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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.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Peaches (Also: Wayside Waifs’s “All I Want For Christmas Is YOU!” Adoption Event!)

December 2nd, 2011 12:01 pm by Kelly


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Peaches!
Photos courtesy of Spay & Neuter Kansas City.

Meet Peaches, y’all! Isn’t she adorable? She and another little cutie, Marmalade, were rescued from a hoarding situation after the death of their person. Both kittens need a new home to call their own. Hopefully some kickass human will adopt them both. (In time for Christmas! And shower them with gifts come December 25th! And love and hug and cuddle them forever!)

Here’s what SNKC has to say about Peaches:

 

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Peaches
Domestic Short Hair: An adoptable cat in Kansas City, MO
Small • Young • Female

Peaches is in foster care and rescued from a horrible hoarding situation. There were over 30+ cats rescued from this situation and had been left in a trailer for weeks after their owner passed away. Peaches is one of the cuddliest cats I have ever met. She loves to rub and be stroked. She will lay with you and sit with you. She liked to follow us from room to room. She is less than a year old and likely to be a small cat when full-grown. She gets along well with other cats and small dogs, probably any dog, but all we have are small ones. She has not bothered plants in the house and uses the litter box well. If you are interested in adopting Marmalade please email spayandneuterkc@aol.com

More about Peaches
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained

 

Spay & Neuter Kansas City is an awesome group that provides low-cost spay & neuter and vaccination services in the KC area. The also provide education and outreach services, run low-cost dog training classes, maintain a “pet” food pantry, and help find homes for animals in need. Currently they’re in need of in-kind donations (such as dog and cat food, hay, litter boxes, dog houses, and cleaning products), as well as donations of money (or perhaps services?) to repair their outreach truck. Every little bit helps!

You should also know that Wayside Waifs is holding a special “All I Want For Christmas Is YOU!” Adoption Event this Saturday, December 3rd (that’s tomorrow, folks!) from 10AM to 6PM. Stop by and meet the 300+ plus nonhumans who need a kind-hearted soul (that’s you) to bring them in from the cold this holiday season.

 


 

All adoptions are just $25! Second chances, is there any gift greater?

Find-a-Friend Friday: Stan the Man! (Also: “Find Your Boo!” Half Price Adoption Event at Wayside Waifs)

October 21st, 2011 11:10 am by Kelly


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Stan the Man!
Photos courtesy of Wayside Waifs.


 

Wayside Waifs – like so many other shelters across the country – is currently filled with dozens of awesome cats and kittens in need of homes (160 at least count!). Newborns like the adorably named Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca (siblings, I’m guessing?), or Daffy and Daisy Duck; distinguished older cats including Lola and Morgan; longer-term residents, like October; and special “special needs” felines, such as Stan the Man here!

Stan’s requirements aren’t all that extraordinary, actually; the little guy is just short one eye and needs you to look past that, mkay? Don’t think of him as different – at least not in a negative way; think of him as unique! The most adorable pirate you’ve ever seen!

 

Animal ID : 14071044
Breed : Domestic Medium Hair / Mix
Age : 8 years 1 month
Gender : Male
Color : White
Spayed/Neutered : Yes
Declawed : No

 

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Stan the Man here! Just like Stan Musial I’m an all star, widely considered to be one of the all time greatest snugglers of all time. I’ve compiled 3,630 purrs (the most in a career spent with only one team) 475 home runs for watching sporting events with my family, and was named the Most Valuable Pussycat by all my roommates, I’d still be living there but the landlord in our new place allows only two pets and the dogs got to stay. I lived with only one family my whole life and I’m sad I had to go, but I just know I’ll find another family just as terrific. If you’re looking for a Hall of Fame Feline Friend, I’m your man!

You may have noticed I have only one eye. Kind of makes me look kind of rakish, like a pirate, I’m thinking Johnny Depp. Boy, is he hot! I hear the ladies really go for him. They go for me too! I have lots of fans here in the staff and volunteers at Wayside. I’m a people person and love to hang out with you, but do okay with small dogs. I lived with two small dogs for many years but I’m not good with big dogs as I’d been attacked by them in my past. Please don’t take me if you have a big dog. I’m very afraid. I shouldn’t go outside. I can’t defend myself well because I can’t see what’s coming on one side.

Inside I do great! I love to climb and my favorite place to perch is high up on the furniture. I respond well to my name, so please don’t change it when we go home. I’ve lost my people, my home and my dog brothers, so my name is all I have left that’s familiar and comfortable. I need something to hold on to, please. I’ve lived with a family the last 8 years so I’m having a little trouble adjusting to shelter life. I’m a bit shy and not as outgoing and friendly as I’d be with people I know and love. When we go home, I might go hide under a bed or in a closet until I feel comfortable joining the family. I’m affectionate and want to be buddies, but I’ll need a bit of time to adjust.

My family says I enjoy running water so if I can please have a kitty fountain or stick my head under the sink when you’re brushing your teeth or doing dishes sometimes, I’d like that. I have great hygiene habits and never have a litter box issue if you keep it clean for me. I eat dry food but shouldn’t have only dry food as it’s hard on my tummy. I need some wet food too. Thank you so much for honoring my requests. And don’t forget in these tough economic times, I’m a bargain, just $25 for a lifetime of friendship and affection. Such a deal I have for you!

I’m looking forward to joining your team and being your MVP. I’ll be at batting practice faithfully learning to swat my toy mice way, way out there… going going gone! Holy cow! See you around the ball park.

Stan

 

Lucky for them – and you! – Wayside is holding a half-price adoption event this weekend! Adopt a boo (or two! – *cough* littermates *cough*) for half the regular price – or just stop by for the craft show, silent auction and raffle!

Find Your Boo Adoption Hours:
Friday, Oct. 21: 2pm – 8pm
Saturday, Oct. 22: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, Oct 23: Noon – 6pm

See you there!*

* Not literally! We have about as many boos as we can handle, I’m afraid!

VeganMoFo V!

September 19th, 2011 11:00 am by Kelly


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People! The dates for VeganMoFo V have finally been announced! This year the Vegan Month of Food is October. By signing up, basically you pledge to write about vegan food – emphasis on VEGAN, and vegan only! THAT MEANS NO DEAD TURKEYS, Y’ALL! – all month, weekends optional, for a total of at least twenty posts. Challenging but fun, and an awesome community-building project to boot. There shall be contests, and giveaways, and prizes, and daily nomz roundups, and more vegan sweets that you can wag your tongue at, and a marvelous time will be had by all! Until week three, when everyone is exhausted and burnt out. (BUT WE’LL WORRY ABOUT THAT LATER, MKAY?)

2011 will be my fourth year participating (I missed the first go-round. Boo! Hiss! Boo!), and I’m really overextending myself by throwing three of my who-knows-how-many blogs into the ring. (Err, kitchen?) Over on tumblr, fuck yeah vegan pizza and fuck yeah vegan ice cream will be a breeze, since I already post four or five time per day, per blog. (Microblogging, gotta love it!) And though the PPP blog won’t be a part of VeganMoFo V (VI, perhaps?), I’ll also be blogging daily at my personal blog, V for Vegan, if you’d like to follow my progress there. (YES, THERE WILL BE PIZZA!)

If you’d like to play along too, here are some links to get you started.

Official VeganMoFo blog

Vegan MoFo sign up form

VeganMoFo on Facebook

VeganMoFo on twitter

VeganMoFo on flickr

The deadline to sign up and be featured in the official VeganMoFo blogroll is September 28, so get to it!

And now, let the post hoarding commence.

Oh, but first: the first batch of Mags & Finnick photos are up!

(Mags and Finnick being the “senior” rat terriers we adopted last week. “Senior” in scare quotes cause Fin’s more like 6, and Mags is maybe 9. The shelter staff said 10, at least. WHY OH WHY DO THEY ALWAYS DO THAT! I know that guessing a dog’s age is just that – a guess – but if you’re bound to err, why not err to the dog’s benefit? The same thing happened when we adopted Rennie: we thought we were getting a four-year-old adult, and ended up with maybe one-year-old pup. Ack! But I digress.)
 

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Seven dogs, only one photo (so far!) in which they all appear.
And of course I’m not in it, pfffft. No justice.

More to come soon – but for the time being, I have my hands full with SIX RAT TERRIERS AND AN ORNERY OLD DACHSHUND! Oh, and now twenty mofo posts too. Seriously what was I thinking! Plus I think I’m coming down with a cold. Oh, the horrors.

This World Go Vegan Week, vegan pizza will take over the world!

August 29th, 2011 6:09 pm by Kelly


Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World

 

What follows is the most delicious action alert I’ve ever received from In Defense of Animals. In honor of World Go Vegan Week, IDA and Daiya want to team up with you (yeah, you!) to spread the cheesy vegan pizza love! Help persuade your local pizzeria to offer a vegan pie for World Go Vegan Week … and beyond! (Vegan Pizza Day is just a few months later, yo!) All the vegan pizza will be ours! Muahahaha!

By the by, Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World? NEEDS TO BE A COOKBOOK LIKE NOW! Make it happen, crafty chef peoples!

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World Go Vegan Week Begins October 24, 2011

Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World!

World Go Vegan Week (October 24 – 31) is a celebration of compassion, and a time to take action for animals, the environment, world hunger, and everyone’s well-being. This year is going to be extra special … and extra cheesy! We want to help make it even easier to be vegan, and what better way than being able to order a quick and easy pizza – with delicious vegan Daiya cheese.

You can help with just a few minutes of your time by reaching out to your local pizzeria and asking them to offer a vegan pizza. Our goal is to make eating vegan simple, fun, and accessible to every community. One of the best aspects of restaurant outreach is that a single person can make a direct and lasting difference for animals.

What you can do:

Please contact your local pizza shop and ask them to offer a vegan pizza for the week of World Go Vegan Week. Our partners at Daiya cheese have offered to provide a free sample of Daiya cheese for the pizza shop to try. Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like traditional dairy-based cheese.

We will provide you with a letter and tips on how to approach the pizzerias. Remember, all it takes is one person to make a major difference in changing everyday restaurants into vegan-friendly havens.

To be part of spreading the vegan pizza love in your community, contact Hope Bohanec: hope@idausa.org 415-448-0058 or 707-540-1760.

Vegan pizza outreach not your cup of tea? There are many other ways to celebrate with us! Click here for other ideas to promote World Go Vegan Week.

New to veganism? Click here to order a Vegan Starter Kit.

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Updated to add:

…and IDA is sweetening the deal with FREE DAIYA! Convince one – just one! that’s all it takes! – eatery to offer a vegan pizza with Daiya cheese for the week, and you’ll be entered to win a month’s worth of free Daiya! At a pound a day that must be, what, 30 pounds of cheese? (I wish!)

Anyway, here are the deets:

New Contest – Win A Month’s Supply Of Daiya Vegan Cheese!

You could win a month’s supply of Daiya vegan cheese simply by participating in our exciting campaign to make vegan eating fun and accessible for everyone. Our Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World campaign is really taking off! Volunteers are approaching dozens of pizza parlors around the U.S. and Canada, asking them to offer a vegan pizza featuring Daiya cheese for World Go Vegan Week, October 24 – 31. Just get a restaurant to offer a vegan pizza for that week and you will be entered into our drawing for a month’s supply of Daiya vegan cheese! Soy-free and gluten-free Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like traditional dairy-based cheese. Yum!

Daiya will also send free samples for pizza shops to try. We’ll provide you with a letter and tips on how to approach the pizzerias. One person can make a major difference changing everyday restaurants into vegan-friendly havens.

To help spread the vegan pizza love in your community, and get your name in the drawing, contact Hope Bohanec: hope@idausa.org 415-448-0058 or 707-540-1760. We will announce the winner in an upcoming IDA eNews. Vegan pizza outreach not your cup of tea? Click here for other ideas to promote World Go Vegan Week.

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