When it comes to following a goal, an ideal, one always has to strive for more.
There is no such thing as ‘enough’. If we don’t pursue constant growth in our beliefs and in our actions towards these beliefs, we are standing still, and this means that we are moving backwards.
Therefore, I believe that seeing these rescue stories might inspire you to do even more for animals (as well as fellow humans) in 2017! I believe one of our main reasons to be here on this Earth is to learn to love. And what better way to do that, but help without wanting anything in return?
Here are the 10 Near-Miraculous Animal Rescues Of 2016 That Will Drive You To Live 2017 Even More Compassionately
Trinity is a pup who was brought to Calaveras County Animal Services by a good samaritan. Trinity was suffering from numerous extreme injuries, and the shelter feared she had been used as a bait dog for an illegal fighting ring. Given her grave condition, she was transferred to the local veterinary hospital for emergency treatment, and it was confirmed that this poor baby had been used as a live chew toy. Despite her state or the pain she endured, Trinity refused to stop loving the kind people around here. She has since found a loving forever home.
2. Traumatized Orphaned Elephants Couldn’t Fall Asleep, So Their Rescuers Made Them Jammies!
Rupa and Aashi the elephants lost their mothers soon after birth, and without the love and affection so essential for development, these babies just couldn’t fall asleep at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rescue center in north-eastern India. Dr. Panjit Basumatary, a vet for IFAW said, “With the small elephants, it is important to control their body temperature. I noticed in the mornings they could be cold from staying in the concrete nursery after being out in the sun during the day.” So the awesome sanctuary caretakers fashioned custom-made jammies to help the elephants fall asleep – and they worked!
3. Puppy Who Lost Both Eyes After Cruel Humans Poured Acid on Him Gets Saved
Einstein was five-weeks-old when he was subjected to some of the worst cruelty anyone can image. Investigators believe that acid was poured over the pup’s face, injuring him so badly that both of his eyes needed to be removed. The acid burned off part of his nose, whiskers, and injured his lip as well. Despite his condition, this little dog remained grateful to be alive and his rescuers did all they could to ensure he would have the best life possible. After lots of searching, Einstein found the perfect forever family!
4. Monkey Who Lived in Isolation as a Pet for 25 Years Gets His Freedom!
Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) came to the rescue of Joe, the monkey who had lived in a hole, as a pet, since 1991! For 25 years, he’d been living in this cramped, dirty cage that was literally a hole in the ground. But it wasn’t because he had been abandoned. Edwin Weik, WFFT’s founder, referred to Joe’s situation as one of the top 10 worst animal cruelty cases he’d seen in 17 years of rescuing animals. Thankfully, they got the monkey out and brought him to their sanctuary.
5. Little Chick Who Miraculously Survived Being Gassed and Frozen Gets Rescued
Red Baron was born into the egg industry and since males are considered non-profitable “waste,” he was gassed along with hundreds of his brothers and then frozen to be sold as snake food. Miraculously, this tiny chick survived and when he arrived at his destination, the person who heard his chirps decided to spare him and brought him to Edgar’s Mission. Saved from certain death, this happy chicken now spends his days in the care of the amazing sanctuary staff who absolutely adore him. Red Baron is known for hanging out on Pam’s shoulder or perched on her head! They really are inseparable friends.
6. This Amazing Young Girl Helped Save a Sick Horse Inches Away From Death With the Power of Love
Jo Jo the horse was rescued from a herd of 42 abandoned horses in Kentucky and was brought to several temporary homes where she would be comfortable. When Jo Jo the horse was rescued, she looked like a skeleton, weighing in at a mere 758 pounds. With this prognosis, there was little to no hope at all for her survival. Today, she’s a healthy 1,200-pound mare, all thanks to one little girl named Kaylee. Kaylee stayed with Jo Jo every day and gave her the love and support she needed to thrive.
7. Courageous Mama Cat Who Sustained Horrible Burns Trying to Save Her Kittens Gets Rescued
Flame was found covered with burns by members from the organization Alley Cats and Kittens. They discovered that a fire had broken out on a nearby farm two weeks ago and from the looks of Flame, she had likely sustained burns trying to rescue her babies who she had been nursing in the farmhouse’s shelter. Unfortunately, Flame’s babies were nowhere to be found. Thankfully, this brave kitty made a full recovery!
8. After a 20-Hour Rescue Mission, Working Elephant Experiences Freedom for the First Time in 55 Years
After 55 years in chains, held illegally, a starving and downtrodden elephant named Mohan gained his freedom thanks to the efforts of Wildlife SOS. In 2015, the organization attempted to rescue the elderly elephant but was met by a mob of over 300 people who prevented the team from saving Mohan. After this rescue attempt, Mohan’s keeper who had been keeping the elephant illegally filed a revision to the local government to gain custody of Mohan, which lead to an extended legal battle. But they never gave up and eventually won his release!
9. They Thought They Saved a Puppy Covered With Dirt – But They Got Quite the Surprise at the Vet
Builders at a construction site in Canary Wharf, London, must have been shocked when they discovered the little guy in the photo below trapped in a hole. Covered in dirt and plastic, the nameless baby fox was so filthy that his rescuers initially thought he was a puppy, so once they got him out of the hole, they took him to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital to get treated.
10. Courageous Rescuers Risk it all to Save Hundreds of Animals From Louisiana Floods
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”