Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Trustee for Arapawa Wildlife sanctuary

Following the death of Betty Rowe, her granddaughter has become Trustee of the Arapawa Wildlife sanctuary. Here is her message to those interested in the future of the Arapawa goat:

Greetings from Arapawa Wildlife Sanctuary

My name is Shannon Rowe, Bettys granddaughter and have officially stepped into her 'gumboots' in my role as Trustee.

I have been living at the sanctuary since late April with my daughter Giovanna, to ensure the wellbeing of the goats and to carry out the wishes of Nana (Betty) in regard to the welfare and future of the animals.

For the immediate future, I will be focussed on overseeing the late kidding season and on-growing of those resultant babies.

For those of you who do not know me, I grew up on Arapawa Island. Always close to my grandmother and sharing her love of the goats, I have birthed and raised orphans myself in addition to having served my apprenticeship mucking out goat sheds.

I have now been joined by Debbie Rowe (Mum), as Trustee who also has a passion to see that the Sanctuary achieves all that Nana wished.

We thank all for their concerns re: the welfare of the animals and will continue to keep in touch with regards to future planning.

Shannon, Giovanna, & the Goats