Ancient History

Here’s a  retrospective timeline of a just a few of the larger rescue efforts we’ve joined in previous years:

  • 2009—welcomed and rehabilitated 8 former fighting roosters confiscated by authorities in Virginia—read an account of their journey to the sanctuary here
  • 2008—welcomed a group of chicks who had mysteriously turned up at an animal shelter in Washington, DC
  • 2008—welcomed a group of roosters and hens used in cockfighting who had been confiscated by authorities in Pennsylvania
  • 2006—welcomed and rehabilitated 8 former fighting roosters confiscated by authorities in Florida as well as “Fighting Freddy”—a rooster who gained notoriety in New York before coming to the sanctuary
  • 2005—helped to place nearly 300 birds left in crates in Brooklyn after being used in Kapparot rituals on Yom Kippur—this was the first of what has turned out to be an annual effort to rescue such birds

Cypress Farms (see below) survivor Flora enjoys a grape—she had been left to starve

  • 2004—25 young hens who had been scheduled to be put into cages at an egg factory moved in with us instead
  • 2004—welcomed 24 roosters who had been bred and trained for cockfighting but then abandoned in the woods without food or shelter
  • 2003—welcomed two dozen hens rescued by the MSPCA from an illegal live poultry market in Boston
  • 2002—welcomed 30 of the 300 hens who were rescued when the owner of the Cypress Farms egg factory went bankrupt and simply left 200,000 birds to starve—by the time a local citizen contacted authorities, the caged birds had been without food and water for ten days (activists who helped with that rescue remain traumatized by the experience)
  • 2002—welcomed eight ducks from an open rescue at a foie gras factory (meet one of them here)

Former "broiler breeder" facility inmates enjoy freedom at the sanctuary

  • 2001 through 2004—regularly took in large groups of “spent” hens and roosters from a “broiler breeder” facility with the assistance of the owner/manager of the farm on which the facility was located (she eventually went into a more humane line of work)
  • 2001—welcomed two dozen roosters who had been living together at an informal sanctuary managed by a former animal control officer—she lost her land and no other sanctuary would take them, believing that so many roosters cannot live together peacefully—this was the event that led us to envision a method of rehabilitating fighting roosters
  • 2000—welcomed 30 hens from the Buckeye egg factory rescue organized by Farm Sanctuary and OohMahnee Sanctuary—after a tornado hit the factory, hundreds of thousands of birds were left to die in tiers of cages, the exposure of which brought public attention to the everyday suffering of hens exploited for eggs

Hens trapped in cages after tornado strikes egg factory

  • 2000—welcomed two dozen “spent” hens from an egg factory (they would otherwise have been trucked to slaughter or a landfill—the factory manager allowed a kind woman to have as many as she could carry away)
  • 2000—rescued two dozen young hens and roosters from a nearby factory farm (they had been left behind by the “chicken catchers” who capture and truck the birds to slaughter—rather than killing them, the farm manager allowed us onto the property to take them to safety)