Since our beginning in 2010, NSW Hen Rescue has covertly liberated thousands of hens and other factory farmed animals from places of abuse and exploitation. We have shared the stories of those individual animals to help people connect with them and see that like all animals, they deserve our respect and compassion. Hen Rescue is volunteer run. We are a small, but dedicated group of vegan, animal activists. We do not want bigger cages, we want empty cages. A world where every slaughterhouse is a sanctuary.
Our Mission is to end the exploitation of chickens by changing the way society views them. Our aim is to Liberate factory farmed hens and other animals, Educate the community on the hidden suffering caused by standard agricultural practices and Inspire change through telling the stories of individual hens who were the victims of these industries.
Whilst we rescue many kinds of animals, our focus is on caged hens. Caged hens lead a life where they are unable to stretch their wings, find a quiet place to lay an egg or feel the sunlight on their feathers. They have been standing on wire for up to 2 years, unable to scratch at the grass or to perch. Weaker hens who want to hide from their bossy companions have nowhere to go. They may try to scramble underneath other hens, but will not be able to get away.
Intensive barn hens and free range operations are not much better. The hens are usually crammed together so tightly the shed resembles a cage. The hens are hugely stressed and suffer in a similar way to their battery hen sisters. They are debeaked as chicks just like the battery hens and will be sent to slaughter when their egg production slows.
Our suburban garden near Hornsby serves as Hen Rescue HQ where the special needs hens have a permanent home. Our amazing volunteer foster carers in Sydney, the Central Coast and Taree provide love and care for the rescued hens until they are well enough to be rehomed. Due to lack of space and resources we can only rescue and rehome on a small scale, but we know that every hen is an individual who values her life and every single life is worth saving. We rehome the hens into loving, forever homes where they will be given wonderful quality of life with people who #lovehensnoteggs.
"I remember the first time I walked into a battery farm. I was overwhelmed by the smell, the noise and most of all the thousands of little faces staring out at me. It hit me that this farm represented how society sees chickens; as nameless, unfeeling members of a flock. But as soon as we got our first rescued hens home their individual personalities, likes and dislikes became clear. Lizzy made me laugh as she flicked her tongue out to catch particles in the sunlight. Dora surprised me by being the most adventurous despite being blind in one eye, Britney turned out to be a real bossy boots! I realised that not only did we have to rescue these girls, but we also had to do our best to challenge the way society views them. "
Catherine Kelaher - Founder & CEO, NSW Hen Rescue
BIG PLANS - In our goal to educate the community and create a better world for hens we have plans to open a rescue, rehabilitation and education centre to allow for the liberation of more hens and as a possible working space for running workshops. We are also planning to reach out to local schools, early learning centres, community and youth centres in order to inspire future generations to end the exploitation of chickens.