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Photo: Farewell to Jerry

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 31, 2012

Jerry wasn’t the outgoing, center-of-attention type. Even as a young calf, he seemed to possess the peaceful, quiet air of a wise old man, content to spend warm afternoons gazing out across the landscape with his best friend by his side.


Jerry enjoys a quiet afternoon with his friend Patrick. 
Courtesy of the Cow Sanctuary

But Jerry’s early life was anything but serene. Rescued during a PETA investigation of a filthy dairy factory farm that supplied Land O’Lakes, Jerry was crippled, infested with lice and ringworm, and nearly blind from pink eye. He and another calf were taken in by the Cow Sanctuary, and with considerable love and medical care, they healed.

Instead of being killed for veal, as is the fate of most male calves in the dairy industry, Jerry spent his life as every animal should—exploring his surroundings, enjoying the company of friends (especially his pig friend, Patrick), and reveling in treats and love from his guardians.

Last week, with his health declining, Jerry was euthanized. He left this world as quietly as he lived in it, but the steer with the gentle spirit left a permanent mark on the hearts of those who loved him.

Farewell, sweet Jerry.

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  • Denise says:

    A beautiful picture of the way life should be for all earthlings. Sweet Jerry was given the chance at life….. and for that I am very grateful to you.

  • Laura says:

    Dear, wonderful Helga, I am so sorry to hear about your precious Jerry. If it weren’t for you, this dear little fellow wouldn’t have known love or joy or comfort or friendship or peace, and with you, he absolutely did! You gave him a beautiful life. There can be no doubt that Patrick will soon have a new friend who needs both of you and this is the only thing that will help heal his heart and yours. oxox

  • Elaine says:

    God Bless Jerry and the other Animals,who are safe and loved. I just cry for the Billions of souls who have never known a kind word, or gentle touch in their short and wretched little lives. Thank God for People like you xx .

  • Christine says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry and the other animals at The Cow Sanctuary this past fall. If ever there were a sanctuary in need, the Cow Sanctuary is it. Helga is an amazing woman caring for the farm and it’s animals single-handedly. Rest in peace Jerry. I’m glad you were able to experience human compassion.

  • Darcy says:

    What an adorable picture!!! RIP sweet Jerry… I wonder how his friend Patrick is doing? I hope ok. Thank God for the cow sanctuary..Bye Jerry :(

  • Dena says:

    Rest in Peace,Jerry. Jerry spent his short little life at a wonderful sanctuary that gets very little funding or support, but has LOTS of love. To honor Jerry’s life we should all do what we can to help The Cow Sanctuary and similar sanctuaries continue to keep their doors open to take in these precious orphans.

  • Vanessa says:

    Cant help but cry :(

  • June says:

    Poor Jerry – RIP. I don’t eat veal and honestly don’t know how some people can, it’s so sad about his life before being rescued from cruelty.

  • Bill says:

    What a sweet sweet soul. Rest in peace. I’m so very sorry your first experiences in this world were miserable, but am so very happy that you were able to trust and love, and live the rest your life in quiet happiness.

  • Christine says:

    this makes me sad. but it is nice that he has saved from a much worse death, and at least he was loved at least once in his life before he had to pass.

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