Cow Rescue Hawaii by HLFARN

$40,588 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 644 people in 4 months
Created January 6, 2019
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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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Happy Aloha Friday dear friends!

We are currently finishing up with last minute details and changes for our HAWAII COW RESCUE no 5 tomorrow and on Sunday!!

Thanks to our wonderful community made of caring and kind individuals who step up when we ask them for help with these beloved rescue cows, trusting us and our mission, we secured the funds to save 25 more beautiful weaned off calves, have a perfect staging area available for the weekend, so we can go to the dairy, trailer them out, stage them and then send them off to their wonderful forever homes all over the island where the new adopting families are eagerly waiting to care for them.

From Kapaau to Mountain View, Captain Cook, Waimea and Kapoho - these 25 youngsters will be spared from slaughter, to munch on juicy grass, linger in the shade and enjoy life to the fullest. Thanks to all the donors here who have faith in our small group, thanks to the Big Island Dairy who always helps us before and on rescue day to make sure loading and transport go smooth, thanks to all the volunteers who sweat with us, often smeared with poop to care for these wonderful beings, swiftly helping us loading and unloading, building improvised chutes if necessary, driving long hours, sometimes on quite adventurous bumpy rounds - to bring them to freedom and safety!! Please continue your good wishes and prayers for another smooth rescue weekend in ease and grace.

We can only do so much but we are making sure we are giving our all.

As all of our raised funds are now used up, we would like to ask you to continue with your donations - no amount is too small (or too large) so we can at least organize one more rescue round in June.

Please use this GoFundMe to do so.

Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts.
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Aloha friends,

we were able to successfully finish with Hawaii Cow Rescue no 4 last week. Which brings us, thanks to your amazing donations, to 208 cows saved. We are very fortunate to always find wonderful families who open their hearts and homes for these beautiful calves and mama cows. We were able to take out 28 cows during Hawaii Cow Rescue no4, now all placed in individual homes all over the island.

There are over 600 precious cows left at the dairy and we would like to continue as long as it takes and as long as funds and homes come in. Please continue to spread the word - every precious life saved is an amazing blessing for ALL of us.
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If you have a moment, please sit down and watch our video of this incredible rescue. This was part of our fourth Cow Rescue, when 30 cows (in three trailer rides) were brought to a most wonderful pasture here in Hawaii. Each time they arrived, the other cows came and picked them up. No eyes stayed dry, believe us, you might want to get a little hanky ready yourself. We are eternally grateful that you all helped to make this happen:

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Aloha friends, we had quite the rain storm over the weekend and flash floods were predicted so we postponed our rescue no4. Which was the right decision, since one of the roads were closed which would have meant we would have been stuck for a while with the cows in the trailers for one and at some areas the rain fall was so heavy for days that the grounds would not have been safe with the trailers. This gives us more time to raise more funds and find more homes!!! Please read our latest press release (hopefully some of the bigger news outlets will use it!!!) and also latest news about the dairy. A hui ho dear friends!!!!



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$40,588 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 644 people in 4 months
Created January 6, 2019
Fundraising Team
Funds raised will benefit:
Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens
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