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The Chicken Rescue – Houston, TX

June 16, 2017
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20170518_111301The Chicken Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue located near Houston, Texas founded in January 2016 with the goal of rescuing hens and roosters, providing rehabilitation care and finding forever homes for chickens that are neglected, abused or discarded.

Rescue
The Chicken Rescue seeks to save precious beings from dire situations. From physically catching roosters dumped by uncaring humans, taking in owner surrenders who need medical attention due to injury or neglect, and rehoming through the support of our amazing vegan network. At The Chicken Rescue, we do whatever it takes to get chickens into a safe and healthy environment.

Rehab
Rehabilitation doesn’t mean just physical, it also means emotional. We receive chickens that have been neglected and do not know how to act around humans. We take the time to get to know them as the individuals they are and work to help them understand that we are here to help. When we receive a chicken with a physical malady the first step is to have them examined by an avian veterinarian. From there we provide the recommended home care they need.

Rehome
Occasionally we have chickens that are healthy enough to be placed into private vegan homes. We have an extensive application and approval process and only adopt out to individuals who will treat them as a loved family member.

Sanctuary
Many of the chickens who live at The Chicken Rescue are permanent residents who will live out their natural lives here. We strive to provide a safe and loving home with a variety of environmental enrichment to keep their mind and body healthy and active. Here at the rescue this includes safe, elevated areas for them to climb on, hanging treat balls, fresh fruits and vegetables to peck at, proper dust bathing areas and supervised free range time.

The Chicken Rescue is a recipient of a Hen Reproductive Healthcare grant!

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Trys paršeliai (Three piglets) – Lithuania

April 12, 2017
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Trys paršeliai (“Three piglets”) is the first farm animal sanctuary in Lithuania and the Baltic states. It is a place where animals rescued from slaughter, farms, and bad living conditions get full time care. “Three piglets” sanctuary is not exploiting animals in any form. Rescued animals live freely; they can interact with their kind and enjoy human attention.

Our mission is not only to give permanent home for rescued animals, but also to educate society: we encourage people to adopt an animal-friendly diet and lifestyle. Visitors can get to know our animals, interact with them and get to know their personalities. They learn that each animal is to be respected and loved. Our visitors can also get to know the reality of Lithuanian animal farms’ conditions.

Trys paršeliai is a nonprofit organization.

Trys paršeliai is the recipient of a Hen Reproductive Healthcare Fund grant!

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Humanity For Animals – Gold Bar, WA

March 27, 2017
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Humanity For Animals was founded on the belief that all animals have the right to live their lives free from commodification and suffering at the hands of human beings. We aim to bring awareness to the plight of farmed animals currently trapped in our food production system and to encourage people to leave animals off their plates.

Our three program areas — Refuge, Outreach, Legislation — aim to end the exploitation of animals.

  1. Refuge: Our sanctuary is nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains and cares for chickens rescued from the egg and “meat” industry. The animals that come to call our sanctuary “home” are treated as individuals with unique personalities, wants, and needs. Each animal that we care for receives individualized care and is respected as the unique person he or she is.
  2. Outreach: our Outreach efforts seek to bring awareness to the plight of animals used as food. Through targeted social media campaigns, leafletting, and popular events we are able to bring our message of compassion to thousands of people each year.
  3. Legislation: a critical aspect of the work we do, Humanity For Animals believes that no animal should be exploited or killed for food, clothing, entertainment or product testing. We recognize that animals are suffering in factory farms, labs, and zoos, and that these animals will never escape the system. It is our legislative approach that helps to relieve suffering for these animals.

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Tami Seegrist McMinn | Co-Founder

Tami brings two decades of experience to the team at HFA. She believes that much of her early career in marketing and business development prepared her for the greatest role of her life – being a tireless voice for animals trapped in our food production system. A vegan for over thirteen years she is a committed animal activist and environmentalist. In her spare time Tami enjoys spending time with her husband and six dogs, or getting her hands dirty in the vegetable garden with her four rescued battery hens. Contact Tami.

Sarah Case | Co-Founder

Growing up, Sarah was the child that brought home injured birds and stray dogs – if an animal needed help she was there to save the day. A true natural around animals of all kinds and sizes she exudes confidence and a deep calm that is felt throughout the sanctuary. Her experience overseeing the direct care of over 200 animals at a large sanctuary in the US taught her much about the day to day operations of sanctuary life and how to care for rescued animals. For more than half her life, Sarah has been deeply committed to promoting a vegan lifestyle to combat the number one source of animal exploitation – animals killed for food. When she’s not caring for the animals, working on plans to improve the sanctuary, or writing animal related legislation, you can usually find her snuggling with her two dogs and cat, planting and harvesting produce in the garden, or working on her latest craft project. Contact Sarah.

Visit our website here, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Humanity For Animals is the recipient of a Microsanctuary Movement Seed Grant!

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Grant Report from Hen Haven Microsanctuary

March 16, 2017
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nina1By Nina Dahl-Klepsvik

Eight years ago, I stood in someone’s backyard filming a flock of chickens free-ranging, whose eggs I was there to retrieve. I later posted the flick on Facebook under the headline “How chickens should have it.” I was already a vegetarian for the animals, but truth be told, I had no idea how much suffering I was still contributing to and how wrong I was in my assumption that these chickens were treated kindly and fairly. Nor did I have any idea the implications of excessive egg laying for the birds themselves, or that the rate of laying we see in domesticated hens are excessive and human-made.

Fast forward to 2014: I had turned vegan, but still had a lot to learn about chickens and hens’ reproductive health, when I was offered to look after my then-landlords’ chickens when they went away for a year. The alternative would’ve been that these animals would have been killed, or so I was told, and I just couldn’t stand idly by and see something so horrible happen to innocent animals so, knowing nothing about how to tend to chickens, I said I would take them on, and figured I’d just had to learn on the “job.” And a few weeks later, on August 14th, 2014 I became a “hen-mother” for the first time in my life. I fell into it by chance, but I quickly fell in love with the five hens and one rooster on the plot. The evening before I took over responsibility for these six chickens my former landlord came over to let me know that they were missing one hen. I was under the impression that she was missing just that one night, but when I found her the next day, nesting in a flowerbed on thirteen eggs, I quickly realized that I had been misinformed. My former landlords, the chickens’ “owners,” told me to just throw away the eggs, but after having checked every egg with a flashlight it was clear to see that three of the eggs were not only fertilized but very close to hatching. Again, I decided that these little ones would have to become “my problem” as killing them was not an option, and just like that, three little feathery beings entered my life forever. They hatched just a few days later, and as they grew, I realized that I had two girls and a boy on my hands. I named the girls Bella and Frida and the boy got the name Emil.

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Upon taking over responsibility for my former landlords’ chicken for a year, I did notice a lot of things that, instinctively, I understood were wrong, but I was not knowledgeable at that point, and didn’t have anyone to converse with. The coop was covered in thick layers of feces and the smell of ammonia was so pungent it was hard to breathe in there and my eyes watered. The water in the water-container was light green with algae and slimy. I had also seen the “owners” shake hens out of their nesting boxes to get to the eggs, and the rooster was very aggressive towards the humans, amongst many other things. It broke my heart, but when I carefully tried to suggest this might not be the right way to do it, they assured me it was fine.

It took me three days to chop out most of the cemented layers of feces in the coop before I could even start cleaning in there, but once it was done, their whole living environment became a much more pleasant one.

During this year I learned so much about chickens: How sensitive and quirky they all are, and how loving they can be when they feel safe and loved. And as I learned more, every day, about the proper way of caring for chickens I also learned more about how chickens in the industry are being treated. Looking at these lovely and loving beings in my care and knowing that there are billions upon billions out there just like them who never get to experience anything other than brutality, exploitation, and suffering is completely heart wrenching, so when I unexpectedly had to move from my home in September of 2015, leaving my poor foster chickens behind, I was lucky enough to find a place for my three chickens and myself that was perfect, not only for them, but for more chickens. That’s when I decided to take on some girls from the egg-industry.

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On January 5th of 2016 this dream became a reality. Initially I had planned to take in six girls, but I saw their terrified little faces in the darkness of the barn, and I smelled the horrid smell of death and layers upon layers of cemented feces everywhere…the hens themselves so depressed and hopeless, as though all life and hope had already left them a long time ago. They were dirty and scruffy, thin and malnourished, and I quickly decided to make room for two more girls. In a few quick swoops the farmer had snatched a hold of the girls feet and were carrying them upside down, as if they were shopping bags. He explained that this was the right and best way to do it because it made the chickens more submissive. He helped me carry them all out to a homemade cage my friend had made for us. I thanked the farmer and we drove away. As soon as the farmer was out of sight, I broke down and cried the rest of the way home. Thinking about all those poor souls left behind that had never, and would never, experience anything good in their lives at all, and tomorrow it would be over, as they were set to be killed the next morning. I will never forget that feeling of betrayal that I couldn’t rescue them all–all the while talking to my terrified new little girls, Pernille, Angelika, Viktoria, Martine, Ariel, Hedda, Julie, and Emma in the backseat, promising them that no one would ever cause them anymore harm ever, besides a few little worried whimpers they were all completely silent.

The coming months would turn out to be both very rewarding and very difficult. My girls were in horrible health. Some had bad prolapses, while others had equally bad infections in their reproductive organs, laying one lash egg after the other several times a day, sometimes accompanied by a lot of blood. They were stressed and frustrated out of their minds, resulting in cannibalism and severe pecking. The coop looked like a bloodbath, and one hen almost lost her tail. Thanks to a seed grant from The Microsanctuary Movement and from A Well-Fed World, all girls were able to get implanted on February 2nd to stop the egg laying, which meant they finally had a chance to recover from all their reproductive issues and start healing both mentally and physically.

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Today, one year later six out of eight hens have recovered completely; two girls still have issues, but they too are a lot healthier than they were a year ago. They have all gained weight to almost twice their original weight and are so much more confident. I couldn’t have done this without all the help, both in terms of donations and grants from the Microsanctuary Movement and all their great advice. From the bottom of my heart: Thank you for everything you have done for my girls and for me.

Two of my former foster chickens have also been able to come live with me, so now there are thirteen happy chickens at Hen Haven Microsanctuary.

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Terra Farm Sanctuary – Spokane, WA

March 15, 2017
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From Rhonda-T Warren:

Living as a vegan with a growing concern about farmed and commodified individuals, my advocacy consisted of educating humans about veganism and animal exploitation, though events and social media. Although I was encouraged by my results, I felt that I needed to make more of a direct impact on those individuals, and the rights for whom I was advocating. Having served on the board of the largest vegan animal sanctuary in the region, I began to understand the challenges of running such an organization, as well as the tremendous need. My partner of 10 years and I were planning to build a home together; we decided it should be a home for many, and we jumped in with both feet! Terra Farm Sanctuary was born.

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Founded in 2016, Terra Farm Sanctuary resides in northwest Spokane County, Washington. We provide a compassionate home for beings who have been victims of neglect, abuse, and fear, have retired from arduous labor, and are the unwanted products of factory farming and youth projects. The inland northwest is also home to countless backyard dairy, egg, and butchering operations; it is common to see a sign on the side of the road advertising “fresh goat meat.” Our first rescue, was a frail, cryptorchid buckling, whose value was determined by how many dollars he was worth, per pound. After bottle feeding, surgeries, and lots of love, Casper is thriving. He is a beloved member of a herd of ruminants who all escaped similar fates. The matriarch of the herd is Maizey, a sheep who lost her leg in a dog attack while she was awaiting slaughter. Months of rehabilitation and therapy at WSU has helped her regain some mobility.

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Terra Farm Sanctuary is presently home to dogs, sheep, goats, donkeys, and roosters; these individuals have found solace as respected members of our family, and will live out their natural lives with us in peace. Operating as a 501c3 charitable organization, Terra provides a haven where non-humans will not labor, perform, or otherwise produce, and works to create public awareness of the crisis faced by farmed and commodified beings, through vegan education and advocacy. We offer one on one and group mentoring for new and established vegans in the community, and will continue to grow as space and finances permit. We will provide for as many individuals as possible, and will work toward creating a world where all beings have inherent moral value.

Terra Farm Sanctuary is the recipient of a Microsanctuary Movement Seed Grant!

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