Libra and the 3 Steer
Elvis, Ralphie & Andy have been with us for all ten years of our existence, thanks to their rescuer Libra Max.
They were our very first four-legged residents, and a decade later they are still going strong and helping us teach people about the dairy industry!
Back in 2002 Libra came upon a dairy farm when she heard the heartbreaking bellows of cows echoing from a barn. Upon entering, she found 30 or so dairy cows on one side of the barn. Tied up in a dark, dismal area behind a wall were their young male calves awaiting sale to a veal farmer.
As is the case with all dairy operations, the babies were cruelly taken away from their mothers within a day or two of birth so her milk could be sold for human consumption—an event that leaves both greatly traumatized. “I left that barn overwhelmed with grief by what I had witnessed,” Libra recalls, “but not before promising 3 calves who had locked eyes with me that I would be back.”
The very next day, Libra enlisted the help of her friend (and vet) Andy Kaplan and successfully negotiated their release. She named them Elvis, Andy, and Ralphie, and scrambled to place them in temporary homes. In 2004 Libra learned about a brand new sanctuary in Woodstock. Before we knew it, she generously offered $10,000 to fence in a pasture and buy a small barn for the trio. These funds were the seed money needed to give us our start.