Save the Waystation



It goes without saying that tonight’s visit to the Wildlife Waystation made an indelible impression on me.  It was an experience that was so raw, so real; the atmosphere filled with a kind of love that was almost tangible.  The impact that these animals have on us and our connectedness to them is unquestionable.  With only a couple of feet separating you from presences so powerful, you can’’t help but see the stories behind their eyes.  Authentically present and heart-breakingly vulnerable, they stare back at you through the chain-linked fence, their souls so pure, so honest, so exposed yet so trusting of their surroundings. Unwilling and unable to avert their gaze, you can practically feel their breath on your face.  Each of these animals has its own unique story, but all have found themselves with a second chance at life here at the Waystation.  Martine Colette took in her first animal in 1965, inevitably leading to the inception of the Wildlife Waystation in 1976.  Over the years, she has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of exotic animals.  With boundless compassion, she currently houses over 400 animals, yet she has somehow found a way to love each one individually; naming all of them, hand-feeding some.  In fact, it’s not uncommon to find her walking her favorite tiger, Montana, around the property between snacks.  She has made it her mission to give these animals the lives they deserve: a protected existence, an opportunity to mature and flourish, with constant stimulation, entertainment, and most importantly, love.  In the past, the Waystation relied on private donors for financial support, but in recent years, as the economy worsened, the donations got smaller and smaller.  Even with the entire staff working on a volunteer basis, there is no longer enough money to keep the facility in operation.  Although devastating to think about, acknowledging the reality of the situation is the only way we can rise up and save the Waystation.  We need to be exposed to a kind of truth that is impossible to turn away from; a truth that finds living, breathing beings with the purest of souls facing an untimely and unfair end.  Plainly stated, without the funds, these animals will be put down.  The Waystation is their home.  There is nowhere else for them to go.  We are their only hope and we cannot let them down.  So now I’ll ask you, will you stand with me and help give these amazing animals the chance they deserve?  Can you give up your Starbucks for one day?  Are you willing to, just once, forego that fancy dinner at your favorite restaurant?  No amount is too small, every dollar makes a difference.  I truly hope you’ll consider making this difference with me.



  1. Gaby

    it’s admirable how we forget the important thing’s in life, this is so beatiful and sad… to see how we destroy the habitab of this beautiful and wonderful creatures…
    Is sad that in this world we give more importance to banal and superficial thing’s and we forget the ones that are important like helping this people… they are worth of admiration and recognition.

    Thanks Nikki for remind us how important this is. Love your post

  2. Adelina

    Yes! I will give up every Starbucks for the rest of my life.. just tell me how and where to. Love you.

  3. Mayara

    Hope you are good!!
    hm, Im here to say that I always loved to read the things you write here!! Its been ages since you wrote this post!!Im mean, seriously,almost a year!!!! >.< Im mad!!! grrr. I miss your blog posts =( Plis considering writing something/anything soon. I know you may be super busy now, but still I have to ask to. haha I hope you see that comment( praying for you to get a notification \o/) and get inspired and write a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g, like for yesterday!!!ahhhhhhh Nikki, por favor!!! hahaha

    feel free to correct me about the grammar, well, actually not, cuz Im not american. So my english is ridiculous!! :p

    Beijos na bunda!!

  4. veronica

    hi nikki, this is so sad, i hope the waystation can be saved for all those animals. Its sad to see all those animals with no place to go. I found the website,in case anyone wants to donate you can here:

    ps: i miss your posts as well, i hope you write more posts soon, take care :)

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