During the fires, 1,500 of you literally saved our sanctuary. We are so incredibly grateful for this miracle of an outpouring of support for the animals here.
But now we urgently need your help again to get through a freezing cold winter, at a time when many of our regular family of donors can no longer support our work due to Covid 19.
The pandemic which followed the disastrous fires has severely disrupted life at this sanctuary of peace, with a large section of our land and fencing burnt. We've never had so many challenges, but we refuse to give up. It's simply not an option. We are committed to caring!
A Place of Peace is the largest farm animal and wild horse sanctuary in Australia. We feed, water and care for almost 500 large animals. And since the November bushfires, we're also caring for over 100 wild native animals in desperate need of food and water. And somewhere to call home. Their forest land was and still is, incinerated. It has not recovered.
We kept all the animals safe and well through severe drought, unprecedented fires, floods, dust storms, heatwaves and a global pandemic.
And now it is winter. Please join our family of donors in a Kindness Revolution, supporting the effort of making sure all the residents of A Place of Peace have plenty of food for the months to come, keeping them warm, cosy , happy and healthy.
Every single donation goes directly to the sanctuary animals for hay, pellets. mineral licks, amd other supplements to keep them going through the cold winter months when grazing is zero and they are fully dependent upon us for food.
That's 100 percent of all donations going directly to the winter appeal, as always. We depend on these donations to do our work of caring for the vulnerable and innocent who have been traumatised, abandoned, homeless, forced away from family and friends through fire and culling, and escaped slaughter and knackeries. A Place of Peace is where these animals can live their precious lives as naturally and peacefully as possible, for their natural life.
Click Donate Now to help the Deep Peace Trust's farm animal and wild horse sanctuary, A Place of Peace.
Above: Billie Dean with Arthur the rescued brumby
Below: Animals at A Place of Peace enjoying their morning meditations
A Place of Peace
Set in the gently rolling hills outside Braidwood, NSW, the Deep Peace Trust's farm animal and wild horse sanctuary A Place of Peace is nearly 500 residents strong, with more than 100 wildlife refugees finding safe haven here after the devastating bushfires that wiped out their homes. We're the largest sanctuary of this kind in the southern hemisphere. Roaming the land here are cows, sheep, horses, goats, ducks, geese, kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats, and birds of every description nestle in the trees. There are also formerly wild cats (now contented inside cats) and rescued dogs, who live with us (Billie, Andrew, and daughter Tamsin) in the house.
Over the past 12 months, we've been hit by severe drought, (three years of that!), unprecendeted fires, harsh dust storms, heatwaves, flash flooding, and more. Through all that, we've kept everyone safe. Giving up is never an option. The animals depend on us for safe harbour, and we are committed to them, as we have been for nearly a quarter of a century! That's how long we've been taking care of animals in trouble!
Covid-19 and Winter
Now there are two new threats to the safety and wellbeing of the animals — this current pandemic and winter!
We've had to stop volunteers and working bees. Fences that were destroyed by the fire and damaged by flood, are far from repaired, meaning we cannot move the animals around as we used to and need to. This means well over 100 acres is now just left for the wildlife. And that's fine. But it means we need to buy extra hay for the other four-legged residents.
Donations are down due to Covid-19, right at a time when winter feeding means expenses go way up. And now winter is here. And it is freezing.
We're wanting to ensure the safety of our sanctuary and animals in a time when hay is still incredibly expensive. You don't just turn your back on Galahad the wild horse who lost his mum when he was just a few days old, or Primrose the lamb who lost her mum too, and came to us alone and frightened. They need our compassion and care. And they need the help of donor family.
Above: Galahad the orphaned foal.
Below: Primrose the lamb (left) with her adopted brother Marcus, (also motherless) kept company by Maeve, our most recent rescued dog.
You are the solution
Each month over winter, we spend a whopping $25,000 per month on hay. That means we need to raise $99,500 to keep all of these beautiful animals fed over the colder months and into spring when the grass has had some time to start growing again.
Our fans have always been incredibly supportive, and now we’re relying on you more than ever.
We know that this is an uncertain time for everyone, but if you have the means, please consider shouting one of our animals a month of meals over winter. It costs just $49 to keep a beautiful soul, like Enya, a stock horse rescued from terrible neglect, safe for a month.
We figure we just need to find 1,530 generous animal lovers who are willing to contribute $49 each to see us through the tough months ahead. Can you help? Can you be part of our family of supportive, open hearts? Can you be part of a Kindness Revolution, giving just because it feels good and is for a good cause?
Above: Tamsin with rescued stock horse Enya, on the day she arrived at A Place of Peace. Enya had been neglected for seven years, and came to us with confirmation challenges and really long hooves. Today she has regular farrier visits, is in a lovely herd of her own, gets fed twice daily, and has been treated by Boyne Equine Health. She is safe and loved for the rest of her life.
Here's How You Can Help
Please donate today!
By joining our family of regular donors or just by pitching in once, you'll make a huge difference to this sacred sanctuary of peace. We rely on donations!
Click the Donate Now button, choose your amount, then select weekly, monthly, or yearly if you can. (We're grateful for one-offs as well.)
Your donation goes directly to food and water for animals. It's a huge task in these unprecedented times and we can't do it alone.
Giving up is not an option. The animals are depending on us more than ever. And we're depending on you.
Thank you for your support, your kindness, and your generosity.
If You Prefer Direct Deposit
If you'd rather make a direct donation, the banking details you need are:
Account Name: Billie Dean Deep Peace Pty Ltd ATF Billie Dean Deep Peace Trust
Account No: 146808878
Alternatively you can head over to our website and check out more about us, these beautiful animals, and how to give reoccuring donations that way!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
What It's Been Like
Some pictures to give you a sense of how things have been.
Above: what remained of our yards after the fires.
Below: the dust storm that followed.
Above: ten bushfire trucks arrived to help stop a disaster.
Below: our burned bushland and paddock.
Above and below: some of the native animals we're still feeding months after the fires, since there's not enough regrowth for them after fire and drought.
Below: flash flooding, the first of three flooding events in less than two months.
Above: half a year after the fires, we still have a daily reminder of what it was like
About The Deep Peace Trust
The Deep Peace Trust is a not-for-profit social change organisation which runs A Place of Peace, a sacred sanctuary based on ancient spiritual principles, offering safety, peace and rehabilitation to its hundreds of farm animal and equine residents and also offering protection and refuge to an abundance of wildlife, and wild animals needing safe harbour. The Trust currently cares for around 500 souls cows, sheep, horses, goats, geese, cats and dogs, making it the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Co-founder Billie Dean is the only known vegan animal shaman in the world. She uses her gifts of telepathy and healing for animals, alive and in spirit, and has done so for over 40 years.
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!
The Billie Dean Deep Peace Trust is registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC). Charitable Fundraising Number CFN/22658.