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Meet Marty the Chicken: From Abandoned to Beloved

Marty was found abandoned at a Detroit area motel. It was the spring of 2019 and one of the employees had just gone to a room to clean it. There she found a ragged cardboard box, and in the middle of the box, a baby chick, just barely alive – nothing to comfort her or give her any hope that she would have a future life. A small bag of food sat beside the box.

We assume the guests had bought the chick as an Easter gift for a child, but changed their minds, thinking that someone else could deal with her as they had lost interest. Marty’s rescuer, a kind and compassionate animal lover, was absolutely mortified to discover what they had done to this baby. She called SASHA Farm, and we were there within an hour to take her to her new forever home at SASHA, where she would never be hungry or afraid again. One of the visitors to our Spring Social that following week won a raffle to name her. The winner called her Marty since that name worked for any gender and we did not know yet that she was a female.

Initially, Marty stayed close to her human caregivers, and lived in the “People Barn” where they could keep a close watch on her. She followed her favorite humans around, asked to be picked up, and had special vocalizations for her favorite people.

But time passed, and as she grew into maturity, she was ready to move on to the next phase in her life. Although she is not so attached to her caregivers now, and no longer likes to be held, she will happily greet her humans to see what’s going on. She’s always very curious and likes to be in the middle of the action. Her best friends are the barred rock hens, and Olga the rooster. She spends her days just exploring her big yard and the coop, and, with her endearing gait, runs as fast as she can to catch up with her pals whenever she sees them.

One tiny baby whose life was worth nothing to those who sold her, nor to those who purchased her, to later leave her behind as worthless. She is now at SASHA Farm, where she has a name and is most definitely a SOMEONE.

Thank you to her rescuer for making certain that Marty would have a forever life at SASHA Farm. We are honored to care for Marty and to share her happy life every single day.

Thank You!

It goes without saying that 2020 will be a year most of us will be happy to leave behind. But there is one very positive part of 2020 that we will never forget – that you, our friends and supporters, have ‘had our backs’ every step of the way. We have committed to every animal resident here that we will give them daily loving care, food, safety, shelter and vet care for the rest of their lives, and you have been our incredible partners in that mission, despite the challenges brought on by Covid-19.

You’ve donated monetary and other gifts to the animals, you’ve sponsored countless residents, you’ve provided positive uplifting comments on our Instagram and Facebook pages, you’ve purchased SASHA merchandise to help the animals, and you’ve helped us spread the word about “Friends NOT Food” and “Vegan for the Animals”. Thank you for being the voice for these animals who cannot speak for themselves.

We are honored to care for these 200+ farm animal residents with each of you by our side. Please help us make 2021 a great year for the animals by considering a year end donation (good for your 2020 taxes!) or an early January donation. If you’ve already made your donation, we thank you, and send much love. If not, you can donate from our Facebook page, our website, with Venmo, or mail a check to PO Box 222, Manchester MI 48158. Bhima and Daisy Belle and all the others we know and love will thank you for giving them their forever lives at SASHA Farm.

A day in the life at SASHA Farm that you have helped to give to the animals. Thank you….

Temporary Changes to our Store and Sponsorship Program

We thank all our SASHA Farm supporters who purchased merchandise and participated in our sponsorship program over the holidays. The animals (and all the humans who care for them) are so grateful for your support. You make such a difference for them, as the proceeds go into feeding and caring for all the animals year round.

Our local post offices became very crowded over the holidays, and although that should lessen now, we felt it safer for all if we temporarily closed our shop, and sent only e-files to sponsors. The sponsorship packets will contain the same information, and you would be able to print the certificate, picture, and Information sheet at home. If you request, we can follow on later with a printed package once we can go back to our previous program.

This change will take place at midnight December 27.

We look forward to these upcoming winter months where we will run a contest for new shirt designs online, and then launch the winners through our Bonfire campaigns. We will also re-release some of our previous favorites which can be shipped from Bonfire. In addition, we will search out other merchandise that can be mailed directly to you. So, we are excited to work with you in the coming months and truly appreciate your understanding and continued support. If you have any questions or ideas you would like to share please email We are looking forward to your input!

Here are a couple of peaceful pictures to keep in mind as we say goodbye to December 2020 and hello to January 2021!

Bhima saying hello as he cares for his sheep, goat, and pig pals

Moo waiting for breakfast on a cloudy December day