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Karuna (1)

Sometimes we start a day at the Sanctuary thinking it’s going to be just another day. Then we get a call…

A rooster fighting ring was getting busted and we knew we had to act quickly to try and save lives. (Otherwise known as cock-fighting, rooster fighting is an illegal, violent mutilation of chickens in which trained roosters are forced to fight to the death for wagers and entertainment.)

We left the crime scene with 26 scared and traumatized birds, all having suffered either outright abuse or neglect. These beautiful chickens spent their whole lives in fear and now that they found sanctuary, that fear is receding. So, we are calling them The Fearless Flock. (Read more about the rescue.)

Karuna, named for the Sanskrit word for “compassion,” has a twisted beak and had to be handfed by picasso-buttonzour caregivers when she first arrived. Now that she is getting the special daily care she needs at Woodstock, Karuna is eating on her own and doing great!