Adri Rachelle, 30, from the U.S. state of Atlanta, founded her own Wild Things Sanctuary after years of rescuing animals who were in desperate need of help. She has always dreamed of helping animals, and she’s fulfilled her dream – now she has about 200 animals living in her house who survived thanks to her.
“I receive their affection, smile at their joy, laugh at their antics, and reciprocate their love all day long! 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.”, Adri shared with Bored Panda.
The girl spends huge sums on care and on building shelters for the animals. She hopes for future support from people but admits that her shelter is new, so she is prepared to make the investment.
“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.”
The girl rescues every animal she can keep – dogs, cats, horses, steers, birds, lizards, and more. Each one has a different story – some were abandoned by their owners, some were abandoned after injuries, others were abused, and others were just homeless and no one wanted to take them in. Adri opened her heart and home to these animals.
“I also pride myself on always exceeding an animal’s basic requirements for living… I want them to be spoiled and try to create homes for them that are absolutely over the top and incredible! Thrive instead of just survive!”
“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.”
Despite the difficult moments, Adri doesn’t call her business “work”. She is devoted to it with all her heart. She takes care of animals every day from 7 a.m. to overnight, and her love for them is enduring. She continues to inspire more people to help animals in need.
“I feel strongly that the constant revolving door of strangers coming to observe the animals is very stressful for animals that are in recovery, old, or sick. Instead, 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 added.