From Farm Sanctuary
When opportunity knocks, most people are compelled to answer … but when it comes in an unexpected form, it can cause quite a stir. Imagine the surprise Sacramento resident Tabitha Peralez felt when she heard a loud rap on her front door, and opened it to find a small, black and white goat standing right in front of her! With a chewed off rope around his neck and fear in his eyes, the goat appeared to be on the lam from nowhere good and was hungry, thirsty and very exhausted. Lucky for the little guy, Tabitha seized the opportunity to help and took a series of actions that ultimately saved the animal’s life
Turning her attention first to the goat’s immediate needs, Tabitha quickly ushered her unexpected visitor into her garage and then released him into the backyard, where he ran around and explored for a while before settling down for some food, water and much-needed rest. Over the next few days, she continued to hand-feed him fresh veggies and grain, and allowed him to exercise outside in the yard – even letting him jump on the patio furniture and nibble on tree branches! But as much as Tabitha enjoyed her new friend’s company, she knew that she couldn’t lawfully keep him in the suburbs.
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Follow along as Farm Sanctuary makes a stop on their Turkey Express to deliver two rescued turkeys to the Connecticut home of adopter Joan Poster. Since 1986, this annual adoption event, held as part of the Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project, has been pairing turkeys in need of permanent refuge with loving adoptive families nationwide, giving hundreds of these sensitive, social birds a precious second chance at life.
“Turkeys are wonderful birds to live with,” says Poster, a veterinarian who has been adopting turkeys from Farm Sanctuary since 1996. “I always tell people who visit my farm that turkeys are too wonderful to eat and should be able to live out their lives in peace. We always make stuffed squash to feed our turkeys on Thanksgiving Day to say thanks for the few who can live with us.”
If you too are interested in home adoption, and can provide sanctuary to two or more turkeys, please contact Farm Sanctuary and apply to join their Farm Animal Adoption Network. If you can’t physically adopt a feathered friend, you can still help a turkey in need by sponsoring one of the incredible birds who live at the Sanctuary’s shelters. For a one-time gift of $30, you will receive an “adoption” certificate with a color photo of and fun facts about your new friend, so sign up to be a sponsor today!
About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found on the Farm Sanctuary web site or by calling 607-583-2225.
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The Montgomery County Humane Society (Rockville, Maryland 20850) has an outstanding Foster Program that is responsible for hundreds of additional animals being adopted each year from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. MCHS calls it their Rescue Without Walls.
Rio/Foster is an active, happy 12-year-old, 12-pound neutered male Pomeranian being cared for in a foster home.
But they can’t do it alone. MCHS depends on kind and caring people who are willing to share their busy lives and are willing to temporarily open their hearts and homes to homeless animals.
It is only through the generosity of foster parents that MCHS is able to find loving homes and give a foster animal a second chance in life. Visit the Montgomery County Humane Society for more information, or contact your local shelter or rescue and ask about its foster care program.
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