—says every parent.
At Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, we’ve been using this phrase often about our three rescued dairy steers Ferd, Blitzen, and Valentino.
Our founder Shauna rescued these three boys from slaughter when they were a few days old. These babies fit in the back seat of her car when she brought them to the sanctuary on a rainy February night, saving them from the veal buyer who was scheduled to purchase them the next morning. She fed them from a bottle, watching them grow from newborns to the full-grown steers they are today.
We need your help. We are trying to raise $9,000 to upgrade our farm so we can provide more robust shelter for Ferd, Valentino, and Blitzen as well as our other three big kids: Moose, Spanky, and Tilly. All six of these gentle giants will live out their lives here, where they’re guaranteed to be safe, loved, and comfortable. Upgrading their shelter now is the best way we can keep our promise to them. Donate now by clicking here!
To be the most efficient with our space and your donations, we are converting our sheep barn to a cow barn, moving our sheep to another barn where they will be equally comfy. This way, all of our cows will have increased protection from the elements.
After last year’s rough winter, we knew it was time to upgrade our facilities for our cows to keep them warm and dry. Last winter might have seemed unusually harsh, but we don’t think it was an anomaly.
We aren’t scientists but, like many Oregonians, we see weather patterns changing. Because of climate change, there is a chance our winters will continue to get rougher.
At Wildwood, protecting the environment is core to our mission. We strive to provide a safe haven for farm animals as well as wildlife and native plants. Factory farming doesn’t only harm the animals trapped in its system, it is also thought to be one of the leading causes of climate change—yet another reason that we are passionate about supporting a compassionate and cruelty-free way of living.
When they were babies, Ferd, Valentino, and Blitzen rode home in the back seat of Shauna’s Subaru. They were one day old. Like all males born on dairy farms, since they can’t be bred to produce milk, they are considered useless. And like all calves born on dairies, they were immediately taken from their grieving mothers so humans could drink their milk. Shauna bottle-fed them and watched them grow until now they’re about as big as that Subaru they once rode in. These gentle giants will live their entire lives here, loved and comfortable. Renovating our barn is the best way we can keep our promise to them.
Spanky and Tilly have survived some of the worst that humans can do. Law enforcement officers saved their lives when they intervened in a cruelty and neglect case on the Oregon coast. These two sweet and gentle loves will spend their lives here, safe and comfortable and loved. Spanky is fond of flowers in his hair.
Moose happens to also be fond of flowers in his hair. A kind woman rescued him from a dairy farm when he was a young calf. After her circumstances changed, Moose came to live at Wildwood, still a small guy. He’s a gorgeous lug of a cuddler now, safe and happy for life at this kind corner of our world.
Double Your Gift!
Looking for yet another great reason to donate? A kind donor has offered to match your gift, up to $1,000. And, of course, there are still the socks. Socks with cows! Don’t miss your chance.