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Betsy

Sweet Betsy is a pot-bellied pig who was given to us shortly after we obtained Buddy. She was born June 4th, 2017. Betsy is a sweetheart that loved nothing more than cuddling with Buddy and following him wherever he went. She is a very happy little girl and is constantly wagging her tail. She loves playing with toys, eating apples, and long belly rubs.    

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Penny (In Memoriam)

Handsome Penny was being raised in a small dog kennel in a basement apartment in Willmar, MN by a woman who took him in as a baby “chicken”.  However when she realized Penny was a turkey, she reached out to SFS to see if we could provide him a home.  He moved in, and spread his beautiful wings and gave up his diet of Chinese food. He was then able to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and eat organic turkey food,…

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Buddy (In Memoriam)

Buddy and his brother were bought as piglets by a woman who sent them to a farm to be fattened up to become food. The farmer responsible for their care lost them. By the time the woman made it to the farm and found them, Buddy’s infant brother had perished with Buddy lying right next to him. The woman was struck with a change of heart which lead her to finding SFS for Buddy’s forever home. Buddy changed that meat…

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Martha, Raisin & Frankie

Frankie, Raisin and Martha are Toggenburg goats, which is one of the first dairy breeds from Switzerland. This family came to us from northern Minnesota when their owner fell sick and was unable to care for them. They would have all been killed for their meat had a man from Sioux Falls not intervened. When they arrived they were full of thorns, missing patches of hair, had hooves that were overgrown and potato chips were there food of choice. Now…

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Wilma & Betty

Wilma (red) and Betty (black and white) are the two queens of the barn (or so they think). These two girls were used in a chicken rental business. The business is provided for people who think they want to start raising their own backyard chickens, but don’t know how to do it. After about 2 years, the natural egg production of a chicken declines so these girls were kicked out of the program and were headed for a butcher. These…

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Pete

Pete is a Hereford beef steer. Pete’s dearly departed friend Scruffy was abandoned by his mother at birth and had an injury on his leg that gave him a 50/50 chance of ending up lame. Because in the farming industry slaughter is opted for over veterinary care, Scruffy was headed for slaughter when a very kind couple, Bob and Vicki, offered to buy him. They bottle fed and cared for him and he blossomed. Three months later, Bob and Vicki…

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Walter, Harrison & Norman Tucker

Walter (all black), Harrison (black face and white body) and Norman Tucker (full white stripe down his face) are our three male dairy steer. These calves were deemed useless by the dairy industry and were greatly mistreated by humans as they were prepared for slaughter before their rescue. Because of this mistreatment, they were initially very fearful of humans and tended to stick together in a threesome. However, due to the kindness and care from all the volunteers, these boys…

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Larry & Archie

Larry, a LaMancha goat, has smaller ears and Archie, an Alpine goat, has bigger ears. When males are born in the dairy industry they are fattened until they can be sold for meat. Larry and Archie were rescued together on 7/1/17 from the same backyard butcher as Libby! Both of these handsome young men were 3 months old at the time of their rescue and arrived to Spring Farm Sanctuary in extremely bad shape. They were very skinny, full of…

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