***SOLO SOLO SOLO***
Solo is an eight year old male pig who spent his first eight years on a property with over 150 illegally kept farm animals were he was used to breed piglets which were then sold as meat.
Solo's enclosure was approximately a 4 meter square patch of dirt. The fencing was made from bits and piece of wood and wooden pallets. The broken down shelter was also made from wooden pallets with a bit of iron over the top. On the ground was dirt, planks of wood, old containers, rotting vegetables, fruit and pig feces. The smell was unbearable.
There was no fresh water, just a small, stagnant, mostly dried up mud puddle that Solo had to both wallow in and drink from.
We are hoping to offer Solo a permanent home at Cranky's but before we can to that three things need to happen and we are running a Chuffed campaign to help us with the associated costs:
- Solo needs to be registered and castrated:
- We are currently in the process of having Solo registered with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. There are very limited costs associated with this so they are not included in this campaign.
- Although the procedure to castrate Solo will have an increased level of risk due to his age and size we believe it will have a positive impact on his life. This surgery will cost around $500.
- We need to build Solo a very robust and appropriately sized enclosure:
- Plans have been drawn up for Solo's enclosure which will be approximately 10 mtrs x 20 mtrs. His enclosure will be extremely strong and long-lasting to cope with his size and nature and will be located onsite at Cranky's amongst the bush. Solo will have plenty of space and room to forage and will be able to act like a pig for the first time in his life.
- The estimated cost for this enclosure is between $3,000 - $4,000.
- Solo needs sponsors:
- To help us cope with Solo's ongoing expenses he needs sponsors, people who will generously donate a small amount each month (even $5.00 is not too little) as a contribution to his feed, veterinary and general maintenance costs. It is estimated that Solo will eat around $80 of food each month. We are not fundraising for Solo's feed costs as part of this campaign, instead we are asking people to sponsor Solo via our website here: https://crankysfarm.org.au/animals/solo/
IF YOU CAN HELP US BY DONATING A FEW DOLLARS TO OUR CAMPAIGN OR PERHAPS BY SPONSORING SOLO THAT WOULD BE GREAT, IF NOT, THEN PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE OUR CHUFFED CAMPAIGN!!! 🙂
Cranky's FARM calendars now reduced to only $12!!!
If you would like to fill your 2020 with 12 months of cuteness and to help us out please click on the below links to our shop and get your hands on one (or both) of our 2020 calendars.
Cranky's FARM Winter Hoodies Pre-order
See our recent Face Book post if you would like to pre-order a Cranky's FARM hoodie for this coming winter.
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Where to find a Cranky's FARM stall
If you are interested in finding out more about Cranky's FARM, making a donation in person, purchasing some of our unique merchandise or just want to meet some Cranky's FARM team members you can find us at the following awesome upcoming vegan events:
- Brisbane Vegan Markets - West End - Cnr Boundary Rd and Russell St - 9am - 3pm on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
25 October 2019 - Freckles and Bill
Freckles arrived with his friend, Bill (below) on Friday 25 October 2019. Together they spent 24 hours in our holding pen being sniffed and snorted at by the current Cranky residents. Freckles, although only 8 months and significantly smaller than Bill showed signs of being the dominant steer in the yard that first night, however, upon being let out the following day it appeared Freckles realised just how small he really is.
He followed Bill around (which was cute) and Bill didn't lead him astray. Immediately, they fitted right in with their new family, waiting their turn at the feeders and following the herd down to get a drink at the trough.
Thank you so much to Bill and Freckles sponsors and to everyone who shared their rescue posts. The have now started their new life, safe from exploitation and a premature demise thanks to you all!
29 March 2019 - Moose
Moose arrived on Friday, 29 March 2019. After spending 24 hours in our holding pen, greeting everyone through the safety of the fence he was very ready to be released on Saturday afternoon. Upon being let our there was lots of running and jumping and mooing. He caused quite a stir. He has fitted in very well. He is a very confident young man, has already made friends and has even managed to put Hannah in her place. He is very social and is already firmly a Cranky's herd member.
29 September 2018 - Fifteen
Fifteen arrived on Saturday. He was an absolute gentleman; patient and respectful. He spent the night in our holding pen and was let out to mingle the next day. He politely greeted every one of his new family and was accepted with very little fuss. Fifteen is a Drought Master steer who weights in excess of a tonne, yet he is one of our most gentle residents.
13 September 2018 - Bruno, Brad and Stuart
Bruno and Stuart are two eleven month old Angus x Hereford steers who were, along with Brad the Bradford steer, destined to be sold, slaughtered and stored. Thanks to the commitment of the community to help us care for these three gorgeous boys they will be arriving to start their new lives on Saturday, 13 September. We cannot wait to meet and fall in love with them. **UPDATE** Bradley, Bruno and Stuart arrived safely on Saturday, 20 October 2018 and are currently settling in with their new family. All three are very sweet and gentle. Not having lived on properties with trees and rocks they are enjoying exploring their new home.
14 September 2018 - Millie, Mac, Nelly and Annie
Millie, Mac, Nelly and Annie are four goats who are in need of a forever home. They are due to arrive at Cranky's on Sunday, 14 September 2018, however, we are yet to secure sponsorship for their monthly feeding costs. It is only with community support that we are able to commit to further rescues as to rescue more animals without being able to guarantee their future care would put them and our current residents in danger. If you are able to commit to a monthly donation of even just $5 to help cover the costs of feeding either Millie, Mac, Nelly or Annie please click on the "Sponsor Me" button at the bottom of their individual page/s. **UPDATE** Nelly, Annie, Millie and Mac arrived safely on Saturday, 20 October 2018. They are all adorable, very affectionate and happy. Not having lived on a property with many trees or boulders they seem to be having lots of fun acting like goats up on the rocks.
10 November 2018 - Carl, Murray and Norman
Carl, Norman and Murray are three 1 year old dairy steers. Deemed waste products of the dairy industry they were taken from their mothers at only days old and trucked to the cattle sales. They were purchased by people wanting to protect them and have been cared for since. Unfortunately, circumstances have changed and they require a new home. **UPDATE** Carl, Norman and Murray arrived at Cranky's FARM safely and are now 100% part of the Cranky's family. Although they have integrated well into the larger herd they still stick together and we are very happy we were able to offer them a home where they will remain together as brothers.
Bambi, Bobby and Thelma
Thelma is an 8 year old ex-dairy cow who couldn't keep up with the required amount of milk production. Bambi and Bobby are two four year old dairy steers. All three were rescued from the dairy industry and have been loved and cared for. Unfortunately, due to a change in circumstances these three are seeking a new home. **UPDATE** Thankfully, we were able to find a wonderful, new forever home for these three beautiful souls. They will be spending the rest of their lives in the lush Byron Bay where they will be lavished with love.
You can now sponsor your very own Cranky's FARM resident!
Sponsoring an animal is the very best way you can help support our sanctuary.
Regular monthly donations help us to budget for present and future events.
Knowing how much we have coming in each month gives us the confidence to be able to save more lives.
One off donations are great but sponsorship is totally awesome!
Thanks to our amazing supporters all the residents at Cranky's have at least one sponsor.
If you can spare even $5.00 a month please consider sponsoring a Cranky's FARM resident.
As well as being great for the animals sponsorship also has some added bonuses for the sponsors.
When you sponsor a Cranky's FARM resident you will receive:
- A sponsorship certificate;
- Exclusive access to photos of your sponsored animal that only other sponsors get to see;
- Our heart-felt appreciation; and
- Free access to visit your sponsored animal at Cranky's FARM
Sponsors who are able to give $50.00 or more per month also receive:
- A unique canvas of their sponsored animal;
- A secret Christmas present from the sponsored animal; and
- Two free overnight stays per year at Cranky's FARM in our cabin style accommodation
If you would like to sponsor a Cranky's FARM resident just go to the animals page, click on the animal you want to sponsor and then click on the "Sponsor Me" button at the bottom of their bio.
"He would change our lives forever"
Cranky arrived at our property with two other dairy steers in February 2010. They had spent the first three months of their lives as part of a mobile petting zoo. Unfortunately, what people don’t realise, just like we didn’t, the lives of the cute baby animals they pat and cuddle at petting zoos are typically short lived.
CRANKY'S FARM SHINANIGANS
Solo, rescued only a few months ago from filthy, cramped conditions is loving life. He is playful and very talkative and we think he just loves this ball.
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Gaby is one of our successfully rehomed animals. She had lived her whole life at a property near Toowoomba where her person loved her very much. Unfortunately, due to drought and a change in her personal circumstances, Gaby’s person was unable to continue to care for her. Gaby had been a breeding cow and her…
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Potentially over 150 farm animals will need a new forever home in late November We were recently approached about a property on the south side of Brisbane where over 150 farm animals; including pigs, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, chickens and turkeys may have been abandoned. We visited the property to find the animals in a…
Freckles’ enjoying his very first meal at Cranky’s. I made a point of sitting in the holding pen with Bill and Freckles, talking softly to them and assuring them that their new life was going to be full and free and full of love.
On the 25th of November Bill the jersey steer and Freckles the speckled park steer arrived at Cranky’s. Bill was the first to jump off the truck to freedom and, whilst Freckles’ dismount wouldn’t have won him any medals at the Olympics, he also jumped enthusiastically into his new life.
Watch Fifteen’s first moments at his new home. He was amazingly respectful and gentle upon arrival and everyone was happy and excited to meet him. After spending the night in the holding pen he was very anxious to get out and meet everyone up close and personal.
David is fast becoming a celebrity sleeper. We have never known a goat to love a good nap as much as our tiny Dave. Within only minutes of his butt hitting the ground his beautiful blue eyes are closing and he’s sound asleep.