This animal-lover has taken in 200 animals who have been mistreated and abandoned. These include cows, pigs, ferrets, and alpacas
You immediately know when someone is a kind person by the way they treat other humans and animals. After all, actions speak louder than words. Meet Adri Rachelle, the founder of the Wild Things Sanctuary. 33-year-old Rachelle from Athens, Georgia, knew she had to do something to help the voiceless, who were mistreated or abandoned, reports Daily Mail. Every year, she spends around $50,000 out of her own pocket to see to it that the animals in her care "thrive, not just survive." She now has nearly 200 animals including cows, pigs, ferrets, and alpacas at her sanctuary.
Adri started Wild Things Sanctuary after years of rescuing animals that required assistance. "It became clear to me that this wasn’t a hobby for me, it had been the story of my life since I was a child and I wanted to officially choose it as my life’s primary focus," she told Bored Panda. She credits her parents for her animal-loving nature. It became quite clear to her that it was her calling, and was meant to take care of animals in need. "Animals that are broken and in danger have always seemed to cross my path and knowing that I’m offering them a safe place to heal gives my life a purpose and that reward far outweighs all of the time, money, and sadness running an animal sanctuary can bring," she revealed.
Taking care of one pet is hard work, as any pet parent can attest to. So you can imagine what it would be like to tend and care for a variety of animals at her sanctuary. While it entails hard and sometimes challenging work, it's something that she enjoys and thus doesn't even consider it to be work. "While the reality of caring for this many animals means I’m doing it morning until night, 7 days a week, without vacations, I love every minute of it." It's so evident from her posts on social media that she was meant to be a guardian angel to these animals. In return, she is showered with love and affection from the animals. "I receive their affection, smile at their joy, laugh at their antics, and reciprocate their love all day long!"
However, her love for these rescued animals is evident because Rachelle wants to go the extra mile. "If I wanted to only meet their basic needs, food, water, cage cleaning, I could be done within a few hours and walk through those steps in my sleep at this point, but that is never what I want," she said. And the rewards she reaps are enormous because it's her "heaven on Earth." She added, "So, after adding in the spending time with all of them, even if it is just observing them, it’s a full day. It’s my heaven on Earth… but it is technically very demanding. This is especially true because the residents are generally either neglected, seniors, unhealthy, or unhandled."
Even the animals know that they have a safe space at her sanctuary after they are brought here. She said, "A dog may be terrified of me at first, but it learns from the others here that this home is safe, and takes comfort and joy from the other dogs. A feral pig doesn’t have to face its fear of humans, it gets its social needs completely fulfilled by the other pigs. The parrots can spend an entire day conversing and interacting with other parrots, which is really more fulfilling of their natural needs." However, it hasn't been easy on her pockets, but despite the financial strain, she is determined to keep doing what she does.
"The feed bills average $1,300 a month. Vet care fluctuates greatly but on a yearly basis, we can generally predict about $10,000. Setting up the sanctuary over the last year has cost around $50,000 in materials," said Rachelle. To ease costs, she could always open the doors to her sanctuary to the public and make money that way, but she refuses to do that because she believes it could be stressful for the animals. Therefore, she relies on social media. "I’m hoping sharing them on social media regularly will ultimately be enough to facilitate donations from people who fall in love with the animals here and want to help us save more in the future—never having to turn an animal away due to financial limitations," she concluded.
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