Rescuing Animals: Any and All Hello, all! I'm an animal-lover, hence why I took to poultry like my ducks took to water. However, most of my experience with animals (before I got into backyard poultry) was through working at the animal shelter and picking up animals on the side of the road. My Grandma used to rescue birds, Mom used to rescue birds, and my siblings and I would rescue...well, anything, haha! I respect most people who rescue animals (this does not include animal hoarders who "rescue" animals; there is nothing noble about taking an animal from a bad situation and putting it into a worse one). It takes a lot of patience, passion, know-how and a bit of luck to take an animal from their first day of life (or their worst state of life) to a healthy, well-adapted creature. I'm well are that I'm pretty good with certain animals and not-so-great with others. Here are a few of the pets that I've rescued over the past year. This here is Petey. I hand-fed-and-raised her from when she was just about a week old. A friend of the family brought Petey and her brother over to me. Unfortunately, her brother hopped out of their warm, makeshift nest and nestled into a very cold crawlspace where he got sick. He didn't make it. Petey, however, seems to have really taken to living indoors. It isn't what I would have wanted, but dove rehabilitation in the area is practically nonexistent. Nowadays, Petey flies around the living room, perching up by the arch window and watches the lizards. When I coo, she'll fly over to my shoulder and take a nap. This here is Gunther and Kiki! They were kittens found at Lowe's when they were 1 day old. We bottle fed them and ensured that they were healthy, but unfortunately, Kiki (the gray kitten) got an infection. We couldn't quite figure out what it was, but she was weak for couple days before she passed. I found it kind of odd, though, considering Gunther (the black and white kitten) was actually much weaker than Kiki was, that today, he is quite a healthy kitty. Now he plays with his new best friend, Feral Kitty! Gunther (to the left) was enjoying his first solid meal the day that we were given Feral Kitty (right), also known as Bandit/Feral/Fifi (if you couldn't tell, we're not very good at coming up with names). Feral was found outside Lowe's where she had been surviving off bugs and a few stray mice. She's not very sociable, but she has grown very fond of Gunther. Recently, she has trusted me enough to hop on the bed with Gunther and I to sleep. They sometimes start little wars on my back when they don't feel like taking a nap, but it's all in good fun. It took her weeks to grow accustomed to me and it was well worth the wait. We've rescued other animals (one of our little rat dog mutts came to live with us after she was picked up off the street. She was malnourished and had been beaten at one point, I'm sure. She's terrified of brooms.) but these are some we've rescued this year. I think we've been blessed with the time and money to spend caring for these animals and giving them a second chance. Shelters are always overrun with animals and rehabilitation centers don't have enough funds to save every animal, so I find it really admirable when others take the time to help animals. What animals have you rescued? Are you interested in rescuing animals? Whether you rescue battery hens, dogs, cats, rare fowl, exotic animals, etc., please post your experiences! Pictures are welcome, as well!