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Ferd

Ferd

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Left abandoned in Tillamook County in a barren field whose owner was slated for eviction, Ferd was one of six calves found alive amongst the bodies of ten others. Extremely malnourished and weak, the calves likely would not have lasted much longer if local law enforcement had not acted to get them help. Lighthouse stepped in to pull the calves back from the brink of death and nurse them back to health. Now the Tillamook calves are teenagers in the Lighthouse herd, free to play and graze to their hearts’ content.

Panda Bob

Panda Bob

Animal Place, Grass Valley, California

Panda Bob’s mother was seized from a farm raising cattle for beef because she was down, ill, and untreated. She prematurely gave birth to little Bob, but did not have the strength to nurse him. She cried desperately until she saw humans nursing her small calf, at which point her lows quieted. Sadly she did not survive to find safe haven at Animal Place with her baby. After the tragic loss of his mother, Panda Bob bonded with Mortimer calf, quickly showing his bossiness and zeal for life. His outgoing personality is blatantly clear from the moment one is fortunate to meet Panda Bob.

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Tucker

Tucker

Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, New York

Tucker was moments away from being loaded onto a truck and transported to auction from a petting zoo who had capitalized on his adorableness as a calf, but was uninterested in caring for him as he grew out of being a gangly baby. Petting zoos often auction off their once star “attractions,” knowing that baby animals hold more draw for visitors. A mother and daughter who were attached to Tucker intervened with the petting zoo owner and found Tucker sanctuary at Catskill.

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Safran

Safran

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Safran arrived from an industrial dairy farm in Chino, CA.  Destined to be cheap beef or veal instead of the goofball calf now known by many, Safran was rescued from the dairy industry which treats male calves like waste products who steal their mothers’ milk rather than the joy-seeking babies over whom visitors to sanctuaries thrill. Safran is extremely inquisitive, sometimes to the point of being mischievous in his curiosity.

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Dawn

Dawn

Farm Sanctuary, Orland, California

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Mario, Linus, & Bongo

Mario, Linus, & Bongo

Farm Sanctuary, Orland, California

Parvati

Parvati

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah 

Parvati was once part of a petting zoo, but her lure for visitors was not strong enough, she did not generate enough money for the petting zoo, so she was going to be sent to a feedlot where she would have eventually been slaughtered. Ching Sanctuary intervened, and now shy Parvati safely watches over the Utah sanctuary’s grounds with her partner Nandi. Parvati likes to find the tallest parts of the sanctuary from which to observe her surroundings and keep tabs on comings and goings, making sure all is well in the land.

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Peanut

Peanut

Farm Sanctuary, Orland, California

Peanut was rescued from a stockyard where he was one of three calves that failed to sell at auction.  The calves likely would have been dumped on the dead pile to slowly starve to death if not for an investigator present that day.  Peanut was the outgoing calf, whereas his rescue brother Cocoa was painfully shy.  As he has aged Peanut has shown himself to be rambunctious and a bit aggressive with his play.  Luckily his herd family knocks sense in to him when necessary. 

Buffalo Boo

Buffalo Boo

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Hershey

Hershey

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Silverton, Oregon

Three days old at an auction, Hershey was up for sale to the highest bidder. The winning bid was $7.50, not an uncommon amount for male calves at auctions who have been taken from their mothers at dairies. About half of boys like Hershey will be purchased by veal producers, the other half purchased and sent to feedlots to be fattened for cheap beef. Hershey however was purchased by someone who wanted him to live his natural lifespan of 15-20 years, and thus he made his way to Green Acres.

Bruno

Bruno

Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres, Acton, California

Bruno arrived at sanctuary as a calf after surviving a fall off a moving truck.  The driver did not stop for the calf, but luckily the rest of traffic did.  His wounds healed cleanly, so his fall actually saved him from the feedlot fate that would have led to slaughter.  He is now a full grown steer who loves nothing more than to give and receive massages – Bruno uses his entire head to rub up and down the body of his favorite humans, and he in turn loves when humans massage his head and neck.

Cocoa

Cocoa

Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres, Acton, California

Cocoa was rescued from a stockyard where he was one of three calves that failed to sell at auction.  The calves likely would have been dumped on the dead pile to slowly starve to death if not for an investigator present that day.  Cocoa was beyond shy at first, rather skittish and worried about humans, whereas his rescue brother Peanut was very outgoing.  As he has aged, Cocoa still prefers bovine company to human, but will occasionally accept human attention.

Mr. Ed

Mr. Ed

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Rescued from a Los Angeles area facility, Mr. Ed was used as the breeding bull for a small, cramped herd of Brahman cattle. He arrived with scars on his back and an intense dislike for humans. His formidable presence awed visitors to the sanctuary, but it wasn’t until many years after his arrival that Mr. Ed began to accept attention from his caregivers. The trauma he endured finally unwinding was a beautiful thing to behold, for once where he would have tossed his head aggressively at caregivers near his space, now he sometimes will lower his head, accepting scratches and massages.

Brahma

Brahma

PreetiRang Sanctuary, Dixon, California

Nandi

Nandi

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah

Rescued after watching his entire family killed before his eyes by a mobile slaughter truck, Nandi still bears some distrust toward humans.  This massive horned steer is very protective of his sanctuary mates – when a sanctuary resident dies Nandi often chases the truck that comes to take their body.  It is clear that Nandi remembers from where he was saved, and his response speaks to not only his self-awareness, but his awareness and concern for all the residents.

Rosey

Rosey

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Safran

Safran

Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres, Acton, California

Safran arrived from an industrial dairy farm in Chino, CA.  Destined to be cheap beef or veal instead of the goofball calf now known by many, Safran was rescued from the dairy industry which treats male calves like waste products who steal their mothers’ milk rather than the joy-seeking babies over whom visitors to sanctuaries thrill. Safran is extremely inquisitive, sometimes to the point of being mischievous in his curiosity.

Pinto

Pinto

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Pinto was rescued from a Southern California stockyard, one of the calves for sale from the dairy industry who had no use for the young calf because he was male and would not produce milk.  He was sickly and did not sell at the auction, and would have ended up on the dead pile, likely still alive, had an investigator not been there to intervene and bring him back to sanctuary.  Fully grown Pinto is huge: easily 6’4” and full of love despite the leg issues his massive size causes.

Oreo

Oreo

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Oreo was rescued from a stockyard where he was one of three calves that failed to sell at auction.  The calves likely would have been dumped on the dead pile to slowly starve to death if not rescued.  Oreo was sick from the start; smaller than his rescue brothers, he struggled to keep up and required multiple courses of antibiotics and treatments.  Sadly his over-bred body could not keep up and his lungs failed him.  In his short time, Oreo touched hundreds of people with his spirit.

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Pinto

Pinto

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California 

Pinto was rescued from a Southern California stockyard, one of the calves for sale from the dairy industry who had no use for the young calf because he was male and would not produce milk.  He was sickly and did not sell at the auction, and would have ended up on the dead pile, likely still alive, had an investigator not been there to intervene and bring him back to sanctuary.  Fully grown Pinto is huge: easily 6’4” and full of love despite the leg issues his massive size causes.

Helen

Helen

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

In the industrial farmed animal system special needs individuals tend to trigger polar opposite responses: an urgency to cull the individual or an empathetic connection that can spare their life. Such was Helen’s luck that her natal blindness selected her from her bison herd to receive special attention from the operator’s family member. However when this human fell ill, Helen was once again at risk, but luckily Lighthouse offered Helen refuge and she now gets to live out her days finally completely safe, and acting as an ambassador for others dealing with physical differences.

Pinto

Pinto

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California 

Pinto was rescued from a Southern California stockyard, one of the calves for sale from the dairy industry who had no use for the young calf because he was male and would not produce milk.  He was sickly and did not sell at the auction, and would have ended up on the dead pile, likely still alive, had an investigator not been there to intervene and bring him back to sanctuary.  Fully grown Pinto is huge: easily 6’4” and full of love despite the leg issues his massive size causes.

Panda Bob

Panda Bob

Animal Place, Grass Valley, California 

Panda Bob’s mother was seized from a farm raising cattle for beef because she was down, ill, and untreated. She prematurely gave birth to little Bob, but did not have the strength to nurse him. She cried desperately until she saw humans nursing her small calf, at which point her lows quieted. Sadly she did not survive to find safe haven at Animal Place with her baby. After the tragic loss of his mother, Panda Bob bonded with Mortimer calf, quickly showing his bossiness and zeal for life. His outgoing personality is blatantly clear from the moment one is fortunate to meet Panda Bob.

Ferd

Ferd

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Left abandoned in Tillamook County in a barren field whose owner was slated for eviction, Ferd was one of six calves found alive amongst the bodies of ten others. Extremely malnourished and weak, the calves likely would not have lasted much longer if local law enforcement had not acted to get them help. Lighthouse stepped in to pull the calves back from the brink of death and nurse them back to health. Now the Tillamook calves are teenagers in the Lighthouse herd, free to play and graze to their hearts’ content.

Hershey

Hershey

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Silverton, Oregon

Three days old at an auction, Hershey was up for sale to the highest bidder. The winning bid was $7.50, not an uncommon amount for male calves at auctions who have been taken from their mothers at dairies. About half of boys like Hershey will be purchased by veal producers, the other half purchased and sent to feedlots to be fattened for cheap beef. Hershey however was purchased by someone who wanted him to live his natural lifespan of 15-20 years, and thus he made his way to Green Acres.

 Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Mr. Ed

Mr. Ed

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Rescued from a Los Angeles area facility, Mr. Ed was used as the breeding bull for a small, cramped herd of Brahman cattle. He arrived with scars on his back and an intense dislike for humans. His formidable presence awed visitors to the sanctuary, but it wasn’t until many years after his arrival that Mr. Ed began to accept attention from his caregivers. The trauma he endured finally unwinding was a beautiful thing to behold, for once where he would have tossed his head aggressively at caregivers near his space, now he sometimes will lower his head, accepting scratches and massages. 

Fred

Fred

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Norman

Norman

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Left abandoned in Tillamook County in a barren field whose owner was slated for eviction, Norman was one of six calves found alive amongst the bodies of ten others. Extremely malnourished and weak, the calves likely would not have lasted much longer if local law enforcement had not acted to get them help. Lighthouse stepped in to pull the calves back from the brink of death and nurse them back to health. Now the Tillamook calves are teenagers in the Lighthouse herd, free to play and graze to their hearts’ content.

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Roy

Roy

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Sid

Sid

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Left abandoned in Tillamook County in a barren field whose owner was slated for eviction, Sid was one of six calves found alive amongst the bodies of ten others. Extremely malnourished and weak, the calves likely would not have lasted much longer if local law enforcement had not acted to get them help. Lighthouse stepped in to pull the calves back from the brink of death and nurse them back to health. Now the Tillamook calves are teenagers in the Lighthouse herd, free to play and graze to their hearts’ content.

Buster

Buster

PreetiRang Sanctuary, Dixon, California

Sonny

Sonny

Farm Sanctuary, Watkins Glen, New York

At one day old, found motionless in a filthy stockyard pen with a torn off umbilical cord, Sonny would have ended up as yet another dairy discard. Too sick and weak, Sonny would have been dumped on the stockyard dead pile, but investigating Farm Sanctuary staff took him immediately to Cornell for treatment. Sonny’s rescue story can be seen in the documentary Ghosts in the Machine, and now that he is safe and thriving, his star status has given him something of an ego – this boy can be stubborn when he wants his own way.

Harvey

Harvey

PreetiRang Sanctuary, Dixon, California

Blitzen

Blitzen

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

A rescued calf from an organic dairy, Blitzen is a playful and energetic kid at Wildwood Farm Sanctuary. He was rescued the day before a bull buyer would have taken him. A bull buyer buys or collects the unwanted male calves that make up 50% of dairy calves, selling them for cheap meat. The male calves at dairies, even organic ones, are worth so little to the dairy owners, that they are often given away, as was the case for Blitzen and the other calves rescued that day. Now Blitzen educates visitors to how his life, and the lives of millions of calves born to dairy mothers, are priceless.

Mahalakshmi

Mahalakshmi

PreetiRang Sanctuary, Dixon, California

Blitzen & Moose

Blitzen & Moose

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Shiva

Shiva

PreetiRang Sanctuary, Dixon, California

Grimm

Grimm

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah

Grimm was taken from his mother as a baby and brought to a residential treatment center for troubled teens where raising him was supposed to teach responsibility, and then, after three months, taking him away to be slaughtered was supposed to teach the teens how to deal with grief. Fighting against Grimm’s fate, the teens got their parents involved and were able to get Grimm released to Ching. There Grimm befriended Sven, rescued from a similar program, and found family with the other sanctuary cattle.

Vishnu

Vishnu

PreetiRang Sanctuary, Dixon, California

Moose

Moose

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Taken in by a private individual who kept him from being sent to slaughter as a young male calf in the dairy industry, Moose came to live at Wildwood when the individual could no longer care for the growing calf. A calm and sweet boy, had he not been saved Moose would have been one of the more than two million male calves used for veal or cheap beef in the U.S. each year. He likely only knew his mother for less than 24 hours, but now at the sanctuary he is given lots of love from caregivers and visitors.

Valentino

Valentino

Farm Sanctuary, Watkins Glen, New York

 

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