If you tuned in to our live feed this past Tuesday, you got to meet this beautiful, cuddly cow. Sienna was one of the first residents to arrive at Critter Creek, along with Philomena and Alexis. She was rescued as a baby from a stockyard shortly before she was to be sent to market to be sold.
She’s affectionately nicknamed the “Golden Retriever” of the herd, because she’s extremely friendly and loves to be pet. If she’s lying down, you can cuddle right up with her, and she’ll lay her head in your lap, much like a dog would. Look at those fluffy ears!
A question we get asked a lot is “why do your cows still have ear tags?” Everything we do is in the best interest of our animals. In order to remove the tags, the cows would have to go through a “head catcher” system that we have that is used for conducting medical procedures. It not only ensures our safety, but theirs as well. While this is necessary to ensure that proper precautions are taken, it is not a pleasant experience for the cows since it often reminds them of past experiences that they have been through before coming to our sanctuary. Therefore, we chose to leave their ear tags in to avoid any unnecessary stress to them since they do not feel them, much like how a person does not feel discomfort with an earring once it is in. All of our animals have a name and are NEVER referred to by number.
Our mission is based off of education. While we would love to save every animal, it is simply not feasible. Therefore, we want to educate the public about changes they can make to decrease the amount of animals that are bred into existence which saves many more lives than we ever could. The tag is often a reminder to our visitors that our animals, Sienna included, were once destined for a much different fate.