BARN 2017





Thank you to locals who have contacted BARN in recent weeks and engaged us to assist with solving some animal related issues. As a community, Bunyip locals have been able to rescue a wide assortment of wild and domestic animals, and it is a thrill to know that there are so many caring souls in the immediate area. If we can’t help directly, we will always try to put you in touch with someone who can, so don’t hesitate to contact the team:


An urgent call for help has been put out by a local lady who needs to rehome her young male cat. He is about 9 months of age, and is in good health, but needs temporary accommodation until a permanent placement can be found for him. If anyone is able to offer foster care or a home, please contact Gemma on 0472 616 819.

The world celebrates World Elephant Day in August each year to highlight their need for protection. Sadly, in early November, the US president announced that he plans to reverse some conservation laws that were set in place by the previous government which protected endangered elephants. If the protections are lifted it will mean that sport hunters will be able to kill elephants in some African countries and take body parts away with them as trophies. As expected, many animal advocacy groups are outraged by this possibility, and in particular the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, which was founded in Zimbabwe several years ago by Mornington man, Damien Mander, whom has worked so hard to protect this fragile species. To learn about the Foundation and their conservation work, and to support their efforts, visit their website:

Following the success of the cruelty-free sausage sizzle held earlier this year at the Spud Shed in Trafalgar, another will be held on Saturday 2 December. The event will run from 9am until 3pm. Funds raised will go to support the Animal Justice Party and help them move forward with their policies on animal protection in Australia, so the animal-free BBQ is a great way for animal lovers to support a good cause. The Spud Shed is also fast becoming a hub for cruelty-free shoppers looking to purchase specialty and luxury vegan food items without having to make the trip into Melbourne! The shed is located on the Princes Highway in Trafalgar. You can’t miss it — just look for the big black fiberglass bull out the front!


Until next time, be kind to the kritters






On Sunday 24 September BARN had an information table set up at the 10th birthday celebrations of the Bendigo Bank. It was an enjoyable afternoon which allowed us to showcase our activities and give away relevant literature. We were pleased to be involved in this event, and especially pleased to support a local institution which gives so much back to our local community.  

Thank you to all who submitted entries for this year’s BARN Animal Photo Competition and Congratulations to Andrea McVicar from Drouin West who took the winning photograph. Andrea’s gorgeous photo of a baby goat, plus two other highly 3commended photos, (one by Andrea and another by Brad Pritchett), are now available for viewing. Thank you to the team at the Bunyip Vet Clinic for judging the competition once again. Visit the BARN Photo Page to view the winning entries and to read a little about Brad’s rescue dog, Tiffany. 

Last month a petition was launched in NSW, and supported by Humane Research Australia, called Right 2 Release. This campaign is calling on experimentation laboratories to release their cats and dogs to rescue groups once their testing has been completed. Currently, it is standard practice to kill test subjects once the labs are finished with them, but several animal advocacy groups, such as Beagle Freedom Australia, are pushing for lab animals to be given a chance at a happy life with an adoptive family. If you would like to support this campaign visit the petition website:

Don’t forget the fundraising trivia night for Cherry Lane Equine Retirement on 28 October. They are also keen to welcome volunteers, (aged fifteen or over), who might like to assist with carrying out some duties with the lovely horses on their farm. Visit their NEW website for more details:

Until next time, be kind to the kritters





Finally, spring is here! Keep an eye open for snakes, who are now becoming active in the local area. Keep the phone numbers of our local snake catchers handy!… Bandicoots also are out and about. Sightings can be reported via the Bunyip Volunteers website:

Cherry Lane Equine Retirement is a local horse sanctuary, specialising in taking care of elderly horses. They have a Trivia Night fundraising event coming up on 28 October, with all details now on the BARN website. They are also keen to welcome volunteers, (aged fifteen or over), who might like to assist with carrying out some duties with the lovely horses on their farm. Visit their website for more details:

Just a reminder that entries for the annual BARN Animal Photo Competition can only be received until the 30 September. Please send photos via email to:   Good Luck!!

Until next time, “be kind to the kritters”






Firstly, a reminder that the BARN Animal Photo Competition for 2017 is now open. Entries will be received until 30 September. As always, there is no entry fee, but there are rules:

  • photographers must be residents of West Gippsland
  • photos must have been taken within West Gippsland
  • a maximum of 3 entries per person may be submitted

Please send photos via email to:   The winning entry will be judged by the team at the Bunyip Vet clinic in early October. Good Luck!!

Thank you to everyone who attended our WildBytes event in the Bunyip Hall which took place on Saturday 22 July. We had almost 30 visitors on the day, coming from near and far to enjoy the afternoon. Thank you to Wildlife Victoria for an excellent presentation and to RACV for supporting these events.

Held on the same day was the most recent gathering to Stop The Bunyip North Quarry, which was also very well attended. BARN supports this campaign and applauds the effort that local community is going to in order to protect the local environment, which of course also helps the animals. Good work to all involved! You can visit their website for more info:

Thank you to Faye, Red and the team at the Butcher Shop Hotel in Bunyip, (Bottom Pub), who recently held a fundraiser raffle on behalf of the BARN. Funds raised were sufficient for us to acquire a microchip scanner. This small piece of equipment will allow us to assist locals when stray animals are found. The first point of call is always the local vet clinic, but if animals are found outside of business hours, BARN members will be happy to scan any lost souls to help get them home as quickly as possible. For any urgent scanning assistance, please remember that the best contact email for BARN is:


There will be a fundraiser for the BAST Cat Club on Sunday 27 August in Pakenham. The event is in honour of street cat, Oscar, who passed away recently at age 19. The event will raise funds for the ongoing care of a bunch of other rescued kitties from around the Cardinia and Casey areas. Please call Andrea for more details, or click on the poster shown at left to enlarge the image: 0425 712 753

A call out for help:   An elderly man whom has recently gone into Respite Aged Care has asked for assistance in placing his sweet senior dog into temporary care until a forever home can be found. This lovely boy is a male Staffordshire Terrier, approximately 11 years of age, is desexed and has so far proven himself to be very friendly with both people and other dogs. He is currently living with a local family but needs to be in a placement very soon while his permanent home is being arranged. Expected time frame of his temporary home is 7-8 weeks. He is not on any medications, and does not have any known behavioural issues, however when he needs to go to the toilet, he will need somebody to open the door for him. He requires lots of cuddles and a kind heart during this transitional phase. If you think you can help with short term accommodation, please contact Pauline directly on 0418 429 025.

Until next time… “ be kind to the kritters… ”







We are very much looking forward to our Wildlife event in the Bunyip Hall which will take place on Saturday 22 July. It is a free event and will run approximately between 2pm – 4pm. There will be information tables set up on the day and an abundance of literature on display which attendees will be able to browse through and possibly purchase. Representatives from Wildlife Victoria and the Mange Management group will deliver presentations and will answer your wildlife related questions. This will be a fun and informative event. Registrations are required, so please register your attendance via the Wildlife Victoria website .

The Mange Management team are still utilising ice-cream container lids and washing powder scoops to compile their wombat mange treatment kits, so if you have either of those items available please keep them aside. A BARN member will be able to collect them from a drop off point in Bunyip. Contact BARN via email:   Alternatively, if you live in the local area feel free to drop them off at the Hall on the afternoon of the wildlife event, Saturday 22 July.

National Tree Day is Sunday 30 July. Be sure to plant a tree (or several trees) to help restore the natural habitat for our native animals. It provides so many of them with shelter, protection, food and spaces to rear their young. More information on National Tree Day can be found at the Planet Ark website .

There are a growing number of opportunities in the local area for people to support animals through community events. On Saturday 12 August there will be a Cruelty Free Sausage Sizzle at the Spud Shed on the Princes Highway in Trafalgar. It will run from 8am until 2pm and all proceeds will go towards supporting the local chapter of the Animal Justice Party who are working to bring about more positive change for our animal friends. The Spud Shed has a great range of fresh produce available, and it’s a fun place to visit if you’re looking at stocking up your pantry with some vegan-friendly groceries. 

For those enjoying plant based meals in the West Gippsland region, and wanting to save more animals by taking them off their dinner plates, the website of Fry’s Family Foods have free recipe books available. Visit the recipe page on their website to download their free digital cookbooks .  


Until next time… “ be kind to the kritters… ”





Apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by the BARN newsletter for the month of May regarding the Million Paws Walk in Warragul last month. It appears the Warragul event was cancelled after the newsletter went to print.

Are you enjoying a bit of TV in front of the fireplace on these chilly winter nights? Some locals have commented lately that their favourite TV show is Vet On The Hill. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet! Friday nights at 7:30pm on channel 9.

Frustrating news this month: The Australian government’s promise to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics has been delayed by a full 12 months. Implementation of the ban, which was to begin on 1 July 2017, will now be postponed until 1 July 2018. A petition which originally called for the ban, and is endorsed by at least 35 Australian animal protection groups, continues to circulate and gather an ever increasing number of signatures. If you would like to add your name to the petition visit this link:  Ban Cosmetics Tested On Animals.

We can confirm that the local Wildlife event in the Bunyip Hall will take place on Saturday 22 July. It is a free event and will begin at 2pm. There will be an interactive panel of rescuers in attendance to answer questions from the community, and there will be a presentation from representatives of the Mange Management group. Please register via the Wildlife Victoria website: We look forward to seeing you there!!

Caring for the environment is an important way to help animals, and July is plastic free month. Learn more about this at the website of Plastic Free July: To help reduce waste and landfill, some businesses are now making reusable coffee cups available, which is a great idea. In Bunyip these cups are available from Biddy Martha’s café.

For those who are looking at ways of removing animals from their dinner tables, String and Salt in Warragul are now offering plant based cooking classes. Click on the link to visit their website for more details.


Until next time… “ be kind to the kritters… ”




Thank you to all who responded to calls for help back in March, regarding the rehoming of an elderly cat and the adoption of some kittens. All felines have now gone to their new families, and we wish them well as they settle into their new lives. We are especially grateful to the family who has taken in the elderly cat, allowing him to live out his days in peace and comfort after his human companion was transferred into nursing care.

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is on again, Sunday 21 May, and sadly it seems that the Warragul walk will not be taking place this year. The closest event will now be Traralgon, starting at 11am and going until 2pm, starting at Agnes Brereton Park. Registrations are required by 10am on the day so be sure to arrive early if you intend participating. Details for all the Million Paws Walk events can be found on the following website:

Another exciting event coming up is the WildBytes afternoon in the Bunyip Hall. The WildBytes events are free educational sessions in regional Victoria, presented by Wildlife Victoria and supported by the RACV. Our Bunyip session is locked in for Saturday 22 July. Our community is fortunate to have access to one of these events. It should be a fun afternoon and everyone is welcome. Entry is free but registrations are requested so that organisers can prepare the appropriate space. Visit the website to register:

More details will be provided in the June BARN newsletter and flyers will be up around town in the coming weeks.

Monday 5 June is World Environment Day and Thursday 8 June is World Oceans Day. One very important way to help animals, especially native animals, is to take care of their habitat. Visit the international website to see what’s happening locally, and around the world, and to discover the many ways you can get involved in these events:

Just a reminder that the BARN email address is :  Please use this address if you require a speedy response to your enquiry.


Until next time… “ be kind to the kritters… ”





There is no newsletter for April.



What beautiful autumn weather we’re having !!

Apologies for the recent lack of updates – we should be back on track again now.

Firstly, a callout for help from a south-eastern vet: There is a lovely old “Burmese” type cat desperately in need of a retirement home after his elderly lady goes into a senior citizen’s home. This feline is a sweet 18 year old, needing somewhere quiet to live out his days in comfort. As you can imagine, he is running out of options… He does require some dental work, however, there is no adoption fee. His situation is urgent!! If you think you can help, please contact Ruth on 0434 919 756.

Secondly, we have a mumma cat and her 7-week-old kittens who are in need of homes. The kittens are up for adoption at $125 each, which covers the desexing surgery and a microchip for each of them. The mumma cat is not yet one year old, so she is also classed as a kitten. Click on the image below to see a larger version of these kittens who are needing homes. If you are able to welcome a young feline into your family please contact:  Carol on 0457 336 183.




Just a reminder that the BARN email address is :   Emails are still arriving at our old address, which is not regularly checked at this time. Please use the new address if you require a speedy response to your enquiry.

And please note, any injured animals, and any lost or found animals, need to be reported to the local vet clinic. All domestic animals should have microchips in place which will, (after scanning at the vet clinic), help them get home quickly. And all injured wildlife needs to be given a medical assessment before being handed over to a wildlife carer for nurturing and rehabilitation. The local vet clinic usually is our best asset when it comes to helping local animals.

Wombats might be the one exception though… BARN has received calls for help regarding wombats with mange in recent weeks. We direct all such enquiries to the good people at Mange Management, who can provide advice and mange treatment kits to locals who need support. Visit their website at:

Over summer, BARN members were involved in the rescue of a tiny duckling from a local farm. The baby, just a couple of days old, was the sole survivor from an abandoned nest. Thank you to all involved, especially the property owners, who facilitated the rescue. The duckling is now in care with an experienced carer in the south eastern suburbs.

As always, please keep an eye open for snakes, who are still active during autumn, and who still pose a risk to your safety and that of your animal companions. Snakes are protected by law, so if you do cross paths with them, please contact the local snake catcher: Geoff Lockwood:  0428 352 203.

Do you enjoy a bit of guilt-free shopping? Local business Velvety is now stocking a range of cruelty free cosmetics and fair trade chocolate!! Everything in the store is vegan, organic and ethically produced. Visit Lorena’s website to view the newly arriving products and to hear the latest news about special offers that are available to locals:

We love business owners who love animals!! So also check out That Vegan Hairdresser!! Based in the main street of Drouin and servicing the wider Gippsland area, Shannen is a colour specialist and beauty therapist extraordinaire. Visit her page on Facebook and see what magic she’s capable of. All enquiries can be made via phone:  5625 5203.  Only cruelty-free products are used in the store, which means no animal testing!!.

A ban on using animals for cosmetics testing in Australia is right now being discussed in government circles, and although the government has expressed its plan to end the practice, this is not yet a firm commitment. The wonderful people at Choose Cruelty Free are encouraging all consumers to have their say via the government’s open Consultation Paper March 2017.  Please follow the link to read the official document and make an online submission before the end of March 2017 to influence the government’s policy making and to help reinforce the ban on testing that is currently being considered:  Consultation Paper link.

Don’t forget Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March. Switch off all your lights between 8:30pm and 9:30pm and help to save the planet! Visit the website for more info:

Until next time… “ be kind to the kritters… ”





There is no newsletter for February. Sorry!