The story of Noah’s Ark tells how God told Noah to build a large boat and put two animals, one male and one female, of every kind on the earth in order to save them from the impending flood. The Ark remains a familiar cultural reference, but Georgia woman Adri Rachelle has taken the idea of making a home for every species on earth very literally.
She might not have two animals of every kind on her farm, but she’s fairly close. Forget cats and dogs—think of hairless guinea pigs, pythons, and parrots, as well as geckos and goats, and even an alpaca.
The 31-year-old dog walker from Atlanta originally fell in love with animals as a child when her dad was working on endangered species. According to Daily Mail, she said that her mom “was constantly taking in stray animals like baby birds, kittens, and dogs.” Though the family already had about 20 animals, Adri still wanted more, filling her room to bursting with various stuffed animals.
As an adult, Adri has quite literally filled her home with animals. After buying her farm a few years ago, she began adopting unwanted animals. She has a collection of 90 overall and all but five of these have been rescued.
If you’re wondering how she manages to remember all of them, Adri also happens to be a huge Lord of the Rings fan and has borrowed over 70 names from J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic books for her animals. This can be as challenging as finding space and caring for all these animals. “Technically we haven’t run out of Lord of the Rings names, but I really have to search for them now.”
You might be wondering where Adri keeps all these creatures. To begin with, she has a 1,100-square-foot guest house, originally designed as a mother-in-law suite, which has been completely remodeled to handle many of them. Unfortunately, she found that “the birds liked to chew everything, so we took out the molding, the baseboards, and the carpets.”
She spent $10,000 to remodel the guest house.
But don’t think that Adri parks the animals in the guest house. She has a special 10-foot-wide bed in the main farmhouse made especially to accommodate some of her inside pets, mostly dogs and cats, but also piglets, and even rats.
She gladly shares the space with these orphans and strays. As she told Southwest News Service, “I’ve always loved animals. I don’t think anyone is surprised I’m living like this.”
It’s not just housing all the animals that has been challenging; feeding and cleaning up after such a big herd can be daunting. Adri has to make sure each animal gets the perfect diet to survive and thrive. This includes hay for the horses, mice for the python, and insects like crickets as well as worms for all the reptiles.
All of this comes at a cost though. To keep the animals fed and their spaces cleaned, she spends at least over an hour every day.
Much of this is intense labor, but it pales in comparison to the costs of the food itself—about $6,000 every year, and vet bills that cost $10,000 a year.
None of this fazes Adri though. She believes in her mission to provide a home for unwanted animals and aims to make her farm an official sanctuary. If she can achieve her goal, then she “can take in wild animals and work with them,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. All creatures are great and small, indeed!