Sponsor A Bird
For $10 a month you can, provide the basic necessities for one of our many rescued residents.
When you sponsor a rescued bird, you receive a certificate of sponsorship with a full-color photo of your chosen friend and his or her biography. You can also email us any time for updates on your bird friend and a new photo!
Sponsoring a bird in the name of a friend or loved one also makes a great gift. We'll send out a certificate to your friend announcing your sponsorship gift.
Can't decide which bird is the cutest? You can also make a one-time donation.
- Cinnamon - saved from starvation
- Chompsky - guard goose
- Gaby - egg-facility refugee
- Maiz - petting zoo escapee
- Hyphy - "humane" farm survivor
- Ian Puffypants - dumped to die
- Champ - fled from slaughter
- Autumn - rooster ambassador
- Kaley - talkative turkey
- Henry - gregarious goose
- Dandelion - rescued "meat" bird
- Moby - thoughtful rooster
- Smoothie - spared from slaughter
- Fiona - abandoned in the forest
- Creepy Dave - monogamous rooster
- Martha - round and proud
- Jasmine - live market survivor
- Josephine - crowing hen
- Buttersnickle - dumped Easter duck
- Penny - saved from slaughter
- Peanut Butter - fluffy former pet
- Rumbler - thankful turkey
- Beeker - hatched but unwanted
Cinnamon is one of 50,000 hens who were abandoned to starve to death inside an egg facility in central California in 2012. She was one of the lucky few thousand who were made it out alive. These days, Cinnamon loves to preen her flockmates' faces by pecking gently at them to remove all traces of dirt and other unsightly matter.
Chompsky was an-impulse purchase by someone who though t it would be cute to have a baby goose for Easter. LIke most Easter pets (ducklings, bunnies chicks, and goslings), he was dumped at the animal shelter once he got too big, messy, and difficult to handle.
Maiz was emaciated and unable to walk when a visiting family spotted her at a petting zoo and scooped her up.
After reviving her with some food and water, the kind family brought her to Hen Harbor, where she's gained a lot of weight as well as a spark in her step !
Hyphy almost died of starvation at an industrial egg farm that called itself "free range."
Even after her rescue, however, she remained in distress, squawking in alarm whenever she felt an egg coming. After she received a hormone implant to stop laying, she was visibly relieved.
Ian Puffypants is one of five roosters who were abandoned in a park. Two of his brothers died the first night, but the next night, rescuers plucked him off a tree branch and brought him to the sanctuary.
At Hen Harbor, IPP is dedicated to ensuring that all the hens return to the barn at night.
Champ could not wait around for someone to save him from the slaughterhouse, so he liberated himself. With powerful wings and strong legs, he launched himself out of the plastic crate and over grasping hands, out the slaughterhouse door and right into downtown L.A. traffic. His rescuers stopped traffic to save him.
Autumn was dropped off at an overcrowded animal shelter in Southern California.
He caught the eye of a kind shelter volunteer by running up to the door and strutting jubilantly whenever she walked past and soon he was on his way 7 hours north to Hen Harbor, where he lives as a house rooster, keeping company all the hens in hospice care.
These days, Kaley’s a Chatty Cathy who loves to eat kale. But her past was far from carefree.
Purchased as a mail-order chick along with several baby chickens, she was badly neglected in a tiny dark shed. Many of her companions died of starvation before neighbors convinced Kaley’s captor to relinquish custody of the birds.
Henry loves everyone and is the first to greet new visitors with outstretched wings.
Although he was imprinted upon humans as a gosling, his caretakers decided he should find other geese to bond with to live a normal goose life. Now he has both goose and human friends.
Rumbler arrived in 2015, suspiciously close to Thanksgiving Day. We speculate he narrowly escaped the deadly fate that befalls almost all of his brethren each November in the U.S.
At the sanctuary, Rumbler loves to puff up and make rumbling noises when people come to visit him.
Fiona was just 5 months old when someone dumped him and 3 of his brothers on the side of a mountain road. A passing car was kind enogh to stop for him and bring home. Eventually, when his suburban rescuers realized he was a young rooster rather than a hen, they sought a rooster-friendly space for him.
Dandelion came from a live market, where animals are purchased and killed on the spot for customers. When a kind passerby spotted her huddled under a crate, overlooked by her would-be killers, she scooped her up and brought her to safety.
Scrawny and scraggly, Creepy Dave spent his first year shunned by the other chickens, alone on the porch or scratching for bugs in a corner of the yard by himself. Hens would not acknowledge him, and roosters chased him. He finally found his niche in life when he met May, his first true love.
After 18 months in an egg farm, Jasmine was shipped to a live poultry market to be sold as an "old stew hen." Instead of dying along with her flockmates, however, she was carried away to a safe apartment around the corner.
From that moment on, Jasmine never knew a harsh day. She was given and hormone implant to free her body from the enslavement of egg production and now she is one of the friendliest hens at the sanctuary.
Absurd as it sounds, Martha was bred to be a "meat chicken." Now, as an older hen, she does not enjoy the rambunctious scrabble of the chicken yard. She is also very sensitive to the heat, thanks to her large body size, and spends much time as a house hen.
With no rooster in her urban flock of backyard hens, Jospehine assumed the role and began crowing -- behavior that unfortunately more often than not leads to death for an urban-dwelling hen.
At Hen Harbor, with plenty of roosters and a natural flock dynamic, Josephine no longer crows.
Like many "Easter pets," Buttersnickle was purchased as a fluffy duckling in the spring, and then dumped in the summer.
Buttersnickle's caretakers decided to get rid of him by driving to a park in the middle of the night, pushing him out of the vehicle, and speeding away.
Because Penny was bred to be killed as a "meat" bird, she was sent to die before she even laid her first egg. Luckily, a teenager living near the slaughterhouse cared enough to save Penny's life, purchasing her life for the price of a large Starbuck's coffee.
Moby was spotted by a university student hiding in a bush alongside a campus trail. The feathers of his dead brother, killed the night before, were scattered along the trail.
He is a very thoughtful and serene young bird with a stylish comb.
Even though Smoothie is a silkie, a very popular breed of pet chicken, she was slated for death at a specialty slaughterhouse.
But because her feathers grew in full and smooth --rather than as the soft and wispy fluff for which silkie chickens are known -- no slaughterhouse customer wanted her and she was given away for free.
Every year, untold thousands of baby chicks are hatched in classrooms without any thought as to their destiny once they are hatched. While hens may go home with a student to be a family pet, families are far less likely to want to adopt chicks who mature into roosters. Beeker was one such rooster who got lucky and found home at Hen Harbor.