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Update on Henrietta: Post-Surgery

Henrietta made it through surgery on her front left leg on Monday, April 11, and the entire mass was removed from her left leg! She is now resting comfortably with a cast.

Henrietta seems to have some trouble with anesthesia, so after consulting with Dr. Mozzachio, we decided it best to forego the spay surgery. We did not, and do not, want to put Henrietta under anesthesia any more than we have to, and the primary health concern for her has been the mass on her leg.

We heard from NC State and our vet that Henrietta has been eating and drinking well, and is mostly taking it easy. They noticed signs of discomfort, though, so she will be getting more/new pain medications to help reduce any pain she may still be feeling after the surgery.

She is so much stronger, more confident, and happier than two-plus months ago when we picked her up from the shelter. Now, as we focus on post-operative healing, our focus will be on helping her get well again.
Thank you to everyone who has sent her well wishes and support. Henrietta shows us all how deserving every being is of care, respect, and a chance at life.

Contribute to Henrietta’s ongoing care!

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Henrietta’s Story…


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Henrietta the pig was being kept as a pet in North Carolina until a dog attacked her and chewed off both of her ears. After she was surrendered to a shelter, it became clear that she had other problems as well, including a large tumor on her front left leg that forces her to use three legs and that started bleeding after a few weeks at the shelter.

A compassionate animal control officer was looking after Henrietta, as we are calling her, and made sure that no one “adopted” her to slaughter her. But the shelter was unable to provide her with full medical care or indefinite housing…

Triangle Chance for All was contacted about Henrietta, and we have been busy ever since. We received word that her tumor had abscessed, which means she needed immediate vet care–which she could not receive from the shelter.

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We coordinated with our pig vet to secure Henrietta boarding at the vet’s property and full medical care for her tumor. Henrietta is also unaltered, so she will need to be spayed if the health risks are not too great.

Henrietta was rescued from the shelter and transported to the vet’s on February 10, where initial examination suggested she had a bone tumor. Luckily, a CT Scan at NC State revealed the growth is actually bone proliferation resulting from an old fracture, which means the leg will not have to be amputated, but Henrietta will need to undergo surgery to remove the mass. She likely will never regain use of the leg, but at least the mass will be gone.

Along with the leg surgery, we will also be providing her with boarding, health checks, vaccines, spay surgery, and transport. Once a permanent home is secured, she will find a forever home that can give her the love and care she deserves.

Henrietta’s Freedom Ride from Justin Van Kleeck on Vimeo.

Please contribute to help in Henrietta’s extensive veterinary care and other related expenses. You can donate through our YouCaring crowdfunding campaign, or through our PayPal account

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Remembering Helen

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We are completely devastated to report that Helen passed away this evening. Despite dramatically improving since her first day of treatment, she was not able to beat her multiple injuries. While we do not know for certain why she died, we and our vet suspect that blood clots from her leg fracture (which would have entered into her blood stream, traveling to her heart and/or causing infection) were the main cause; she was in no shape to undergo the surgery to set her leg before tomorrow, but also it was always a risk. The extent of her trauma meant there was no ideal treatment plan for our dear Helen.

Her discomfort came on quickly, and we were by her side the entire time. We held out hope she could pull through yet another challenge, but it was not to be.

We are grateful for the days we spent with Helen, watching her show signs of life and resilience. In the days she was with us, she got to eat blueberries and kale for the first time in her life; she got to look out a window and watch the world go by; she knew a gentle touch, a kindly spoken word, and what it meant to be loved.

Helen changed us, as well as the many people who came to know her and her story. We can only hope that perhaps Helen’s life will help others see the value of every chicken, and how truly terrible it is to treat them as mere consumables.

Helen will be forever missed. Thanks to all who cared for her along with us.

Helen the Broiler Hen

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Helen the broiler hen was found by two compassionate vegans alongside a rural road. She and two other young hens had fallen off of a transport truck en route to slaughter.

Her two companions died, but Helen survived with serious injuries, including a bad laceration on her neck, a broken wing, and other wounds.

We rushed to pick her up and take her to our avian vet, where we began her medical care as quickly as possible.

Helen has undergone about three and a half hours of surgery to suture her neck laceration and set her severely fractured wing with pins. Despite all that she has been through, her heart stayed strong throughout and she is stable. We brought her home to monitor and administer pain meds and antibiotics.

Her blood work looked a little better than we expected, and the vet felt strongly (as did we) that after all she had been through, Helen deserved a fighting chance to get better. She has a long road ahead, including another surgery to address her fractured leg, but she has made it through an important first step.

Helen is one tough hen, and we are working closely with our vet to give her the best care and quality of life possible. We are letting her rest with some supplemental heat and oxygen and do not want to bother her with photos right now. Thanks to everyone for your concern.

Please help us save the life of this beautiful, brave young bird. She has a chance at life that so few “meat” chickens receive:

https://www.youcaring.com/helen-the-broiler-hen-504227

Drink coffee, save animals, and support Triangle Change for All this January!

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Brewing Good Coffee Company is a new, family-owned online coffee roasting business that founders Justin Leonard and Karla Goodson started with a singular purpose: Don’t give up your daily cup to support a good cause! “Drink coffee. Save animals.” is their slogan because addressing the many issues facing animals is their focus. Each month, they donate 10% of the proceeds from the sale of their craft roasted, fair trade, and organic coffees to animal protection organizations. Triangle Chance for All is the featured partner for January!

Roasted in small batches in their workshop in Maryland and shipped fresh across the country, their offerings include light, medium, and dark roast blends, a decaf named in honor of their dearly departed dog Marlon, and a rotating selection of single-origin coffees from around the world. They also have 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscription plans so never run out of your new favorite coffee. Shop now at:

www.brewinggoodcoffeecompany.com/shop.

Use the code “TCA” for your 10% discount!

Reflections on 2015…and Looking Ahead!

As 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year at the Triangle Chance for All Microsanctuary…and look forward to some important updates for 2016.
 
First, we want to thank all of our sponsors, members, and other supporters for making it possible to give the best possible care to our residents and rescues. Medical care was our biggest expense in 2015, and your support was integral in allowing us to never compromise on the care every individual received. Your donations, especially sponsorships, also helped us keep everyone well fed with high-quality food..and LOTS of treats.
 
Although TCA operates a microsanctuary that has limitations on space, we have been working very hard in 2015 to help as many animals find good homes as possible. In the past year, we have directly rescued or helped with the rescue of nearly SEVENTY (70) individuals–mostly chickens, but other species as well. Every rescue and placement meant one more individual taken out of the “food chain.” We have been so humbled and honored to do these rescues, even if we were not able to make each one a permanent resident.
 
Looking forward to 2016, we have some important changes in our visitation & volunteer policies to announce. The health of our residents is ALWAYS our top priority, and to this effect we have been closed to outside visitors for the Fall and Winter due to the risks of avian influenza in our area. We will be reopening for volunteering and visits on Saturday, April 16th.
 
Please note that all visits are by appointment only, and will be limited to groups of no more than three at a time. We are also not able to allow visitors who currently live with chickens, due to biosecurity risks from other flocks. If you have visited another sanctuary, farm, or other location with chickens, we ask that you wait for another day to visit TCA. We can be contacted at trianglechanceforall@gmail.com for inquiries about visitations and volunteering. Also visit http://trianglechanceforall.org for further information.
 
Thanks again to everyone who has helped make TCA an impactful organization, in so many ways. If you would like to make a year-end donation to contribute to our efforts, please visit http://trianglechanceforall.org/support-tca.
 
Best wishes to everyone for a happy, compassionate, VEGAN new year!
Mott!

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Triangle Chance for All’s MATCHED Medical Crowdfunder!

** Triangle Chance for All is thrilled to announce our $5,000 medical crowdfunding campaign — with a matching grant from A Well-Fed World! **

http://www.loveanimals.org/medical-fundraiser.html

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In the past year of operations, we have spent almost $7,000 on medical care–ranging from surgeries for bumblefoot and broken beaks, to vaccinations and health exams, to prescriptions for infections. This medical bill accounts for nearly half of our total expenses over the past year…

We are asking for your help to raise $5,000 for Guinevere’s Fund, our medical fund named in honor of a beloved young hen who died shortly after arriving at TCA from traumas sustained before she joined our flock.

All donations for this campaign will be matched thanks to a generous grant from A Well-Fed World! With your help and this matching grant, we will be well-prepared to provide the same level of medical care for the coming year to all of our residents. Plus we will be better able to take in new residents and focus especially on rescue-and-placement as a way to get more individuals off of the agricultural assembly line.

Learn more and donate at LoveAnimals.org between today and June 2nd!

http://www.loveanimals.org/medical-fundraiser.html

Triangle Chance for All: Year One

When we picked up two hens from the Orange County animal shelter on February 12th, 2014, the understanding was that we would be transporting them to a sanctuary in a few days. We had taken part in two prior rescue-and-transport efforts—for a little white goat named Lily in Gaston County and Bubba the famous feral ram in Durham—and had plans to keep doing more of the same. After all, we only had a few acres of mostly wooded land and practically no experience caring for and living with farmed animals; we wanted to rescue chickens “someday” but did not envision that happening for several years.

But plans change.

Amandine and Clementine.

Amandine and Clementine.

An intervening snowstorm gave us a few more days to get to know them, and Clementine and Amandine quickly won us over … as we scrambled to build them a workable living space in our basement and fumbled around trying to figure out the right ways to carry them and interact with them and care for them. Call it a crash course with a backdrop of snow.

The funny thing about broken plans, of course, is that much creativity can be born in the breaking. Once the divide between us and farmed animals had disappeared, new questions presented themselves. How best could we accommodate our new residents? What did it mean that we were now vegans with chickens? And more importantly, what did “sanctuary” really mean … for us and for the animals?

After a few conversations amongst the board members, the mission of Triangle Chance for All evolved, and not long after we rescued our next two residents, Orion and Hikaru the roosters, in March, we had re-envisioned ourselves as a Microsanctuary.

The first "coop" for Clementine & Amandine!

The first “coop”!

A view of the chicken yards!

Where they live today.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, our resident numbers grew quickly in the months that followed. Harumi, Kotori, Jason, Jewel, and Joy joined us at the Microsanctuary in April. Phoenix arrived in May. Beatrice, Coriander, Nutmeg, Hypatia, and Phoebe came in June. Tolstoy, Da Vinci, Trudy, and Annabel were rescued in July. Guinevere and Bibi both came in September. Mott, Autumn, Salem, Wilkie, Cordelia, and Yuki arrived in October. Nemea arrived in November.

Plutarch--he fell off a transport truck as a piglet and was rescued from a shelter; we fostered him and then placed him a larger sanctuary.

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While taking in these residents (and losing Guinevere and Coriander, for whom we still mourn), we also continued to rescue, place, and transport farmed animals in need—including Nestor the goat, Lola the pig, Rupert the goat, Speckles the rooster, Plutarch the pig, and Silver the goat.

Also in that year, we have hosted and participated in some exciting vegan outreach events. Our spring and fall bake sales showed many people how delicious veganism can be. Our Vegan BBQ & Microsanctuary Debut welcomed friends and supporters, whom we have followed up with through individual visits for food, fellowship, and visiting with our residents. Vegan Night Out in September brought together local vegan-friendly restaurants and an amazing documentary film, The Ghosts in Our Machine, and our appearance at the first annual Triangle VegFest was a whopping success where we reached many new local friends.

Suffice it to say, all of us at Triangle Chance for All are thrilled at what we accomplished in our first year.

But we are also deeply humbled because of the support and encouragement we have received from our supporters to make all of this possible.

Bibi undergoing surgery to fix a broken beak.

Bibi undergoing surgery to fix a broken beak.

Since we welcomed Clementine and Amandine, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters, whose donations have largely been used to feed, care for, shelter, clean up after, and otherwise support our residents and placements. For example, we spent over $2,800 on food and over $7,000 on medical care, all so that we could provide our residents with the same quality of life that would be expected for any family member.

The year ahead is equally exciting, but with different foci for us as an organization. Of course, sustaining the lives we have is a top priority. We will continue to care for our residents and telling their stories, while giving others a chance to get to know them and, we hope, begin to see farmed animals in an entirely new way.

Beyond that, we plan to put much more energy into our educational programs, on topics including:

  • the biology of eggs, and why there is no such thing as an ethical egg;
  • the plight of roosters;
  • “teacup” pigs;
  • ethical veganism and animal liberation; and10956050_632208233552073_4852200869160965217_n
  • microsanctuaries

We are also excited to have our volunteer program starting up, and have already had a great response. Who knew so many people were interested in picking up pig poop and cleaning chicken houses?

Infrastructure is also on our radar for the year(s) ahead, whether that means rethinking how we use our current yards and houses, or how to expand so that Mott and Cordelia can finally get out to the woods—and be joined by goats and possibly other species as well!

Of course, there is still much to be revealed in the year ahead for Triangle Chance for All. We appreciate all of your interest and support, and we look forward to continuing to make a positive difference for all beings.

Mentioned on Our Hen House’s Podcast!

The latest episode of Our Hen House‘s fantastic podcast is now up, and it features an interview with Ari Nessel and Alissa Hauser of The Pollination Project. Their interview includes a brief mention of Justin and Rosemary, and of The Microsanctuary Movement that grew out of our work here at Triangle Chance for All!

You can listen to the entirety of the podcast here (Ari and Alissa come on about thirty minutes in).

And to learn more about the development of the microsanctuary model, which we hope will revolutionize the way that we think about sanctuaries, check out these resources:

http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2014/06/the-sanctuary-in-your-backyard-a-new-model-for-rescuing-farmed-animals/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy0rqM1sfuI (This video was funded with a Pollination Project grant!)

http://thethinkingvegan.com/articles/grant-winner-microsanctuary-movement/

TCA for the Holidays!

The holidays can be a stressful time with all the giving and getting of gifts for your loved ones. But when you do your holiday shopping with Triangle Chance for All, you not only give some great gifts; you also help support our organization and our Microsanctuary residents! Here are some suggestions to guide you in your holiday gifting!

Gifts for others…

  • Microsanctuary Memberships: Give the gift of a membership in our TCA family! An individual membership is just $30 a year, and every memberships comes with an awesome TCA bumper magnet!
  • Resident Sponsorships: Help with the food and medical care for one of our TCA residents by gifting a resident sponsorship! Your giftee will receive a sponsorship package and public recognition for being a sponsor. You can choose a chicken or duck for $10/month or a pig for $35/month.
  • Merchandise: We have beautiful, ethically sourced T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, kids’ shirts, and even hoodies in a variety of styles, most of which feature our TCA logo!
  • Photos: Matted photos of some of our residents are available for $15 (plus shipping). Contact us for more details!

Gifts for the Microsanctuary…

  • Amazon.com Wish List: Along with the above suggestions, you can purchase items for our Microsanctuary through our Amazon.com wish list! It includes everything from food, to medical supplies, to cleaning items, and more!
  • Food Expense Donations:
    • A $10 donation will help to pay for produce for the chickens and duck for a week. Just put in a note for “produce.”
    • You can make a $35 donation and help us buy a bag of chicken food, which will keep our chicken residents full for about a week, or two bags of pig food, which will feed Mott and Cordelia for about a month.  Just put in a note for “chicken food” or “pig food.”
    • A $50 donation will help us buy scratch grain ingredients, which are crucial to help keep the chickens warm and nourished during these winter months. Just put in a note for “scratch grains.”
  • Straw Bales: You can make a $15 donation to pay for two bales of straw, which help keep the chicken houses warm and the yard dry. Straw bales also come with the added bonus of hidden wheat berries, and they make great toys for chickens and pigs alike! Just put in a note for “straw bales.”
  • Towels and Blankets: If you are in our area, you can donate gently used towels and blankets for the residents!