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Bella and her son Mr. Rogers 

“We rescued Bella when she was bound for slaughter and the truck she was on crashed. She clearly had not been treated well by humans. When she got here, she was stressed,anxious, and took lots of time to adjust. Shortly after her arrival we realized she was pregnant. She gave birth to her son Mr. Rogers. That was in 2010. And while she sometimes comes near the fence and takes a treat from us, she often hangs back. You may notice that Bella has an ear tag. Confining her to remove it would be stressful to her. That’s why it’s still there. She’s been through so much in her life already.

Since Mr. Rogers was born here at SASHA, he has only known love and kindness. He has no reservations about approaching humans because all of the humans he knows are kind to him! He also makes time for his mom. They’re inseparable.

Each animal’s story is different. And just like humans, they all adjust in their own way, on their own terms. And that’s just fine. What’s important is that they are safe here for the rest of their lives. “ — SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary
Save the blind steer, Oatmeal, from slaughter | Laura Oatman's Fundraiser
It's a real long shot, time is short and this is CRITICALLY URGENT. He may have only a day or two, but his rescue is still a possibility. My friend who owns Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Angleton, Texas has tracked him down from a feed lot to a meat packing plant in Fort Worth, but HE IS STILL ALIVE!!!

You may have seen the headline A tearful goodbye to a blind steer at the Fort Worth Stock Show. A young girl who is part of the Future Farmers of America said goodbye to a steer she had grown to love. 

“I don’t know what she says to him, but he responds to her like no other steer I’ve seen,” Mazoch said. “When he hears her voice, or even just smells her, you can see his whole body just relax.”

Lyle Williams said Oatmeal has “an unbelievably keen sense of smell and hearing. He’ll follow his nose to food, and to his pen in the barn.”

Though especially close to Oatmeal, Kendyll knew the steer would eventually be sold and trucked away as 964 pounds of prime beef.

And he was sold for beef. HOWEVER he is still alive, and waiting at the slaughterhouse. Rowdy Girl Sanctuary has started a fundraiser to get him out. If they are unable to save Oatmeal, the funds will be put aside to help another FFA child save their beloved animal. After all, these kids are compassionate…but are forced to push that aside by their parents and the animal agriculture industry. 

Please donate and share to help save Oatmeal. Click the link above.


I see far too many heartbreaking stories regarding human-animal relations, so it’s quite a breath of fresh air to hear today’s news!

More than 1100 former egg-laying hens, who were set to be slaughtered because they were “spent” (no longer producing a satisfactory/profitable quantity of eggs), were rescued and flown across the country to Farm Sanctuary where they will run free and receive veterinary care before traveling on to the many sanctuary and rescue partners that have stepped up to provide forever homes to these sweet ladies. 

Full set of photos by We Animals HERE:


Little Harper was the first goat I saw when I went to the Hudson Valley property. She appeared to be looking desperately for her mother, who was likely among the many dead animals we discovered there. She was tiny and looking for milk, and desperate to be taken care of. She was really very smart and followed us around until we finally figured out that she had something really wrong with her. She was the first goat driven to Cornell, where doctors found she was not only covered in diarrhea and emaciated, but also suffering from bronchitis, pruritis, anemia, a heavy load of internal parasites, and a nasty infestation of biting and sucking lice. The entire ride from the farm to the hospital — which was over 4 hours — this tiny little being was grinding her teeth in pain, shivering, and sneezing out horrible-smelling nasal discharge. She knew she needed help and once she was in the car, she collapsed and was notably ill. Harper remained at Cornell for nearly two weeks, too weak to return to the shelter.

When she arrived back at the sanctuary we attempted to put her, along with her other sickly buddies, with the main group. Once again, Harper was having none of it and ran to everyone who came in — crying. We realized she was just too small and not quite strong enough, so we moved her into the Melrose Small Animal Hospital, along with her best pals Dana and Hope.

She is one of the smallest goats we have ever had, but what she lacks in size she makes up for in supersonic personality. She knows how to get what she wants — which is, first and foremost, attention. More than food she wants to be noticed, and often because of her size that means she goes under her goat friends to see caregivers as they enter.

She is the goat sleeping in my lap during the taping of our Hudson Valley video where we described the rescue. And she is still a lap goat. She loves to fall asleep in your lap, and when she first arrived she did so while suckling on the corner of your shirt or a string on a sweatshirt.  

She still struggles with chronic coughing, but there is no sign of infection or pneumonia. She will never be able to move in with a larger herd. First of all, she is very tiny — and we could easily lose track of her.  But most importantly — no one puts this baby in a corner.  

And her next adventure is a move to the shore!  Oh yeah — Jersey!!! She and her goat peeps will be there soon and you will be seeing even more of Harper and crew!  


This is Cassie at Maple Farm Sanctuary her story Is one I can personally relate to and this is for everyone who thinks that cows are just dumb animals with no intense emotions.

Cassie was rescued after escaping from a slaughterhouse, She jumped a 6 foot fence to escape her death! Once she was brought to maple farm sanctuary, it became apparent there was something different about Cassie. She was constantly in fear, Every time she was coaxed out to the paddocks with the other cows, she would bolt and jump fences to get away. She has been diagnosed with agoraphobia and extreme anxiety disorder, with post traumatic stress disorder. As with humans with depression/anxiety they tried medication on Cassie, but it seemed to make her symptoms worse, so she now lives in the comfort of her barn at maple farm sanctuary. 
I do not want to imagine what happened to Cassie before she escaped that slaughterhouse, but I’m so glad she’s safe at Maple Farm. This is the extreme emotional trauma that happens to cows in the meat/dairy industry… although you never hear about it because the victims are all killed. Please go vegan for Cassie and every animal out there who is abused and killed every single second of every single day.