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An animal lover has spoken out about her greatest passion and explained why she enjoys nothing more than taking care of animals and why she named nearly all of her ninety pets after The Lord of the Rings characters.
Adri Rachelle, a dog walker from Georgia, said her love for animals began when she was still a little girl. According to the 31-year-old, it was her parents who inspired her to love and take care of animals.
“My dad would go out every year to count endangered species like bald eagles, frogs, and snakes,” Rachelle shared with Good News Network.
“My mom was constantly taking in stray animals like baby birds, kittens, and dogs. We raised chickens, rabbits, and ducks. Growing up, I probably had about 20 animals, I’ve always been that way.
“I’ve always loved animals. I don’t think anyone is surprised that I’m living like this. When I was a kid, my room was full of stuffed animals because I couldn’t get the real ones.”
Living with 90 animals, however, is no easy job. Rachelle had to renovate her place to include animal-friendly furniture and even went as far as remodeling her bed that now features several separate platforms where her animals can sleep – Those that can’t fit on the bed!
“Without fail, the pigs will join me in bed and usually dogs and cats will come in, too,” Adri admitted. “I have set up tree branches in the headboard so the birds can sleep near me too. I’ve taken naps with my rats before as well.”
Besides the animals that are staying inside her house, the 31-year-old also has several horses, goats, mules, peacocks, and chickens that are staying in the barn.
“They do all have names and 80 percent of them are named after Lord of the Rings,” Adri added. “I’m a little obsessed with the books and the films. Technically we haven’t run out of Lord of the Rings names, but I really have to search for them now.”
The animal lover also explained that all but five of her animals are rescues that were in bad condition when she got them.
“I like to make sure everyone is settled in and then I’ll feed the dogs their breakfast and I’ll feed myself if I’m lucky. I give the rest of the animal’s breakfast around 10, fresh fruits and vegetables, hay and pellets for the horses, and all the pigs get bananas,” Rachelle said of her routine.
“I can go through and spot clean all the cages and enclosures in half an hour. I just put on a podcast and do it.”
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