Animals in LOVE

There is strong scientific evidence that animals experience a spectrum of emotions – including, yes, LOVE.

As far back as Pythagoras, great minds believed that animals were able to experience emotions such as joy, fear, jealousy, compassion and other feelings, including those rightfully interpreted as “love”.  

Here at CHF, long time residents Jimmie and Willie display on the daily, a richly expressed affection for one another.

Jimmie and Willie

In addition, we have for years witnessed a clear and consistent demonstration of love between mother Rosebud and her offspring Cassidy.

Rosebud and Cassidy

Those who visit the sanctuary will also see firsthand these and many other obvious displays of familiar emotions.

Love Among Species

It has even been widely documented that varying inter-species of animals act in accordance with the principles of love towards each other.

For one example, the famous affectionate duo Bubbles the elephant and Bella, a black labrador retriever.

Image: Barry Bland

And quite a few representations of this phenomenon exist at Changing Hearts Farm, such as Daffy the sheep and fast friend Joey the blind calf.

Daffy and Joey

Not reserved for human animals alone

In fact, it might be argued that we have much to learn about love from other animals. Firstly, they do not judge. Furthermore they are uncritical, hold no expectations, and offer their affection freely – without demand.

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” ~Alfred Montaperte

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  1. Linda Hammond

    Thank you for this wonderful and beautiful giving back of caring heart for animals in every stage of rescue.

    What a wonderful and beautiful heartfelt display of love and care for the precious animals.

    I am in charlotte and if close would be a daily volunteer for the farm.

    I hope to be able to visit and bring love to each and every one of he special ones.

    Changing Hearts is that…changing hearts of every person that has the lucky time of visiting. I am looking forward to the day I can visit.
    Thank you both for your love and reching out.
    Linda Hammond

    • Anne Landry

      Linda we look forward to having you visit, too! Thank you for your kind words.


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