Adri Rachelle shares her home with 90 pets and rescue animals and Spends $10,000 a year

Adri Rachelle shares her home with 90 pets and rescue animals and Spends $10,000 a year

An animal lover who opened up her home to creatures of all shapes and sizes now shares her house with a staggering 90 pets, and almost all of them are named after Lord Of The Rings characters.

Adri Rachelle, 31, from Atlanta, has a massive menagerie which includes Bilbo Baggins the mule, Gandalf the goat, Frodo the spaniel and two cats named Boromir and Faramir, with her total hoard of animals costing her a staggering $10,000 a year on veterinary bills and food alone.

In total, the dog walker keeps 22 rescue pigs, 12 dogs, eight chickens, six cats, four parrots, four horses, four peacocks, four rats, three hairless guinea pigs, two goats, two ducks, two cockatoos, two cows, two mini cows, two alpacas, two ferrets, two geckos, one tegu lizard, one bearded dragon lizard, a mule, a hamster, a rabbit, a tortoise and a python.

Adri even had a special bed constructed which is 10ft-wide so that at least four animals can pile in with her at night.


Adri Rachelle, 31, from Atlanta has a massive menagerie which includes 90 pets, including Leach the Gekko, seen

The dog walker has named most of her animals after Lord Of The Rings characters, including Gimli the pig.

Additionally, she spends $10,000 (£7,800) a year on vet bills and food for her pets, including frozen mice for her snake, and roaches, crickets, and super worms for her reptiles.

She laid down another $10,000 (£7,800) to animal-proof her 11,000 sq foot guest house so her pigs, birds and guinea pigs could live inside.

The J.R.R. Tolkien fan, who names most of her animals after characters in the author’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, said: ‘I’ve always loved animals. I don’t think anyone is surprised that I’m living like this.

‘When I was a kid, my room was full of stuffed animals because I couldn’t get the real ones.

‘They do all have names and 80 per cent of them are named after Lord Of The Rings.

‘I’m a little obsessed with the books and the films.

‘Technically we haven’t run out of Lord Of The Rings names, but I really have to search for them now.’ 

Adri, seen with Gandalf the Goat, has even rigged the home with cameras so she can always keep an eye on her beloved animals

Speaking about her specially constructed bed, she added: ‘Without fail, the pigs will join me in bed and usually dogs and cats will come in too.

‘Even though I built a ten-foot wide bed, they all still sleep on top of me.

‘I have set up tree branches in the headboard so the birds can sleep near me too.
‘I’ve taken naps with my rats before as well.’

Adri has even rigged the home with cameras so she can always keep an eye on her beloved animals.

She said: ‘I moved to my farm in 2015. There was a 1,100-square foot guest house marketed as a mother-in-law suite.

‘I decided to just go ahead and give it to the animals. I spent $10,000 to make it animal proof.
‘The birds like to chew everything so we took out all the molding, the baseboards and carpets and child-proofed all the cabinets.

‘Now they can fly free and not be locked in cages.
‘I have cameras set up so even when I’m not in there, I can watch them.

‘The dogs, cats, and rats are with me in the main house, the pigs are all over and the birds, guinea pigs, and reptiles live in the guest house.

‘I spend $500 (£380) a month on food and last year I spent $4,000 (£3000) on vet bills.’
But she admitted her animal-loving life is not for everyone.

‘I think for a normal person this would be a lot of work, a lot of noise and a lot of cleaning, but for me, it is almost therapeutic,’ she said.

‘I get so much satisfaction from caring for my animals. Out of 90, only five of them weren’t adopted.

‘I’m able to provide unwanted animals with a home. This is my little piece of paradise.’

She has her feeding routine down to just 40 minutes a day and cleaning cages and enclosures take another half an hour

She said: ‘My dad would go out every year and counted endangered species like bald eagles, frogs, and snakes.

‘My mom was constantly taking in stray animals like baby birds, kittens, and dogs.
‘We raised chickens, rabbits, and ducks.

‘Growing up, I probably had about 20 animals, I’ve always been that way.’
Ten years ago, she started taking in rescue pigs and her menagerie grew from there.

Her family sometimes wishes she would focus on herself instead of her many pets but Adri defended herself from accusations of animal hoarding.

She said: ‘There’s nothing I’d rather be doing with my time or money than looking after animals.

‘I ended up with all of these animals because other people had taken them in and didn’t want them.

‘A lot of them arrived in terrible conditions. People say I’m an animal hoarder.
‘But there are people who have failed at having just one animal.

‘Here I am with other people’s animals all around me and I’m doing a good job.’
Adri shares her animal-loving life on Youtube as Adri Rachelle.

She is applying for non-profit status and hopes to turn her home into a sanctuary so that she can take in even more animals.

She said: ‘I want to make it an actual sanctuary so I can take in wild animals and work with them.
‘I am never going to be someone who has just one dog.’

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