Sunrise is home to four of the most handsome, lovable, and affectionate steers you could ever meet. They would love to meet you in person, in the mean time, their stories are below.
Wesley was rescued as an 8 week old calf. His life had been spent tied to a 10 foot rope, his home was a doghouse, and he was starving… on purpose. He was so weak that his legs shook terribly trying to hold up his body. He was intended to be veal. Veal calves are purposely starved and restrained from any movement. Mindy, the owner of Sunrise, talked the farmer into selling Wesley. He is now a happy, healthy 2,500 pound chunk-of-love who has no idea how big he is! We love Wesley so much and are so thankful that he is here with us at Sunrise where he never goes hungry and can roam free!
Wesley has a sweet, gentle demeanor and a wise old soul. He is the peacekeeper at Sunrise! He gets along with everyone! His best friend is Chance the pitbull, they have been best buds since Wes was a tiny little calf! It’s hard to imagine Wes ever being tiny at this point, but it’s true! Wes has also become very close to Baby Moo since his arrival, you can often find them grazing or napping in the fields together!
Baby Moo came to Sunrise in August of 2014 as the result of what was an international effort. After being rejected by his mother, Baby Moo’s future did not look bright. The rancher who was raising Baby Moo asked his tenant, a woman named Cookie, to care for the calf. In caring for Baby Moo, Cookie quickly fell in love with him and became determined to rescue him. A contact of Cookie’s in Canada set up a GoFundMe drive to help raise the money needed to get Baby Moo out of harms way. In just a few short days and with the help of people all over the world, enough money was raised to secure Baby Moo’s freedom. Cookie reached out to us to see if we could be Baby Moo’s safe haven. Soon thereafter, Baby Moo came to Sunrise, where he has quickly become buddies with his fellow animals and stolen the hearts of all our visitors!
Baby Moo is a playful, outgoing boy! He is usually wrestling around with his goat friend Woody or grazing in the fields with his cow pal Wesley! He can also be very sweet and loving, and loves neck rubs!
(little red head)
Rowan came to us in 2017 from a family member of a cattle farmer who had passed away. Her family wouldn’t let her save all the members of the herd, but as Rowan was bottle fed, they agreed to let her save him. She contacted us and his story touched our hearts and as a result Rowan came home to Sunrise. Rowan is a very sweet soul and loves his brothers Wesley and Baby Moo very much!
Wooly Bully is our newest steer rescue. His human guardians passed away within 14 months of each other. Bully was taken in by them when a local farmer was getting ready to shoot him and they could not see that happen. They were nearly 80 years old at the time. After they passed, the son paid someone to take him feed and check in on him, but not being local he really could not care for him and Bully was now totally alone. Although we are very full, Wooly Bully’s story captured our hearts. He is nine years old and such a sweet and gentle soul. For now, he has made his home up front with the farm pigs. He enjoys their company and keeping tabs on the human goings on by the main house. Of course, he is always welcome to join the other steers in the back pasture area.