In honor of Farm Sanctuary's 35 years.
Rescued in: November 2019
George's story: George was the runt of his litter and suffered from health issues at the petting zoo where he was born. He was close to death, too weak to stand on his own, until one day a visitor of the zoo asked if she could take the pig off of the zoo's hands. He's now living at Farm Sanctuary and is a very happy, healthy, and social pig!
Rescued in: January 2013
The story: Tami, Kiley, Cyndy Lou, and more than 100 other "mail order chicks" were discovered in a Washington, DC post office when the staff there noticed that an unclaimed package intended for Alabama arrived in the wrong place and had living animals inside of it. Luckily, they were turned over to Farm Sanctuary.
Rescued in: July 2019
Seymour's story: Seymour lived on a buffalo dairy farm as a pet to his owner — alongside his friend Pepper, whose calves were sold for slaughter. Eventually the pair and her calf Truffles were sent to Farm Sanctuary together, where Seymour became their first water buffalo rescue!
Rescued in: April 2012
The story: In 2012, abuse allegations were swirling around a Cattaraugus County, New York farm so Farm Sanctuary traveled to the grounds to help. After arriving, they discovered sheep, chickens, and cows that were all malnourished and rescued over 60 of them — including Adriano!
Rescued in: June 2012
Julia's story: After hearing that a pregnant pig was being abused in a local pig factory, Farm Sanctuary was able to rescue Julia from their property. Just hours after her rescue, sweet Julia gave birth to 16 piglets and her Liza, Maggie, Bella, Bathesheba, and Betty are all happily living in Farm Sanctuary's New York shelter.
Rescued in: March 2016
The story: Hundreds of animals were being held in unsafe and unsanitary conditions at a property in Cattaraugus County. It took over 50 volunteers to help remove the animals; Farm Sanctuary helped find homes for 200+ animals; others, including Earl and Ian, still live at the sanctuary.
Rescued in: January 2018
The story: Mia comes from a Cattaraugus County rescue, where over 85 malnourished pigs were discovered. Among the pigs rescued by Farm Sanctuary were Mia and her eight surviving newborn piglets, many of whom are happily living together today.
Rescued in: December 2010
The story: Alexander, Lawrence, and Blitzen were discovered at a stockyard in a sick and struggling state because they were deemed to be "downers" — even though they were only baby calves. Farm Sanctuary rescued all three and they healed together at the New York shelters.
Rescued in: June 2018
The story: Los Angeles activists protested outside of a local slaughterhouse until they were sued by that very same slaughterhouse for disturbing the peace. These fighters for animal rights then sought legal counsel and were able to free four cows — Jade, Juno, Frida, Amelia (above) — from their untimely death. Two of them, Amelia and Frida, now live at Farm Sanctuary
Rescued in: July 2019
The story: A group of future farmer students had a change of heart about the animals that they had raised for their program: Instead of auctioning them off to be slaughtered, they turned over three goats (Bruce, Kevin, and Pam) and two sheep (Shawn and Phry, above) to Farm Sanctuary instead.
Rescued in: September 2005
The story: The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina also displaced an immeasurable amount of animals from their homes. Farm Sanctuary traveled to New Orleans soon after the storm had passed after hearing about the situation at hand and returned with 725 chickens left to die in a factory farm that had been destroyed in Katrina's path. There, they were nursed back to health and rehabilitated. While most of the chickens were then rehomed to suitable places, over 200 stayed at Farm Sanctuary for the rest of their lives.
Rescued in: June 2018
Bonnie's story: When Bonnie's owner died, her herd of cows was sold off to the highest bidder. However, when it came time to be transported away, Bonnie was able to escape into the woods, where she lived among the deer in the forest for some time. However, she needed food and shelter and eventually opened up to a woman in Holland, New York, who was able to win her confidence and eventually rescue her.
Rescued in: April 2020
The story: In Florida, 5 rescuers collaborated with Farm Sanctuary to rescue over 113 animals from a "backyard butcher." They were able to save goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, and pigs — three of which are Hercules, Nemo, and Sebastian, who happily live in Farm Sanctuary's New York shelter.
Rescued in: July 2020
The story: As COVID-19 impacts farmers across the planet, many of them have had to "depopulate" their farms and slaughterhouses (which generally means killing the animals). However, a California farmer couldn't bear to seal the fate of his hens and reached out to Farm Sanctuary to help give them their freedom, including Mad Max!
Rescued in: July 2011
Sonny's story: Sonny was considered to be a "downer" calf: He was malnourished, suffering, and unable to live a happy and healthy life. In 2011, he was discovered and rescued by Farm Sanctuary, where he lived the rest of his days. For more on his rescue story, you can check out the documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine.
Rescued in: 2014
Ryan and Hemingway's story: These two are an amazing and unlikely pairing. Hemingway was brought to Farm Sanctuary by an anonymous source and Ryan was dropped off at an animal shelter. At Farm Sanctuary, they bonded and were able to help each other become more social with each other and others. Ryan — whose full name is Ryan Gosling, by the way — is technically a gosling...hence the fitting name!