The Owl & The Pussy Cat. A Sanctuary of love

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The Byron Bay region of Australia is picturesque and has long been synonymous with alternative lifestyles, down to earth people, and more recently a string of Hollywood celebrities moving in. It seems a fitting place to find The Owl and The Pussy Cat Farm Animal Sanctuary, which can be found in Crabbes Creek, a largely undiscovered coastal paradise in New South Wales, Australia. Located only 10 mins to unspoilt beaches, along a traditional country road through lush pastureland, creeks and rainforest, B Starbright was able to buy an affordable property on which to build her dream.

B (her real name) is the founder of her family run sanctuary, The Owl and the Pussy Cat Farm, providing a loving haven for neglected, starved or unwanted farm animals, situated on the 130-acre property that she and her partner Finn purchased three years ago. Though B had thought she would start a sanctuary much later down the track, it seems the animals had other ideas.

The animals found me,” B explains, “especially during the bushfires when………..

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