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LAST HEN OUT
Walking out of the battery shed yesterday with the last hen, and leaving the cages empty was such a mixture of feelings. Joy, happiness, and relief were at the top of the list. But also disappointment at knowing that the cages will soon be refilled with thousands more young hens. Sadness at realising they will endure a year of misery in those exact same cages before being killed. And genuine heartbreak acknowledging that we saved just one tiny tiny portion of the millions upon millions of hens in New Zealand that suffer this fate. Still, you do what you can, right? So for today, we celebrate saving 1750 lives, and knowing that they will experience freedom, grass, sunlight, scratching the earth, and knowing kindness. Hallelujah!!
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LAST HEN OUT
Walking out of the battery shed yesterday with the last hen, and leaving the cages empty was such a mixture of feelings.  Joy, happiness, and relief were at the top of the list.  But also disappointment at knowing that the cages will soon be refilled with thousands more young hens.  Sadness at realising they will endure a year of misery in those exact same cages before being killed.  And genuine heartbreak acknowledging that we saved just one tiny tiny portion of the millions upon millions of hens in New Zealand that suffer this fate.  Still, you do what you can, right?  So for today, we celebrate saving 1750 lives, and knowing that they will experience freedom, grass, sunlight, scratching the earth, and knowing kindness.  Hallelujah!!

 

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Whoop whoop!!!! Hooray!!!!! πŸŽ‰ I know the cycle will continue (for now) but at least you saved every hen that we laid eyes on in that shed. I tried to do a hen head-count, to try and calculate if saving them all would even be remotely possible - but there were so many I lost count. It was so bittersweet, cradling each hen and whispering calming words to it, but not knowing if we’d save them all. So Shawn and Ronnie, and all the other amazing organisers - you rock! 🧑

Shawn you guys are amazing, it’s hard to see all the painful things in the world but people like you, mike and ronni and all your helpers are actively working hard to make a huge difference and you should be so proud of yourselves. Now I want at least another 14 girls but have to build a bigger coop first.....

All the blessings and love I can muster - sending to you and your gorgeous team for the work you've done rescuing the hens. ❀❀❀

Wonderful news for the ones who have been saved but not so for the next lot who will suffer their own fate. Thanks for all the help you have done for the ones who have been saved. Hulleilua!!

You're the good guys & I'm so happy you succeeded in your mission. And yes sadly the cages will get filled again 😒

How absolutely wonderful, blessings to you for helping these beautiful girl's πŸ’ž

Such an amazing, kind & selfless group of humans!! So much love & empathy. I wish every animal experienced such kindness ❀️❀️❀️

Thanks for all the wonderful work you do

You are my star !!!!! Wonderful, Wonderful!

You guys are amazing, you should be so proud of what you have achieved!

You guys do such amazing work!! Thank you so much!!

Ah, Shawn.... I know how overwhelming it is when you think of the whole picture. BUT each hen saved is a step in the right direction. And for every single hen saved the difference is HUGE! Keep on keeping on πŸ’•

Thank you soooo much.

You guys are making an incredible difference! I filled out an adoption form but haven’t heard back yet. I’m happy to pick up a few this weekend to come and live with Hank and Hilda πŸ˜„

Truly heartwarming. It is a consciousness that is growing at a fast rate and everything you do counts so much. Enjoy some nice chicken cuddles.

<3 <3 <3 you are amazing !

You guys are next level amazing!!! What an amazing effort and for those 1750 souls you've given them the world ❀ bring on the next one 😍

My 6 new girls are settling in nicely. Thank you.

Your amazing 🌟

You're Angel. Love you all n your compassionate work.I πŸ’šπŸ’πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’ž

Well done! I love the story of the girl throwing beached starfish back in to the sea.... She agrees you can't save all the starfish in the world - but you can change the world for that starfish πŸ’•

I await the day when animals are treated like the beautiful souls they are and not tortured and murdered so it can be served up on a plate. DISGUSTING !!

You guys are incredible ❀️❀️❀️ thank you so very much for all that you do ☺️

Wonderful job, you wonderful, wonderful people! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

Well done, Shawn and Ronnie and all your team!! Amazing work xx

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FINAL RESCUE DAY
We're off to get all the remaining adoptable hens in the battery shed. Taking the last girl out of her cage and carrying her out of the shed and into the light will be the highlight of my month. Thank you to everyone who made this happen. In the meantime, I thought you'd enjoy this photo of one of our new drivers preparations last night. Her cat clearly wanted to get in on the action, too!.
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FINAL RESCUE DAY
Were off to get all the remaining adoptable hens in the battery shed.  Taking the last girl out of her cage and carrying her out of the shed and into the light will be the highlight of my month.  Thank you to everyone who made this happen.  In the meantime, I thought youd enjoy this photo of one of our new drivers preparations last night.  Her cat clearly wanted to get in on the action, too!.

 

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Have pmd u details of my chook house

The ones that aren't adoptable? Does someone at least give them a big cuddle before they get put down? Do they ever get to feel freedom before they die? My heart breaks for them so much πŸ’”πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

Thank you amazing fantastic wonderful people..Xxxx would like to have a sanctuary place here in Taranaki!! So maby chickens farms the biggest ever apparently being build here.. Sickening and wrong. Wasnt there a law passed in NZ recognising all animals here as sentient beings?? Can anyone inform me further?

Gorgeous puss. So pretty XX

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Good Puss-Puss, don't forget the pegs! πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚

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HENS GO VIRAL - Patience please!
We are receiving literally HUNDREDS of adoption requests for the remaining battery hens. We will definitely have a home for all of them (HOORAY!), as well as for the hens that we've already rescued that are with fosterers, and maybe even a waiting list for the next rescue! Please have patience as we work through all of these.
THANK YOU so much to our Facebook Friends and Sanctuary Supporters who have spread the word and made this possible.
THANKS also to Ronni Bishop, who is spending every waking minute on the phone interviewing prospective adopters, and to the Rescue Team who are giving up their Sunday to get the final girls to safety.
Hopefully all the remaining hens will end up like the lucky hen in this photo (from our previous rescue), who has truly become a beloved member of the family! πŸ™‚
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HENS GO VIRAL - Patience please!
We are receiving literally HUNDREDS of adoption requests for the remaining battery hens.  We will definitely have a home for all of them (HOORAY!), as well as for the hens that weve already rescued that are with fosterers, and maybe even a waiting list for the next rescue!  Please have patience as we work through all of these.
THANK YOU so much to our Facebook Friends and Sanctuary Supporters who have spread the word and made this possible.
THANKS also to Ronni Bishop, who is spending every waking minute on the phone interviewing prospective adopters, and to the Rescue Team who are giving up their Sunday to get the final girls to safety.  
Hopefully all the remaining hens will end up like the lucky hen in this photo (from our previous rescue), who has truly become a beloved member of the family!  :-)

 

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Love my girls! πŸ” thank you for giving me a chance to make their lives better

That is fantastic news. Thank you for rescuing these gorgeous birds πŸ™‚

That is wonderful! I am aiming to get set up for chickens by spring and am keen to take some rescue chickens ❀️

Brilliant news. Thank you for all that you do for these beautiful animals. <3

Love your work!! Yay!!

Ruth Sjaarda

Great news! I really want some but new to the country / new house etc so not ready yet. But next round hopefully. Do you help us beginners with some guidance? πŸ™‚

Are we able to come and pick them up today, the closest town to us would be Hamilton? 😊

Fantastic news. Love the two rescues we have in our flock of 5

Lisa Brookes

Great work Shawn and Ronni! πŸ’šπŸ” Love the pic! πŸ˜‚

Excellent news. Well done to all concerned.

Fantastic work , I’m so pleased there are so many people that want themπŸ‘

Awesome news

I Love You Aotearoa!!!!

You are amazing!!!!!! Shout out if there's anything else I can do to help, with processing or whatever ❀

I was going to adopt some also but when I saw how many others already offered WOW! Maybe next time xx

Awesome! πŸ”πŸ“

Thank you. P.Lee

great news well done everyone❀️❀️

So amazing!

Yay!!!

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LAST PUSH FOR THE LAST HENS
We should feel good about rescuing 1500 battery hens.
But the truth is, I’m mourning the small number of hens we left behind. As I walked away I felt the remaining hens looking at me from their cages: β€œWhat about me? Hey, don’t leave me here!” I know that’s ridiculous, but I literally can’t stop crying. Sooo… we’ll do one last push. The farm has agreed to give us a few more days before they kill. We’ve already had some new adopters who are willing to pick up right from the farm this week, saving another 44 hens.
THAT LEAVES JUST 192 HENS
We’ll go down one more time to get as many as we have homes for. If you’re thinking about adopting, and live anywhere from Cambridge to Whangarei (or further if you're willing to drive) PLEASE contact us right now: animalsanctuary.co.nz/adopt-an-ex-battery-hen/ Thank you.
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LAST PUSH FOR THE LAST HENS
We should feel good about rescuing 1500 battery hens.  
But the truth is, I’m mourning the small number of hens we left behind.  As I walked away I felt the remaining hens looking at me from their cages: β€œWhat about me?  Hey, don’t leave me here!”  I know that’s ridiculous, but I literally can’t stop crying.  Sooo… we’ll do one last push.  The farm has agreed to give us a few more days before they kill.  We’ve already had some new adopters who are willing to pick up right from the farm this week, saving another 44 hens. 
THAT LEAVES JUST 192 HENS
We’ll go down one more time to get as many as we have homes for. If you’re thinking about adopting, and live anywhere from Cambridge to Whangarei (or further if youre willing to drive) PLEASE contact us right now:  https://animalsanctuary.co.nz/adopt-an-ex-battery-hen/    Thank you.

 

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We are in Matangi - Mary Church Road and can take two. What is the process for picking up/delivery? Where/when etc? I’ve also re-posted on a site I run so may be more takers. We have an awesome area with fruit trees, housing - all fenced for free range and have 4 chickens and a duck! Cheers.

I will take 7 but I will not be back in Auckland until late Sunday night We have 3 rescued chickens and a rooster already but would love some more We have 80 acres in Waimauku They have an excellent coop I could easily pick up on Monday

I would love to take 4. I live in Otorohanga but work in Hamilton. Can something be arranged? I'm on a lifestyle block so they would free range but locked in a big enclosure sleeping area at night. we let them out in the morning and they free range until they put themselves to bed at night. thanks

Love to but uncle built his coup for the four we have, maybe extending in his Xmas holidays

Where is pickup? Would happily adopt a couple have had ex battery hens before

Hey guys let us know if you need more homes. Have rehomed the last lot I got from you when we downsize just before our baby arrival, but can offer home to a dozen or so this time round 😊

Thank you for rescuing those poor hens. I am very happy that you will get even more out. I would be feeling awful leaving any behind myself!

I am coming up to Auckland at the end of the month drive back to Hawkes Bay on 1/6 and would gladly transport any to new homes enroute

we could take 3 special needs ones if that helps had them to the ones we already got from you

Would love to take 20. But we dont move onto our new property for another 6 weeks.

I would happily help if I could but I live in Waianiwa Southland. Too far away to be of any help

Oh I have been thinking the same thing. You are amazing.

Happy to take up to 10 if you still need homes!!!

Have sent you a pm, happy to take 6-8

I would happily rehome 8, if there was any way to get them either down to Manawatu or Hawke’s Bay?

I can pick up from Matakana or Whangarei.... pm me. I do need to check with hubby. Travelling from Kerikeri to Akld this weekend via Wellsford.

I’m interested but I’m unsure how we go about integrating them with the hens we have. Any tips?

I feel your pain Shawn - it's so hard and heartbreaking. Thank you so much - to you and all your beautiful team for rescuing the hens you can and do rescue. ❀🌹❀

Happy to take a few but we wouldn't be able to pick them up. We are in Matangi.

Omg as I read this I am crying .. please folks get these last remaining hens .. I wish I could but I just can’t .. 😰😰😰

I can take four, we're in Auckland

I can't right now sadly but would love to donate something towards the rehab. I know how hard you work to get them being hens again. Do you have a link for me to do that?

You guys are incredible. It breaks my heart every time I see your posts and tell everyone I know on the off chance they can help. Keep up the AMAZING work ❀x

Have shared to my local community group. Crossing fingers for you πŸ“πŸ€ž

I so wish I could take more I am very sad

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1500 BATTERY HENS SAVED
Absolutely Amazing! We rescued 650 hens on 4 May, and 850 hens on 11 May. And Yes, we still have plenty of hens for adoption!
Watch 2 of the newly rescued hens in this video finally experience the freedom of life outside of their tiny wire cage, feeling grass and sun for the first time, and exhibiting natural behaviours like scratching the earth and catching a bug… Something this simple fills our hearts with such joy.
I am humbled by all the volunteers who pitched in to help with this huge rescue. I am so grateful for their time, backbreaking hard work, petrol, care, and compassion. Thank you to the adopters, who are giving some of these hens a wonderful new home. Thank you to the new fosterers, who allowed us to rescue more than we had originally hoped for.
How can I properly thank everyone who helped us to save these precious lives? I do thank you, from the depths of my soul. Thank you for making this possible. We couldn’t have done it without you. XOXOXO
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So so incredible!! My heart swells with love reading this - such kind amazing people you are ❀️❀️❀️

Beautiful to see 😁

Love you guys - pure Angels working on earth! ❀

I'm in palmerston. Can take 4 girls I'm residents aria.

Amazing, thank you so much. I have my own flock of shavers, wonderful pets apart from the EGGS.

You are amazing for doing what you do ❀

Awesome!!

Fabulous! Thank you! P.Lee

Ours are settling in nicely. They’re not scared of people at all!

I would like to adopt a couple. I am in kaukapakapa

Oohhh they are so happy. I need 4 but need a coop for at night first.

Susan White see they can walk just fine! 😍

Hi, I have sent a PM regarding adoption 😊

How much are the book books please?

Ai Gomi

Lewie Stradling ❀️❀️❀️

So awesome 😊

Matthew πŸ’›πŸ§‘πŸ’š

Freedom!πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

Zachary Lawrence

Daniel Tims 😌

YAY!!! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Sure why not, she could have 3 friends

I can hear a Shelduck in the background. Daisy is very noisy at present also.

πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ£

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INTERNATIONAL RESPECT FOR CHICKENS DAY
Wow. A few people have sent me a link showing that last Saturday, the day we rescued 650 battery hens, was coincidentally a day to "celebrate chickens" and "protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations". I think we nailed it!!
And we'll be taking more action tomorrow, by rescuing another 730 hens. Perfect timing, eh?
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INTERNATIONAL RESPECT FOR CHICKENS DAY
Wow.  A few people have sent me a link showing that last Saturday, the day we rescued 650 battery hens, was coincidentally a day to celebrate chickens and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.  I think we nailed it!!  
And well be taking more action tomorrow, by rescuing another 730 hens.  Perfect timing, eh?

 

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All timing is perfect when you guys rescue chickadees xxx

How far are they allowed to travel for rehoming ?

Brilliant as always you guys xx

If you need an extra pair of hands or vehicle please feel free to message me.

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650 HAPPY HENS
The battery hen rescue yesterday was a success. 650 hens removed from their tiny miserable cages, then transported to new homes and foster centers where they were wormed, toenails clipped, and allowed to enjoy grass, sun and freedom for the first time. For the volunteers involved it is heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measures. It took a HUGE team of volunteers to accomplish this rescue, most of whom started early in the morning and didn't finish until late at night. THANK YOU for making this possible... and we'll be doing it all again next Saturday! That's our last chance to rescue, as then any remaining hens will be killed by the farm. That is the fate of all commercial laying hens, whether caged or free range. At 18 months of age they go "off lay" for 4 to 6 weeks while they molt their feathers and grow new ones. Farms don't want to feed them if they aren't getting eggs, even though they'll all start laying again, so they are killed and fresh new hens take their place. The cycle is unending. We created an exception: For these 650 hens yesterday, their story has a rare happy ending.
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650 HAPPY HENS
The battery hen rescue yesterday was a success.  650 hens removed from their tiny miserable cages, then transported to new homes and foster centers where they were wormed, toenails clipped, and allowed to enjoy grass, sun and freedom for the first time.  For the volunteers involved it is heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measures.  It took a HUGE team of volunteers to accomplish this rescue, most of whom started early in the morning and didnt finish until late at night.  THANK YOU for making this possible... and well be doing it all again next Saturday!  Thats our last chance to rescue, as then any remaining hens will be killed by the farm.  That is the fate of all commercial laying hens, whether caged or free range.  At 18 months of age they go off lay for 4 to 6 weeks while they molt their feathers and grow new ones.  Farms dont want to feed them if they arent getting eggs, even though theyll all start laying again, so they are killed and fresh new hens take their place.  The cycle is unending.  We created an exception: For these 650 hens yesterday, their story has a rare happy ending.

 

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Well done! I had half a dozen ex battery hens a few years ago, and they were a pure delight! Friendly...happy chooks and good layers. I rehomed them when I moved off the property to the city. I would have more in a heartbeat if I had the land.

Our new girls are happily settling in πŸ™‚ Mabel is having her first dust bath as we speak, and Esme and Dinah are exploring in the sunshine <3

Thank you so much for all the work you do to help animals in need. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Job well done guys! So glad there are amazing people like you all in the world. Keep up the amazing work!!

I got my new girls eating out of my hand today! (apple apparently is pretty tasty!). Amazing given how much they've all gone through how trusting they can be ❀️

I love your work and Miss Clucky, Ruby Red and Penelope Pecker thank you and I love them so much

Was an EPIC day. Our 15 last night, sun was gone and they were still out scratching in the soil. I put them all to bed and said "you can do this every day for the rest of your lives. So go get some sleep" β€β€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Love this you guys are amazing!!

Great job everyone, thank you.

Our girls are happily settling in and getting used to their new surroundings, thank you for all the great work you do!

Absolutely amazing & heartwarming rescue ❀️❀️❀️ Such a huge effort, amazing love & admiration to all involved πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’ž

Amazing work you guys do! The girls we got from the last rescue have settled in so well - unfortunately I can’t take any more this time but would love some more from the next rescue πŸ˜ƒ

Picked up our 6 today, they looked so happy to be in their new home. Four went to bed on their own, only had to put 2 to bed. Love listening to the contented night time chook noises

Honestly I look at our beautiful girls enjoying the grass, bathing in the dirt, clucking in the sun, and it makes me so sad that this isn’t the life for all chickens. They are supposed to be free πŸ˜”

Gutted that we are away at the moment ...would have loved to take some to put with my other rescue hens.

Great team effort! Thank you

Wow Shawn !!!!! amazing work. A little story with one of my rescued hens, it was such a placid sweet girl who got a bit picked on by the others, Remedy, put into pen with one other hen smaller than her, and each night now she covers the little hen with her wing as if protecting her at night. She comes up to you and anyone can pat her , she is special and a former cage Hen. Thank you for giving her and others to me. Xx Cindy

Well done Sarah the rescue hens are wonderful pets. Most of the hens I had at my previous place e were rescues

Amazing well done

I picked up my 8 new babies yesterday, they are settling well in there large hutch with plenty of grass, sunshine and food 😍 thankyou for everything you do

Wow!! THANK YOU!!

We've still got our rescue hen, not sure how old she is but sure it's at least 5 years - very feisty, broody, tame 😎

Thank you so much for saving them ❀️

We were given 3 eggs by our four new ladies overnight. And they are being brave girls and exploring today. Onwards and upwards for them all.

Good on you, so lovely they will have a life outside and not in a cage.

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GOATEE HELPS PREPARE FOR RESCUE
It's all go here at The Animal Sanctuary, getting ready for our big battery hen rescue tomorrow. We're looking at rescuing approx 700 young hens from their cages, and bringing them to freedom. Everyone is busy preparing... even Goatee wanted to get in on the act! If you want to adopt and haven't contacted us yet, please do so now. We're rescuing again next Saturday, 11 May. Then any hens not uplifted will be killed by the farm, so we'd love to hear from you! Apply at animalsanctuary.co.nz/adopt-an-ex-battery-hen/
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GOATEE HELPS PREPARE FOR RESCUE
Its all go here at The Animal Sanctuary, getting ready for our big battery hen rescue tomorrow.  Were looking at rescuing approx 700 young hens from their cages, and bringing them to freedom.  Everyone is busy preparing... even Goatee wanted to get in on the act!  If you want to adopt and havent contacted us yet, please do so now.  Were rescuing again next Saturday, 11 May.  Then any hens not uplifted will be killed by the farm, so wed love to hear from you!  Apply at https://animalsanctuary.co.nz/adopt-an-ex-battery-hen/

 

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Carla McKnight, know anyone that could take on some chooks that are being rescued on Saturday? I think I might try get some myself (after we talked today) πŸ˜‰

we can adopt some

il take a goat as long as it's not a bully as have kids. and chickens I did an app but didn't write how many chickens I wanted

Philippa Cracknell these are the rescue chickens I mentioned to you a little while ago.

I can adopt some?

Miel Meyer Laura Camille

All preps are happening her too ready for our first time being an adoption centre

Good boy Goatee! πŸ’šπŸ

Did you receive my application for 2?

Kate Plummer?

Thank you. P.Lee

Dino Cloke

Molly Barton I might get another 90

Is this the Matakana one John Martindale

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MORE HEN ADOPTION LOCATIONS:
Te Kowhai
Pukekawa
Te Kauwhata
Three Kings/Mt Roskill
Henderson
Kumeu
Muriwai
Wharehine/ Tauhoa / Wellsford
Waiheke
Albany
Warkworth
Matakana

If you're interested in adopting rescued battery hens (18 months old), please fill out our adoption application at
animalsanctuary.co.nz/adopt-an-ex-battery-hen/

Share with friends and family near those areas who might be keen, as we'd like to save as many hens as possible before they're killed on 13 May. Thank you!!!
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MORE HEN ADOPTION LOCATIONS:
Te Kowhai
Pukekawa
Te Kauwhata
Three Kings/Mt Roskill
Henderson
Kumeu
Muriwai
Wharehine/ Tauhoa / Wellsford
Waiheke
Albany
Warkworth
Matakana

If youre interested in adopting rescued battery hens (18 months old), please fill out our adoption application at 
https://animalsanctuary.co.nz/adopt-an-ex-battery-hen/

Share with friends and family near those areas who might be keen, as wed like to save as many hens as possible before theyre killed on 13 May.  Thank you!!!

 

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Come on people adopt a hen they make lovely pets and give you eggs I have four chickens

David Prescott...

I can take 10

Where do I go in Henderson to pick up some?

Julie-Anne Chatfield

F

Jude Hammond

Dan Philipsen

Rossco Calrizian Dawn Cansfield

Squirm Holloway

Kevin Coldwell

Flora Burns

Paige Bennett

Justine Gustafson

Maria Dymock

Bobby Hopkins

Linda Davidson

Darren Mudford

Hannah Moorhouse

Linda Francis

Rachel Bellard

Glynis Renata

Dino Cloke

Bruce Thompson 😒

Sabine πŸ’—

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