Worst Drought in Living History
It's the worst drought in lliving history with 99 percent of NSW affected. Our farm-like sanctuary of peace for 460 animals and (hundreds of ) wildlife doesnt get Drought Relief because its not a farming business. Neither do we get transport help for the hay we are now having to truck in ourselves from interstate. (Something the farmers do get!) Our local feed provider is rationing hay to regular customers. The situation is dire. Local farmers are talking about a drought that won't break until next autumn and a feed shortage that would have serious consequences for our sanctuary. To keep A Place of Peace going, our family has gone into tremendous debt. At the same time we have to keep buying hay. And it costs thousands. For example the current semi load of hay from Victoria will cost us $27,000. And we are currently $10,000 short.
Our 21 year old sanctuary is something we dont make a living from. It arose from our belief that all life is precious and animals in need, no matter what the species, deserve refuge and safe sanctuary to live their lives in peace. It is the compassionate arm of our charity The Billie Dean Deep Peace Trust which works for a gentle world of deep peace for all species. This drought is a national disaster, but sanctuaries of compassion like ours are overlooked. The Government is really only interested in helping farm businesses. And that we are not.
With community help and tireless fundraising all year, we have survived with not one beloved animal missing a meal. It hasnt been easy.
You can help us keep going with a donation no matter how large or small. It all makes a difference to little ones like goats Venus and Neptune above.
Scroll down to see pics of some of the animals and read more about our sanctuary. And thank you so much for caring.
Saved From Homelessness and Death
The Deep Peace Trust's Farm Animal Sanctuary was founded over 20 years ago by us, Billie Dean and Andrew Einspruch. Because we have a heart for animals! It's situated in southerm NSW Australia, outside Canberra, and is currently home to over 460 formerly at-risk animals who had nowhere else to go. They faced culling, euthanasia, slaughter, neglect, homelessness, or other trauma. The sanctuary provides both healing and hospice to those in need. It's also home to hundreds of wildlife, who find refuge and safety in this place of peace.
Above: Feeding precious hay to sheep. Below: sanctuary sheep have never missed a meal, even in the current drought.
Allowed to Be Families
Bessie the cow was pregnant when she arrived (like so many others), and she and her calf Blessed both nearly died during calving. But with care, Bessie and Blessed bonded and thrived. Blessed and other calves at the sanctuary will stay with their mums forever, living in their natural family and social systems. Let's get them a bale of hay for breakfast and dinner.. every day!
Above: Bessie and Blessed will spend their lives together in peace.
A Vision of Peace
The sanctuary is just one aspect of the work done by the Billie Dean Deep Peace Trust, a social change charity advocating a gentle world of peace for all beings through the arts, education, and compassionate action. The charity specialises in books, on-line classes and live events teaching ancient wisdoms and a deeper understanding of the human, animal and nature connection for impact through insight.
Under Threat from the Long, Hard Drought
Today, the sanctuary faces its greatest challenge ever— a second straight year of widespread drought. While the cows, sheep, horses, geese and goats are all still healthy and happy, the paddocks are dust and feed prices are skyrocketing.
We've been fully drought-feeding without relief for over a year and we cart water daily to fill troughs and buckets. There's no government assistance, and to date, we've been funding it mostly ourselves. Farmers all around us are drought-selling their animals, but we will continue to be a safe haven. Every soul in our sanctuary is considered family —not sellable commodities. Their life is precious.
Above: this dry creekbed is the sole source of water for much of the sanctuary. Below: carting water one tank at a time, so animals have enough to drink.
But now, we need wider community help. To go through yet another winter without grass, at a time when hay is in high demand and shortages are threatened, means we urgently need more funds to secure the hay and fodder needed to keep the sanctuary animals, including the wildlife, happy and healthy.
Even the wombats love hay!
They Need Your Help
Animals like Totem the goat, lamb Buttons and his mum Trudie,(below) and cows Bessie and Blessed need your help. Can you buy them a bale of hay? Could you contribute to a truckload of hay to ensure they have food for the even tougher months of deep winter ? Can you help us keep this sacred sanctuary going?
If you can donate and share, and maybe even join our growing team, that would be incredible, and we, and the animals of this place of peace, thank you!
You probably agree we need a lot more heart in this world and a lot less violence. Supporting a social change sanctuary like this one, says that you want a kinder, more benevolent world where animals are respected for the unique beings they are. Your actions ripple out into the world! ! Thank you!
Update: Donors Are Matching!
Two of our awesome donors have pitched together to pledge a matching dollar-for-dollar donation for the next $8,000 of our campaign. They are incredible angels, and it would be amazing if you could help us reach that first milestone. So...
Please Support the Animals
Thank you for supporting the animals! Your choice to help makes a direct difference to their lives. Without their natural grazing, the animals are completely dependant on us humans.
We're looking to raise $45,000 to cover us for the next few months. The cost of drought-feeding 460 large animals is exorbitant but well worth it. Because life is precious. The pic below is part of the truckload of hay we buy every week.
So thank you, thank you, thank you for having a heart for animals, and helping the animals through the drought!
Below is a rare pic of us—Andrew and Billie, and our daughter, Tamsin—who run the Deep Peace Farm Animal Sanctuary. We and all the animals thank you for your support!
Who Do You Know Who Loves Animals Like You Do?
An effort like this is definitely a more-the-merrier kind of thing. Just think how much more we can do with more people helping out to help the animals. So form a team and fundraise for the animals as a group. It's more fun that way. Just click the Create Your Own in the Fundraising section down below, toss in a few details, and you're be on your way to success. If you do set up a team, one of us will happily to talk to you or yours about clever ways you can work together to help the animals survive this drought.
The Deep Peace Trust and this campaign are supported by some awesome people and organisations.
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