I am begging for help for my sister, Angela, who gave up a well paid career travelling all over the world to rescue animals.
It began when she was working in The Bahamas and was saddened by the amount of animal cruelty there. She would catch as many dogs and cats as she could, take them to the vet to be spayed, then release them again.
The amount of animals she has rescued is far too long to list here, but below are a few of the more memorable ones:
– A lurcher puppy that was about to be drowned by travellers
– A hound who had been hit in the face with a brick, breaking his jaw, splitting his mouth and knocking out his teeth
– A cockatiel whose owner could no longer look after him and was going to release him into the wild. Being tame, he wouldn’t have survived
– Several battery hens who had never been out of their cages
– Some turkeys, destined for Christmas dinner.
A few years ago Angela was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and had to have a hysterectomy followed by chemotherapy. But she continued with her rescue work during this time.
Inevitably, most of the animals Angela rescued needed medical attention and the huge vet bills used up all her savings. She was forced to leave her home in the UK and moved to Ireland where property was much cheaper. She moved to a small bungalow in the middle of nowhere with a field attached. It didn’t take long for the field to fill up…
The local farmer, who keeps the sheep surrounding Angela’s property, soon discovered she was a soft touch. He has no time to bottle feed new born lambs, so if any are orphaned or are poorly, he gives them to her. Beforehand they would have been destroyed. She now has a small flock, all raised in her bungalow, all doing well.
When an elderly neighbour had to go into hospital, Angela took care of his two horses. When this neighbour sadly died, she was able to find a loving home for them.
Then came 4 abandoned and ill-treated donkeys and several goats.
Angela currently has sheep, pigs, donkeys, goats, ducks, geese, 11 dogs, 6 cats, a cockatoo, a cockatiel and a parrot! All of her animals live happily together, most of them in the house, and want for nothing.
Angela, however, is not doing so well. She is in serious debt of over 20,000 Euros. She has no cooker and has to use a small camping stove. Her van broke down so she has no transport. To get to the nearest town she has to get a taxi, costing her 25 Euros there and 25 Euros back. The only footwear she had was an ancient pair of crocs with the soles missing, until a sympathetic friend bought her a pair of wellies.
The latest and most serious problem she has is with the local farmer, whose sheep are lambing. Angela’s garden/field is not fenced in, and her dogs have just started exploring the farmer’s field. Although her dogs are well behaved and don’t go near the sheep, the sheep are frightened of the dogs and run away in a panic. The farmer has explained that this could cause them to abort their lambs, and has threatened to shoot them if he sees them in his field again. To fence in Angela’s field would cost about 5,000 Euros, so she now has to keep her dogs on long lines, which isn’t ideal.
So… Angela desperately needs some financial help. She never spends any money on herself, it all goes to the animals. Literally any amount of money would help and would be so very much appreciated.