We love to celebrate and bring attention to the hundreds of sanctuaries, rescues, and shelters all over the world that work tirelessly, and often with little recognition, to rescue and rehabilitate thousands of animals every year.When it comes to lending a hand to a furry friend in need, there is nothing an animal lover won’t do. So that’s why it was no surprise that Santuario Igualdad Interspecie, a farm animal sanctuary in Chile, stepped up to help an injured pigeon when everyone else refused to.

The pigeon, now named Melanie, was found lying on the ground, injured – just a day before heavy rains covered the whole city. People walked by Melanie but no one stopped to help, until two compassionate people who were visiting Chile to give a lecture, authors Tobias Leenaert and Melanie Joy, decided to help the bird. Once the bird was brought to Santuario Igualdad Interspecie, staff immediately took her to a veterinarian for x-rays. From the tests, it was discovered Melanie had two fractures in her wing and a fractured foot. Luckily, the experienced sanctuary staff knew just what to do! Now Melanie has been resting with her wing and leg immobilized. Thankfully, her mood is starting to improve, along with her appetite.


Melanie is now safe at Santuario Igualdad Interspecie, where she is enjoying rest and pain medication for the fractures. We are confident this little lady will survive! 



Feeling inspired? This sweet story is a reminder that no matter how small the action, we can all do something to make the world a kinder place. For tips on how to help injured wildlife, check out our guide here. Being prepared and knowing just what to do in an emergency situation can mean the difference between life and death. And please remember, you should always try to contact a professional before stepping in, check out these hotlines for some that might help.

To learn more about Santuario Igualdad Interespecie, visit their website.


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