English animal sanctuary CALF has launched a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of preventing its closure this summer. The sanctuary made headlines in 2015 after rescuing Duke the bull—who was born a dwarf and crippled after being attacked by other cows on his farm—and fitting him with a specially made “wheelchair” that allowed him to walk again. CALF founder Sharon Lawler received notice during Christmas that the lease on the land where she, Duke, and 60 other animals live will not be renewed, potentially leaving the whole CALF family without a home in June, a piece of bad news that was “a bolt from the blue,” Lawler said. “We’ve searched high and low for a suitable, alternative smallholding, but with no joy. We’d like a home we can open up to the public to come and visit and get involved in … that’s the dream—which we now have just a few short months to realize.” CALF’s crowdfunding campaign has so far attracted 387 supporters, raising more than $15,000.
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