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Agnes was advertised as a cow with a lame leg, who was possibly pregnant.
Upon seeing her photo, she was extremely thin, under sized and under weight. I was worried that with a lame leg, she would likely go to slaughter, possibly before she was able to have her calf, and I was concerned that she was going to need great pre-natal care to survive the birth. And most certainly, she would have her calf taken from her to slaughter.
Again, we raised the money to bring her home, where she will be able to have her calf, and never have to have him taken away.
Agnes is incredibly shy, but getting better every day. When she first arrived, she hid from us, making sure to always be as far away from the fence when we were there. Now, she will come close, but is still not wanting to be touched. She watches Wally and Mabel get back rubs and tail scratches, and her curious observation will bring her closer and closer to our affection. We hope to undo whatever treatment she has endured that makes her so fearful of humans.
She was instantly loved by Wally, and Mabel has now been found grooming her, which is how cows bond with one another.
Thank you for sponsoring Agnes.
At three weeks old, Barley found himself at the sale barn livestock auction. He was being offered privately as a bottle calf, and the photo revealed that he was very thin. When I inquired as to his health, the seller admitted that he was unable to drink from a bottle, could only eat from a bucket, and was ill with scours, which is an illness that prevents proper digestion, causes severe dehydration, and can be a health emergency for a fragile, little calf.
Not being sure that he would survive, we rushed to bring him home.
Poor Barley was a very sick little boy, and it took lots of supportive care, medicine and an around-the-clock care schedule for the first month he was here to bring him out of his critical state. He needed special, expensive formula and electrolyte treatment, as well as needing a bath. He had lost hair and skin from urine scald from laying in unsanitary conditions. He had nerve damage to his mouth, which made it hard for him to eat or drink, and his tongue constantly hung out and he drooled a lot.
Barley was a dairy discard. When a cow in the dairy industry gives birth, she only does so with the purpose of being used to make milk to sell, and is not given the chance to feed her own baby. Baby calves are taken away from their mothers at birth, and often do not survive the trauma of the lack of care they receive. There are thousands of calves, just like Barley, born every year to support milk consumption.
Barley is a great big, healthy calf now, who loves to play and run and get snuggled.
Thank you for sponsoring this baby boy, Barley.
One cold November evening, we arrived at a farm to pick up an injured calf for rescue. We found three calves, all were sick with pneumonia and bone-thin, there was no visible food or water, their shelter had lost its roof, and we were in for a blizzard the next night. Knowing that their prognosis was likely not good, but also understanding that they would not survive much longer without desperately needed vet care, we took all three home.
Mabel was the smallest, thinnest of the bunch, and painfully shy. She trembled any time she was touched.
Due to the extent of their illnesses and injury, we lost both Michelle and Rex, despite extensive vet care at CSU. Mabel also succumbed to her life of poor care, and was rushed to CSU Vet Hospital, where she spent 10 days in the ICU, getting IV antibiotics and restorative care.
Miraculously, she survived. Vets did not have great expectations for her recovery, not knowing how long-lasting the affects of her damaged lungs or stunted growth would be.
A year later, Mabel is absolutely thriving. She has had no recurring illnesses and she has grown like a weed. Its hard to believe this big, confident cow is the same terrified, sickly little calf who originally arrived here.
Thank you for sponsoring Mabel.
Wally was a slaughter-bound cow, but the people who raised him got very attached. When we saw that they needed to recoup expenses, having financial trouble supporting their animals, we quickly raised the funds to bring him home as a companion for lonely Mabel, who had just lost her friends Rex and Michelle. Wally is the largest person who lives at Broken Shovels, at almost a ton. He keeps us on our toes, a big puppy who loves to play, but at his size can be a little daunting. He is famous for his jailbreaks at inconvenient times, and his love of his toy…a giant yoga ball he loves to roll around his pen and chase.
Thank you for your sponsorship of wonderful, wild Wally.
Apollo was a “dairy discard” calf that was originally purchased to be a roping steer in the rodeo, however the person who bought him decided they didn’t want him anymore and listed him for sale. Thanks to social media, Apollo’s surrender was negotiated with the owner and Apollo now lives out his life, expectation-free, at the sanctuary.
The cows thank you!
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