Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My Visit to Farm Sanctuary

My Visit to Farm Sanctuary

Over the Columbus Day weekend I was lucky enough to spend the day with some very special friends at Farm Sanctuary. I thought I would share some pictures from my visit and tell you a few of their stories.



My Visit to Farm Sanctuary
Meet Marcia.  She was the first friendly face I saw at Farm Sanctuary but she certainly wasn’t the last. She loves getting her head scratched and runs to the fence whenever she hears someone walking by. Here is her story from Farm Sanctuary’s website.

“Marcia was born blind. Birthing complications had caused the death of her twin brother, and her mother was unable to care for her. Her “owner,” who breeds and raises goats for meat, had no interest in spending the time and money required to provide for Marcia’s special needs, or even to keep her alive.

My Visit to Farm Sanctuary
That view is typical of those who raise animals for profit; individualized care is simply not cost-effective. Countless impaired young animals like Marcia fall victim to the bottom line. But Marcia turned out to be very lucky: A compassionate woman named Jenni lived nearby, learned of Marcia’s plight and took her in.

Jenni and her family fell madly in love with Marcia, but they soon found they were not equipped to care for this special-needs baby. Jenni reached out to us, and Northern California Shelter Manager Kate Powell met Jenni at the University of California-Davis veterinary hospital to take over the care of the sweet four-week-old kid.

Marcia’s vision impairment is permanent, but she is otherwise healthy, despite having missed out on the immunity-bolstering colostrum her mother’s milk would have provided. The following week, she was able to leave the veterinary hospital and come home to our shelter in Orland. Naturally, the shelter staff was immediately smitten.

Since Marcia is both blind and small, it would have been too difficult for her to join any of our resident groups of goats. What she needed was a best friend who was young enough and small enough not to overwhelm her. Our search for such a companion led us to a goat rescue in Washington, which was seeking a home for Maurice, a 6-week-old Nubian goat rescued from an auction. Soon Maurice was on his way to our Northern California Shelter. Maurice and Marcia spent the days of his quarantine vocalizing to each other but not able to get too close. Finally, they are roommates and are already inseparable — best pals!”


My Visit to Farm Sanctuary

This is Emma. She is a new member to the Sanctuary. I asked the volunteers how old she was because she was very small. They told me that she was about a year old but the size of a 6 month old, as her growth was stunted by the infection in her now missing leg and being taken away from her mother at such a young age. She had been left on the side of the road for what they guessed was about a week and in that time was hit by a truck. Luckily, she was found and nursed back to health by Farm Sanctuary. Sadly, her leg could not be saved and the infection has caused her growth issues.

Despite everything she has been through in her short traumatic life, she’s a happy little girl and gets around pretty well on her three good legs. Soon she will be running with all the other cows in the pasture because she has a prosthetic leg on the way! I can’t wait to see her running around next time I visit.

Here are some other super cute faces I had the pleasure to meet!


My Visit to Farm Sanctuary

My Visit to Farm Sanctuary

 My Visit to Farm Sanctuary

My Visit to Farm Sanctuary

All photos by Ashley of theveganadventure.com

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