The first was the arrival of Bella the pig, a pet who had outgrown her home in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, and who had attracted the (unwanted) attention of the municipal authorities. A home had to be found quickly and she found one with Nicky and Rohan. Word got around and soon other ‘mini’ pig owners, who had discovered that their piggies were anything but petite, approached Nicky for help.
Six weeks later, and perhaps profoundly on the 31st of December 2014, Nicky spotted a black and white heap lying in the field below. She raced down and found a newly born calf. Not long before, she had witnessed a bellowing adult cow being taken away from this field and surmised that this was her calf, very fragile and who, it appeared, had been left to die. She picked the calf up and took him home where he was fed with milk from another farmer’s dairy cow who had recently given birth and was still producing colostrum.
Sadly the calf died just after midnight, but peacefully and with a warm, full tummy and surrounded by love in Nicky’s arms. She called him Heaven and buried him the next day. Nicky knew at that moment that she wanted to dedicate the rest of her life to doing everything she could to stop such tragic and unnecessary suffering and, with that, the Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary was born – offering a forever home to abused, neglected, sick, disabled, rescued or retired farm animals.