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June 20, 2017

Amy King drove roundtrip from Whangarei to transport a number of hens to their new homes. Thanks Amy! Then Michael and I headed north to Kerikeri, taking several groups of hens to their new families. It was a looong trip, and stressful with so many hens in the car… but worth it to release them into their lovely new homes with such great people. And we were rewarded with lunch at the home of our long time Sanctuary Supporters and hen adopters, Glenys & Linda. Have a look at the amazing teapot cover they found!! The perfect ending to the hen journey. (We have no plans for another trip north, as hopefully we’ll have enough homes closer to us once we get through the hundreds of emails and texts and PMs!)


June 18, 2017

No, those aren’t boxes of bananas going on an ocean journey. They’re rescued battery hens, and a team of dedicated volunteers have gone to great lengths to bring the hens to their new forever homes with families on Waiheke Island. Raylene & Hartley drove down to the battery farm early on Saturday, worked with Angie to remove the hens, worm them and clip their toenails, then transport them all the way to the Ferry Terminal in Auckland City. There, volunteers from Waiheke were waiting: Jim, Emma, Marisa, Jerome, Nath & Aya. They carefully loaded the hens onto the ferry, and escorted them across the water to their new homes. When I say our volunteers go to great lengths, I really mean it! Thanks to everyone involved. I appreciate your help sooo much.


June 7, 2017

We picked up Lucky on Monday, and brought her back to The Animal Sanctuary. This video was taken literally 2 minutes after she came out of the horsefloat. Didn’t take her long to settle in! Lucky’s family had to move and couldn’t find a property with room for all their animals. It was short notice, and we were flat out with the battery hen rescue, so we said that Lucky could come here. This beautiful, gentle giant is safe with us while we search for a wonderful new home for her. In the meantime, she’s definitely making herself at home!

To see her video, click here:


June 5, 2017

There are a few hundred hens still in the battery shed which we desperately want to rescue this week, IF we can find homes for them. If you’d like to adopt, please message a photo of your henhouse and your info to Angie in Waiuku on her FB page:…/
or email it to Shawn in Matakana:

13 year old Maja adopted some rescued battery hens. She drew this picture and wrote from the hens perspective:

“I once lived amidst a nightmare of cages and fear and death.
I was uncared for, unloved, unwanted.
All I wanted was freedom, but I couldn’t move within my cramped cage.
All I could feel were the sloping tarnished bars beneath my aching feet.
Then one beautiful day a miracle occurred.
I got rescued, and I, for the first time in my life, felt happy.
I could feel the verdant grass beneath my feet, the golden sun on my back, the tender feel of being loved.
There was a time in my life that I believed all humans were cruel, but now I understand that in this cruel world, there are gems of compassion.”


June 4, 2017

Wow.  Saturday was a massive day.  Hard, sad, stressful, and very very rewarding.  It takes a LOT of volunteers to rescue almost 600 battery hens in one day.  I am so grateful.  My sincere heartfelt thanks to:

Adrian and Debbie, who carefully took every single hen out of her tiny cage, and handed them to an eager person to be carried tenderly of the shed.  You stood there in that awful stench for hours and hours without a break.  You’re incredible.

My amazing rescue partner, Angie, who checked every single one of those nearly 600 hens.  She separated out any hens with tumours, broken bones, vent gleet, sour crop or emaciated, and set them aside to take home for special treatment.  She’s truly an angel on earth.

All the drivers, who stood in line to carry the hens out of the shed one by one and place them into their transport boxes.  When each vehicle was full, drivers then drove them a couple of hours away to one of the adoption stations.  Thank you Jules, Fraser, Nathan, Nic, Sharon and one more friend whose name I’ve sadly forgotten; Sophie & Alice; Lynne & Melanie; Rachel; Sinead & friend (another memory lapse); Raylene & Hartley; Victoria; Natalie; Julie; Carla; Yanina; Aya, Nathan, Denisa & Jim; Mac; Kate & Adrian, and Mali & Tim.  Special thanks to Ronni, who helped with the hens and also a thousand other things that needed to be done on the day. 

Thank goodness for the people who opened their heart and their property to become an adoption centre for the day: Jules (Dairy Flat), Roz (Henderson), Vanessa (Kaukapakapa), Kath & Bill (Puhoi),  and my husband Michael (Matakana).  Extra thanks to Vanessa and Kath & Bill for fostering after the day.  Thank you to the volunteers who were waiting at each adoption centre to unload, worm and trim toenails for every one of those nearly 600 hens: Dayna & Quinten; Gaby, John & Carol; Kerri & Kymm; Lynda & Vicky; Amanda, Katie, Casey, Lisa & her daughter, and Roz’s Mum … and most of the drivers, who after their tiring day went on to help with the unloading and treatment of each hen. 

Whew!  HOW can I ever thank you enough?  You are the people who made this rescue possible.  We literally could not have done it without you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. 


May 22, 2017

For all our local animal lovers….

A night out…..

A beautiful movie……

And you’ll help support our Animal Sanctuary 😍

Thursday, 8 June, 8pm.  Call 09-425-8730 to purchase your tickets.  

Thanks to Lisa Treadwell and Kowhai Kids for running this great event for us.

See you there!


We finally have a date!!! Our hen rescue will start on 31 May, with the majority of it happening on Saturday 3 June. We still need a few more volunteers for Saturday 3 June to either:

A. DRIVE to the battery farm with your vehicle full of transport cages or boxes; help carry the hens from their battery cage to their vehicle and place in transport cage; once loaded, drive the hens to their adoption centre, and usually help unload. (Note, it can be challenging to see the hens at the farm in the cages. All volunteers must be calm, polite, professional, and neutral while there. We have one purpose only: to save as many hens as possible. No tantrums, crying, etc, which could result in the farmer cancelling future rescues. No photos allowed on farm, and farm location must be kept confidential). Drivers gather and borrow cat cages, transport cages, or banana boxes in advance, to transport their number of hens. Full info will be provided.

B. UNLOAD at one of the adoption centres: When the rescued hens arrive, you help get them out of transport cages quickly. Then work in teams of 3 people: 1 person holds a hen, the 2nd trims her toenails, and the 3rd gives her worming meds. Then they go into their rest area while waiting for their new families to come to adopt them. One person at each centre does the admin for adoptions, having each adopter sign their adoption agreement, and ensuring they adopt the correct number of hens. Previous experience with trimming dog or hen toenails very welcome, although we can teach you. Adoption centres still needing volunteers are Kauakapakapa and Henderson. We’re all set for Dairy Flat, and I’ll know about Matakana soon.

If you want to register your interest to help, please EMAIL Shawn at Include your phone number (landline if possible). Thank you.


May 20, 2017

If you kindly want to feed ducks, here are some suggestions that will be healthier for them.
WHY? Processed white flour products are mega-carbohydrates that offer little nutritional value for ducks, waterfowl and other birds. It’s “junk food”. Too much bread leads to excessive weight and malnutrition as well as many other problems.
DISEASES: A carbohydrate-rich diet leads to greater defecation, and bird faeces easily harbour bacteria responsible for numerous diseases, including AVIAN BOTULISM.
Also, mouldy bread can cause aspergillosis, a fatal lung infection that can decimate entire duck and waterfowl flocks.
DUCKLING MALNUTRITION: In an area where ducks are regularly fed bread, ducklings will not receive adequate nutrition for proper growth and development. Furthermore, because ducks will naturally seek out an easy food source such as human handouts, ducklings will not learn to forage for natural foods as easily.