum and found homes without a problem, but no one wanted little BONNIE because she clearly took after her dad who was a Rottweiler.

Back at that time Rottweilers were getting a bad press so no matter how much we advertised BONNIE, she never received any adoption interest. After 3 years we stopped advertising her and accepted that this sweet natured dog would live out her life at MOONACRE with us.

BONNIE is a real beauty even now when her muzzle is turning grey. She has the most wonderful temperament, and is about as loyal and loving as a dog can be. She is a gentle dog, and we trust her with all the other dogs, cats, horses and pigs here.

These photos taken yesterday capture BONNIE’s character perfectly. We love her so much and feel lucky to have the opportunity to love and care for her throughout her life.

The Case of Tuffy

On 30th May 2020, we received a desperate request for help from the owners of a 4 years old Kokoni dog with spontaneous paralysis. Little TUFFY had suddenly cried out in pain when his owner was putting his harness on him prior to their walk. TUFFY seemed fine so they made their walk but by the time they returned home TUFFY was struggling to walk. He was rushed to the vet but was paralysed! The vet, and also a 2nd opinion vet, said there was no hope of TUFFY walking again. The owners were told to contact us because we specialise in rehabilitation.
We acted immediately! We asked for TUFFY to be brought into our temporary care, and we took him to our specialist who diagnosed spinal stroke. TUFFY underwent a Mylography to confirm the diagnosis of embolism and paralysis. We were warned that there was a chance TUFFY would die within the first 2 weeks following this devastating stroke, but we began work immediately anyway to preserve his physical and mental health!
TUFFY was double incontinent, paralysed from the waist down, sad and confused. We created a treatment plan for him and got to work! We put him onto our trusted regime of supplements for neurological support, took care of his intestinal health, changed his diet onto a grain free diet to help his bowel function, and put him on a natural remedy for his heavily concentrated urine and we re hydrated him. Next we focused on his mental health – his owners told us what a happy and active dog TUFFY had been, so we planned activities for him to participate in everyday. He took car trips and walks in the doggy buggy. He spent time with other dogs, and watched tv! He went all round the farm in his buggy and met visitors. We filled his days with interest!
At the same time, TUFFY received daily physiotherapy and relaxation massages. We manually expressed his urine and bowel functions in order to maintain muscle health in those areas. He received hydrotherapy. We supplied him with a brand new wheelchair so that he could be independent and exercise himself. And we gave him many, many cuddles!
The feeling is returning to TUFFY’s legs.He is mostly toileting himself but we keep a close check on his performance. He is trying to stand when he eats and drinks. His spine has stretched our again and we have had to adjust his wheelchair to fit his straightening spine! These are the signs we look for – these are the signposts to recovery! We are supporting and encouraging every advancement he makes, and already, only 4 weeks after his stroke, TUFFY’s brain is taking back control of his body.
We cannot predict if little TUFFY will walk independently again but we are moving him towards this goal every day. We are leading him towards a point where he can return to his home and once more be with the loving owners who wait for him.
Remember that we work free of charge for the benefit of all animals – street strays or family pets. We finance all our work and our Sanctuary ourselves, and we hope that the public will support us with donations. We have only 2 paralysed dogs permanently resident in our Sanctuary – we have many more dozens of disabled dogs who have walked out of our gates with their mobility restored to them!
We are MOONACRE, and we make magic!

The Case of PABLO

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10 years old PABLO came into our care in March 2020. His history is one of pain and isolation. PABLO was found living in a paddock the size of a bedroom. His rescuer did not know that our Sanctuary was only a few kilometres from where PABLO stood, so she asked a riding school to take him in. The school had him for 7 days and tried to use him for work. They found that his response to humans was to bite, and he did he have the strength to carry riders. His rescuer was told to remove him. Fortunately, she found us and we went together to bring PABLO into our care. We were told he was not an easy horse to trailer load, but he was gentle on our first meeting and walked into our trailer.The collection took a total of 30 minutes from first meeting to driving PABLO away.

We let PABLO settle in our livery paddock. Over days, realising we asked nothing from him except to attend to his needs, PABLO began to believe he was safe. Due to his previous life of isolation PABLO would disconnect from reality and stand unresponsive for hours. Then he showed interest in Amber, our Junior Groom, who worked with our horses at weekends. We allocated PABLO as a “special care” project to Amber, and the two quickly became good friends. Through Amber, we were able to reach PABLO. Gradually Amber introduced PABLO to our resident horses, and within a short time he was meeting the herd across his paddock fence. He was learning to be a horse, learning that he could trust in humans, learning that his life had changed beyond anything he had experienced before!
Of course, while Amber was befriending PABLO, we were assessing his needs on a continuous basis. We focused on his emotional rehabilitation as a priority, but also called in our vet and farrier to examine his physical issues. PABLO was diagnosed as a textbook case of Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Disease meaning that over time his rear fetlock joints had dropped causing chronic lameness. The disease is incurable but manageable, so we set about providing PABLO with everything he needed to help him live comfortably with his condition. PABLO receives regular corrective shoeing, a good supplemented diet, and a light exercise programme to keep him fit and motivated.
We are all very pleased with the quality of life PABLO now has. He is a big favourite with our young visitors and he loves the attention! Can you believe that only 3 months ago this horse knew nothing about making friendships with humans – or forming bonds with his own species! PABLO enjoys walks with Amber and other visitors to the Sanctuary. He enjoys being groomed and pampered and he welcomes his horse, dog and cat friends to his paddock for companionship!
PABLO may never wear a saddle or carry a rider but we have given him a home for life, taken away his pain and his loneliness, and brought him into fitness.He knows he is a “special” horse to all of us, and he has come to life again!
We are MOONACRE, and we make magic happen!