Dublin, California (EastBayDaily) — On Saturday, February 21, chickens will rule the roost at the East Bay SPCA’s Dublin Adoption Center. The SPCA, which normally houses only cats and dogs, is hosting a special hen adoption event for fellow animal welfare group and sanctuary, Animal Place. The hundred or so Leghorn hens that will be on site are among thousands acquired from standard battery cage egg farms in California following the passage of Proposition 2. Potential adopters must apply in advance and be pre-approved by Animal Place.
“Hosting this event for Animal Place offers the East Bay SPCA a unique opportunity to educate the public about the humane treatment of farm animals,” said Allison Lindquist, East Bay SPCA President and CEO. “Chickens won a small victory with the passage of Prop 2 in California. It’s only a start, but a move in the right direction.”
California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 2 in 2008 and implementation became effective the first of this year. The ballot measure required–among other things–that egg-laying hens raised in California are able to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their wings.
The rescued hen adoption event will be held at the East Bay SPCA Dublin Adoption Center located at 4651 Gleason Drive on February 21 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. Please complete an adoption application online before attending the event at http://animalplace.org/adoptable_birds.html
For more information about adopting chickens, read Animal Place's 8 Things to Know Before Adopting a Chicken.
About the East Bay SPCA The East Bay SPCA is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Established in 1874, the East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest independent humane organizations and receives no funding from local, state or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organization. The mission of the East Bay SPCA is to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. Operating three facilities in Oakland and Dublin, the organization offers adoption centers, spay/neuter surgery centers and companion animal behavior and training classes. The AHAA accredited, full-service Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic, is located on the Oakland campus of the East Bay SPCA. For more information visit eastbayspca.org. Find us on Facebook.
About Animal Place Founded in 1989, Animal Place's California animal shelter fills a much-needed niche of farm animal rescue, sanctuary, education and adoption. Animal Place is one of the largest and oldest animal sanctuaries in the nation. We operate a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley, California, and a 60-acre animal shelter in Vacaville, California. Animal Place extends compassion to all life with a special emphasis on farmed animals. This is executed by providing permanent sanctuary, education, legislation and appropriate placement of needy animals.