It’s been a really busy last few months, and I’m so behind with everything! Portland VegFest, Wildwood’s interactive movie fundraiser Little Shop of Horrors, and getting the sanctuary ready for a major fencing project and preparing for winter. It’s a good time to sit back and feel grateful for those in our lives that help us through stressful times and life in general. Just like people who need support and encouragement, animals need love and special friendships too. Wildwood is home to many animals from different backgrounds and situations, some not so good. Ruby Roo and Sam Cat love spending time together. Their friendship has blossomed over the last few months and we love watching it grow. Once arrived at our sanctuary, our rescued residents usually find a special caretaker or animal that they bond with, friendships which can last for a lifetime. When animals arrive from terrible situations and abandonment, such as Ruby who as a baby chick suffered extreme joint sepsis that resulted in his leg needing amputation and Sam who was abandoned at our front gate, they often suffer from unseen psychological trauma which makes trusting another individual sometimes difficult. But when trust and friendship happens, it’s a amazing thing to watch develop. We don’t always know why or how they choose who they choose as friends but it can make a huge positive difference in a animal’s life and just like with people, speed recovery from illness, injury and even surgery. We can learn a lot about ourselves from our animal friends but most importantly see how similar we are rather than different.