Preparing a meal for a group is challenging and of course there is always one in the group that’s trying to lose weight. Sue had her hands full, one wanted their lettuce chopped in large pieces, another didn’t want theirs chopped at all. Then their was Sammy, he didn’t like lettuce, so he wanted his chopped so small that he wouldn’t notice it.
Sammy, looking good.
We spent two days volunteering at Best Friends. The sanctuary is known for the rescue of the tough cases like Michael Vicks’ fighting dogs and that’s pretty accurate. They take animals with paralyzed legs, horses that are unrideable or the old dogs that just can’t compete with the cute, little puppies at the animal shelters.
Best Friends has roughly 1,700 dogs, cats, pigs, horses, goats, sheep, birds, rabbits, plus a few wild animals. Their goal is to find homes for these animals but some are just too old or medically complex to be adoptable so Best Friends with their five resident veterinarians will be their final home. For those animals Best Friends is like a nursing home.
During our stay we volunteered in three departments, Old Friends, Piggy Paradise and Rescue Village. Rescue Village is like a triage area containing the sanctuary’s most recent large rescue. Currently it’s filled with rabbits that they rescued from a hoarding situation three years ago. When they agreed to rescue the rabbits they totaled around 800 but by the time they arrived to transport them a month later the colony had ballooned to 1,600. Currently the number is down to a more manageable few hundred. My contribution to the colony was wiring hay bales together to give them a place to hide from the winter cold while Sue filled water bowls and passed out handfuls of restaurant grade cilantro.