SAN ANTONIO — When “Pete” Sampra was living the desert on a remote, rocky island in northern California, she didn’t know it was a place she’d ever be comfortable with.
“I was just like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m actually here,'” said the 34-year-old, who lives in Houston.
Pete Holms had lived on a ranch in Texas for more than two decades before the weather turned chilly and the sandbars and rocks began to disappear.
It was a harsh transition.
But Holms, who had a small pet hamster named Bo, never let her pet hamsters get away.
Petes was always a bit of a rebel, she said, and was constantly trying to escape the solitude.
And she found it hard to adjust to her new surroundings.
“Pete and Bo were the best of friends,” said Holms.
“But she was lonely and she was kind of a wild animal.”
Holms had a tough time adjusting to life in the wilderness.
But now, she’s thankful to have been rescued by someone who saw her needs, even if she didn, too.
I don’t know what I was thinking or why I was in that situation.””
I felt like it was my fault.
I don’t know what I was thinking or why I was in that situation.”
But a local animal rescue group, Petes Rescue Mission, is helping her get on her feet.
Peters mission is helping Holms find a new home for her hamster and the hamsters in their care.
“It’s been so nice, they’ve been such good friends,” Holms said.
“They’re doing a wonderful job of caring for the hamster.”