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SC CARES: When animals experience sadness

Here at SC CARES the creatures that reside here come in all shapes, sizes and species. Some of these animals have a lifespan that should reach beyond our human time on the earth with tortoises and parrots that could live to be 100 years old. Others, however, we will have to bury as their time is not as long. The original SC CARES wolf pack has reached their 10 year birthday and we’ve lost two of our sisters, the pack of five is now down to three. Wolves can live 8 to 15 years in captivity but genetic makeup plays a big part in their longevity as well. Our wolf pack was bred at a road side menagerie so I would not be shocked to find out that genetically they may not be in the best circumstances. To have them 10 years is nothing to be upset about but of course we’d love to enjoy their company as long as possible. If you’re reading our stories you probably already know that animals just like us have emotions. Sentient creatures who feel happiness, contentment, fear and sorrow are no different from their human friends, so when one of their family members or friends dies they suffer loss just like us.

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More to Mayflower than meets the eye

Mayflower is a 7-year-old Charolais Bovine heifer and one of the two cows that live at SC CARES. I’ve been hesitant to write about her because of the circumstances that are involved in factory farming and the fact that so many people are unaware of what actually takes place in the lives of “food industry” animals. It’s not “Old McDonald had a farm” anymore. Mayflower was born on the slaughterhouse floor to her mom that had been producing milk for probably between five and eight years. In the dairy industry cows are impregnated (usually artificially) so that their bodies will produce milk. A lot of people are not aware of the fact that just like humans, a mother’s milk is only in supply when she is birthing a baby so heifers are continually impregnated so that they will continue to make milk. They’re also given hormones to keep milk production plentiful and of course antibiotics to keep them healthy enough to continue. Their milk is then taken from them to be sold in grocery stores for humans rather than fed to their offspring for which it was intended. Between 5-8 years the heifer’s body is no longer able to continue this pace and these cows, called “spent”. They are then slaughtered for their meat and in most cases ground for hamburger since they’ve been unable to move about like they should for most of their lives; their muscles are usually atrophied and tight. One of the byproducts of this industry are the calves they produce after being impregnated. If the calf is female she may be put with a nursing mother to be raised and replenish the dairy industry once she’s of age. If the calf is male they are in most cases used for veal farms.

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Animal Tales | All about Lilly

Himalayan Cat’s name is Lilly... as Realtors we sold her owner’s house five years ago. Lilly is 8 years old, loves to lay in the sun by the front door. We rescued Lilly before she went to Humane Society because her owner passed soon after the house sold.

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Animal Tales | All about Lexi

Hi my name is Lexi Van Gogh. I am a 6-year-old cocker spaniel and I live with my daddy and mommy in Longs, S.C. We just moved here from Clemmons, N.C. and I would like to introduce myself as “The New Sheriff in Town.”

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