Three kittens, three cats, two dogs, three mice, 10 puppies.
This was the number of the sickest rescue animals who inhabited Jamie Vaughn's bedroom at The Barnyard Bhutan Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. The grounds of The Barnyard, an animal sanctuary set on two-plus acres on the other side of the world in Paro, Bhutan, at the foot of the Himalayas are currently home for over 200 dogs, mules, goats, pigs and other rescue animals. These animals have different injuries and needs that require the entire gamut of therapies; immediate triage of the wounded, amputations, infections, spaying and everything else. All this is handled by Jamie, a young, passionate American woman from Virginia Beach who created one of the wildest, most improvised yet most loving animal sanctuaries I have ever seen. Jamie Vaughn, who walks around with mismatched socks, untamed hair and work clothes covered in dirt is constantly giving personal care to her wounded patients. Her work continues with little respite night and day. She creates prosthetics and slings for them from car parts and duct tape; she talks and sings to them, laughs with them, lets them jump all over her. She drives around Bhutan in her old beat up car and picks up wounded animals, large and small, who have fallen off bridges, who were run over by cars, who were beaten or starved; she brings them to her sanctuary on a regular basis and cares for them like a mother and a doctor combined would.