People who ‘work’ in rescue so often do it with the whole of their heart. What goes on behind the scenes is nothing short of extraordinary. Keeping momentum for rescue is difficult, when the financial and emotional price is so high. Recently, I was able to tag along to see some remarkable people mobilise resources for a farm animal rescue that made my heart sing.
Meet Pillow, the Pig
Once upon a time there was a little pig. This pig was born to the life that sadly faces around 2 billion pigs each year. You know what I’m talking about. Though, this little pig was about to encounter a twist of fate that would see her destiny change forever.
Pillow, as she was soon to be named, ended up in the loving home of Foster Bro Extraordinare – Pikelet. Pillow was a very lucky girl indeed. She grew (and grew and grew) up in surburban Sydney with a menagerie of all-species foster siblings. Until, the time was right for her to find her a home where those little trotters could frolic in fields.
As with all Life of Pikelet fosters, a rigorous application and interview process was enlisted to find her forever home. And she did. Her new humans were just perfect. So was her sister, Penny.
Sometimes life takes a turn
Life is unpredictable. We know that. Foster and adoptive families sometimes encounter turns that mean change for their family. And while this might seem like a sad twist for Pillow, it’s quite the opposite.
I started this story about how many people in rescue do so with the whole of their heart. Finding a new home for Pillow (and Penny) was made possible by her foster family, her adoptive family and her new family. This team mobilised across three states: New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria and many weeks of planning to make it possible.
Farm animal heaven on Earth
Oh my, if I thought booping piggy snoots was the pinnacle of my day – I was soon proven to be wrong.
First, there were the formalities of the adoption paperwork. Life of Pikelet oversee the ongoing wellbeing of all their foster animals. Their support doesn’t end when the foster is rehomed. It’s for life. So over a lovely cup of tea and some watchful eyes, Pillow and Penny’s adoption was formalised.
Cloverleaf Corridale Stud
Ronelle and James have built a blissful environment to sustain their own farming and support farm animal rescue. Ronelle generously allowed us to tour the farm and when recounting the visit to all who would listen, I used the words “best day of my life” (except for the day I met and married my Husband, of course).
Cloverleaf Corridale Stud is an 84-acre property overlooking the Lerderderg State Park with open views to the Brisbane Ranges, the You Yangs and Corio Bay.
Goats, sheep, chooks, pigs all live blissfully on the property. There’s a sanctuary for Eastern Grey joeys, rescued from their mother’s pouch after roadside accidents. Did I mention the wombats? You can see from the photos that a great deal of booping took place.
Happy as the proverbial pig…
The day was bittersweet, there’s no denying that. Pillow and Penny’s family were heart-broken and there was a moment where Pillow’s Mum unfolded the tiny pajama’s Pillow used to wear to hand them over. But, with love, they were returned as a keepsake.
I’m reasonably new to having first-hand experience to the heart and soul rescuers pour into their efforts on a daily basis. It’s hard work from which there is no rest. At times, it is utterly devastating and the overwhelm can become too much. But then, another life is saved. Then another. The strength to go on making a difference returns and they keep fighting another day.
Now, Pillow and Penny are living life to the fullest. They are safe. They are happy. And, they are loved.
How you can help
The Life of Pikelet family have successfully cared for and rehomed over 50 foster siblings and have assisted with the rehoming of hundreds more. They have also raised and donated an excess of $150,000 to a wide range of animal rescues and charitable causes with the aim to raise so much more!
You can help the continuing rescue efforts of Life of Pikelet by donating to their Rescue Ranch here. Never miss any of the behind-the-scenes rescue footage and foster family antics. Join Life of Pikelet All Access for a small monthly donation (less than the cost of a cup of coffee).
Follow Cloverleaf Corridale Stud on Instagram. Their bed and breakfast is due to open late 2018. I’ve seen a sneak peek and it is truly gorgeous. A mixture of reclaimed bricks and timber from the property and local surrounds, incorporated into a modern design with luxury in each room. This B & B is going to be at the top of your to-visit list. Nose booping optional.
*It won’t be too hard to tell these are all images taken in the moment on my oldish smart phone. No editing, no fancy filters – just moments captured in time to tell the story.