What does it mean to be rescued? According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of rescue is, "to free or save from confinement, danger or evil."

When Napier's Horse and Animal Sanctuary was raided, over three hundred animals were removed. As their ordeal began, they waited to be discovered. Once they were, they endured until action was taken. As the process of removing them from squalid conditions began, they laid their fate in the hands of those who moved in to treat them. Our very own Dr. Bonda was there to administer medical attention during this rescue. He donated his time and his services to the effort. He laid his hands on several animals; seventy in all. According to Dr. Bonda, he observed no aggression among those he treated; no intent to harm. There was only fear; clear evidence that these animals had come from a state of hopelessness and despair into a new arena of hope.

I think it's safe to say a rescue is a journey. Once the confinement and danger are removed, there is room for renewal. Once safe, a pet can heal from the trauma experienced and go on to become a precious, loving animal full of gratitude. Dr. Bonda found all the animals he treated to be adoptable. Please consider a rescue when thinking of adding a pet to your household. With a little time and patience, you can take a wonderful journey with them; from the darkness into the light.