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Like most farmers, the last 12 months have been pretty tricky for B Starbright, but unlike most farmers, there is no hope for a future income from her farm because Owl & PussyCat is a sanctuary for animals and not an operation that profits from them.

Owl & PussyCat is a family-run, self-funded farm-animal haven doing it tough. ‘With drought and bushfires we thad to evacuate animals. With floods and COVID-19, it has meant that to continue to support our rescue family we’ve had to get creative.’

B and her partner Finn are graphic artists and copywriters by trade, and they have come up with an idea to help finance the upkeep of the dozens of animals in their care.

B and Nixie-Pixie Starbright and friends at home at the animal sanctuary at Crabbes Creek. Photo Tree Faerie.

‘I’m so relieved and super excited to announce that after 100s of hours of work we have just launched our first ever website and our ethical gift-that-keeps-on-giving – Owl & PussyCat Tales – just in time for Christmas.’

Gifts include illustrated, snail-mail letters that share colourful stories told by a different members of their rescue residents every month.

Suitable for all ages, these double-sided, collectible letters are educational, affordable, interactive and fun.

‘They are a unique and accessible way to support our rescue family and for people to be part of their journey and every letter includes a free postcard featuring photos of our residents.’

In time for Christmas

B says they can post the stories anywhere around the globe. ‘But if people are concerned that their letter won’t arrive in time for Christmas, we will email a beautiful e-card that you can give to people at Christmas-time, or we can be email them directly. We also have electronic versions of the letter available.

All proceeds go directly to supporting the rescue residents and Owl & PussyCat’s ongoing rescue work. ‘B feels it is important for animals to have a safe place. ‘We provide a loving, safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned animals. Without sanctuaries like ours animals, like horses and cows, are sent to slaughter every day.

B says she loves seeing the light come back into their eyes once they know love, care and respect. ‘It’s a joy getting to know every individual’s unique personality. It’s the best job in the world!’

Locals are welcome to visit Owl & PussyCat. For more information abut the sanctuary or purchasing the Owl & PussyCat Tales, visit: www.owlandpussycatfarm.com.au.

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