When people think of bringing an animal into their lives as a companion, there are certain things they look for, whether consciously or subconsciously. Take the process of adopting a dog. Wanting to spend as much time with their new friend as possible, people tend to look for puppies, as opposed to senior dogs. Hoping to not have to spend much money on medical bills or as much time in and out of vet offices, they look for dogs with clean bills of health and an energized bop to their step. We do these things because as much as we are welcoming an animal into our lives, we don’t want to be inconvenienced too much.
On the other side of the spectrum are sanctuary workers and animal rescue employees. These folks search for the wounded, the weak, and the abused. In times when other people turn away, these people lend a helping hand. The kind people at Santuario Igualdad Interespecie, for example, spend their time tending to rescued farm animals. They do not turn an animal away for being traumatized or having a physical disability. Instead, they go above and beyond to make these animals feel comfortable and become as highly functioning as possible. If that means hopping around like a goat, cuddling with a pig, rubbing a cow’s chin, or fluffing a chicken’s feathers lovingly, they will do it.
Just look at how patient and kind they are with Olivia, a darling goat who was rescued from an ill-kept farm. Santuario helps Olivia navigate the sanctuary while also taking long-term steps like looking into surgery or a wheelchair for Olivia.
At Santuario, Olivia is in highly capable and loving hands.
What the sanctuary workers at Santuario Igualdad do on a daily basis is nothing short of amazing. To take animals who have known nothing but cruelty and difficulty in life, and show them life can be good and that people can be kind is an illuminating and beautiful journey that demands patience, and the people at Santuario have it. To follow Olivia’s journey or to learn about some of the other animals at Santuario Igualdad Interespecie, visit their website.
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