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Animal Justice Awards

Earlier this year, Michelle was nominated for the incredible Voiceless Award for Animal Protection Education thanks to the Animal Justice Foundation. Among the short-listed nominees there was some incredible people, doing amazing work in this field.

Yearly, the award is awarded to an Australian Sanctuary, educator, or influencer who uses educational strategies to raise awareness of or promote critical thinking about animal protection issues.

On the 24th of February, we were lucky enough to head down to Melbourne to be at the awards in person.

We are thrilled to announce that Michelle won this incredible award! This recognition is a testament to the tireless efforts and unwavering commitment that Michelle puts into Happily Heifer After each and every day. We couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments and the positive impact she has had on the lives of the animals that she has crossed paths with.

Here is Michelle's nomination from her peers:

'Michelle is a remarkable individual who has earned her nomination for the Animal Justice Awards through her unwavering dedication to the cause. Five years ago she took the initiative to establish Happily Heifer After, a sanctuary that has become a haven for farm animals in need. In this relatively short span of time, Michelle's efforts have resulted in the rescue of 1300 farm animals and successful rehoming of 1200.

Happily Heifer After also provides a forever home for animals facing complex medical needs, advanced age or challenging behaviors. Michelle has personally ensured that the 100 animals at the sanctuary are receiving the care they require. Her compassionate approach not only demonstrates her deep understanding of the diverse needs of farm animals but also reflects her determination to make a difference in their lives.

Michelle's passion for animal rights is the driving force behind her outstanding contribution. Her advocacy extends beyond rescuing and providing shelter: it encompasses a broader vision of promoting ethical treatment and raising awareness about the life farm animals face. Through Happily Heifer After, she is actively challenges preconceptions and inspires others to join the cause.

The Animal Justice Awards nomination for Michelle recognizes her as someone who has translated her belief in animal rights into tangible actions.

The sanctuary not only saves lives but also serves as a testament to the transformative power of individual commitment. By creating a space of safety, respect and care, Michelle is fostering a more compassionate world one where every being, regardless of species is afforded the dignity and respect they deserve.


Michelle's passion for animal welfare shines through in everything she does, from caring for rescued farm animals to advocating for their rights in the community. Her leadership and vision have played a crucial role in shaping our mission to provide a safe and loving home for all animals. This award is a well-deserved honor for someone who truly embodies the spirit of compassion and advocacy for those who cannot speak for themselves.'

As a non-profit charity, we rely on the generosity and support of our community to continue our important work. Michelle's award is not only a celebration of her individual achievements, but also a reminder of the collective effort it takes to create a better world for animals everywhere. Your donations and contributions make it possible for us to rescue, rehabilitate, and care for animals in need, and we are grateful for each and every one of you who stands with us in our mission.


Join us in congratulating Michelle on this incredible achievement, and let her award serve as inspiration for us all to continue fighting for the rights and well-being of farm animals everywhere.

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