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.
Sherlock was captured as a week old kittens in the neighbours hay barn. We accepted Sherlock and sibling Moriarty into our care and they lived in our spare bedroom as we attempted to befriend them. Even though they were only young they still did not trust us and it took a few weeks before they were purring like contended kitties in our presence.
That was 2 years ago and both brothers have blossomed into very different cats. Moriarty is super affectionate and seeks love from everyone. Sherlock is a little more reserved and waits to make his judgement. Once you are his friend he is a true friend and seeks out your attention.
Both boys live in a large outdoor enclosure with 8 other cats and they all get along happily. Both boys have been de-sexed thanks to ongoing sponsorship.
Sponsorship of Sherlock is $100.00 per year for 12 months or for just $10 a month. His sponsorship goes towards his vet checks, vaccinations and parasite control.
Humphrey came to live at the Sanctuary as a very young kitten. He and his siblings had been dumped at a couple days of age and left to die. Sadly that is what happened with all his siblings either dying or needing to be put to sleep. Humphrey was well enough to be saved but very needy and cried and yowled the vet clinic down. Big Ears took him on and had to bottle feed him.
These days Humphrey is king of his outdoor enclosure, ruling supreme over his 8 other friends.
Sponsorship of Humphrey is $100.00 per year for 12 months or for just $10 a month. His sponsorship goes towards his vet checks, vaccinations and parasite control.
Pudding is a lovely tortoiseshell cat that Jacqui trapped on the property as a kitten. Pudding has since been tamed, de-sexed, microchipped etc and lives in a specially built outdoor enclosure where she is unable to harm any wildlife. Pudding is a quiet cat but she loves a pat and will be one of the first to ask for attention when people visit her enclosure.
Sponsorship of Pudding is $100.00 per year for 12 months or for just $10 a month. His sponsorship goes towards his vet checks, vaccinations and parasite control.
This is Oliver the cat. We trapped him at Big Ears several years ago as a feral kitten. He was so thin and sickly that he nearly died. It didn’t take him long to become a smoochy boy and he now is big and healthy and lives with his friend Squidgy.
Sponsorship of Oliver is $100.00 per year for 12 months or for just $10 a month. His sponsorship goes towards his vet checks, vaccinations and parasite control.
Chloe was born with three others kittens at Big Ears. In January 2015, Jacqui trapped their mother Pretzel as a feral cat, not knowing at the time that she was pregnant. In February Pretzel surprised us by giving birth to 4 beautiful kittens.
Pretzel was only a young cat herself possibly about 6 to 7 months old. She has done an amazing job of raising her babies and in amongst it all she has become friendly to humans. You can tame feral cats.
Sponsorship of Chloe is $100.00 per year for 12 months or for just $10 a month. His sponsorship goes towards his vet checks, vaccinations and parasite control.