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Emergency Turlock Hen Rescue Benefit Day – this Saturday, March 3!

February 29th, 2012 6:19 pm by Kelly


By now you might have heard about the massive rescue of thousands of chickens from an egg farm in Turlock, California. A few weeks ago, A&L Poultry decided to stop feeding the 50,000 “layer” hens at the facility, abandoning them to a slow death by starvation. When local animal rescue groups got wind of the situation, they stepped up to save as many hens as they could – but not before going up against local authorities, who were intent on killing the birds.

While most of the hens perished, local rescue groups – led by Animal Place and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary – were able to save more than 4,400 of these lovely ladies. Animal Place is caring for the overwhelming majority of the survivors; you can follow their progress on their website and tumblog.

As you can imagine, what’s being called the “largest rescue of farmed animals” in California – and perhaps US – history is a costly ordeal. Vegan-owned businesses, being the meccas of awesomeness that they are, are stepping up to help! This Saturday, March 3, a number of businesses are donating some (or, in at least one case, ALL) of their proceeds to the rescue effort. This includes Food Fight! and Herbivore Clothing Companyso if you were thinking of stocking up on some vegan groceries or animal rights swag, Saturday is the day! Grab some vegan meats and cheeses for your pizza-making needs – and even some Dandies and Hazelnut Butter for a breakfast pizza or two. Get gluttonous, it’s for a good cause! (Deets here.)

Of course, if you don’t need anything or would rather all your funds go toward the hen rescue, you can always make a direct donation: here for Animal Place and there for Harvest Home. Your gift can literally help to save a life – such as that of this rescued hen, shown here taking her very first steps outside after a life spent confined to a battery cage.

There are no words.

If you happen to live nearby, Animal Place is also in need of volunteers as well as adoptive homes for some of the birds.

Not in a position to do either? Spread the word!

* Photos by Animal Place’s Marji Beach. I intentionally didn’t include any of the more traumatic ones – and they are super-traumatic, to the point that I can’t so much as think about them without needing to cry-vomit – ’cause I didn’t want to bum y’all out. But you can view all of Marji’s photos on flickr: Turlock Hen Rescue Set.

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-02-25

February 25th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Vegan pizza @ Yam Yam A'dam

A gorgeous vegan calzone from Yam Yam A’dam! Worth a trip to the Netherlands. IN THE WINTER!
CC image via flickr user suzettesuzette.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Dave

February 24th, 2012 3:30 pm by Kelly


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Dave the green and black conure!
Photos courtesy of Burge Bird Rescue.


 

If you’re looking to adopt a bird in the Kansas City area, you’re in luck! There are two bird rescues, Beak n’ Wings, Inc. and Burge Bird Rescue, which together foster dozens of lovely birds: parakeets, macaws, conures, budgies, and more.

Dave is a conure from Burge Bird Rescue. A lovely dark green color, Dave is one handsome dude. Poor guy can’t fly due to an old injury to one wing. I bet he enjoys hopping around the house though!

 

Dave
Conure: An adoptable parrot in Grandview, MO
Medium • Adult • Unknown

Dave the Nanday Conure will save you money because he/she never needs his wings trimmed. He can’t fly because he had an old broken wing that didn’t heal properly. He is in perfect feather condition, but sometimes his attitude isn’t so perfect. Like many mature birds, he can get territorial and cage aggressive, so you will have to understand how to work with a bird with a strong personality. Our birds are not available for breeding. Potential adopters must call for an appointment, and must pass a screening interview to ensure that our birds are going to a safe home. Adoption fee $75

More about Dave
Primary colors: Green, Black

 

If you’d like to welcome a bird or two into your home, please adopt – don’t shop. Feathered friends need our love and compassion, too!

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-02-18

February 18th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Vegan pizza @ Yam Yam A'dam
 

Vegan pizza @ Yam Yam A’dam. That’s somewhere in Arnhem, the Netherlands, I think!
CC image via flickr user suzettesuzette.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Monty

February 17th, 2012 4:06 pm by Kelly


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Monty, chillin’ in the sun.
Photos courtesy of Missouri German Shepherd Rescue (MOGS).

Meet Monty, y’all! He’s a big, beautiful German Shepherd boy who’s enjoying his new-found freedom, having recently been sprung from a puppy mill. He needs a new family to hold his paw while he adjusts to life on the outside. Maybe that’s you?

Here’s the “full Monty” (see what I did there!), via Missouri German Shepherd Rescue (MOGS for short):

 

Monty
German Shepherd Dog: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Large • Adult • Male

MONTY is a GORGEOUS red and black male who is going to make someone a stunning lifetime companion!

Monty had a rough start. He was a breeder dog who was used to mass produce litter after litter of pups. He came to us very unsure of humans and absolutely terrified of collars and leashes! He was clearly left in his kennel 24/7 and taken out ONLY to breed. He shows signs of having been forced to come out at the puppy mill — he bolts at anything that sounds like a chain and the minute the leash tightens he would start to bolt. He’s already doing MUCH better, though, in just a short time.

He was understandably scared, since his entire world had just turned upside down! He lived in a kennel all his life and touched grass for the first time when he came to us (wasn’t quite sure what it was, either).

Everything is new and different for Monty — he’s just learning to enjoy human company! As with most puppy mill dogs, he has to learn to trust humans. He’s incredibly smart and will be a wonderful dog once he gets the hang of ‘normal’ living as a loved pet. He’s so used to being an object, used for production, that he simply has to learn the good life. But it’s already clear he’s going to be an amazing boy for the right family.

Since Monty still needs some work to regain his trust, we recommend no children at this time. He was fine with the other female GSD’s from the same puppy mill but we have not yet tested him with other dogs. He actually has given a small kiss to his foster mom, and seems to do fine with the cats in the foster house.

With consistent TLC, training and patience, Monty will make a wonderful companion.

His ideal family: a quiet household where he can gradually get used to the idea of life with a loving family. An experienced and strong GSD leader who will train him well.

Are YOU the loving and fortunate family who will give Monty the life he so deserves?

Monty’s adoption fee is $300.00.

This fee covers a portion of the vet and boarding expenses for the dogs we save. It includes the dog’s spay/neuter, heartworm test, heartworm treatment if needed, rabies, distemper/parvo and bordatella vaccinations, deworming and microchip.

Interested in adopting Monty?

Important Information Regarding MOGS Dogs:

• All dogs adopted through MOGS are considered to be an inside family pet and may not be kept outside 24/7.

• IF YOU ARE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO MAKE A LIFETIME COMMITTMENT, please do not apply for a dog. We ask that you make a lifetime commitment to the care, love and safety of your adoptive dog.

• We spend huge amounts of time and our own money to save these lives. Our goal is simple: for each dog to have a forever home. We do not want any MOGS DOG to ever again end up in trouble or be at risk.

Thank you for considering a homeless dog or cat.

What are you waiting for? Adopt this guy!

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