Refuge RR Saves two cows
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 20:52

Before the New Year, we received an emergency call for a five-year-old cow that was headed to her death at the slaughterhouse. Quickly Refuge RR rescued her from a brutal ending to her life. The cow named Abbey with a red paint stripe down her back (to indicate slaughter-bound) was brought here to the Refuge to live peacefully for the remainder of her lifetime. Being a dairy cow that had never been outside, we kept her indoors almost for a month and a half until we had a break in our frigid temperatures. Once the weather was suitable, we bought her a winter coat and she finally went outside. She was excited and ran and jumped and sniffed everyone around her. Finally she met Jazz and Boobie, our other resident cattle. They gently nuzzled over the fence and when the time was right she entered their field. Smelling, running, following and adventuring, all three cattle became fast friends.

Just after we saved Abbey, we were notified about another cow from the same farm that turned out to be Abbey's mother. She was emaciated, lame and blind and was to be shipped to slaughter the following week. Refuge RR immediately began negotiations to rescue her and set out to find her a loving home.  We could only take Abbey since we did not have the space with over 250 residents at the Refuge. We sent out a plea looking for a home for Sweety and one was found in the USA at a sanctuary that already had a blind cow that needed a companion.  We immediately set to work to see what was needed to get Sweety over the border. Vets were called to assess her health and take blood samples.  The first vet that was called said "She will never pass over the border." and left. Discouraged, we called one of our veterinary clinics and made arrangements to have Sweety brought to their hospital to do all that was necessary to make sure she qualified to cross the border.  Daily baths, good food and a soft quiet stall where she could relax, were terrific remedies for healing. Her foot had now healed and the veterinarians proceeded to take all the necessary blood tests that were required to cross the border. Constant Calls to the CFIA, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, US Customs, and the USDA were made. Once the blood tests met the required criteria, we needed approval signatures from a CFIA veterinarian plus one other veterinarian, in order to go through customs.  Three weeks passed and after all the preparations and red tape, we were finally ready to transport Sweety to her new home. We left the Refuge around 6:30 am, went to the Veterinary Hospital to pick up Sweety, and then proceeded to transport her to the Kingston border. She was to be inspected by the USDA Veterinarian, whom we had called the week earlier, to prepare him for whom he was about to see. Skinny and forlorn, but passed all her tests, we spent over an hour with the USDA Veterinarian assuring him that she was going to live in a sanctuary and he finally stamped her papers. Then it was on to see if she would pass at the border guards. We were greeted happily by the border guard to whom we had also spoken to before. He was glad that all went well and that we finally made it this far and said Sweety was “good to pass”.

Finally, just after 5 pm, we arrived at her new home. In her cozy stall, Sweety could hear her new "friend to be" across the hall. How exciting it was that she, "Sweety", who was as expendable as an old pair of shoes, would find love and friendship. They said it couldn't be done, but we did it.  A 21-hour drive and 1,200 kilometers for us was worth it. The border is no barrier for Refuge RR when finding good homes for rescued animals - Sweety is the first rescued cow ever to have been able to pass over the US/Can border!

Like all dairy cows, Sweety and Abbey endured an unrelenting cycle of inseminations and pregnancies. All of their babies were taken from them just moments after they were born. Because they are of no use to the dairy industry, their sons were sold for veal or cheap beef. Their daughters were raised as replacements for the dairy herd, but none were ever allowed to remain with their mothers. They lived on concrete floors with no bedding and were never even able to go outside. Cows are usually sent to slaughter by the age of about four years.  They have been so “over used” - they can no longer produce as much milk as before and are no longer considered profitable. Sweety and Abbey are now safe from further abuse and slaughter. The Associated Press covered the Story of Sweety and her story has since been told by hundreds of thousands of news outlets around the world.

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Abbey,Jazz and Boobie's first meeting


Abbey made friends with Jazz


Abbey best buddies with Boobie


Sweety doomed to be shipped to slaughter


Sweety rescued and brought to veterinary hospital


Sweety en route to the USA being brought to her new home


Sweety meeting Tricia another blind cow who will is now her loving companion

Some of the local media stories about Sweety

Please consider making a donation so Refuge RR can carry on its vital work to continue helping all animals in need. Abbey is also looking for a sponsor to help cover her daily expenses.

Zola story
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Sunday, 02 March 2014 13:04

Zola was a bottle fed baby and had never been socialized with other horses.  She was sent to auction, purchased by a dealer and sold to a Riding school but did not fit in with the other horses.   She was then sold to another dealer and resold to an individual who starved her.  A person contacted Refuge RR asking to urgently save a severely neglected and emaciated 2 year old mare.   At Refuge RR, Zola received all the care and love she needed.  Six months later, she is now of normal weight and has bonded with the other horses; Zola is finally enjoying life !


Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 15:13

To everyone, we would like to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, health, happiness and prosperity for 2014 and invite you to click HERE to read the latest news about Refuge RR.


Refuge RR, the animals and the volunteer team.

Sweety the blind cow is out of danger
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 21:46
Refuge RR for horses has rescued a blind cow from being sent to the slaughter house. After two weeks of stress and negotiations, Sweety's life is  safe and sound at the veterinary hospital where they have already given her two warm baths, medication to help her increase her appetite and supplements to help her get stronger. She is blind, extremely thin and weak from years of neglect while she was expected to have babies and produce unnatural amounts of milk. Once Sweety is feeling better and has passed all the necessary testing she will be on her way to an amazing home at the Farm Sanctuary in NY, USA.

We are asking for donations to help cover the veterinary and transport bills to ~HELP GET SWEETY TO HER NEW HOME~

Donations can be made by credit card through Canada Helps or by sending a cheque to Refuge RR for Horses (see mailing address at the bottom of the page)



Sweety at the dairy farm

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Sweet at the veterinary hospital

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Abbey saved from being slaughtered
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 21:14

Meet Abbey

Refuge RR literally saved poor Abbey from being shipped to slaughter in the nick of time. She was spared a brutal torturous death after a life time of hell living on a dairy farm. Abbey is now a refuge resident. She is learning that some people are friendly and calls us every time we enter the barn. She also thinks being spoiled with yummy treats is terrific. Once the weather permits, Abbey will be integrated with our other cows and will be safe from harm for her life time.

WE are looking for a sponsor for Abbey to help cover her daily expenses.

Emergency at Refuge RR, please help our Percheron AND now George, one of the Refuge's dogs!!
Written by kristina   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:50


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UPDATE: We talked to you about our treasured gelding Kitty who was found with a disturbing wound, a suspicious hole in his rear leg with swelling and profusely bleeding, a possible gun shot wound and that he was rushed to the veterinarian hospital. Well, a few days ago, George too was shot and had to be rushed to the veterinarian hospital. We don't know who did that but George almost died. He was also rushed to the veterinarian hospital where he was treated. He is now at the Refuge where is resting and getting better.


We mentioned a few weeks ago that the medical costs were about $4,000 for Kitty and George. Unfortunately, George had to go back to the hospital to have liquid drained from his wound and although he is back to the Refuge, he has to continue taking antibiotics and pain killers. Until he is considered out of danger, we can't say how much the medical costs will come up to.

If you wish to help, you can donate here on line, just hit the " donate now " button above in the very first article  and you can print immediately your tax deductable receipt OR  you can send a cheque to : Refuge RR for Horses  21305 Concession 10, RR2, Alexandria, Ontario, Canada  K0C-1A0

To follow-up on Kitty and George stories go on our Facebook event page.

From all of us at Refuge RR a huge Thank you ! We can't save these animals without your financial support.

Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Saturday, 31 August 2013 12:10

Our August 2013 Newsletter is finally online.

Please click on the image to read about the latest news.


Hay drive continues !!
Written by kristina   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 08:08

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Please help today one bale at a time  !

Thank you !

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