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5 Feelings every Animal Rescue Worker knows all too well

Warning, seriously on the nose humour ahead...

Nikki Waterson

Okay, so here's my confession first...

Full disclosure - I've never done 'day in, day out' animal rescue work.

Some fostering, I'm now a foster failure, and working on helping rescues fix some backend systems, maybe some graphic design. I once raised a litter of seven puppies. Apart from that, I'm a real rescue work virgin honestly.

Though I do like to think that through working with many of you for some time now and hearing your stories, I have a fair understanding of what you amazing bunch put up with.

And I will be eternally worshipping each and every one of you for your determination to save animal lives. You experience the worst of the worst, and you still soldier on each new day.

It's incredible. So I wanted to share a love letter of sorts, from me to you all. Something you will likely relate to, possibly so much that you feel a bit like I must have been following you last week.

On that note, here goes...

1. You spent all day driving from place to place, collecting supplies, dropping off animals, heading to the vet, and it's FINALLY time for bed.

The BEST feeling in the universe, getting into bed. Possible surrounded by bed-greedy fur balls who you love very much, but who stick their feet, butts or wet noses in your face. Sigh.

2. You just brushed all (okay, a lot of) the pet hair off your clothes, and you are looking GORGEOUS.

Your standard of 'acceptable to leave the house in' clothing is different to others. Let's be real, you're winning if there isn't any poo from that new litter on your clothing.

3. You've had three coffees, one Berocca and it isn't even midday. Because the brand new fur-ball you're fostering kept you awake ALL night.

Coffee, coffee, coffee, sugar, berocca, whatever it takes! Did somebody say coffee?

4. You made an appointment for a meet for a new family, and you thought they were just running late. Nope, they stood you up completely. That's okay, it's not like you have a job you should be at or anything right?!

UGH! Why do people have to mess you around like that? Don't they realise you WORK? And maybe even have a family waiting at home?

5. You've been working with one of your badly neglected and abused cats for a year. And she just nailed her first meet-up with her brand new fur-ever family.

That's right, the BEST feeling in the world. When one of your biggest 'project' rescues has found their new forever home. Happy gotcha day!

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