A animal sanctuary in Austin , Texas , is giving a clear example of inclusion and resilience . Trusty in Austin , as this shelter is called, has dedicated itself to creating a bond between children with disabilities and animals that have suffered some trauma in their life, so that they rest between both .
They are animals that have been victims of abuse or regrettable incidents, which now found quality of life in this sanctuary, as is the case of Priscilla, a rescued turkey that was born with a “ claw of luck “, as reported by The Washington Post.
Harper Wulms was only 2 years old when he met Priscilla and noticed that they both share one condition similar to . Since then they created a unique loop, being so similar .
This little girl, now 5 years old, suffers from sybrachydactyly , a condition that generates a congenital anomaly of the hand, causing the fingers not to grow correctly . Therefore, his right hand is smaller and one of his fingers is missing.
“It was a great coincidence. Meeting Priscilla has been a gift “, commented Celine Wulms , the mother of Harper , in conversation with The Washington Post.
Jamie Wallace-Griner created the Trusty in Austin so that more cases like Harper and Priscilla will occur. “There is something absolutely magical about seeing a child with differences come here and say: 'They are like me'. When you see Harper holding Priscilla's lucky hand with her own lucky hand, it does a lot for her heart, ”she said.
Within this sanctuary to the south of States United live some 150 animals with a history of abuse or those who have a special condition . They all found a better home with Jamie, because if they were not rescued , their destination would probably be the sacrifice.
“We have animals that are blind or deaf , have diabetes , cerebral paralysis , deformities, lost limbs, broken spines … they all become part of our family ” expressed Wallace-Griner.
Their activities began with friends with children with special conditions and then they grew. “It just got bigger and bigger and I realized that it was time to open up in a way that would help more people and more animals ,” he said. Wallace-Griner.
Faced with the need to seek resources to support the sanctuary, they turned the Trusty in Austin into a non-profit organization in 2018 and thus be able to receive donations . In this way, many children have found an animal as a friend in their adversities .
“If someone sends an email that they are going through a moment difficult for any reason, we invite them to a tour of healing of hearts. I ask them for a bit of information about what they are dealing with and I decide which animals to introduce to them, “explained Wallace-Griner.
“The COVID is hard for everyone, neurotypical or not, but for children with needs specials highlights every aspect of what sets them apart. Many people really needed us during the pandemic “, he expressed.
Even people who came as visitors to the sanctuary have remained as volunteers when they fell in love with this family animal , as is the case of Skylar Carson , of 28 years, who believes in the importance of the “ unconditional love , the grace and freedom to make a difference no matter what your story is, whether you are a child , a adult or a animal “.