When we first brought Libby home, she wasn’t in good shape. She had been living with a backyard butcher who kept her in filth with no food or water, which made her thin and weak. She also had prod marks all over her face and body and a high fever due to a bacterial infection. It was obvious that he had been neglecting her, and we immediately got her veterinary care, including antibiotics and pain relievers.
Even with veterinary care for the first time, things weren’t easy for Libby. Her fever persisted and although she loved walking through the fields and being outside, she was often lethargic. Then in early August, Libby suddenly became severely ill. She was unable to stand up, unresponsive, and even had seizures. When her vet came to help her, he said that it was already too late. We were afraid that we were going to lose her. However, we knew we had to do everything we could to give her a chance. We hired a livestock trailer and rushed her to the University of Minnesota for treatment, where she underwent a major and life-threatening surgery that removed her uterus along with 42 liters (over 100 pounds) of pus-filled fluid. The veterinarians told us that she must have been sick for a long time, and at every turn they warned us that she might not make it through treatment. But we had faith, and Libby continued to surprise everyone.
After nearly a week of observation after her surgery, Libby was finally able to return to the farm. She is a lot lighter, but also healthier and happier than she has ever been. You can see her joy in everything she does, from afternoon naps in fresh straw to playing with Annabelle. She is happy to be alive, and every time we see her we know we made the right decision to keep pursuing medical care. She is truly our miracle.
However, several days of care and major surgeries left us with a veterinary bill of $5,000. Now we need your help to recoup these expenses so that we can continue providing a safe, clean, and loving home and exceptional veterinary care to our 13 animals. Any donation in excess of $5,000 will go directly to our purchase of a livestock trailer so that we will have one ready and accessible should any of our other animals ever get sick. We are very thankful to anyone willing to donate to help our farm continue to grow and thrive. Every gift you make to Spring Farm Sanctuary goes directly to our animals and changes their lives forever. A more compassionate world begins with you!
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