How the journey unfolded

O ur first rescue mission was to help out two Alpacas that were in an over crowded situation. We got our barn ready, built a fence, then the owners of the Alpacas changed their mind and decided to keep them.

As we reassessed how to move forward we thought about other type of animals we could care for. When Oscar was younger he loved to look at the Scottish Highland cattle as he drove to Vermont to ski. So in our discussions we decided to check on Highland cattle.

While Oscar was learning about Scottish Highland cattle and during a visit to a farm he noticed a cow that was in severe distress and needed medical care. She had just calved and was unable to feed her calf, was underweight and had a deep wound in her backside. It was clear to him that she needed help. So Oscar and I returned to the farm and asked the farmer if we could help him get her back on her feet.

Steps along the way

My husband and I are in corporate aviation, we fly around the world and love our jobs. But we felt it was time to make changes in our lives, we wanted to find a way to help animals.

We took on the financial aspect of the veterinary care while the farmer ensured that the medication and veterinary visits were in our absence.

... our project to help more animals

As we prepared our property and waited for Belle to heal, Oscar and I would go visit her and her calf who we eventually called Brody. During our visits we met a few others. We ended up meeting Belle’s best friend Cara. She just had a baby boy we named Cody. Then there was Ethan who loved people, and Grady who was a blonde bundle of curly fur. Well, they all melted our hearts and so we decided to take them all home with us.

Belle still had health issues, and we found that the boys, Cody, Grady and Brody all had hip dysplasia. We took Cody to Cornell’s Nemo Farm Animal Hospital in Ithaca New York as his conditioned worsened. They were not able to cure him so we.

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