Unpredictable Ups and Downs Of Rescue Work
As soon as I think everything is going so well and I've settled into a routine of daily sweat, stinky-pig-food-hauling truck rides, and shaking hands with over 100 animal owners...I get stuck with inventory. Yes, that's what I did ALL day today, inventory. I thought I'd loose my sanity. At least I was in the company of fellow animal rescuer Deb Gleason and we could chit chat through all 8 hours of it. Apparently, disaster work is unpredictable.
So, in light of our situation we thought we would shut all the doors, close all the windows and crank up the AC - allowing ourselves to bask in the comfort of artificial air. However, to our dismay we nearly ended up suffocating ourselves because the AC wasn't putting out any cool air. By the time our bodies began reacting to the mildew-y smell and nausea we realized our AC haven for the day was not happening. So the windows opened and the less immune effecting humidity rolled in.
Well, the entire day wasn't as painful as I'm trying to make it out to be, we actually got to eat lunch which was unheard of this entire week! We spent each morning stuffing ourselves at the breakfast bar knowing we would not return for another meal until late into the evening. So this in itself, made the inventory duty bearable. I savored those vegan enpanadas with every lunch break minute I took today.
So, since I don't want to bore this blogging audience with a slide show recap of what inventory is like, I'm throwing up two photos taken during moments that have now left lasting impressions on me. One, being the "larger picture" which captures the amount of need that still exists and our method of organized chaos in trying to bring aid to these people and their animals. There were moments when the 92 degree heat was beating down on me but I never realized it. We all became entranced with the buckets, sacs and open hands that needed to be filled with food, so we all just kept moving; motivated by images of hunger and words of thanks. We didn't stop until the trailer was empty, every lolly pop was given out and all bottled water was distributed.
The second image is much more soft and removes you from the larger picture. Which is something that a few have been able to do in Villahermosa. Animal companionship is not prevalent nor is it really encouraged, just as it's not in most poverty ridden areas. As idealistic as it may be, it's still refreshing to meet those who "get it". Who can see beyond the animal as a beast and care for them as fellow beings. This image will remind me of those who I would have never met if not for IFAW's mission here in Mexico.
Tomorrow we are on a plane back to the US. And as soon as next week begins, an exciting event is about the take place: the infamous T-4 gorillas will be sent from South Africa back to Cameroon. So stay tuned for those updates...