Meet the Cows

Maple Mae

Maple Mae is a Jersey cow that has had a tumultuous life. She was born on a dairy farm, but spent most of her life untouched without shelter or care whatsoever at a different farm that bought her. For years, she lived with numerous other cows on a multi-acre pasture that had a stream running through it. It was this fresh water that kept Maple and her old friends alive for years, through neglect, extreme weather, and other seasonal conditions. Other animals on the property were not so lucky, as there were hundreds of individuals that had died or were in critical condition by the time that rescues arrived. Today, we are glad that Maple is a healthy cow and part of our family, and we think she is too.

It goes without saying that Maple arrived to us not knowing much about people or anything at all. She didn't like to be touched, and would often startle and stare at cars and other sounds of normal life. After a couple months of TLC, she now enjoys being pet, and gives sloppy cow kisses to hands, arms, sleeves, pants, whatever is in reach. She is a very loving girl to those who earn her trust!

Spudley Dudley

Spudley Dudley, aka Spud, is a Jersey steer with an adorable carrot top. He is an extremely playful and joyous fellow. In fact, he's going through a bit of a troublesome phase and enjoys headbutting people. He just gets too excited and can't contain himself! His big friend Maple has been teaching him how to behave, and he is learning a lot from her. He is on much better behavior since having someone show him the ropes. Spud thanks her for her patience and companionship often by giving her kisses and nibbles, which she happily returns. Their friendship is beautiful.

Spud came from a farm that was going to slaughter him, which is the fate of every dairy cow that is born male. The farm had used DNA sexing technology to select for a female cow, but Spud was an "oops" in the system. When he was born, he was kept around as a playful companion for human children, but the farm decided that his time was up when he reached a year old. We don't believe that animals are playthings, and we are so happy that Spud got his second chance with us. In fact, despite being a little dangerous, Spud can have as many chances as he wants here! We love him exactly how he is. We love seeing him kick his hind legs in the air and gallop around, free to be a young boy in as much pasture as he knows what to do with.

Hazelnut Cosmo

Hazelnut is a Holstein calf with a miraculous story. She was born on a dairy farm unable to stand since birth, and was left helpless on the ground for over a month. Her legs were bent and contracted, and she had burns all over her body from laying in her own urine. A young woman affiliated with the dairy had negotiated for her surrender and eventually found us. When we took Hazelnut in, we admitted her to the hospital right away. There, the caked-on waste was washed off of her body, her wounds were tended, and she was treated for ear and eye infections, pneumonia, and a deep, life-threatening pressure wound that had developed from being left on the ground. She was given a less than 1% chance of recovery. It took multiple weeks before she was finally able to stand, and her life was saved thanks to the devoted vet students and clinicians there that taught her to walk using a sling. 

When Hazelnut finally came home to the sanctuary, we spent weeks performing physical therapy, restricted exercise, and tending to her deep pressure wound. Eventually her contracted legs that made walking stiff and painful became straight and strong! And then, the pressure wound was just a small scab on her skin. Today, you would never guess that Hazelnut was close to death. She is bright, bubbly, and loves to gallop and romp around. Her name comes from the first time we met her, when she was a lifeless calf laying in the back of a van. When I looked into her big brown eyes, I saw the universe and cosmos reflected with a hazelnut tint, and all that made our stars align for her to join our family.

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday is a young Holstein calf that is gentle and mild-mannered! She has an elegant, reserved nature and is bonded closely with the other calves, but especially Huckleberry. She arrived with Huck from a petting zoo-type farm that had initially saved her from auction when she was just a few days old. Auctions are terrible places for animals, and there is often rampant disease, overcrowding, and physical abuse that occurs there. She would surely have been sold for veal, or to become exploited by the dairy industry due to her sex and breed. 

Ruby and Huck are Hazelnut's newest friends, and we are still learning more about their personalities, likes, dislikes, and all the things that make them unique! To follow their story please follow our socials!

Huckleberry "Huck" Huey

Huckleberry is a young Jersey steer that is rambunctious and loves to play. He has a bit of a mischievous and wild nature and is bonded closely with the other calves, but especially Ruby. He arrived with Ruby from a petting zoo-type farm that had initially saved him from auction when he was just a few days old. Auctions are terrible places for animals, and there is often rampant disease, overcrowding, and physical abuse that occurs there. Due to his sex and breed, Huck was likely destined to become veal or another type of meat later on in life. 

Ruby and Huck are Hazelnut's newest friends, and we are still learning more about their personalities, likes, dislikes, and all the things that make them unique! To follow their story please follow our socials!

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