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We’re Rescuing Chickens!

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The time is here! We’re rescuing chickens in just a few days! 

This Monday, we are liberating 300 sweet birds from a battery cage egg farm. They have lived almost 2 years in a wire, metal cage. Their feet never touched the earth. They never felt the sun on their backs. They never flapped their wings or raced across a pasture. Soon, they will be free. 

The Animal Place team is excited, though this rescue does not come without its challenges. To name a few: 

  • The chicken barn at the Rescue & Adoption Center in Petaluma is finally up…BUT it has no water or power running to it.
  • We hired a manager for the property, but he started training two days ago!
  • We have not yet hired other staffing for the Rescue & Adoption Center. 

But, we’re making it happen. 

This will be the first group of lucky birds to step foot at the new Rescue & Adoption Center. Their stay in Petaluma will be short, though. They will be health-checked and tested for Newcastle. When results return, partnering sanctuaries will pick up their hens and the remainder will head back to Grass Valley where we prepared an open barn for them.

They will spend 10 days being cared for until they are re-treated for parasites and placed into pre-screened, pre-approved forever homes. Any bird who exhibits illness will remain at our sanctuary as permanent residents.

We will share photos and video of the hens when they get to Petaluma. I’m sure you will love seeing these girls fly free for the first time! (If you can’t wait, here’s a video from another rescue). 

How can you help? Follow us on facebook, and keep your eyes peeled for our livestream on Monday. We’ll show you the transport, arrival, and release of the birds! You can also donate to our facebook fundraiser, to help pay for supplies, transport, and medical costs. 

We can’t wait to meet 300 precious individuals, and share the experience with you! 



9 Responses so far.

  1. So happy for these chickens

    Their lives are worth every effort on this earth

  2. Joseph Roman says:

    Trying to locate Petaluma shelter but no address/location/contact info given. Please advise.


    • Claire C says:

      Hi Joseph, sorry for the delayed response! The Petaluma Rescue and Adoption Center is not open to the public yet! If you need assistance in rehoming an animal, you can send me an email at claire@animalplace.org Thanks, Claire – Social Media Manager

  3. Carol Troia says:


  4. I live in Utah but would love to give 2 hens forever home. Out of state adoptions available?

    • Claire C says:

      Hi Angie, we rarely adopt out birds out of state, unless a sanctuary is adopting a large number! I’d recommend going onto our website sanctuaries.org to look for a sanctuary in your area, who might have info about adopting birds closer to you. I would also keep your eye on https://www.petfinder.com/ for any chickens who might end up at a local shelter. Thank you! – Claire, Social Media Manager

  5. Cynthia Elm says:

    Hello Animal Place!
    I received a dozen of your rescue chickens a little over 2 years ago, and I would love to have some more. Half of my girls passed away last year, though I’m not sure why. I think maybe the health issues they have because of the breeding was an issue.
    My other girls are still healthy and happy – and very sweet. Is there any way I can get put on the waiting list for the girls when they are ready for new homes? I would like to get half a dozen.
    Many thanks,
    Cynthia Elm

    • Claire C says:

      Hi Cynthia, first, thank you so much for adopting those chickens, we love hearing from adopters! Sorry for my delayed response, all of the birds have already been adopted out. You can email me at claire@animalplace.org if you’d like to be notified next time we rescue chickens! Thank you – Claire, Social Media Manager