Friends of all shapes, sizes

Chelsea Powrie

Critteraid is looking for friends to help socialize their shy resident cow.

China is the only cow at the Summerland sanctuary, and according to animal director Jess Byer, she relies on human interaction to feed her social needs.

"She got here in October, she had a best friend who passed away so there's been a lot of change in her life," Byer said. "It's hard on cows to be alone. That's why we're really looking for friends for her."

Byer said helping China is as simple as coming to the fence and just talking to her, and maybe bringing her some of her favourite treats like apples. 

"Young volunteers who are interested in learning about cows, older volunteers, anybody who's got time," Byer said.

China takes a little while to warm up to new people, but Byer said she'd make sure to help any volunteers who wanted to get to know her. 

"She's one of the most loving angels you'll ever meet," Byer said. "She just needs to know that you're not here for scary purposes."

For more information on how to visit China, contact Critteraid here

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