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More youngsters!

This tiny pigeon squab arrived at the centre recently after, very sadly, its nest was destroyed. A member of the public had collected it before bringing it to us in a small bucket.

It was rushed in to see the vet team and, although it was not obviously injured, was found to be very cold and flat. It was quickly moved into one of our warm incubators and quickly picked up!

We are keeping our eye on it and will do all we can to raise it for release!

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This is our incredible friend Mouse. When we first met him, he was terrified and alone, trapped in a filthy stall at the horrific Hudson Valley backyard butcher operation, with no water and no access to the outdoors.

Making matters worse for Mouse: An untreated injury had left his right rear leg withered and unusable. This is an especially difficult problem for a pig; as he grew, the strain of Mouse’s weight would no doubt cause his other legs, particularly his only functioning hind leg, to break down.

Fortunately, we work with the incredible doctors at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, and they set to work on a plan to help Mouse have a better quality of life and get around more easily.

Early on in the process, Mouse had a CT scan that created a 3D image. The Cornell team then took that image and used a 3D printer to create a model of his leg to help them create a plan for the surgery.

Treatment for Mouse has included a surgery that involved cutting the tendons to release the leg — so it would come down straight instead of curling up tight against his side. The doctors also performed a procedure to lengthen the actual bones of the leg. That procedure included the breaking of the bone and the adding of rods in between, plus an outer apparatus that could then be manipulated to slowly lengthen the space between the two bone pieces. This was done slowly to allow the muscles and tendons to adjust and stretch and not tear. In between the rods, new bone was able to grow!

Mouse also underwent surgery to remove his hoof, which was damaged beyond repair. That may not sound like a good thing, but it was — it made his next stage of treatment possible! 

Throughout this process, Mouse has received incredible care from his veterinary team and regular visits from Farm Sanctuary staffers. The scared little pig we met three months ago has blossomed into a happy, charming boy who loves his human friends and enjoys a good belly rub (as you can see in the video above).

Recently, Mouse entered a new and exciting phase of his treatment! He’ll have five weeks of daily physical therapy sessions using a new brace with a tennis ball at the end to approximate a hoof. During these sessions, his amazing veterinary team is essentially giving him walking lessons – hopefully, helping him learn to put weight on his leg and keep it straight. This is no easy task for a pig who probably hasn’t had the use of all four legs since he was a young piglet – but Mouse has made great progress so far and remains in great spirits. How he responds to physical therapy over the coming weeks will determine what the next steps will be for this sweet boy. Wish him luck! 

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Meet Gremlin! A dogfighting survivor, Gremlin has gotten his second chance at a happy life. Watch his rescue story and see him loving life in his forever home. 

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HSI: Heartwarming Rescue Stories from the Philippines (HSI Animal Rescue Team) #typhoonhaiyan

Roxy’s new year is off to great start! She’s turned 10 years old, recovered from cancer and was declared cancer free, AND she’s no longer dependent on insulin and instead relies on diet to control her diabetes.

This is a cat who overcomes.

There is one challenge she hasn’t beaten yet - finding a new and loving home! She’s with the HART of Maine (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) and would love nothing more than to curl up on the lap of someone who loves her.

Roxy does get along with other cats, but would also be just fine as an only pet. If you want someone to help you face life’s challenges, email info@hartofme.com or call 207-829-4116. Roxy is your girl.

My, what big eyes you have, Lilia! The better to see you adopters with?

Lilia is a gorgeous, loving, hard luck kitty at HART of Maine (Homeless Animal Rescue Team). She’s been in the shelter a long time, and as a celebration of Adopt a Cat Month, her adoption fee is being paid, so you can take that money and buy me some nice things!

She likes  feather toys and laser games, and the best of all is, she’ll share!

Well, with you, anyway – she’s no fan of other pets.

If you’ve tried the rest and you’re ready for the best… email HART’s adoption team at info@hartofme.com, or call 207-829-4116! Lilia can’t wait to see you,

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Senate Committee: Stop Ag-Gag Now!

The Australian Senate is currently considering a bill that will PROTECT ANIMAL ABUSERS and shut down animal cruelty investigations - the Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015. For decades now animal activists have used undercover investigations to expose the cruelty and neglect animals suffer at the hands of the agricultural sector. The Animal Liberation Victoria Open Rescue team, as well as activists from many other organisations, have exposed countless examples of suffering and neglect that would otherwise have been hidden from public view. Without these undercover investigations the general public would be unaware of just how the animals exploited by these enterprises actually live. Thanks to animal activists who risk their safety and freedom to gather this information the public is able to make an informed choice regarding what they as consumers are willing to support. This vital information is now under threat. Liberal Senator Chris Back is seeking to introduce ‘Ag Gag’ laws, similar to those already passed overseas. These laws target animal cruelty investigators and whistleblowers. If introduced these laws will: -          Criminalise ongoing undercover investigations and covert surveillance of commercial animal enterprises. -          Require that any footage obtained must be turned over to police, the DEPI or the RSPCA immediately, rather than given to animal right groups or the media. (These bodies have a long history of failing to act when presented with documented evidence of animal abuse – the RSPCA even profit financially from animal farms, as they are in business with many of the farms they are supposed to police - see freerangefraud.com) In short, animals and their suffering will once again be hidden from the public, and consumers will no longer be privy to the reality of Australian animal farming. Please speak up now to stop this bill that serves only to protect animal abusers and criminalise the truth.