Meet Anabelle, a Holstein calf adopted this month by Tiny Hooves Rescue & Petting Zoo. When she arrived at the Temple shelter, Anabelle was totally blind from severe eye infections. She has improved with treatment and has regained some sight.

Dec. 20 fundraiser will help Tiny Hooves shelter feed rescue animals during winter months


There’s nothing wrong with a little believing. Just ask Anabelle, the animated star of Anabelle’s Wish , or the real Anabelle, a partially blind Holstein calf who resides at a Temple rescue.

Families can enjoy both Anabelles at a Dec. 20 fundraiser for Tiny Hooves Rescue & Petting Zoo, the local rescue that took in the blind calf earlier this month.

“The fundraiser will start at 9 a.m. at The Beltonian Theatre,” said Shelby Michalewicz, who started Tiny Hooves about five years ago. “Come enjoy waffles while watching Anabelle’s Wish , and following the movie we will make adorable cow ornaments and take photos with the real Anabelle.”

Anabelle’s Wish is a 1997 animated film that revolves around a calf who dreams of flying and becoming part of Santa’s sleigh team.

“Waffles with Anabelle is a fundraiser for our nonprofit livestock and exotic animal rescue,” Shelby said. “We are hoping to raise money to help feed our rescue animals through the winter.”

“Hay and feed prices have tripled over the last year, and that causes serious financial strain as more and more animals are coming into the shelter. We are getting new animals weekly.”

Anabelle was rescued in early November and arrived at the Temple shelter completely blind because of a massive eye infection.

“She is a bottle baby and has nothing but love to offer to everyone around her,” Shelby added. “Anabelle has regained partial eyesight after extensive treatment and is thriving at our rescue.”

The cost of admission to Waffles with Anabelle is $30, and that donation includes a waffle breakfast, the movie, cow ornament crafts and a personal meet-and-greet with the rescued cow.

Tickets can be purchased at https://fb.me/e/27kRTUA9j?mibextid=N4tvPT .

In addition to the rescue, Shelby and volunteers take a few of the friendlier animals at Tiny Hooves to events, birthday parties and institutions. She uses money from that outreach to feed and house animals at the shelter.

“We offer nursing home therapy,” she said. “We visit retirement centers with small animal varieties that residents can hold and love on.”

For additional information or to arrange a donation, contact Shelby through her Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/tinyhoovespettingzoo.

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