While the refrigerator was ajar today, Taylor the Rabbit hopped up to grab a carrot as a treat for Halloween 2011. Taylor, a rescued rabbit of the sanctuary, has her own Twitter page. Sign up for Twitter to follow Taylor the Rabbit (@140Carrots).
Today’s bake sale delivered a handsome sum of cash to fuel our Half Marathon for Harvest Home campaign: $415. The selection of fall-themed vegan goodies was truly amazing. A special thanks to all the bakers and eaters who supported our event. Check out this wonderful write-up from Kristie Middleton about the event. Read an excerpt:
“This vegan bake sale had a double impact: to demonstrate to the public that we don’t need to use eggs to make delicious treats, and to help provide direct care to dozens of laying hens, rabbits, goats, dogs, ducks, pigs, turkeys and other residents.”
Mark your calendars for our December 10th Holiday Vegan Bake Sale in Oakland. We are looking for both eaters and bakers to support our last sale of the year. This event will support our Half Marathon for Harvest Home campaign (HarvestHomeHeroes.org).
On Sunday, November 6 ( 8:00am - 1:00pm), join us for a local estate yard sale to benefit the lifesaving work of Stockton’s Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. Shop for clothes (new with tags or gently used), costume jewelry, new picture frames and a plethora of adorable knick-knacks. We’ll have something for everyone!
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Half Marathon for Harvest Home campaign, which is raising funds for our animals’ healthcare fund! Please note: This event will take place weather permitting. For more information, email email@example.com.
“The chicken came first—God would look silly sitting on an egg.”
— Author Unknown
Photo Caption (Left - Right): Bea, Betty and Rue — Saved from Slaughter
The chicken featured in today’s blog resembles The Artist (Formerly Known as Prince). Our feathered friend joined the flock at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in January. He was originally rescued from an animal hoarder in Sacramento by our friends at Animal Place.
Our “Burgers & Beers for the Animals” fundraiser was an absolute success. Thanks to our supporters, we met our goal of raising at least a thousand dollars for our Harvest Home Heroes Running Team. At present, our team of compassionate athletes has raised 37 percent of our total goal ($10 K).
The next opportunity to support our Harvest Home Heroes Running Team is right around the corner. Join us this Saturday in Oakland for our Halloween vegan bake sale to benefit Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary’s vet care fund.
Taylor the Sanctuary Rabbit is extremely serious about one thing: Your involvement in tonight’s Burgers & Beers for the Animals fundraiser at Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant in Berkeley. The event starts at 6 PM. On-site meal ticket sales ($20 person) are extremely limited. Beer sales ($5/Pint) are virtually unlimited. This is a great opportunity to support our Half Marathon for Harvest Home campaign.
By the way, one lucky guest at the event will become Taylor’s sponsor this month!
“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” - Michael Caine, Actor
Photograph Caption: Bentley the Duck is a gentle giant who resides at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary.
Riannon, a former cockfighting breeder hen who landed at the Hayward Animal Shelter, couldn’t wait to open a new chapter of her life at the sanctuary today. Within minutes of touching down on Stockton soil for the first time, she got busy with a good old-fashioned dustbath while several sanctuary roosters sounded off with welcoming crows from afar. We caught a quick action shot of her mid-bath. Give the gift of sponsorship for Riannon today!
As Boris and Brock—two young chickens who made an unusual detour from the normal life of a bird raised for meat—were let out to pasture this morning at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, a tragedy was unfolding about 80 miles away.
The Los Angeles Times reports: “It was only a temporary reprieve from death row for about 5,000 chickens headed to a processing plant early Thursday morning in Northern California. A big rig carrying crates with about 5,000 live chickens crashed into another big rig, tossing the crates and poultry onto Interstate 80 near Vacaville.”
Accidents involving the live-haul of chickens to slaughterhouses is an all-too-common occurrence in Northern California. The company that “owns” the birds involved in this incident is Petaluma Poultry, the so-called producers of “all natural and organic free range chicken”. The lives of chickens at Petaluma Poultry’s factory farms is fast and furious.
Before the fatal visit to the slaughter, these chickens live in structures known as growout houses. Approximately 20,000 birds are raised in each house. In intensive confinement, the birds are forced to stand on accumulated fecal waste and breathe in dust and ammonia fumes. The birds reach slaughter weight at only six to seven weeks-of-age. These genetically-modified chickens are plagued by an assortment of health challenges, including:
This is the common story of nearly 10 billion chickens raised for meat in the United States. As an animal protection organization, it’s our duty to educate the public about the plight of America’s most abused animal—the chicken. To most people, chickens are considered food. To us, they’re individuals like Boris and Brock.
Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary is delighted to offer private tours. Nestled around fertile farmland in California’s San Joaquin Valley, our two-acre sanctuary is home to 200 animals representing thirteen animal species. Visiting our sanctuary is a relaxing, personal way to learn more about amazing stories of animal rescue and rehabilitation. To set up a tour, email us or call (209) 244-7174.
“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
“With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country…
“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”
— An Excerpt of Ben Franklin’s Letter to His Daughter
Georgie is the one and only adorable diva. She has the dignified confidence of the Queen of England. She is a girl who knows what she wants: A stable, loving home. Dumped at the East Bay SPCA during the fall of 2011, Georgie was desperate for rescue. Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary scooped her up to safety, where she now awaits adoption! The adoption fee for a rabbit from Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary is $50, and includes spay/neuter and a coupon for 20% off at Pet Food Express.
To learn about upcoming events and to see all of our bunnies and rabbits available for adoption, please visit our website at www.harvesthomesanctuary.org. Note: We only adopt to indoor homes. Your rabbit should be treated as an integral part of the family. No outdoor hutches. With good care and lots of love, rabbits can live to be 8-12 years old. We expect you to make a lifetime commitment to your rabbit(s). The primary caregiver must be a responsible adult.
Check out Georgie’s profile on Petfinder.com today!
Suzette the Rescued Hen just made a fowl fashion statement. Our late molting hens who don’t have enough feathers to keep themselves warm during the cooler months of the year got a little surprise this weekend at the sanctuary. A group of volunteers created chicken sweaters based on the Little Hen Rescue’s design.
One of the sanctuary’s central efforts is focused on rescuing discarded chickens from the poultry meat and egg industries. We are delighted to provide a safe chance for these wonderful birds.
People are welcome to mail additional sweaters (knitted, crocheted or cruelty-free fleece) to the hens. Sweaters may be sent to:
Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary
P.O. Box 998
French Camp, CA 95231
Come Celebrate our Feathered Friends!
Please be our guest at the second annual Toast to the Turkeys Celebration on Saturday, November 12th in honor of the rescued turkeys at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary.
November is a special month for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. In 2004, we opened our barn doors to the first animals rescued by our sanctuary on Thanksgiving Day. Since our creation, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary has established itself as a strong force for saving unwanted animals in California. Today, we are proud to care for nearly 200 animals at our rescue and rehabilitation center in Stockton. To view photos of last year’s turkey celebration, click here.
Where & When
Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary
Saturday, November 12th, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our special holiday event will feature:
*Self-guided tours of our sanctuary
*Seasonal vegan fare
*Toast to the Turkeys Ceremony
*Turkey Sponsorship Opportunities
$30 - Adult Admission
$45 - Adult Admission + Turkey Sponsorship (Month of November)
$15 - Kid’s Admission
Driving directions will be provided via email with your registration. Purchase your non-refundable tickets by Wednesday, November 9th:
* U.S.Mail (P.O. Box 998, French Camp, California 95231)
Carpooling: Sanctuary parking is limited. We encourage visitors to carpool to our celebration. To post a carpool ad or join a ride share, visit our carpooling page.
Would you like to support our event?
We welcome event sponsorships and silent auction donations for our celebration. Please email Christine@HarvestHomeAnimal.org for additional details. Online at ToastToTheTurkeys.org.
Please extend a warm welcome to James the Californian Rabbit. He is the newest special-needs bunny to be rescued by Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in October 2011.
Young James was found as a stray baby bunny roaming around a neighborhood in Hayward. Upon his arrival at the Hayward Municipal Animal Shelter, he appeared to be in good condition. As he settled in at the shelter, however, he started suffering from unexplained mobility difficulties.
As an organization keen to assisting health-challenged bunnies, we stepped in to provide a life-long home for James. A visit with our rabbit vet specialist revealed that James has ataxia. Despite his frequent lack of coordination, James is enjoying his new life in Stockton. He has stolen our hearts in the short time since he has arrived.
If there is one animal at the sanctuary that really needs a sponsor, it’s definitely James. Learn how you can become a hero to James by sponsoring him. To view more photographs of James, visit our Flickr page.
This sweet boy/girl pair of bunnies are looking for a home where they will be able to run and play! They were left behind in a backyard hutch when their family lost their home. Luckily, the real estate person noticed them and contacted Harvest Home. They are small and spunky and love to jump and run. They’re still young - maybe 3 months or so, but we don’t expect them to get much bigger. They’re dwarf mixes. Every bunny loves to have a friend! Bunny bonding can be a challenge - why not just adopt this already bonded pair! The adoption donation to adopt a rabbit from Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary is $50, and includes spay/neuter and a coupon for 20% off at Pet Food Express.
To see all of our bunnies and rabbits available for adoption, please visit our website.
Join us for the 2011 Halloween vegan bake sale to benefit Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary:
Saturday, October 29
11:00am - 2:00pm
The Corner of Grand Ave and MacArthur Blvd (Oakland, CA)
All the proceeds of our upcoming bake sale will benefit our Half Marathon for Harvest Home campaign. A team of local runners are participating in the 2011 Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon in Castro Valley to raise $10,000 for our animals’ healthcare fund.
For the bake sale, we are looking for both eaters and bakers to support our event. We have a special request for vegan gluten-free baked goods to be donated to the sale. To join in, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest Home Sanctuary is currently working with the City of Stockton Police Department to re-home a large flock of urban chickens living in substandard conditions at a private residence in East Stockton. The Neighborhood Services Section of the police department does not have the resources to help these birds. Recently, the City requested the sanctuary’s assistance in spearheading an effort to find adopters for these needy birds.
We are currently searching for loving homes for the birds. The majority of the beautifully-feathered chickens are under the age of one. A photo gallery of the chickens can be viewed on Flickr.
If you are interested in opening your home to a chicken or group of chickens, email us at email@example.com for adoption information. We welcome donations to support our rescue work online at SupportHarvestHome.org.
Brock, a new rescue at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, is lucky to not be on someone’s dinner plate. This young bird is a breed of chicken typically raised for meat. He was found at a local feedstore being trampled in overcrowded conditions. Little Brock was suffering with multiple wounds on his little body. Since his arrival at the sanctuary, Brock is recovering well. You can make a meaningful impact on Brock’s life by becoming his monthly sponsor. Learn more about this opportunity by visiting our sponsorship page!
Within hours of her scheduled euthanasia at the overpopulated Lake County Animal Shelter, Summer, a former stray, was rescued recently by Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary.
This three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier (commonly known as a “Pit Bull”) is exceptionally gentle and composed. Pit Bulls are amazing companions. During the early 1900’s, Pit Bulls were nicknamed “Nanny Dogs” because of their loving, protective connection with children. In fact, the National Canine Temperament Testing Association reports that “golden retriever, poodle, border collie, English setter, German pointer and numerous other breeds are considered more likely to become aggressive than pit bulls.” (Source: Times-Standard)
Summer can’t wait to find a mom, dad or family who will spoil her. She’s a little picky about her new home requirements. Tennis balls are Summer’s best friends. But, she is fearful of fellow canines. Summer is enjoying her daily canine training exercises. She is an exceptional student in “Good Dog 101”. Plus, she’s crate-trained. Every girl needs a canine cave!
Prior to adoption, a home inspection is required. Summer’s new parent(s) must be at least 25 years of age. Previous experience with the care of Pit Bulls is required. Her adoption fee is $175. To view more photographs of Summer the Beauty, visit PetFinder and Flickr. To set up an appointment to meet Summer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun, October 23, 2011 - 6:00PM to 10:00PM
Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
901 Gilman Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
This fun evening of vegan burgers, fries, and delicious Pyramid beers will help us raise funds for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary’s team for the 2011 Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon in Castro Valley, California, to benefit the animals’ healthcare fund at Harvest Home! Tickets include a vegan burger and fries; beer will be sold separately, with Pyramid donating all beer sales at this special event to Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary! Enjoy Pyramid’s most popular beer, the Hefeweizen, or try the Seasonal winter Snow Cap beer, which will be newly released in October!
At this event, you’ll have the chance to meet the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary Half Marathon Team - this group includes seasoned runners and those just starting to walk/run for fitness, and all of whom are running to help the animals! The team is still welcoming participants to join, no experience necessary - you can join the team online at www.HarvestHomeHeroes.org.
We welcome everyone to join us at the Pyramid Brewery’s Berkeley Alehouse to celebrate the sanctuary’s running team, and to help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 for Harvest Home’s animal healthcare fund by the date of the race! With your ticket for the event, you can also choose to sponsor one of the sanctuary’s rabbits, who love to run for the joy of it!
On Saturday, October 22 at Noon, join us for a hoof trimming and grooming session with our eclectic group of goats. Learn more about our favorite rescued ruminants at this hands-on sanctuary event. To RSVP, email email@example.com. Driving directions will be provided with your RSVP.
Join us for a fun meetup at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary on October 15th at 4 pm. We will be making sweaters for our molting hens who don’t have enough feathers to keep themselves warm during the cooler months of the year. All materials will be provided. We will be creating the sweaters based on the Little Hen Rescue’s design featured in this blog post.
If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, people are welcome to mail sweaters to the hens. Sweaters may be sent to:
Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary
P.O. Box 998
French Camp, CA 95231
Bring your choice of a tasty vegan dish to share with everyone. This event will also include a book discussion of “The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World’s Fiercest Food Fight” by Mark Caro.
Cary Grant the Rex Rabbit found a loving home with a wonderful couple in Novato, California this week. At our next adoption event, Cary Grant’s new human companions hope to find him a buddy. The buddy system is always the way to go!
Are you interested in opening your home to an animal in need?
We invite you to attend Harvest Home’s Foster Care 101 Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, October 29 at 4 pm at Berkeley’s Saturn Cafe. Learn how you can save the lives of animals by becoming a foster mom or dad! This event is designed to enhance our rescue efforts by building a solid base of volunteers interested in providing temporary homes for rescued animals.
To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ray-Ray, our beloved special-needs pigeon, passed away this weekend at the sanctuary. Our friends at MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue rescued Ray-Ray and 11 other King pigeons after they were dumped like trash in Oakland earlier this year. Ray-Ray spent the last months of his life with his newfound companion Agnes, a long-time pigeon sanctuary resident, and the rescued rabbits.
Check out Flat Bonnie’s cool fundraiser for our rabbit rescue efforts! 20% of the online sales in the month of October will be donated to Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. Flat Bonnie was created to bring awareness to the life of bunnies in shelters and rescue centers, many people do not know that there are buns ready for adoption at these places. Support our rabbit rescue work by shopping online at FlatBonnie.com.
As we say goodbye to the September heat waves, the sanctuary was busy welcoming new residents, including Lupe the Pheasant Chick, Loni the Disabled Rabbit and Oso the Injured Broiler Chick, to our rescue center. October promises to be an even busier month for saving lives. Stay tuned for more good news. In the meantime, please view our September 2011 e-newsletter online.
Vegansaurus t-shirts are on sale now. Guess what? 30 percent of the profits from each t-shirt sale will be donated to Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. Make your t-shirt purchase by October 14th. Supplies are limited. A big thanks to our friends at Vegansaurus for supporting our work through this neat sale!
Kimo, the sanctuary’s newest rescued turkey, found the perfect place to perch at dusk—the rails of our flatbed truck. The custom flatbed is a “Featherlite” design. We’ve always understood turkeys to be smart individuals. Kimo reinforced this fact by his discovery of the Featherlite flatbed as the ideal spot to rest.
Harvest Home Heroes, the sanctuary’s fundraising running team, will hold its first group training session on Saturday, October 8th at 10 am. Runners will gather at the Lake Merritt Archway (Grand Ave/El Embarcadero) in Oakland to begin the preparation for the New Year’s Eve Half Marathon in Castro Valley. The second training session will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 1 pm at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in Stockton. It’s not too late to join the team. Email Christine@harvesthomeanimal.org for more information.
When one rabbit is adopted through Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, we’re happy. But, when two rescued rabbits are adopted together, we’re thrilled. This week, Laurel and Kiko were adopted together. Many other lovely rabbits are looking for homes currently. View their adoption profiles online now!