This is Castiel as he appears in the ever popular TV series Supernatural, played by actor Misha Collins. (wallpaper courtesy of ‘fanpop.com’)
Helping animals is a costly business, yet for the past year we have managed to do just that. Our one income has been stretched to the limit, and so many times we came close to losing everything while we juggled finances, took in more animals and tried to keep our head above water. It hasn’t been easy… but we were determined not to give up, even though the practical solution was to do just that. Instead we stripped the ‘luxuries’ right back… got rid of our satellite TV, stopped buying clothes, stopped doing the lottery, and stopped doing up our humble farmhouse. To this day we still haven’t got one single lampshade, and we rationed chocolate to one bar per fortnight on pay day, lol. But we saved lives, and we were happy
Want to hear another twist in our story? Well when Charlea recently made me a Twitter account, the first person I searched for was…. yes you guessed it, Misha Collins! I was there thinking he has no idea we named our first rooster after his character Castiel…. and here we are now turning our humble few acres over to help save lives and rehoming animals here in NZ. I thought I’d just take a look, out of curiosity……
This is what I found… be prepared to be amazed!
When a lady called Dee came to rehome one of our baby goats, we kept in touch, and later within weeks she amazed me with the news that she had decided to ‘pay it forward’ and organise a makeover for our farm. We were stunned. A ‘random act’ of kindness from a total stranger who saw our plight and decided to do something to help. She has organised the whole thing, is still drumming up support, and we now hear that not only are the local press interested, but also the national paper, and possibly Campbell Live TV. Wow!
The makeover has attracted over 100 people, willing to give up their time and help turn our little run down farm into a sanctuary for animals. Also many businesses are now on board to help with donations. We are deeply humbled and as the project progresses to its venue date of 5th/6th January, we are constantly amazed at peoples willingness to join in and do their ‘random act’ of kindness and make something so wonderful happen here.
So… when people ask how did this all start? I reply…. “it started with an angel by the name of Castiel.”
Divine intervention? I’ll leave that for you to decide…….