Rescued from the dairy industry at just four days old, Luna the calf is lucky to be alive.
After being born premature, her chances of survival were slim, but that was only the start of what she was up against.
Luna’s mother had a common disease in cattle which can cause abortion, and one which can also be passed from infected cows to their fetuses.
The farm didn’t want to take the risk of raising her to later find that she was unable to give birth, and therefore unable to give milk, which is the primary purpose of a cow born into the dairy industry.
So the very first day she entered this world was the very same day that she was separated from her mother and placed in a room, alone and afraid with a chain around her neck. Here she awaited her fate.
The vet was called to come and end her life, but when he arrived he saw a happy, healthy calf, and after taking one look into her big, beautiful blue eyes he knew he couldn’t do what the farmer was asking from him. That’s when Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary‘s phone rang.
Once we heard about Luna and her desperate situation, we knew we had to do something to save this little calf, so we put the wheels in motion to organize her rescue.
While we awaited her arrival to the sanctuary, we nervously prepared what would soon be her new house as we excitedly imagined the new life that we were about to welcome.
We readied everything we could think of to take care of a newly born calf and just as we were spreading out a fresh bale of straw for her bed, we heard a car horn honk at the sanctuary entrance.
Standing on four wobbly legs, looking a little bewildered was Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary’s newest addition, and she was truly a sight for sore eyes. Staring back at us was the sweetest girl we had ever seen, and as we held her close we whispered into her ear that we loved her and that she was finally safe.
With nightfall upon us we decided that Luna was an apt name for the shining light of hope that she was to become.
Since her rescue Luna has settled in amazingly to her new life. The first few days were hard but she has made a new best friend in one of our resident lambs. She loves skipping through the field, sleeping in the ferns, and of course feeding time!
While Luna’s story has a happy ending, it’s important for us to remember the millions of calves born into the dairy industry who are not so fortunate and are destined to endure the horrors inflicted upon them so that they can produce milk for human consumption.
Luna’s story is an inspiration and a reminder that there is a better way, and we can all make a positive difference to the lives of these beautiful animals by simply choosing to ditch dairy.