Cow Rescue Hawaii by HLFARN

$57,836 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 875 people in 6 months
Created January 6, 2019
Fundraising Team

As  many of you already may know, a big-scale dairy farm on Hawaii Island is shutting down within a month. This means we have a month to save as many cows as we possibly can from slaughter. About 2800 female cows of various ages will be heading to slaughter soon. All of them are for sale at the moment. We will try to buy as many as possible to save their precious lives.

It isn’t very often that we have the chance to actually snatch a life from the road to the slaughterhouse and divert them to a life of tranquility. Please join us in this opportunity to really make a difference.

This will, once again, be a huge community effort.

In addition to help from volunteers on the Big Island, we are in desperate need of funds to purchase the cows and to move them to their new, loving homes. Along with the purchase price of the cows and calves ($100 for calves, $350 for milking cows), we will need to help pay for gas for transportation, vet care, medications, and fencing assistance for some of the new homes.

At the moment we have homes for approximately 30 cows lined up. There are calves and milk cows who need to be saved. Ideally we would like to place a Mama and a Baby together (about $450) -- calves will be the first killed if we can’t home them.

We will only assist with helping to place cows who will live their precious lives out until their natural end. We do not support any of them being slaughtered or used for profit. All of them will be sent into retirement and Sanctuary. Your donations will only be used to save these lives, not to perpetuate their suffering.

Let’s do this friends, let’s help these gentle beauties - let’s save their lives.

The Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network, a Facebook group that was started due to the emergency of the 2018 Lava Flow on Hawaii Island, is in the process of becoming a non profit. The group is currently fiscally sponsored by the Sanctuary of Mana Ke`a Gardens, a 501 (c) 3.

UPDATE --- Sunday, January 20, 2019:

As the rescued baby girls are settling in and the last ones of Rescue #1 find their forever homes in the coming days, we are slowly but surely getting ready for Rescue #2. As you know, the decisions to be made are heartbreaking, one way or another. There are still about 2000 beautiful innocent sentient beings at the Dairy and most of them will most likely head to slaughter. We want to save all of them but the reality is, if no one steps up with huge acreage of land and also financial resources, we, meaning this group, can’t.

Several people inquire about mamas with babies and a little older cows who graze already. We want to focus on both groups as well, but want to wait a bit, since there are still many young ones that need to get out of there, babies; these ones out of crates, nevertheless confined. No sun, no grass, just in a larger pen. Not much older than the bottle babies, still easily domesticated and made into a family member, their spirits not yet broken. Besides, they cost less, so we can get a few more out. I know, devastating decisions. We would like to get at least some of these babies - 6 months and older - out next. In order to do this, we need good, reliable homes. Fencing, good grass, knowledge, funds and commitment a must, these girls can reach 20 years of age and need to be taken care of.

If you are willing to help a pair, agree to not use them for meat or milk, please send us an email to:


We don’t have much time.
But we do need reliable homes, if not we will end in chaos. And we need funds.
Please share if you feel like helping.

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Beloved world wide Hawaii Cow Rescue community,

We are still in the middle of #hawaiicowrescue no6, as we still have to take out 30 already paid for cows from the now-closed dairy in Ookala and place them in the coming weeks. Meanwhile we received the latest numbers - there still need to be about 400 cows saved until the end of September. Weekly transportation to slaughter houses have halted for now, so we hope and pray that more people and groups step up and help.

As exhausted and burned out as we are, we will continue. We will continue to raise funds and we will continue to find suitable homes, ranches and farms for them on the Big Island. Our target for the next two months is to rescue 100 more cows - who needs to sleep right?!!?

Will we raise that much? That is up to you.

Will we find enough homes? We shall see.

"Magically" and divinely guided we will receive enough funds and an equal amount of homes in the next weeks. It's amazing how this worked out since we started in December.

An adult cow is $375 and a weaned off calf is $250. Plus gasoline, trailer rental, emergency feed, meds and vet care. So every cow purchased costs us about double the amount.

If not some miracle happens, we will not be able to save all the remaining angels there. But - you never know.

Please spread the word and visualize for us to find amazing homes for another 100. Which would bring us to 409 cows saved. Not including the babies born in freedom. We might age a lot right now and will need a vacation after this, but for now - we are not done.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making a difference in this world.

Here is the GFM link - every dollar counts. ❤️

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Today we are starting Hawai’i Cow Rescue no6. We experienced a lot of hard ship recently and were reminded how heart breaking rescue can be. Due to many factors we lost two calves and it wears terribly heavy on our hearts. Not enough large animal vets available, the few here are overworked and overbooked, we don’t have a large animal University facility here were they could be brought to emergency care, we need to borrow trailers on a moments notice and we are understaffed volunteers who cannot do it all - as hard as we try.

Certain life saving procedures are not available on our island - and we are paying, supporting, showing up, caring, reaching out, re-homing right now day and night. Most ranches would probably not go the extra mile when it comes to “live stock” but our cows are pets and it shows that farm animals are not treated equal, but we are trying hard to change and improve this.

We need an emergency vehicle for large animals and an emergency care facility to treat farm animals; that is now blatantly clear. And of course, funds funds funds. It never ends, as any rescue group and organization knows only to well. As one is not done with rescue only; so we need to build a large animal support system and at least one more vet.

Thanks to all the vets who did help in the last days, we understand how busy you all are and that you don’t have the time to travel to farms when a calf is down. Thanks to our special amazing group members who answer our desperate calls and texts, day and night.

Wiping the tears away for now since the next three days are rescue days. Last moment changes in numbers, locations and times do not define or defeat us, we are riding the rescue waves as gracefully and positively as we can and we don’t give up.

Keep us in mind in the next days please. These precious wonderful cows will leave the ex-dairy safely and will be spared from slaughter. If you feel like supporting us, our vet bills and fuel bills, feed and medication bills are high - but thanks to this amazing cow community that formed here on social media, we are able to do so much. We cannot ever thank you enough.

Please stay tuned for Hawaii Cow Rescue no6 updates. ❤️
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“To truly be in the moment, to not be defined by expectation, requires mindful clarity; a heart conditioned by love, compassion, and empathetic joy for others; and equanimity that allows you to receive life however it unfolds. This may seem like an inconceivable challenge, but it can be your goal, your beacon through the fog of your life. Most important, it can inspire and orient you in how to live in the moment. You simply lay aside your expectations as best as you are able.”
- by Mericiana Howard

We have enough funds secured now to rescue 60 more cows from slaughter - the now closed dairy - which by now truly became our rescue partner - will make more available to our group - we just need to raise more funds. ❤️

If you have a few dollars to spare and love cows - please help us here in Hawaii! Thanks to a caring compassionate world wide animal loving community we were able to rescue 249 innocent dear cows until today, plus 60 more in two weeks. We are not done if you are not done!!!

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Aloha international loyal, deeply caring and generous #hawaiicowrescue family!

As many of you know from our updates, we are nearing the end of saving these precious, utterly beautiful and wonderful cow beings from a now closed CAFO dairy in Hawaii (Big Island). Here is our latest update:

On Thursday we will purchase 30 more weaned calves and 30 more adult mama cows, made possible by our ongoing kind donors who trust us since January. YOU made it possible to rescue 249 cows (!!!) and as of yesterday, 60 more. . We will give our all to home them here on Hawaii Island to save, loving and deeply caring homes, free from harm, free from being used as commodities and calf milk producing machines.

We have most of the homes already in place and will do everything possible to to place the rest.

Now, the dairy will keep 22 more adults for us - PLEASE - if you find it in your heart, donate a little or a lot, so we can save them as well. The cost of one adult cow is $ 350 for us but we also have to raise money for trailer costs, gasoline and initial high quality feed and vet care.
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$57,836 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 875 people in 6 months
Created January 6, 2019
Fundraising Team
Funds raised will benefit:
Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens
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