Running a sanctuary takes more than pats, cuddles and kisses. It also takes a lot of money. As a not for profit registered charity we rely on the goodwill of those who care about animals. Every day expenses include feed, shelters, medication, cleaning, veterinary assistance, and fencing. These costs add up and any donation, no matter how big or small, will help the animals. We are a No Kill Sanctuary which means that animals that are not suitable to be re-homed, or have special needs stay here for the remainder of their lives.
Sponsorship does not cover the full cost of caring for the animals, nor does it take into account their feeding costs. It is with this in mind that Big Ears encourages the animals to be sponsored by more than one sponsor.
We understand that an upfront payment doesn’t suit everybody so for less than most people spend on coffee you can choose ongoing monthly payments from as little as $5.00 per month.
Sponsors are sent a laminated certificate with the name and photo of the sponsored animal thanking them for their sponsorship as well as a Big Ears sticker.
Big Ears would really love some corporate sponsorship to help with ongoing costs. 100% of all donations is spent on the animals – there are no wages paid, all staff are volunteers.
Gordon came to Big Ears in September 2019 as a 1 year old lamb. He had been found on the highway with afterbirth on him and was taken to the nearest post office. He was then bottle fed and looked after until he got to be too big and very jumpy with the children.
He has always been extra boisterous and jumps playfully around the other sheep. His extra fluffy wool coat earnt him the name ‘Powder Puff’.
Sponsorship of Gordon is $100.00 upfront for 12 months or just $10 a month. Sponsorship will go towards his drench, hoof trimming and shear.
Sniggers was surrendered on the 3rd August 2019. He was approx. 5 years old and had been kept in a shed. His diet had been poor and he was scared of all other animals. Sniggers went to the vet on the 5th August where his leg was x-rayed showing no break. It was revealed that the ‘bent leg’ was most likely a congenital growth defect that although looked awful, was actually causing no pain. There was no swelling or heat detected. His leg should have been splinted when he was a lamb. His temp, teeth and health were great although he was obese.
Sniggers has now adapted to a suitable diet for sheep, he has had his vaccinations, hoof trim, drenched, back lined and has now been shorn.
Sponsorship of Sniggers is $100.00 upfront for 12 months or just $10 a month. Sponsorship will go towards his drench, hoof trimming and shear.
Maria Rita was found on the side of the road on a cold Monday night at the beginning of September 2018. The police officer that found her thought it might just be a matter of putting her back over the fence with her flock. When he shone his torch over the fence there was no flock in sight and no nearby farm house. He called Big Ears and we picked her up and started her on the bottle.
She has been an absolute pleasure and one of the healthiest lambs we have had the pleasure to raise. She needs to have a surgical removal of her tail as it is much more humane than banding the tail.
Sponsorship of Maria Rita is $100.00 upfront for 12 months or just $10 a month. Sponsorship will go towards her drench, hoof trimming and shear.
Levi and his twin brother Calvin came to Big Ears in 2016. They had been born early and their mother had passed away. They were bottle fed at the sanctuary by eager volunteers and grew up to be little gentleman.
Sponsorship of Levi is $100.00 upfront for 12 months or just $10 a month. Sponsorship will go towards his drench, hoof trimming and shear.
Calvin and his twin brother Levi came to Big Ears in 2016. They had been born early and their mother had passed away. They were bottle fed at the sanctuary by eager volunteers and grew up to be little gentleman.
Sponsorship of Calvin is $100.00 upfront for 12 months or just $10 a month. Sponsorship will go towards his drench, hoof trimming and shear.