It’s no secret that throughout time, we’ve been seeking a human – animal bond. The American Veterinary Medical Association defines a human – animal bond as a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors essential to the health and well-being of both.
Today we see this drive to understand and be part of this bond from anthrozoology to the average pet owner. The American Pet Products Association says that the number of U.S. households that own a pet is on the rise. They say about 68 percent of U.S. households have a pet, more than 90 million dogs and 94 million cats. People are also changing the way they view their relationships with animals, both in the home, and outside it.
Life in the Adirondacks affords us the opportunity to come in contact with wild animals. Although forming bonds with wild animals is limited by law and common sense, wild animals are not less worthy of love and care than our pets. As an animal lover I often asked myself: where do the wild things go to be loved? I found the answer at The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington NY. I have had the pleasure of spending a considerable amount of time on the Refuge and my heart and notions about wild animals has forever been altered. The seemingly perpetual love, time, and finances that the Refuge owners, Steve and Wendy Hall, have allocated to the animals there is nothing short of an amazing act of grace.
The creatures that the average person considers untouchable are loved and cared for by the Hall family and the Refuge workers. From a distance some of these animals look like creatures no one purposefully comes in contact with, but the animals on this Refuge would have been euthanized or suffered from sickness and injury without the love, costly medical treatments and homes provided there. Something profound happens in your heart when you witness some of the daily human – animal bonds at the Refuge.
We can all show love to our neighboring wild animals by looking out for them. Should you see or come in contact with a forest dwelling animal that appears ill or injured, where the wild things go for love is The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington NY.
You can contact them online.
Photo: Alex with Zeebie and Cree at Adirondack Wildlife Refuge.