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Farmshire Animal Sanctuary – Clyde, NC

August 23, 2017
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Farmshire Animal Sanctuary is committed to rescuing farmed animals and educating people on the system of oppression that made their rescue necessary in the first place. It is unique in that it is an off-the-grid community run off solar power, with water fed from a spring. The majority of our structures are made with materials from our own land, as we are committed to not contributing to deforestation by purchasing imported wood that ruins the habitat of our wild animal friends. Our goal is to use a variety of natural building techniques to provide housing that is comfortable in weather extremes, and serve as a model for other sanctuaries looking to use resources they have at hand so that more financial resources can go into high quality daily and medical care.

We hope our small family of rescued animals help us to educate others on not only the horrors of large commercial farming, but also private backyard breeders and butchers that our so popular in our area of Western North Carolina.

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Specializing in potbelly pigs, we also hope to bring awareness the “tea-cup myth” that leaves 90% of potbellies surrendered to animal shelters or sanctuaries by 1 year of age. Although we cant take in all of these unwanted animals, we help to coordinate adoptions through a network of rescuers in the area, and when possible offer support and guidance to keep the animal in the home.

As of Summer 2017, we are an incorporated organization and are in the process of obtaining of 501(c)3 status from the IRS. Our focus right now is ensuring that we are forming a sustainable rescue plan that will always provide high quality care to our residents.

Farmshire Animal Sanctuary is the recipient of a Microsanctuary Seed Grant!

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Castle Galliformes – Knoxville, TN

August 17, 2017
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Castle Galliformes was founded in March 2015 with the aim of providing a safe haven for chickens coming from food industries and/or other abusive situations. Located in Knoxville, TN, we have been provided with the opportunity to show our neighbors and friends what wonderful companions these intelligent birds can be. Many people in our area have only viewed chickens as farm animals to either be eaten or used to produce eggs. This is due to the fact that East Tennessee has historically been a highly productive farming region, and locals have grown up being taught that chickens are solely for human use and consumption. However, times are changing, and compassionate individuals are open to learning about the unique personalities of our rescues.

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Our first ambassador was a broiler rooster named Julian. He would walk around the neighborhood on a dog leash, and children would come running out to pet him and talk to him. He became known as the “feathered puppy,” and many mourned his death after only 6 months of freedom. He made the most of his time with us, however, and it is largely due to his influence that we have expanded our work.

We have an 8’ by 8’ chicken house built by my father and me, and artistically painted by my mother. The residents also have a 15’ by 20’ outdoor enclosure where they spend most of their time during the day.

In our small sanctuary, we have overseen the rescue and rehabilitation of eleven chickens. We are currently looking to move to a larger property where we will be able to accommodate more who desperately need our help. Our current residents are two Dominique girls named Beverly and Deanna, and three Isa Browns named Sassy, Flops, and Miss Frizzle. Everyone gets along incredibly well, with Deanna being our “large and in charge” princess. Sassy is everyone’s little buddy, mainly because she’s cute and she’s sneaky.

Our two main goals are rescue and education. We firmly believe that the individual who meets an animal he/she calls “dinner” will think twice about his/her dietary choices. It is the objectification of animals that makes it easy for people to take advantage of them. Once an animal is shown to have a life and a personality, people take notice and reexamine their views. By showing a chicken to be as worthy a companion as a cat or a dog, one can change hearts and move mountains.

Castle Galliformes is the recipient of a Hen Reproductive Healthcare grant!

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Feeding eggs to chickens

July 22, 2017
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Whenever a sanctuary posts photos or videos showing how they feed eggs back to the chickens, an uproar usually ensues as non-vegans freak out, calling it unnatural, cannibalism, gross, weird… We’d like to explain further why this is actually the best thing to do with eggs.

Eggs are not baby chicks and chickens eating eggs is not cannibalism. Since birds aren’t carried by their mothers while they’re growing the way mammals are, all the building blocks for their growth need to be inside the egg. That’s what eggs are–food for growing baby birds. They are the exact nutritional materials a baby bird needs to grow from a cluster of cells to a chick. The same nutritional materials are perfectly tailored to what ailing chickens need to heal.

There is nothing unnatural about a hen eating her own eggs, though, even if she is not convalescing. Just break an egg on the ground and you’ll see how quickly hens understand that this is a delicious treat for them (you can see pictured here our dear Trudy couldn’t even wait for us to cook this egg before she indulged, mid-air!) Hens eat their own eggs in backyard settings all the time. It’s considered a huge problem in chicken keeping, and there are myriad cruel ways of “fixing” it, not least of which is flat out killing the hen.

What IS unnatural is the fact that modern hens lay hundreds of eggs a year. Hens’ free-living ancestors laid around a dozen eggs a year, in the spring, and strictly for the purposes of reproduction. Pumping out an egg every day, thanks to selective breeding by humans, takes a HUGE toll on a hen’s health, and it only makes sense that it would be hugely helpful, even NECESSARY, for her to replenish those exact same nutrients by eating the same eggs she makes.

Consequently, it’s standard practice at sanctuaries to feed eggs back to the hens. After all, they BELONG to them and them alone, the hens worked incredibly hard to make them and at great personal cost, and eggs are their favorite food.

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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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