Rescuing Red Rosie
9/29/2015 – Success! 508 hens liberated from a free-range farm are now safe and sound at our adoption center in Vacaville, CA. Unfortunately almost all the hens are in respiratory distress and are being treated for an active infection. At least a dozen of the hens have severe sinus infections and will require more intensive care. We saw no roosters at this farm – all of Rosie’s brothers were killed the day they were hatched.
500 little red hens on a midnight caravan to freedom!
Get ready to welcome 500 precious chickens to our shelter and adoption center next week, including superstar-to-be Red Rosie!
What do you say to a farmer asking if we will take in hens or they’ll be slaughtered? Even when your adoption center is almost at capacity? Yes, obviously!
Okay, so there are still 1,300 hens, four roosters, four pigeons, and two goats at our Rescue Ranch shelter, but with a little re-arranging (and a little help from friends) we made room for 500 more lives. Each individual as valuable and precious as the next.
The farm is a free-range facility, housing thousands of hens in mobile sheds. While their welfare may be better than 95% of their caged sisters, the end of the line for all hens on commercial farms is death. Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch program – the only one of its kind in the nation – saves hens from being killed and finds each and every survivor a permanent, loving home. Rosie will become rescued animal #17,987….nearly 18,000 animals have been saved from death in the past five years.
A special thank you to our Flock Partners Forget Me Not Farms at Sonoma Humane Society and the Napa County Animal Shelter for taking in some of our current hens to free up more room for the new girls!
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 Ranch shelter!
Go egg-free! Share Rosie’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.