We’ve been so busy arranging the rescue, figuring out transport, the logistics of how to house feed and water thousands of hens and putting that into action that I hadn’t had time to emotionally process this rescue. This morning, a week later, I woke up and all I could do was cry. Cry for those we couldn’t save, cry for those we could, and cry for the millions still out there right this very second.
The immensity of this rescue is staggering. It’s taken a full staff, an army of volunteers, and a literal ton of food a day to make this happen.
In the midst of all this chaos I find myself so awed and inspired. The will and strength of the hens and the dedication and compassion of volunteers and staff is unlike anything I’ve experienced and I’m so grateful to have been in the presence of these amazing individuals, human and non.
-David Phinney, Animal Place Rescue Ranch Animal Care Coordinator