To memorialize our beloved friends is to honour and acknowledge the important role they played in our lives, to bring comfort to ourselves and to help keep their love and presence in our hearts.
When William stepped hoof on the earth at HEEFS, he was instantly transformed into a kind, gentle and comical character.
He leaves behind his son, George, and partner, Catherine who were all rescued from a horrible goat milking operation.
William's love for head scratches and kale will be remembered. Long live William.
Born May 17 2003, Baabara was a Shetland sheep, and she arrived at HEEFS on July 26th, 2016. Very timid at first, it took a number of months for her to trust her new human friends. But once she did, she was the biggest cuddle bug on the farm. Preferring to spend her time with the volunteers in the barn, she had become a fixture on work days helping everybody with their chores in exchange for a cookie, and scratch. She passed peacefully in her sleep on Jan 25th, and she will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to meet her.
Dot was rescued many years prior to HEEFS coming to fruition. She was a basement bunny that her family fell out of love with. Dot quickly became friends with Cadabara, and lived a lovely free range life in Georgetown prior to coming to the Sanctuary. She will be remembered as a fighter and the sweet old lady that she was, living until 14 years of age. Long live Dot.
Having arrived at our farm as a senior, Bear lost the mobility in his back legs just a few weeks after arrival. For many animals, that would be the end, but not for Bear. Despite being unable to walk, he showed us he was a fighter from day one. He was always the first one up for breakfast in the morning. Sitting up to chat, and greeting you with the most beautiful piggy smile when you entered his stall.
Derek and Bear became fast friends, as the extra care required to take care of him meant they spent a lot of time together. Frequent massages, movie nights on his very own TV, and conversations that one might think were one sided, but Derek will tell you otherwise.
We watched closely for signs that Bear was telling us it was time, but they never came. As the days and months went on, having to make "that call" became one of our biggest fears. But we never had to make that call. On June 10th, 2017, Steve & Derek arrived back at the farm after being out for dinner. Within a few minutes of arriving at the farm, a call came over the walkie-talkie. Derek immediately went to the barn, and a minute later, Bear was gone. He passed peacefully, with his best friend by his side.
Bear is one of our founding residents, and his departure has left an immeasurable hole in our hearts. His strength, resilience, and character were unlike any animal we've ever known. He was an inspiration to everyone he met, and his memory will live on forever.
Sweet gentle Benny departed Bunnytown and left in our hearts a fluffy memory of such a handsome and well mannered boy. Rescued from a zoo, Benedict learned to run with us, quickly outgrowing his memory of small confinement and captured the hearts of his caregivers at HEEFS. Benny leaves behind his best friend Theresa and a legacy of being the biggest, fluffiest rabbit to ever grace Bunnytown. Long live Benedict.