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People who work at sanctuaries see farm animals in a different way than most humans. While many people can’t bear to deal with the realities of factory farming and all of the cruelty present in animal agriculture, sanctuary workers, like those at Farm Sanctuary, expose themselves to this brutality head-on. They take in the victims of this industry, fully aware of the horrible trauma these animals have been through. Whether it’s a cow, pig, or chicken, sanctuary workers see these animals for the individuals that they are, and are ready to welcome them into a safe place, aid them in recovery, and help them slowly warm up to humans.

Considering these kind folks are in such close proximity to these animals, it’s no surprise that they often form last long-lasting friendships. Cows can recognize faces, are highly emotional (they love kisses and cuddles), and form friendships that last for years! The strong bonds between worker and animal truly highlight the emotional capacity of these creatures that so many fail to see.

Susie Coston, the National Shelter Director of Farm Sanctuary, for instance, has a beautiful relationship with Sonny, a cow she has known for years. Sonny and Coston first met at a calf auction where she found Sonny sprawled on the floor unable to stand. He was one of the many downed calves at a stockyard and Coston was told that if he stood up he would be sold. Thankfully, Sonny never got up and Coston was able to carry the young bovine out of there and back to the sanctuary with her.

Sonny was not in good shape, though. He was dehydrated, needed a blood transfusion, and was being cared for around-the-clock. It was unclear whether the young animal would make it. Luckily, with a lot of care and attention, Sonny is better than ever and is actually celebrating his fifth birthday and his rebirth. And of course, Sonny had Coston there with him the whole time.

“I consider Sonny to be one of my dearest friends and one of the greatest loves of my life, and cannot imagine a world without him,” Coston shares. We’re so glad they found each other.

Before and After Cow in text

 

 

We’re so inspired by the friendship between these two. If everyone could show just a sliver of the same compassion Coston has shown to Sonny, the world would be a much kinder place. If this story inspired you, share this article to help encourage others to learn about and understand farm animals better. A more compassionate world begins with you.

Image source: Farm Sanctuary/Facebook

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33 comments on “Awesome Before/After Photo of Rescued Cow and the Woman Who Believed in Him When No One Did”

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Ruth Edgcumbe
1 Years Ago

Love the story but a male bovine is not a cow. He is either a steer or a bull.


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Muriel Servaege
1 Years Ago

Lucky cow!


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Ellen Sue Smithson
1 Years Ago

Cow and heifers are females. Bulls and steers are male. Males are not the only ones with horns. Both sexes can have horns, unless they are polled (meaning no horns). Sale barns do not sale animal that they know are sick. Bugs are in the ground they can get in barns. We have one side of a barn that we can\'t put a baby calf or we have a sick or dead calf. My husband is a beef farmer. We have had pet cows that some probably raised on a bottle. They can be the most dangerous in my books. They are not afraid of you and you get to comfortable with them. Then they will knock you down over a pail of grain. Baby calves if they do not receive their mother\'s milk or colostrum for the first 3 days of life, they will not live. You can go to a sale barn and buy a baby calf and not know if they have gotten that much need colostrum. They will not live. Not the fault of the sale barn.


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Diane C Nicholson
17 Jul 2016

Calves can live without colostrum. It\'s more difficult and they can get scours badly plus many other infections but they certainly can live.

We have a bull calf who was not given colostrum because the dairy couldn\'t be bothered. He had a bad case of scours but did get over it. Now he has an abscess but will get over that too. He was also born with severely contracted tendons which is why the dairy couldn\'t be bothered. Had he been a heifer, he would have been given colostrum and the opportunity for the legs to resolve.

Bottle fed calves, when given proper attention and taught to respect others as they wish to be respected, are not dangerous.

The dairy industry has much for which to answer. Especially since milk, like meat and all animal products, is completely unnecessary and often harmful to human health-- always harmful to the earth and the animals. That makes the violence and cruelty that is inherent in the industries, gratuitous.

Our calf, like the other animals in our charge, have a home for their natural lives, just like the animals at the wonderful Farm Sanctuary.

Diane C Nicholson
Twin Heart Animal Sanctuary

nosmiley
1 Years Ago

It seems to me that stockyards should be federally licensed, since the meat is federally inspected at some point in the future.
It should be illegal to bring an animal in this shape to someplace to be sold. And don\'t tell me the price of beef would go up, because I already know that would be a lie. And you do too, so don\'t bother uttering that crap.


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Carmyn Alvarado
1 Years Ago

I dont understand why everything I read about cows refer to then as "him". A cow is female, a cow nurses a calf, it gives birth is not a "him"


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Dave
17 Jul 2016

sounds like you have a complex about males that can give birth! Maybe you just need to get over it!!

Joanne Ehlers
1 Years Ago

It just takes a lot of love and care. Isn't that what everyone needs


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Maxine Rothchester
1 Years Ago

They hurt and suffer just like any animal when will people realise that they are the same as the dog everyone screams about when they are treated cruelly


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Brenda Kreher
1 Years Ago

since when is a cow a "him"?


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Sci-Guy
16 Jul 2016

This might come as a shock to you, but mammals have both male and female genders.

Jo-Anne Wood Conway
1 Years Ago

Thank you Susie Coston


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Jo-Anne Wood Conway
1 Years Ago

Thank you Susie Coston


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