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An ex-battery rescue hen ready for adoption

The Animal Sanctuary works closely with other sanctuaries to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home young hens from commercial egg farms. Most people don’t know that ALL laying hens in New Zealand are allowed to lay for just one season, and then are killed at 18 months of age. This includes free range and caged.

We help rescue these young hens (with the permission of the farmers) to find them safe loving homes instead. Hens make wonderful companions as they are low-maintenance, social animals that love to spend time with you and will keep you entertained with their antics.

All of our hen rescues are now coordinated by Franklin Farm Sanctuary.
If you live in the regions of Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, and Rotorua, please apply using this hen adoption link: Franklin Farm Sanctuary - hen adoption form.

If you’re in the Taranaki region, visit New Beginnings Rescue & Rehoming on Facebook.

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The Animal Sanctuary is an animal refuge run by Shawn Bishop and Michael Dixon in Matakana, New Zealand. We provide a safe haven for abused and neglected animals, and care for injured or orphaned native birds. A charitable trust has been established for this purpose.

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