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Johnny Boy

Johnny Boy
A hobby farmer purchased Johnny Boy at an auction and planned on slaughtering him for meat at just 20 months old. But in the meantime, Johnny would escape his small pen on a daily basis. Neighbors would often see the baby calf out on the road—lonely, bored, and looking for someone to connect with.

Neighbor, actor, and animal lover John Scurti would stop to feed Johnny (tortilla chips and ornamental sea grass—a strange combo but one that he seemed Johnny Boyto enjoy). It wasn’t long before he bonded with the calf and realized Johnny’s horrible fate in just a few months.

John decided to take a bold step and talk to the farmer about sparing the life of his new friend. His acting skills came in handy because whatever John said, worked. Not only did he convince the farmer to let the calf come to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, he also quit the animal-slaughter business entirely!

Johnny Boy & Fawn

Johnny Boy & Fawn

In honor of his rescuer, we named the calf Johnny Boy. He now lives happily at the Sanctuary and quickly made friends with Maribeth and Fawn, who he has become especially close with. The three are often found snuggled closely in the barn or grazing together in the pasture, and will have many years to enjoy together living as friends, not food.

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