Five Weeks at Animal Aid in Photos

Five Weeks at Animal Aid in Photos

I can’t believe how quickly my time here has passed. I am now looking at my final days with Animal Aid and I can’t help but feel sad that I’m leaving so soon. I have had an amazing time here. Though there have been some tough moments I have found the experience to be very rewarding and I am leaving feeling inspired.

A hole to sit in the some sunshine and even that cone won't get this dog down.

A hole to sit in and some sunshine and even that cone won’t get this dog down.

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Mama cow, her calf and another orphan calf. Unfortunately none of them survived.

It is the sad truth that not all of the animals will survive. When I arrived there were three beautiful little calves and a mother cow in a separate enclosure. One by one we lost them all and it broke my heart every time. My favourite place to spend time at animal aid is with the calves, unfortunately very few of them survive for long. Right now there are three orphan calves being cared for and I do have hope that at least two of them are going to make it to adulthood. We have named them Cocoa, Shadow and Rocky. Cocoa has a fractured leg but Shadow and Rocky are completely healthy.

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Cocoa and Rocky with Heather, another volunteer.

Shadow on her first day at Animal Aid.

Shadow on her first day at Animal Aid. She was very shy and skittish at first but after a couple of days she began following me around which is how she got her name, Shadow. If I could bring any animal home with me it would be her.

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The staff have recently begun doing hydro-therapy with the paralysed dogs. Their first time in the water can be a bit scary until they learn to trust you.

Swimming has become an enjoyable part of the day for some of the dogs, including Diamond here.

Swimming has become an enjoyable part of the day for some of the dogs, including Diamond here.

One of my more memorable moments at Animal Aid was the day that they amputated Pepper the pig’s leg. I happened to be around during the procedure and was asked to hold up the piece of leg being removed so that the vet could better see what he was doing. I was holding it as it was detached. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel queasy at all.

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My arms got so tired. Photo courtesy of Heather.

One of the residents of Handicap Heaven.

One of the residents of Handicap Heaven.

Rocky is ready for a feed.

Rocky is ready for a feed.

One morning we were surprised to find that one of the donkeys had given birth to this little cutie. He has been named Bon-Bon.

One morning we were surprised to find that one of the donkeys had given birth to this little cutie. He has been named Bon-Bon.

Being a puppy is so exhausting!

Being a puppy is so exhausting!