Monday, October 28, 2013

Adopt a What?

Never one to turn down an animal adoption education opportunity since, well, I'm a huge advocate of and volunteer for animal adoption, I had to pass the one along given its seasonal timeliness.

This year, as you dream of the upcoming Thanksgiving spread of incredible food and juicy turkey (or Tofurky) roasting in the oven, you can also save a turkey by giving a one-time $30 donation to adopt a turkey through Farm Sanctuary.

This program, which has been around since 1986, encourages people to save a turkey at Thanksgiving through a sponsorship that helps rescue the animals and provide care for them in the organization's sanctuaries. Most of the turkeys that are brought to the sanctuary are rescued from abusive farms, fell off the trucks taking them to slaughter or are simply dumped at the sanctuary.

As a turkey sponsor, you receive a certificate plus a photo and fun facts about your adopted turkey. How cute is that?

Not into adopting a turkey? You can adopt other farm animals that call the sanctuary home including pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and geese.

I'll be totally honest in saying that the concept is targeted primarily toward vegans, but even for us meat-eating folk, I don't see any harm in helping other animals that don't make it to our table as food. At the end of the day, whether or not we eat meat, we must all take responsibility for abused and neglected animals, even if they're not the cuddly, furry ones we keep in our homes.

For more information about how you can adopt a turkey, check out the website:
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/giving/adopt-a-turkey/


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