Tuesday Spotlight – Vanessa Gessner

Hey Kim! My name is Vanessa and I’m 14. Animals have been a part of my life since the day I was born. I was that kid that asked for SPCA donations for her birthday instead of gifts and I was ALWAYS looking for another way to get a new animal into the house. When I was 9, we started fostering for the SPCA. We would take in the pregnant cats and gave them a safe room to have their babies in. Being 9, you would have expected that I would have been disgusted with the actual birth part of it but nope! As my mom would leave the room because of the sight, I would be right in there petting the mom and helping the kittens find the milk. I’ve wanted to be a vet since before I could talk, so I guess I’m well on my way.

-Name: Vanessa Gessner

Fort McMurray AB

-Years in Fort McMurray:

Victor -Jack Russell/Cocker spaniel, 8.
Rosey- Jack Russell/Cocker spaniel, 8.
Tommy- Tabby Cat, 8.
Mittens- Mixed Breed Kitty, 6.
Rocky- Lop Eared Rabbit, 4
Daisy- Lion Head Rabbit, 2
Larry- Lion Head/Lop Eared Rabbit, almost 1
Charm- Quarter Horse, 9
Silly- Quarter Horse, 14
Black- Standard-bred, 28
Tex- Thoroughbred, 17
Annie- Barn Kitty
Oakley- Barn Kitty
Milo- Barn Kitty

-Interesting facts about your animals: I think the most interesting fact about my animals, is the unique bond I have with all of them. From a young age, I’ve always had a special connection with animals. From taming a feral dog at 5, helping a mother cat deliver kittens at 10, rehabilitating an abused horse at 12, and rescuing pre-mature baby bunnies at 13, I’ve always had a thing for helping animals in any way I can. I’m the kind of person that will fall in love with the “ugly” or “strange looking” animals first, and will do anything I can to find an animal a kind and loving home. With all my animals, especially my horses, we have a connection of pure trust and respect. I find that if you respect an animal, they will do the same. From my show horses to my little rabbits, I love them all, and hope to add more to my “zoo” soon!

-My perspective on adopting a rescue is simple: How many times has someone given you a second chance? Has someone ever gotten mad at you and you have no idea why? You probably voiced your opinion in these situations. But animals can’t. They have no choice in what happens to them. They have to depend on, and trust you to take care of them and love them. So always adopt a rescue. Give an animal that second chance at a loving life. Give them a safe, warm place to call home.

-Favorite Quote: Life isn’t about the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.