Born on a sheep farm earlier this year, the malnourished, disabled lamb nearly faced a premature death — but instead, this pint-sized ambassador is now demonstrating the importance of compassion and the power of sanctuary.
When Sophie was born, she couldn’t stand; she had contracted tendons, a condition that is treatable, yet not often treated in farm animals. That’s because most farmers consider it economically unsustainable to invest significant money or time into the care of an animal they plan to slaughter for profit.
Thankfully, little Sophie had an ally: A worker fell in love with this sweet lamb, and knew that Sophie deserved a chance. So she asked her employer if she could take Sophie home to her small hobby farm, not far from Farm Sanctuary, where she had enough space and resources to accommodate a lamb. Thankfully, the farmer agreed, and the woman set out to get Sophie the care she needed.
Sophie’s new guardian tried her best to support and build strength in Sophie’s legs, but unfortunately, Sophie still struggled. Realizing that Sophie needed more than what she could provide, the woman reached out to Farm Sanctuary to see if we could help. We gladly welcomed Sophie to our New York Shelter, and immediately set out to get her the specialized care she needed.