TCA’s Second Annual Punk Rock Benefit Bash

Triangle Chance for All’s second annual Punk Rock Benefit Bash will feature local bands at The Pinhook in downtown Durham on Thursday, June 29 starting at 9:00 PM.

All-ages show, $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit our microsanctuary residents and rescues!

Currently confirmed:
Rain Dogs
The Bastages
Night Battles

Vegan goodies will be available for donation at the event!

About TCA:
Triangle Chance for All‘s mission is to rescue farmed animals who end up in county shelters in the Triangle region of North Carolina to assure they do not go back into the for-profit agricultural system. We endeavor to provide or secure them with permanent sanctuary while we work to end the exploitation of non-human animals by promoting a vegan lifestyle.


Henrietta Receipts

Henrietta care expenses, total to date: $7,451.26

NC State vet school diagnostics, March 1, 2016: $1,743.32

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NCSU vet school first surgery, April 9, 2016: $3,038.95

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Dr. Mozzachio boarding & care invoice, April 28, 2016: $1,500

Mozzachio bill redacted

NC State vet school deposit for second surgery: $1,000

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Leg sleeve payment – work to date as of April 25, 2016: $168.99

Sleeve receipt


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!

Henrietta’s Story…


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.


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



Remembering Helen


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


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:

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

brewing good

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:

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 for inquiries about visitations and volunteering. Also visit 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
Best wishes to everyone for a happy, compassionate, VEGAN new year!


Humane Myth vs. Cruel Realty


All use of animals, for whatever human ends, is wrong and exploitative. Whether those animals are on a factory farm or in someone’s backyard, in a medical laboratory or in a zoo, the treatment and living conditions of the animals change nothing about the inherent exploitation of the situation. In the case of agriculture, so-called “humane” animal products entail many of the same practices that are used on large-scale industrial farms: for example, conducting procedures like castration, de-beaking, and disbudding of horns without anesthesia; premature slaughter of animals based on productivity and market value, not natural lifespan; withholding medical treatment because of costs and the low value of farmed animals; and transport to and “processing” in the same slaughterhouses used for factory-farmed animals.

But, to repeat, these methods of treatment and living conditions are not what determines whether using animals is right or wrong. They are only symptomatic of the underlying problem: that viewing animals as means to ends, as commodities, will always and inevitably create instances of exploitation. There is no escaping that.

Many people focusing on factory farming as the REAL problem, but factory farming simply takes to the extreme (and sickly logical) conclusion the underlying belief that non-human animals are human “property” (hence the word livestock) to be used for whatever purposes we deem acceptable and necessary. This means that, even if factory farming was stopped today, the exploitation of animals and their unnecessary suffering would continue, indefinitely, until humans stopped all forms of use.

We most often encounter the humane myth when it comes to eggs. People tend to see eggs as benign foodstuffs that chickens “just lay anyway,” so eating them is no big deal.

The sad reality is that the biology of modern chicken egg production is a case study in domestication’s damaging effects on living beings. The victimization of hens begins before they are born and is carried in their bodies until death. All for the sake of human consumption of eggs, these wonderful beings have been manipulated to lay at such frightening rates that their bodies are virtually ticking time bombs. The wild ancestors of modern chickens lay 12-15 eggs per year, solely for reproduction. The hens whose eggs we steal lay between 250-300 annually, and typically live for only a few years before they die. This absurd laying rate takes such a toll on their bodies that it causes, directly or indirectly, a whole host of devastating health problems: cancer, egg yolk peritonitis, impacted oviducts, osteoporosis and other bone conditions, and many more.

Whether a hen is in a battery cage, on a “free-range” farm, or in a backyard flock, the biology is the same…the exploitation is unchanged.

Backyard and other so-called “humane” eggs are not a step in the “right” direction, or a “better alternative” to factory-farmed eggs. There is no such thing as an ethical egg.

The only better alternative for the animals is to go vegan.

(Pictured above: Bibi, the amazing little hen. Read her story at

Potbelly Pigs

There are variety of ways in which people misunderstand and mistreat potbelly pigs.

One of the biggest problems is the myth of the “teacup” pig. Scammers sell piglets, promising that they will stay tiny. A few months and many pounds later, the teacup has long since been broken and a much bigger pig is suddenly a problem. Potbelly pigs are surrendered to shelters all the time because they become too big and too much to handle for people who did not do their research about the realities of so-called “teacup” pigs. This is the exact story of Lola, the potbelly whom TCA rescued in March 2014 and then placed at PIGS Animal Sanctuary in West Virginia.

Grassy Lola

Another common occurrence is improper fencing. Pigs are strong and can use their mass to move barriers, and their snouts are perfect for digging under and prying up weak fencing. Especially when a female is in heat or a male smells a female in heat nearby, fences are more like speed bumps if not secured properly. We believe that Mott escaped from a fence before he was picked up as a stray. And of course he was not neutered.

Mott--rescued from a shelter where he came in as a stray.

Mott–rescued from a shelter where he came in as a stray.

Even worse, perhaps, is improper and over feeding. People seem to get a kick out of feeding pigs all sorts of things from their table, as well as dog food and other types of food that are far more rich than pigs actually need. As a result, you frequently see potbelly pigs who are dangerously obese, with their eyes nearly hidden and their bellies dragging on the ground. Cordelia arrived to TCA in this sort of condition. With proper mini-pig food and monitoring of how much she was eating, she lost quite a bit of weight and is so much healthier now. You also see this situation with a stray pig who is in need of a home currently at the Durham County shelter (click here more details).

Cordelia--picked up as a stray.

Cordelia–picked up as a stray.

Sally, a stray at the Durham County animal shelter.

Sally, a stray at the Durham County animal shelter.

Piglets are undeniably cute, and pigs have remarkable personalities that many people find irresistible. However, it is absolutely essential to provide them with the proper food, enclosures, and medical care to keep them happy, as well as plenty of enrichment and socialization to keep them stimulated. Naps and belly rubs are wonderful too!

For more information, please read these resources from our very own mobile pig vet, Dr. Kristie Mozzachio!

* Potbellied Pig Basics for Owners:

* Minipig Body Condition Score Chart: