Winnie is a calf that was intended to be raised to eventually end up on a dinner plate. But a twist of fate saved her life. Her back legs are not fully functional and so she has to carry most of her weight on her front legs. This saved her life because she would not be able to grow to full size and still carry all her weight. So, she came to life at Life with Pigs Farm Animal Sanctuary. But, now the race is on to find a way to help her carry her weight throughout life so that she can grow old with her new sister Jenna the Calf who Lived. We are currently seeking donations and looking for people that might be able to help with building her braces or a cart that would make it possible for her to continue to get around as she grows to her adult size.
Jenna the Calf who Lived Came to Dinner
Jenna (the Calf who Lived) came inside for a special dinner on Christmas Day. She was perfectly behaved and so polite. Don't miss her adorable 'thank you' at the end.
Jenna was intended to be shipped off to a veal crate or be killed simply because she is seen as useless to the dairy industry. She was born a twin with a male calf which means there is a 90% chance she'll be infertile. And if she can't have babies, she'll never make milk (yes, cows have to have a baby to produce milk - and most of the male calves are killed early because they are not valued by the diary industry). Because Jenna would be infertile, she is seen as no different than a male calf and would have suffered the same fate were it not for the compassionate daughter of the dairy farmer (her name is Jenna and thus who Jenna is named after) who helped her escape this fate. And now she gets to live out her life happily here at Life with Pigs Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Beatrice the chicken thinks she's just one of the pigs. She follows them everywhere and sleeps on them every night. And they love having her around. Beatrice truly is the pig that can fly.
Meet Ramona. Ramona was a Tractor Supply chick that was born with a non-functioning leg and another leg that only semi-functions. So, she could not be sold and was going to be euthanized. But, thanks to our friend Christine Mariani Egidio, this would not be her fate. Ramona was rescued and raised by Christine until we could bring her home to live with us at Life with Pigs Farm Animal Sanctuary. Because of her leg issues, Ramona will likely always have issues with walking and getting around. She is getting bigger and struggling to carry her weight on her legs, but we have options we are exploring to ensure that she has a long and fulfilling life here. And fortunately, her big sisters- the pigs - seem to do a good job of not stepping on her. Someday she may have to write a book called "A Chicken's Guide on How to Survive a House Full of Pigs"
The opening of our sanctuary made the news!
You can read the great article here!
If you'd like to meet our animal family, we are having our first visiting hours this Friday from 12-2, but please e-mail by clicking here to let us know you are coming to make sure we will have parking spaces available for everyone.
We will post information soon here and our the Sanctuary tab of this page regarding when we will be opening for visitors and more very soon!
Warning: You may end up a chicken roost
At Life with Pigs Farm Animal Sanctuary, you have to be prepared to share the bed with all sorts of visitors. You never know when a chicken may use you as a good place to perch. Or a pig might decide you are in the perfect place to cuddle. So, be prepared.