Freddaflower Memorial & Appreciation Fund
We thank those people who have contributed to our work with recent donations In Loving Memory and in Honor and Appreciation of the following beloved family members and friends:
In memory of Junior Rooster. Although your death was mysterious, I’m thankful that it seems to have been peaceful. Rest in peace, dear friend. – Jennifer Lasky Russell
For Joey, my Little Rooster, my Little Man. . . . My rainbow of earthly colors and the golden sunshine of my eye. It has been so hard losing you . . . Michele Nash
In memory of a calf I call Govinda. He managed to escape from the slaughterhouse, but they tracked him down and riddled him with bullets. Govinda lay on the ground in agony. He tried to lift his leg up a few times, but then he lay still. They tied his body to a rope and tied the other end to a truck. Then they dragged him away. If only I could have saved him. – Aleksei Green
My donation is in memory of Linny and Maxine, the two hens who were brutally strangled to death by three high school students at El Monte Elementary School in Concord, CA. – Madelaine Burgess
In loving memory of Fred and Gabby. – F. Goldman
In honor of Nero, Fredericka, Julie, Nathaniel, Leonard, and Bertha, remembered forever and forever missed. – Paul Deane
My gift is in honor of All God’s Creatures. – Brien Comerford
In memory of our dear little rooster, Mr. Frizzle, who died of a respiratory infection that had plagued him off and on ever since we adopted him five years ago. In the past we treated him successfully with antibiotics, but this time our precious bird did not pull through but died quietly during the night of April 3rd. Mr. Frizzle was a cheerful friend to everyone who knew him and his spirit will live on at United Poultry Concerns in his loving sanctuary home. – UPC
Katie — My Favorite Memories of Her
On Monday, May 30, a very special chicken died. Her name was Katie. She was brought to Safe Haven three years ago by a young couple who had purchased her at a live bird market. They wanted Katie to be their pet but their landlord objected, so they asked us if we would take her in. Right away we noticed how the other chickens liked being near Katie, and how she often tried to protect them.
One day we had to give medicine to Katie and a bantam rooster named Burdock. Katie didn’t like being held to have the medicine put in her mouth, but she let us do it. But when we tried to treat Burdock, he squawked loudly and flew away every time we got close. Finally he flew up against a fence, trapped. At that moment Katie ran over to Burdock and put her body in our way. Clearly she was trying to defend her friend.
Some of my other memories are of Katie and two partridges who had escaped a nearby hunting club and moved voluntarily into Katie’s aviary. They were always shy, but soon they began sleeping on the roost snuggled up to Katie. They also ran over to Katie whenever they were frightened, burying their small heads in her feathers for protection.
One day one of these partridges wandered outside the aviary and seemed afraid to reenter because of my presence next to the screen door. Katie walked out of the aviary, approached the partridge, then walked back into the aviary. The little partridge followed her back inside.
Katie’s most surprising behavior happened one afternoon when I was upset about a personal matter. I felt a little like crying as I entered the aviary. Katie walked toward me, looked into my eyes, then sat down quietly beside my leg. I felt sure she was trying to comfort me. We often hear the term “mother hen,” but until that moment, I never knew how caring and protective a hen can be. All of us at Safe Haven miss our dear Katie very much. – Bill Crain
*Bill Crain is cofounder of Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag, New York. www.safehavenfarmsanctuary.org