What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

Life for a mother cow is often wrought with heartbreak.

Although cows form powerful maternal bonds with their young, many cows in the meat industry never get the chance to experience this loving, natural mother-child relationship. They often have their children torn away from them shortly after birth and are left with the sadness of never seeing their baby again. The dairy industry is no different.

Thankfully, there are people who take a stand against the animal agriculture industry

What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

and working to give these animals the life that they truly deserve.

{STOP ALL THAT YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH THIS RESCUED WATER BUFFALO PLAY!}

At Farm Sanctuary, Dawn was moved to a pasture for special needs cows who had trouble walking, senior cattle, and incoming calves.

Dawn not only thrived herself,

but down the road, she became the reason many other calves did well, too.

What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

{ADORABLE! RESCUED PIGLET AND KITTEN LOVE TO SNUGGLE}

As she grew up, she became a mother figure to other sick and orphaned calves

What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

. Dawn was there to help these calves — young survivors of both the beef and dairy industries — as they adapted to Farm Sanctuary life. These babies found comfort and healing in her, and she loved them unconditionally — protecting and caring for them all.

Like any great mother, she walked a perfect line of love, playfulness, and discipline.

What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

{TRY TO HOLD YOUR TEARS WHEN YOU READ THE PROMISE THIS WOMAN GAVE TO HER RESCUED CALVES}

She would run and play with the babies, but she also wasn’t afraid to put anyone who misbehaved in their place — often with a quick bump of the head she would teach the babies what was acceptable behavior and what was not.

She would show them the ropes, and make sure they felt loved and a part of the family.

What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

Dawn would eventually become the matriarch. She ruled the herd with grace, and was fair and kind to everyone in the herd, always making sure everyone was protected and loved.

Dawn remained the loyal mother to many of the calves she raised, especially two boys in particular: Linus and Mario.

What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

{BULL MEANT FOR BULLFIGHTING BECAME A SNUGGLER INSTEAD}

These boys are best pals who grew up feeling more like brothers with their protective mother Dawn, and they have remained a tight family unit to this day.

All grown up and still mama’s boys — Mario, left, and Linus (who has become a beautiful dark brown boy now), right,  still stay by their mother’s side.What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

Meeting newcomer Susie Moo, a young girl who eventually played a huge role in Dawn’s life. 

What This Rescued Cow Does for Babies at Her Sanctuary Home Will Melt Your Heart

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