Photo of Duchess the cow


Duchess was a gentle lady. Sadly, she was born into the dairy industry and so didn’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 and brought here to spend her remaining years with us. Duchess was in a very sorry state on arrival, requiring extensive medical intervention including bone removal to enable her to walk again and repair of a fractured hip bone. We didn’t think she was going to survive. But after very many months of intensive therapy, surgery and lots of loving care and kindness she was able to enjoy this lovely peaceful place. Her favourite pastimes were running and skipping with her friends and sunbathing.

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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