Well it’s that time of year again when I look through the database and make graphs!
I can’t say I’ll be sad to see the back of 2009. It started off badly with both my grandparents in hospital following heart attacks. Then in March my Grandpa passed away.
The early Summer months were marred by some disappointments amongst those we had homed to. We found that some of our animals were not being cared for in the way we would like and that people we trusted had lied to and misled us. It really made me question what we were doing and whether we could carry on and I put a stop on further homing for a while.
And then in August we learned that Dave’s cancer had returned and largely closed our doors for the rest of the year while Dave had pretty major surgery. Happily he is recovering well and we are now looking forward to a fresh start, both personally and for STAR, in 2010.
So what have we been up to in between the dramas?
Looking at this compared to last year
So obviously intake is drastically lower. This is down to various things, essentially our various dramas and the fact that we spent most of the year still crammed full of mice from the massive November 2008 intake.
However, I’m really, really pleased with the number of animals homed which is not far off what we did last year despite everything that has gone on. So a total of 176 STAR animals now in new homes. That’s wonderful!
We have now given sanctuary to a total of 33 animals for the rest of their lives. About half of these were welsh mice who arrived with health problems which meant we didn’t want to home them.
The 39 deaths are animals who were intended for homing but passed away before they found their new home 😦 Almost all of these (31) were welsh mice and 19 of those were babies born who didn’t survive.
16 animals still looking for homes seems a lot and it’s a shame that 7 of them have been here a year or more (all welsh mice again) but this time last year would you believe the figure was 107!! And then when I tell you that, of those 16, 10 are already reserved for new homes it’s actually looking pretty good 🙂
Our one “passed to other rescue” refers to Peri pigeon who went to live at Animaline in a lovely big aviary with lots of other pigeons.
So, taking everything into account, I don’t think we’ve done too badly this year. This time last year I said I wanted us to scale down, get down to 15 cages and speed up the homing process. I’m really chuffed to say we’ve met these aims and the new scaled down rodent room is working well and making it much easier for me to spend more quality time with the animals.
Oh, one last pretty graph. What species of animals have we helped most in the last couple of years?
Yep it’s mouses, mouses, mouses, with rats not far behind!
Anyway, here’s hoping for a better 2010. A very Happy New Year to you all and many, many thanks as usual for all your support. More than ever this year the encouragement and friendship you have provided have done a great deal to keep us going.
Sarah and Dave