Spotlight on volunteer Dr Kristina Tribulova
For the past month, Animal Aid has been privileged to include the volunteer service of Dr Kristina, from Slovakia. The 28-year-old vet is quickly becoming a veteran volunteer, having volunteered at several other Indian animal shelters prior to coming to Animal Aid. Says Dr Kristine: “I love my work so much I don’t even need to be paid. I just need an opportunity and space to enable me to feel useful—that’s all I need. I want to see the animals healthy.
“I try to do my best to solve the animals’ problems. Sometimes I am an extremist—I want to see perfect results. It can make me very sad if an animal is not treatable.”
She is willowy and strong, and almost never missed a day of work. And worked with intelligence and cheerfulness, despite the tough cases.
“This is my dream job. Even as a child, I remember seeing a deer that was injured. What made me so sad was that it didn’t know why it was suffering. They are only loving. Without conditions.”
Dr Kristina says she fell in love with India the first time she came, two years ago. She was always fascinated by Indian culture and traditions. “Indians are peaceful. They love their families. I see here what is disappearing in the western world.” But on the other hand, “they don’t seem to care about dogs. That’s something that impresses me about Animal Aid. The staff are so devoted, and the people who work here really want to help. It’s difficult to change people but here I see, they’ve learned a lot from you, the founders; and they seem to learn from each other and they are very caring.”
She urges others to consider volunteering at Animal Aid. “The location too is green, spacious and peaceful, and the town is busy, they can be entertained there too.”
Dr Kristina says the maggot wounds are the most satisfying—they’re “ghastly and I’ve seen dogs with a whole ear missing from maggots, –really deep tissue wounds. But in a few days you can see nice granulating tissues. You see miracles in healing!”
What’s a miracle? “You see such a will to live, especially in these paralysed dogs. But sometimes, yes, I get very sad. We have so many compound fractures and there’s nothing to do for them but amputation. But then, after the amputation, next day I’ll see the dogs with the amputation—they’re happy, they greet me when they see me. Sometimes we get two cases a day that need amputation.
“On one hand you can feel like crying because of the cows. But then, yesterday I saw a donkey trying to drink milk from a cow. I saw Kamala kissing donkeys and cows. It made me so happy.”
She’s lucky to have the full blessing of her parents in this India volunteering odyssey. “My mom supports me because she knows I’m happy and doing something that’s useful.”
Useful is an understatement. She has been absolutely vital, and has saved many lives during this month. We will all miss Dr Kristina dearly.