Just last Tuesday, I got a call about four 3-day-old calves. Unwanted by-products of a dairy farm, they were destined for a veal crate and slaughter at four months old. (Dairy cows must give birth to produce milk for human consumption; their baby boys are of little or no value to the dairy farmer and are sold for veal.) A neighbor who saw the calves convinced the farmer to give them up, but wasn’t able to care for them herself. I couldn’t let these helpless boys suffer when there was another option.
These boys were torn away from their mother at birth. When CAS staff found them, they were desperately trying to drink from a large water trough for survival. The calves were dangerously dehydrated; one was too weak to swallow. We immediately got them the vet care that they needed and set up staff to bottle feed and administer subcutaneous electrolytes around the clock.
How wonderful it was to name Calvin, Bernard, Emerson, and Russell! Instead of a short life of sickness and confinement, we welcomed them to a place where they will experience peace, joy, and friendship…..for as long as twenty years.
These four babies continue to receive subcutaneous fluids, vitamins, electrolytes, and love (that’s our specialty!) 24 hours a day. But they aren’t out of the woods yet. Their condition is still fragile, and expenses are already mounting quickly.
Please donate now to help CAS cover the expense of this emergency rescue and so many others like it. These boys need on-going medical care, deep straw bedding, food, vaccines, and more. Since we’ve had very few cow adoptions, we assumed a life-long financial commitment the day we took these boys in. Your gift to help CAS continue this vital work of emergency rescue is deeply appreciated.
Donate now towards the care of these calves and the many other animals who will follow them. We will never stop in our quest to save innocent lives.
On behalf of Calvin, Bernard, Emerson, and Russell – thank you!