Jill Colton, staff writer
January 11, 2011 — Tina Noble rescues and rehabilitates mistreated and abandoned animals all across New Brunswick.
Tina Noble believes that every living creature should get the love they deserve, but don't always get.
That's why, despite working full time, she takes in animals that have suffered at the hands of hoarders and abusers.
She believes that when animals get too expensive to house and feed, they're often discarded.“Winter and spring are normally a bad time for us...I mean a lot of it is just laziness or lack of an education, but that's something you can fix.”
And that's exactly what Tina has been doing for the past six years. She's a volunteer at the SPCA and helps nurse these neglected creatures back to health.
One of these such animals is Rosie the donkey. She was rescued from a hoarder near Fredericton nearly two years ago. “She actually had a foal on her when we got her and he was so malnourished he didn't make it.”
There are other survivors living on the farm with Noble.
Rudy, a happy-go-lucky dog, was one of five puppies found in a garbage bag on a walking trail when he was discovered by Tina. The others unfortunately didn't survive because of the cold, but she took the pup in and he's been loved ever since.
In addition to being a horseowner, Tina also takes in strays. In fact, last fall she and a number of others, along with the SPCA helped seize 38 horses from a farm near Perth-Andover. Noble helped care for 11 horses. All of the animals survived the ordeal.
Despite her accomplishments, Noble recognizes it can be a challenge tending to the flock, especially during the winter months. “We normally have to feed them more often to keep them warmer. Some horses need to be blanketed because their fur just isn't as thick or warm...”
Although bringing animals back to health is a lot of work, the hardest part is gaining their trust. “It takes a lot of time getting them to trust a human again.”
But it's all worth it in the end.“When we see them and they're in such bad shape, and they have no light or spirit in their eye, and then when we're done, they're free-spirited and happy and they have a good home, that's all we ask for.”
With files from Telegraph-Journal.