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Calves search for new homes after battling for their lives

In Animal News, Help the Animals on June 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

These black and white calves are a few months old, but already they have faced extreme hardships. They were abandoned and left without any form of nutrients early on. But Farm Sanctuary gave them the opportunity to live again.

Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary is the largest farm animal adoption and rescue network in the United States. Their farms in New York and California allow once caged, slaughterhouse or factory farm-bound animals a second chance at life. There, the animals roam on open land free of torture, confinement, or pain.

According to Susie Coston, the national shelter director of Farm Sanctuary, the organization adopted the calves on March 23. They learned of the calves following a neglect complaint from the Hillside Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Pottsville, PA.

“SPCA found the six of them too weak to stand and three were tethered to a tractor,” Coston says. “They were very sick and unable to drink milk as their systems were in the process of shutting down.”

When the calves arrived at the New York farm located in Watkins Glen, the animals received proper medical treatment for a variety of illnesses including anemia, umbilical and intestinal infections, dehydration, diarrhea, and e-coli.

“They are still a bit shy when they first meet people, but they warm up quickly,” Coston says. “And they are much larger, most weighing around 200 pounds already, which is no surprise since they are Holstein boys.”

Farm Sanctuary offers a program called Farm Animal Adoption Network (FANN) that allows abused farm animals the chance to be adopted and placed in a loving home by an FANN member. Potential adopters can visit the farms or call the network to learn about adoptable animals.

For more information visit http://www.farmsanctuary.org/rescue/adoption/faqs.html –Nicole Soszynski

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