• Luna

    This little lady needed our help urgently. She has suffered an unknown traumatic event which has caused paralysis in a rear leg. The farmer, who called us direct, wanted her to get better and have a life where she was cared for. He did not have the time to give to her and it was unclear if she would be able to stand and, therefore, may not be a profitable enterprise. He did not want to put her to her death, and was very pleased to relinquish her to our Sanctuary. We collected Luna, at that time unnamed, and settled her in our barn. A fundraiser on Facebook helped us…

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  • Rupert

    Rupert came from a jersey dairy farmer, the unwanted product of the milk industry. He was found in a barn, along with Richard, both with the nanny cow. Her role is to breast feed whoever pops out whilst the farmer decides who he will keep. She does not go outside for the whole season. Rupert was not wanted because he was the wrong colour. Rupert is very kind, loving and gentle. He will do anything for a cuddle. You have our deepest gratitude for choosing to support our sanctuary and helping us to care for our precious residents. Thank you for being one of ‘the best people’!

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  • Richard at Big V

    Richard

    Richard came from a jersey dairy farmer, the unwanted product of the milk industry. He was found in a barn, along with Rupert, both with the nanny cow. Her role is to breast feed whoever pops out whilst the farmer decides who he will keep. She does not go outside for the whole season. Richard was not wanted because he was a male. Richard AKA Dick will knock things over, get in the way, stand in the wrong place at the wrong time, and look as if he does not understand, but we are sure he plans it. If there is something he should not eat he will eat it,…

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    Jack

    Jack was rescued in November 2017 when just two weeks old. Born into the dairy industry he was destined to be killed for veal but as he was too weak he probably would have been used for dog food. Happily, he was rescued following a 12 hour round trip to collect him and bring him back to the sanctuary. He is adorable and demonstrative. If he doesn’t get what he believes to be enough cuddles he will give a nudge and chase us around the fields. He loves to be loved and especially enjoys a neck scratch and will curl up next to anyone sitting on the floor. That’s our…

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    Duchess

    Duchess is a gentle lady. Sadly, she was born into the dairy industry and so doesn’t remember her mother; they were separated when she was very young. As soon as she was old enough she was artificially inseminated and after carrying her baby for nine months she gave birth, only to have her child removed almost immediately so that her milk could be sold to humans. When she was unable to produce any more profit for her owners due to having a hysterectomy following a problematic calving, she was neglected and starved for so long that she became emaciated and unable to stand. It was then that she was rescued…

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  • Princess at Big V sanctuary

    Princess

    Princess is a black and white Frisian born into the dairy industry. She is now ten years old. Having been bred every year and repeatedly had her calves taken away from her, she came to us as a ‘downed’ cow unable to walk. Completely collapsed in the lorry she wasn’t able to stand for about 4 hours and required emergency treatment from the vet. After hobbling off the lorry she was again unable to get to her feet for about three days. Prior to coming to our sanctuary, Princess had been starved for about six months and as a result she has anxiety issues around food. Her favourite pastimes now…

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