The Phoenix Pet and Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly PAWS) is staffed by two dedicated
people with over sixty combined years experience in animal care covering most species.
The Sanctuary grew out of our concern over the rising tide of cruelty, and the vanishing
hedgerows and countryside that is destroying the native habitats of our wildlife.
Registered Non-Profit making Organisation, No. 4914413 (Est. 29.09.03)
SANCTUARY NEWS - AUTUMN 2016
Autumn is well under way, almost winter, and along with annoying darker nights –
I wish they would leave the clocks alone – it is now wet and cold. Lots of bedding
required to keep our residents warm. There is talk of a hard winter, I hope not as
it makes for very hard work.
I finally got my operation on November 17th and it all went very smoothly. Apparently
it will be the end of the year before I am fully back to normal but it is a huge
relief to get it over and done with. It has been a long ordeal taking up most of
Apart from some elderly rabbits, we are very sad to say we lost out oldest cat, Angel,
in September. Angel was at least two when we rescued her so must have been 16-18.
She remained fine until the last few days when she behaved oddly, choosing to sleep
in one of the covered litter trays. However she continued to eat and drink normally
and showed no other signs although she was losing weight. She passed peacefully
in her sleep. We buried her next to Ruby in the paddock.
Nutmeg, our squirrel is now almost adult and moved into her larger unit, an operation
that was not exactly as smooth as it could have been as she decided to escape in
the transfer, then was afraid of other residents, like the owls, and once Paul caught
her, bit him on the hand. Once in her new unit she soon settled and is now happily
enjoying life, destroying toys and still clinging to her (baby) pouch which she chooses
to sleep in. Although weaned, she still loves a syringe of bio-active yoghurt each
morning for breakfast, something I think she will demand always. I reckon she could
do an advert for it, being rather active!
The goat twins are growing and doing well. They are so well behaved and always come
running in right away when called. Like all males they are very affectionate, and
like all goats, very soon cotton on to getting treats of carrot strips, wholemeal
bead and biscuits, eagerly pushing their noses into pockets to see what we have.
I think we may need to rename our Wood Pigeon Cafe, 'Wood Pigeon and Squirrel Cafe'
as we have regular squirrels turning up to feed now. On one occasion no less then
four! We now supply them with sunflower seeds, nuts and fruit too.
Now and then we get a frantic situation as happened recently when a neighbour called
us to say a brown and white rabbit was running around in the road outside our paddock.
This turned out to be Jerry and by the time Paul got there he was back inside, along
with his brother, Tom, having a wonderful adventure running round the paddock. Turned
out our very small pygmy goat, Pixie, who is built like a mini tank, had pushed in
the door to their run attempting to get at their hay! Cue emergency repair operation
for Paul. Luckily no harm done and order soon restored.
The sanctuary has had a happy event, we have baby cockroaches! I know they may not
being many folks idea of an ideal pet but actually they are very little bother and
I think, rather beautiful. These are Dubai cockroaches and we took them in from
a pet shop where someone had ordered them as live food for something but failed to
pick them up. They were babies themselves then and grew well into recognisable roaches
with different colours. The adults only live about 18 months and ours are reaching
that now, so have produced about 20 babies looking a bit like woodlice. Unusual
creatures are fascinating and an experience, we like to learn as much as possible
so we are able to help anything. We seem to specialise in taking a variety of creatures
other animal places shun and reject, but why shouldn't all of them have the help
they need when they need it. We love them all.
Our thanks as always to all our supporters and fund-raisers, we would not be here
without your efforts.
Finally this year:
JEANNIE, PAUL AND ALL OUR RESIDENTS
WISH ALL OUR FUND-RAISERS, SUPPORTERS AND ALL
FRIENDS OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS EVERYWHERE
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY 2017
More news soon from the sanctuary. Enjoy the photos. Please keep feeding and watering
all wildlife throughout winter, they need and rely on help so much.
A PHOENIX MESSAGE FOR 2017.
I am sure many people enjoyed the wonderful 'Planet Earth 11' series showing amazing
wildlife and beautiful wild places. But sadly, it only highlighted how that world
is vanishing. Sir David stressed an area the size of Great Britain is disappearing
every 30 years! Along with that will go our wildlife, many of whom will only find
survival in secure sanctuaries. It will be to the detriment of us all, delightful
scenes that one day we will only see on screen.
There were poignant and upsetting moments , such as the baby turtles. What a shame
the programme failed to mention the dedicated wildlife people on the island that
go out every night and collect the misguided babies, taking them down to the shoreline
and letting them go safely into the sea. That snippet was in a newspaper which also
mentioned that Sir David has a strict rule for camera and other personnel not to
interfere. While I have much respect for this presenter I feel this is wrong. As
caring, compassionate humans we have a duty, to help other species in need. And,
as we know from experience, that is not only rewarding but necessary.
Then there were the gorgeous hyenas showing again how human help is vital and positive.
How I admire those, who like this man carrying on a family tradition of hand feeding
those hyenas each night, brings a useful ink that proves mutual respect resulting
in less harm all round. Surely the way forward is for humans and other species to
co-exist and co-operate in harmony. The hyenas were well behaved and like all animals
we feed regularly, will be less likely to seek other prey if satisfied. A service
that gives benefit to each. If all followed that code what a better world it would
be, and is that not something we should be striving for? Not depriving other species
of their world and their lives but sharing it all peacefully together.
Sir David spoke of animals and birds in cities faring much better than their wild
counterparts. This is no surprise to us. I have long deplored the animal causes
who rigidly insist on destroying any wild creature that cannot go back to the wild
– a place we all know is vanishing under too abundant human intervention and proving
ever more hazardous to those living in it. How long before that 30 years becomes
20 years and then 10 years to see such areas disappearing?
Again from years of experience we know wild animals and birds can and do live well
in a safe, if 'un-wild' environments. The criteria is simple, if a creature is content
and happy, it will thrive; if it is not so in any way, it will not thrive. Anyone
who truly understands animals knows the signs. Apart from some small bird species
notorious for just giving up, we have never known a wild creature not to thrive in
our sanctuary, and many of them live to great ages something very few can ever hope
to do in the wild. Obviously if an animal or bird is so badly injured or sick that
there is no hope of quality of life or survival, then gentle euthanasia is the only
option, but to destroy something otherwise healthy just because of a defect or injury
that would it problems of coping/surviving in the wild is definitely no valid reason.
All creatures are far more intelligent and understanding than given credit for, and
the benefits all round of helping them, living alongside them and learning from them,
are immense. Do we really want a world of conflict without precious wildlife? A
world devoid of the amazing wild places and beautiful tranquil areas? Is that really
any kind of future for any of us?
I would like to see 2017 being the year of new beginnings, of hope, tolerance, consideration;
understanding; and light filling the dark places. Plus more thought for the creatures
around us, many of whom were here long before us. In a way, this is their world
that we inhabit, not the other way round. I want to see happy, healthy animals
and birds living with and alongside humans, free from fear and pain, each interacting
and sharing with each other like never before. A new world; a new way of being;
a new way of thinking; and above all, goodwill, peace, less greed and more acceptance
of ways to preserve and protect what makes life good and enjoyable, our wildlife
and animal companions and our beautiful places.