A Sentience Article from All-Creatures.org



How Resilient Are You?

From Indra Lahiri, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
October 2023

In rescued Animals' resilience I find hope. They have overcome some of the worst offenses against them— physical abuse, neglect, starvation, illness. When I feel overwhelmed by my own storms, I remember them. 

Indraloka sanctuary

It was with shocked disbelief that I watched horrified as torrential rain brought severe flash flooding to our beautiful NEPA community. Entire streets turned to rivers. Bridges washed out. Trees came down, sometimes on top of cars, buildings or fences. When such storms rage, they strike fear into our bones. We wonder, how will I get out of a flooded street? How will I rebuild my home? How will I go on without the loved one I lost? Or even just, what if it happens to me?

We suffered relatively minor damage at the sanctuary. Trees fell on fences but no one was hurt. Both ends of our street were washed out and closed for days but we were able to get through and take care of the animals. Some events and tours were cancelled or postponed. We lost power and water for a brief period. Blessedly, we are all ok. But we’re thinking of you who are not. Not just those who didn’t fare so well in our local storms, but the countless others who face storms of a different kind.

Those on our coastline who face oncoming hurricanes…

Those battling the tempest of illness with no cure…

Those on the front lines of domestic abuse with no safe shelter…

Those who’s tornado is in their mind, from which there is no escape…

For all of you, the storm may still be raging.

And even as my heart aches for you, I am reminded of all that the animals have taught me. In their resilience I find hope. They have overcome some of the worst offenses against them— physical abuse, neglect, starvation, illness. Some, like Eddie Traffic and Brother Wind, even saved themselves from imminent death.

When I feel overwhelmed by my own storms, I remember them.

If Eve can overcome being abandoned in the middle of a city…

Pig Eve

If Sanjaya can overcome extreme nutritional neglect…

If Mookie can overcome the loss of his mother when he was just a baby…

If Sandy can overcome brain parasites and the challenge of learning to walk again…

When I remember all they’ve overcome, I feel more confident that no matter what life may throw at me, there is hope. There is a pathway through. Even if my life is changed forever, I’m still here and I still have love in my life.

I can’t begin to know what storms of life you may be facing. But what I do know is that if you need perspective, clarity, or just a friendly set of ears to scratch or belly to rub, you can find it here with the animals.


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