Greetings, and THANK YOU for your support of The Rooster Project!
In case you didnt yet see VINE's 2023 Year in Review, I've attached it below. You can also see it online here. Last year, we rehabilitated scores of former fighting roosters rescued late in 2022 and also arranged for the placement of even more roosters rescued from cockfighting at other sanctuaries.
This year, we've got big plans, and we need volunteers to help with some of them.
Here's what's coming up for The Rooster Project this year:
The new VINE Press wiill publish The Rooster Book, which combines a handbook on rooster care and peacekeeping for sanctuaries with information about roosters for the general public.
On International Respect for Chickens Day (May 4), we will present a virtual workshop on myths and facts about roosters. We'll be sure to share the link with you before the event!
We will expand the rooster page on the VINE website to a stand-alone website with resources for sanctuaries and the general public.
We will delve more deeply into the roots of rooster homelessness by launching new initiatives concerning both cockfighting and backyard hen keeping.
We need volunteers to help with that last one. You can learn about that, and other remote volunteering opportunities here.
Thank you again for supporting The Rooster Project! We truly couldn't do it without you!
By Michelle Carrera | Project Manager, VINE Sanctuary
We are thrilled to share the heartwarming follow-up to last year's rescue of cockfighting roosters in Alabama, showcasing their wonderful progress in acclimating to their new community.
Agave: The Sweet Rooster
One of the standout personalities among our rescued roosters is Agave. This charming bird has truly stolen our hearts and those of everyone in his new community. Agave is not just any rooster; he is a beacon of sweetness and gentleness. His warm personality shines through wherever he goes, and the other roosters couldn't be more delighted to have him around. The other roosters always welcome him, and his presence has never been a problem.
Agave has a particular affinity for the pigeon aviary and enjoys spending time there. His presence has brought an unexpected harmony to the area, as he peacefully coexists with the resident pigeons. It's a heartwarming reminder of how, with the proper care and environment, even roosters from challenging backgrounds can thrive and contribute positively to their communities.
Vanilla Ice: The Clever Rooster
In the same spirit of celebrating our rescued roosters, we can't help but shine a spotlight on another remarkable bird from the same Alabama rescue: Vanilla Ice. Vanilla Ice is a rooster with exceptional spryness and cunning intelligence. He has proven time and again that roosters are not just beautiful and strong but also incredibly smart. His clever antics have not only entertained our team but have also showcased the hidden talents and charm of these birds. Vanilla Ice is a true testament to the potential and resilience of roosters, and he reminds us every day of the wonders that unfold when we give them the love and care they deserve.
Our Mysterious Morning Companion
One of our rescued roosters has captured our hearts with his enigmatic behavior. Early Bird adds an element of companionship to our mornings. Each day, as our staff members begin their routines of opening the coops for the day, Early Bird emerges from the coop where he sleeps and follows one of our staff members while engaging in a lively conversation.
Initially, we thought he might be seeking food, and we tossed him a few treats, but to our surprise, he generously shared them with the hens. As for his true intentions, we're still unraveling the mystery of his morning ritual. Though we may not fully understand his message, his cheerful chatter and companionship remind us of the unique personalities and delightful quirks that make each rooster in our care a treasure.
Ongoing Rapid Response and Rescues
We are grateful for your continued support, which enables us to sustain our critical rescue efforts. We remain steadfast in our commitment to saving roosters in need of refuge. The demand for our Rapid Response Network continues to grow, and we are actively enlisting more compassionate individuals who can be activated when a rescue call comes in. Your generous contributions help us keep the rescue network alive and responsive, ensuring that every rooster in distress receives the help they deserve.
Addressing Rooster Myths
As you may recall, dozens of roosters are turned away every month by sanctuaries that lack the capacity to accommodate them. This often leads to euthanasia or worse outcomes. To address this issue comprehensively, we have been working on a multi-year project to increase sanctuary capacity and decrease the demand for rooster refuge. Our rooster-focused webpage is up on our website, dispelling rooster myths and stereotypes. We hope to change the perception of these magnificent birds and, in turn, reduce rooster homelessness.
Your continued support is invaluable in achieving this vision. Together, we save lives, dispel stereotypes, and create a brighter future for roosters and those who care about them.
Thank you for being an integral part of this transformative journey. Your generosity and dedication drive our progress, and we look forward to sharing even more heartwarming stories of success in the future.
Greetings, and thank you again for your support of The Rooster Project!
Last month, we worked with authorities to arrange the placement of 97 birds, including 36 roosters and 61 hens, who had been seized from a breeder of roosters for cockfighting in Kentucky. After we ensured that the birds had all been tested and cleared to travel, volunteers picked them up and conveyed them to several sanctuaries in the region. (Shout out to Hope Haven, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Lasa Sanctuary, Peaceful Fields, and Save the Gallos for agreeing to take birds!)
We never know when we're going to get another call about roosters seized from cockfighting or where they might be. Sign up to be a Rapid Response Network volunteer, if you might be able to make phone calls, drive birds to sanctuaries, or help to raise funds for the costs of rescues.
In addition to finding volunteers and equipment and sorting out all of the logistics of the latest rescue, VINE covered costs like vehicle rentals, tolls, and gasoline. We've not yet raised enough to cover all of those costs. Since we never know when we're going to get another call, we need to top up our own tank so that we can be ready to go! Donate today to keep the Rooster Project and its Rapid Response Network rolling!
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