by Kayla Worden
Had to say goodbye to a dear, dear friend today. Hope has departed on Valentine's Day and leaves me and many others with broken hearts. Though she departed this world gently just after enjoying her favorite snack of honey crisp apple slices, our hearts are heavy knowing this beautiful individual and blessed companion is gone too soon after having her life abbreviated and inflicted with disease by a notoriously callous industry. We tried so very hard to help her and the veterinarians really did their best to save her as well. She endured two surgeries which left us hopeful for a time. But, in the end, the cruelties of the dairy machine left Hope with a compromised immune system which led to her series of medical challenges which proved to be too much for her poor little body. The skilled, caring vets at both Auburn and Cornell agreed that humane euthanasia was the caring choice for our beloved young bovine girl. Hope was initially rescued, along with her neglected herdmates, from a dairy farm in the northeast. Our vets surmise that, as is typical in the dairy industry, Hope was torn from her mother early in life and was not allowed enough of her mother's milk to help build her immune system sufficiently. Many of her herdmates suffered from pneumonia in fact. Hope paid the price with infections and deformities in her stifle joints along with a cataract in one of her eyes.
She is survived here at Full Circle by her friend, Matthew, who came to us via the same rescue from the same horrid dairy farm. Fortunately Matthew is doing well and is happy and healthy. The rest of our bovine herd here at the sanctuary will miss their treasured friend no doubt, including baby Scarlett with whom Hope bonded and clearly regarded as part of her beloved family.
Hope touched many, many hearts during her all-too-short life (she was under a year old) from the northeast to the southeast and beyond. We shall never forget her and plan to scatter her ashes in the fields where she once frolicked with her friends here at the sanctuary. We plan to christen our memorial garden the "Hope's Bridge Garden of Remembrance" in honor of this precious, tenderhearted angel.
We hope you will join us in saving many more cows and other innocent, feeling animals being exploited, manipulated, harmed and murdered in the vile animal agriculture machine which is a cold, brutal system devoid of compassion. Whether on large factory farms or small "local" farms, the dairy industry tears families aparts, rips babies from their mothers, shatters hearts and horrifically ends lives in bloody, violent ways. I know. I grew up on a small family farm and have known many farmers and have witnessed so much routine, ingrained systemic and widespread cruelty and suffering on these farms throughout the years. Please don't be a part of this needless cruelty and violence. Won't you choose the compassionate VEGAN lifestyle today thereby sparing beautiful sentient beings senseless suffering and misery? I thank you....Hope thanks you....all these wondrous, feeling beings who deserve our very best thank you #GoVegan#FriendsNOTFood
*It's true that heartbreak brings us to our knees for a time but then it brings us back to our feet again, ever stronger in our resolve to help the deserving voiceless ones who need us so. ***BE BRAVE: BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS, A HERO FOR THE HELPLESS.***