A victim of the dairy industry at only three days old, Hershey was put up for auction to eventually become veal. As an offspring of a dairy cow, Hershey was taken from his mother at birth so his milk could be sold to humans. Like all mammals, in order to produce milk cows must give birth. His rescuer was shocked by the cruelty of the auction process. Thankfully she paid the $7.50 fee to save Hershey and brought him to Green Acres Farm Sanctuary. Hershey would have naturally nursed on his mother for six months or more. Instead, we had to bottle-feed special formula while he learned to eat grass, hay, and grain. At 16-24 weeks old Hershey would have been slaughtered so humans could eat veal. Veal is the meat of young unwanted dairy calves like Hershey. He would have spent his short life in extreme confinement so his meat would be tender. Luckily Hershey was rescued and brought to Green Acres Farm Sanctuary where he will get to live out his natural life span of 15-20 years.
Meet Lottie! This terrified calf ran herself straight onto the sanctuary property and into our hearts. One evening we heard our bovine bellowing on and on. To our shock, we saw an older calf at our fence line loudly crying. She was terrified of people but eager to be near other cows. Later we learned she was only eight months and had bolted while being unloaded. She had run through thick terrain to find comfort from our bovine herd. Thankfully we were able to bargain her freedom and now she is officially part of the Green Acres Farm Sanctuary family. We had not planned on adding another bovine to our herd, but she found her way to us, and we won’t going to turn her away. Our wonderful community came together to come up with a name for this sweet girl. We wanted to pay homage to all the name suggestions that referenced free and brave. Lottie has several origins meaning free, free woman, and warrior. We also found it meaningful to take the letter L from her ear tag and turn it into a powerful letter that now symbolizes her future.
Shiloh was scheduled to be slaughtered before arriving at Green Acres Farm Sanctuary. He was taken from his mother, a dairy cow, at birth and sold at auction. The man who bought him planned to raise, slaughter, and profit as his family had always done. When their rescuer met Shiloh, she promised to save him and convinced the man to spare his life. The day the man brought Shiloh to Green Acres he seemed genuinely happy that he would now get to live his life here instead of being slaughtered. Hopefully, this act of kindness will help end this family’s tradition of raising cows for slaughter and start them viewing animals differently.
Beautiful Ruby and her daughter Pearl were surrendered to us by a couple who had been raised in the cattle industry. Over the years they grew to recognize the cruelty of eating meat and became vegan. Now with health problems, they were no longer able to provide for Ruby and Pearl but did not want to sell them to buyers for breeding and slaughter. Fortunately, they learned about Green Acres Farm Sanctuary and Pearl and Ruby live out their whole lives teaching people to see cows as loving creatures, not food.
Meet Love! She is the sister and aunt to our Pearl and Ruby. Years ago after a cattle farming couple went vegan they surrendered Rudy and Pearl, not wanting them to be sold to slaughter, but Love had already been sold. With regret for having sold Love for breeding the couple asked the farmer to let them know if they were ever “done” with her. Finally, when the opportunity came they reached out to us for help saving Love from certain death. For the past 7 years, Love has given birth to baby after baby only to see them sent to slaughter. Today that heartbreaking cycle ends because she is safe at Green Acres. We are excited to be able to reunite Love with her relatives and watch her become a part of our bovine family.