California Residents: Adoptive Homes Needed for Chickens Left to Starve

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on February 24, 2012

An estimated 50,000 chickens were found starving on a Stanislaus County farm after they were left without feed for over two weeks. Homes are needed for surviving hens, who will be ready for adoption in a week or two. Please visit Animal Place’s adoption page if you can help.

According to news reports, about a third of the egg-laying hens were dead when Stanislaus Animal Services Agency discovered them on the property rented to A&L Poultry, and the majority of the survivors were in such desperate condition that they will need to be euthanized. About 2,000 birds were healthy enough to be rescued, and homes are now needed.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is monitoring the case and considering our legal options to ensure justice for the tens of thousands of birds who suffered a horrific death in this shocking case of cruelty.

6 thoughts on “California Residents: Adoptive Homes Needed for Chickens Left to Starve

  1. Mary says:

    OMG! Those poor chickens!! If I lived anywhere nearby, my neighbor & I would be happy to adopt them. I hope whoever did that gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These are animals who provide us with so much food – they should be respected. So sad……

  2. Charity says:

    I would love to help, but I dont understand why there is such a large adoption fee if you are going to give it a forever home and take care of it. Why are they not giving the birds away? It seems like this is going to hurt their odds of getting adopted, just my opinion.

  3. Wendy says:

    Egg laying hens? Why does the picture show Cornish cross hybrid meat chickens?

  4. Kay Mosko says:

    $10/chicken is not a high cost. Someone has to do the transport, process the paperwork, make suere everything is legal. Since this is done by a county agency, they have to pay their staff too. Plus, you would be getting laying hens and a few dozen eggs and you have made your money back and saved a life.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Ten dollars/ea is really not very much, when you consider the amount of money that the rescue group is having to pay to get the remaining chickens healthy enough to be released to adopters.

    The ten dollar fee is the largest amount, BTW– if you adopt larger numbers, the per chicken fee is lower.

  6. Kristin says:

    The adoption fee rapidly goes down when adopting more than a few hens. We charge an adoption fee for the same reason that shelters and other rescue groups do–to help screen out people who just want the animals because they are “free” and may mistreat them, and to help us cover a small percentage of the massive costs of the rescue. We are a non-profit organization, so the adoption fee helps us to continue saving lives.

    Thank you for writing this article. We greatly appreciate the help spreading the word!

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