Liberty for Zelda
Let’s celebrate our 28th birthday with a rescue in honor of the first resident!
When Kim Sturla co-founded Animal Place in 1989, one of the first permanent residents was a piglet named Zelda. She ended up at the shelter where Kim worked but the only ones who wanted to “adopt” Zelda planned on eating her. Obviously Kim refused to allow that to happen, so Zelda made her way to Animal Place instead!
July 1st marks the 28th anniversary of Animal Place’s and, in her honor, we are naming the first hen we liberate from a battery cage next month Zelda!
Zelda will join more than 1,500 other hens at our rescue and adoption center, where she will recover from her physical and emotional trauma. She has spent more than 18 months living in a cage so small she could not stretch her wings. A portion of her beak was cut off, without pain relief.
Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch program – the only one of its kind in the nation – saves hens and finds each and every survivor a permanent, loving home. Since 2010, more than 22,672 animals have been saved…Zelda will help move that number to 24,001!
How You Can Help:
Apply to adopt! We may save the hens from death, but our adopters are the real heroes – they give each hen a life of love and compassion. Even better, the adopters are changed by their experiences with adopted hens. Many reduce their consumption of animal products, stop buying eggs commercially, and start feeding eggs back to the birds as a way to help these hens recover calcium lost from laying too many eggs. We love our adopters!
Volunteer with the hens! It takes a village to help care for nearly 2,000 animals! Sign up today to volunteer in VACAVILLE, CA at our rescue and adoption center.
Go egg-free! Share Wanda’s rescue and encourage your family, friends, colleagues, random people on the street that egg-free is cool and kind. Learn why the commercial egg industry (including hatcheries supplying chickens to the backyard chicken movement) are terrible for the birds.