A tiny lamb who faced not only an unknown diagnosis but also rejection from people who should love him was miraculously saved owing to the self-denial and care of another animal: a rescued kitten.
Several volunteers are usually needed in an animal shelter to assist with the care of each animal, and a little more aid never hurts.
Dora, a cat who was also saved by the organization “Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary,” now works as a volunteer inside the institution, helping other animals.
A small lamb was born on the darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, and its mother perished giving delivery. The farmer who had it did not want to care for him since he did not believe he could do it without his mother, so he put him up for adoption on the Internet.
When members of “Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary” read the ad, they jumped at the chance to adopt the small lamb, but the farmer turned them down, claiming that he didn’t want to put the lamb to a nursing facility.
Carla Reilly Moore, co-founder of “Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary” in Kingston, states, “Farmers often don’t like nursing homes because we expose the ugly side of the industry.”
The rescuers, however, would not give up and secretly adopted the lamb, keeping the sanctuary a secret.
But one thing was certain: they would battle for the little lamb until they were able to adopt him and provide him with all of the assistance he so desperately required.
“”His tail and testicles were wrapped -very poorly, I may add-; he was covered with diarrhea when he came at the nursing home,” Carla explains. We weren’t sure if we’d be able to make it.”
Carla and her husband, who runs the nursing home, stepped in to help him, and he had to have surgery to fix his tail and testicles.
“Our Christmas miracle was Charlie the small lamb,” Carla explains.
But it wasn’t only the human volunteers who were keeping an eye on Charlie; Dora, the kitten who had been rescued in November, was also usually there.
He stayed with him till he woke up when he returned from his procedure, and then they were free to resume playing.
Charlie was able to restore his health because to all of the love and attention he got, and he is again growing well. Dora and Charlie now have a lot in common; they were both in desperate need, were both saved from a nursing home, and were both able to restore their health.
“They clicked right away, as if they were designed for each other,” Carla says.