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Late on September 6, 2013 a SASHA Farm staff member and volunteer arrived at SASHA Farm from New York. They returned with 100 former battery-cage hens. The hens are part of a group of 3,000 Animal Place saved from gassing at a California egg farm. A private donor had the hens flown to New York in a private jet. From there 9 sanctuaries joined SASHA Farm in taking in some of these hens.

These 2 year old Leghorn Hens have spent the first 2 years of their life in a cage. These are battery-cages or industrial agricultural confinement systems. The European Union Council Directive 1999/74/EC had battery cages banned in some European countries. Stating, "It is clear that because of its small size and its barrenness, the battery cage as used at present has inherent severe disadvantages for the welfare of hens". In an industrial egg-producing facility, about half of the newly hatched chicks will be male and would grow up to be roosters, which do not lay eggs and therefore provide no incentive for the breeder to preserve. Most of the male chicks are usually killed shortly after being sexed. Methods of culling include cervical dislocation, asphyxiation by carbon dioxide and maceration using a high speed grinder. The hens are subjected to having their beaks trimmed off to keep them from pecking each other to death. De-beaking causes acute pain and distress with possible chronic pain. In the US, the current recommendation by the United Egg Producers is 67 to 86 in per bird. The space available to each hen in a battery cage has often been described as less than the size of a sheet of A4 paper. There are 8-10 hens in a cage at a time.

One Hundred Birds Caged Their Entire Life Will Find Freedom At SASHA Farm.

1,150 hens are flying in style from Animal Place sanctuary in California to New York for permanent placement. This is the first time in history a private plane has been chartered to fly hens from coast to coast. The hens are part of a group of 3,000 Animal Place saved from gassing at a California egg farm. A private donor stepped up to foot the bill allowing Animal Place to fly the hens in a private jet.

SASHA Farm (Sanctuary and Safe Haven for Animals) has joined Animal Place and nine sanctuaries in this incredible effort to fly 1,150 hens from California to New York. SASHA Farm will be taking in 100 hens at our sanctuary. “This is the first time adult birds have ever been flown across the country,” says Kim Sturla, Executive Director. “A generous donor offered to fly the hens across the country and we jumped at the opportunity.”

“When SASHA Farm heard about this we were immediately committed to helping however we could. Although this will involve a long drive, almost 8 hours one way, the trip is well worth it. These birds have never touched the grass with their feet or felt the sun on their back. We cannot take back what they have had to suffer at the egg farm.  What we can give them is a new beginning. No cramped cages, no expectations. We just want to give these hens the life they deserve. They’ve been deprived of what is natural to them for long enough. They deserve better.”  says Director Dorothy Davies

In Search of the Perfect Foster for Jackson!



"Jackson" is a medium-sized male 12-year-old black and white Border Collie/Chow mix (mostly black with white dalmatian-like markings on his belly and one leg). He was 'rescue/adopted' in 2001 from Cascades Humane Society (birth month was recorded as June).  People typically react to him by asking to pet the 'puppy' because he looks so youthful!


Jackson's caregiver suffered a stroke on June 22 and was not found until June 24. Since that date Jackson has lived at home without his caregiver and lifelong companion. Jackson has traveled to Jackson, Michigan to visit his caregiver three times at the rehab facility and his caregiver has said that for him, this was GOOD MEDICINE.

Jackson's caregiver is making good progress in regaining strength and use of his left arm and left leg.  He is anticipating carotid artery surgery as soon as his neurologist determines that it is safe to go ahead.  The medical prognosis we hear is, "time will
tell." We remain hopeful that the day will come when Jackson and his caregiver can live together again, however this may not be for at least another 6 months or a year--if ever.  They both deserve to make the very best of these precious days.


If you would like to help foster Jackson please contact Sylvia at: 517-673-2007

Great T-Shirt Design, Great Cause

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We would like to thank The Underground Faction. Right now if you buy this shirt they will give the proceeds to SASHA Farm. They have many other cool animal rights, music, and art t-shirts too. This is a great shirt design: http://www.theundergroundfaction.com/store/The_Underground_Faction_Live_and_let_live.html

Welcome Our Indian Oxen, Bhima and Dharma!

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Several months ago we received a call from a member of the Michigan Society for Cow Protection or MISCOWP. We were told that the organization owned 2 Indian Oxen that they raised from being babies. The oxen along with 9 other cows were staying on the land of a friend. The time came when this landowner decided it was time to sell the property and the animals needed to go. The new property owner lacking compassion and patience wanted the oxen and cows gone asap and was in no way concerned with the fact that there was not a new home lined up for the animals.SASHA Farm was asked if it could help try to save these animals by providing them with a new home. Recently the oxen and other cows crossed over to an adjacent private property and the neighbors and new property owner threatened to shoot the animals. We understood this sudden urgent situation needed to be acted on fast. After 3 days of attempting to capture the oxen to load them in our trailer we were finally successful. We are still in negotiations to have the other cows, some of them babies, surrendered to us. The original property owner plans to send them to slaughter if they are not taken elsewhere. We will keep you posted when we know more.

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