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The heroes over at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue are at it again! Meet Cupid, a Brown Swiss steer. When Skylands first learned about Cupid, he was nine months old and only 212 pounds. For his age, he should have been double that. Cupid had been mounted by another animal six weeks prior and his front shoulder was broken as a result.

Skylands advocated for Cupid to receive medical attention, offered to take FULL responsibility in November of 2017, including transport and financial costs – but his caretaker refused.

The caretaker eventually took Cupid to a hospital on their own but were unable to pay the high cost. Despite having relinquished a sick goat to Skylands’ care in the past, they still refused to sign Cupid over.

Cupid suffered from pneumonia, infected joints, huge pressure sores, his leg muscles had atrophied and he couldn’t stand, and he also had a broken shoulder blade. Skylands refused to give up…

And thank goodness Skylands didn’t relent because Cupid’s caretaker eventually signed him over! Within just 15 minutes, Skylands took Cupid in for a CT scan of his shoulder. Now, sweet Cupid will get the surgery and care he so desperately needs, not to mention a forever home. 

Cupid already looks right at home at the sanctuary!


“Through all of this, Cupid’s disposition has been sweet and his spirit has been strong,” Skylands shared on Facebook. Skylands estimated Cupid’s surgery and other medical costs to soar beyond $10,000. If you’d like to help donate towards his care, you can do so here.

We are so thankful Skylands sees cows as the gentle giants they are – after all, they are extremely intelligent and emotional animals. Studies have shown that when cows are with their best friends, their stress levels decrease and when separated from them, their stress levels increase. Cows also have strong maternal bonds and are attentive, protective, and loving parents. If only everyone could see these animals as being more than commodities, the world would be a much kinder place.

To learn more about how you can help Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue’s cause, visit their website.

Image Source: Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue/Facebook

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0 comments on “Injured Calf’s Owner Refused to Surrender Him for Care – But This Rescuer Would Not Give Up”

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9 Months Ago

i hope people don\'t get upset at this owner...sounds like maybe they just didn\'t want to let go of an animal they cared about but just couldn\'t afford the outrageous fees for proper care. I mean if they really didn\'t care about it they wouldn\'t they have just euthanized it instead of even bothering with figuring how much it would cost to help it. What sucks is there are no charities that assist someone who is a good caretaker of an animal instead they have to take it away to get it help...my thought is why didn\'t they just let them keep itafter they nurse it back to help to make room for another animal that may need to be taken out of a dangerous torturess situation? I think what needs to happen is that vet fees need to come way down and or offer insurance that everyone can afford that is completely low cost that even people living on the streets can afford to pay for their companions...we wouldn\'t have animals being neglected if people could afford their own health care costs and their animals.

9 Months Ago


Harley Robert
9 Months Ago

Why weren\'t the animal control authorities called in as soon as the idiot owner refused to relinquish or provide care?

Seth Tyrssen
9 Months Ago

Under my benevolent dictatorship, if the caretaker refused to turn Cupid over for proper care, they\'d be in prison. And THEN Cupid would be confiscated and cared for.

9 Months Ago

Thank you to this kind person who cared enough to keep at it. Bless you for saving this dear sweet animal from a life of misery.

9 Months Ago

People such as this caretaker should NEVER be allowed to have animals again. He has shown that he doesn\'t care about the animal\'s well-being AT ALL.


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