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Angel was the last cow at a dairy that closed down on San Antonio Road in Petaluma. The farmer retired at the age of 75, and had sold all of his milking cows to a bigger dairy. Angel was just 3 months old at the time and was in a small makeshift pen outside with the hood of a car as her only roof. A local vegan befriended him and convinced him to let Rancho Compasión have her. She was smaller than Cookies, our biggest goat, when she arrived, and had just been weaned from the bottle. Grazing grass was a whole new experience for her.
In fall 2016, a caring woman from Sonoma County reached out about a cow she had rescued from a dairy. Ericka was being sold for meat because she had arthritis and couldn’t stand. The woman had given her lots of Reiki and love, and saw her heal considerably, but was concerned that she would not be able to get up if she fell down. Ericka arrived one sunny November day, saw the fields, and immediately ran off of the trailer. She hasn’t stopped running since -- she is healthy, strong, and most importantly, happy. We realized that she did not have arthritis, but depression instead, and that she was having her own version of a sit-down protest at the dairy. The initial care and love she received from her rescuer, as well as the love she has received from everyone at our sanctuary have convinced her that she no longer needs to continue her protest.