From the first moment I realized that they needed all the help they could get and little by little my presence there grew. It began to be a necessity for me to go to SARA, I felt so gratified with the little I did that my commitment grew more and more. There came a time when I was more at the shelter than in my own home.
From the first day I couldn’t let go of my volunteering. Today, I spread the work of the shelter in schools and associations, because I want to bring the message of love for animals and to speak for those who have no voice.
My work at SARA is one of the most important experiences I have had, because there we love those animals as our children. You see them every day: how they play, get angry, get sick, look at you, ask you, wag their tail, purr. My vision of animals and their behavior has grown. I have learned from them so much…. And I have also learnt that life is NOW, there is no past or future for a dog or a cat.
I remember Mescal, who arrived with a fractured skull… Not a week had passed when one afternoon, I was coming to the shelter to clean and I saw him waiting for me at the door wagging his little tail. That image is still indelible in me. I could not believe that that animal in the state he was in, could tell me something good: “I am happy even though my head has been broken”.
My boy Berto, who was euthanized because his illness had no cure and he was already suffering too much. I will always remember Berto, a dog who showed joy despite his pain.
My Rudolf, who enjoyed walks so much! He loved the water. He would jump into any puddle and roll around. One day he ran away so strongly that he let go of my leash and I fell to the ground. When he saw me between the ground and the rocks, he came back running towards me and he didn’t stop licking my face… That was Rudolf, a hyperactive hunting dog, but one that would never leave you. DEP dear Rudolf.
Siemens was a cat that arrived in the worst possible state. When he was already recovering, he ate with our help, he didn’t chew, he could only manage with a syringe, but he had such an appetite that he took the syringe with his front legs. Seeing him eat so hard lifted your spirits and your hope. His desire to live…What memories I have of that wonderful Siamese cat!
Every day is a new learning experience at SARA, from both the joys and the sorrows. Because the animals show you that you have to move on, that they don’t understand the resentment, nor what is beautiful or ugly, if an animal has pedigree or not, if it is a puppy or an old animal. They live the present, they give you love without expecting anything, even though you get angry with them, they really forgive you and this is something we should understand once and for all.
The energy you feel there in SARA is inexplicable. It is the mutual love of those of us who defend life with commitment and a smile on our soul.
I hope that one day SARA will not be a necessity for the island and that we respect animals as they respect us. I hope one day we will understand life as those animals without a voice understands it.
Please don’t miss this opportunity to volunteer!