ABOUT HEN HARBOR

Hen Harbor is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2012 with the goal of providing lifelong care and sanctuary for hens – particularly those rescued from the factory farming industry. We are located in the Santa Cruz mountains of California

WHY CHICKENS?

Hen Harbor’s founder worked for almost two decades at the nation's largest animal protection organization, first in the legislative department and later as an animal cruelty caseworker. She also worked as a consultant for the nation's largest farm animal sanctuary. During this time, she documented, and rescued animals from, the most horrific industrial farming conditions imaginable. She found that by far, the most intense suffering on the largest scale occurred in the poultry industry -- with factory-farmed egg-laying hens enduring the worst conditions of all.

The rising popularity of backyard chickens has done little to quell the suffering of laying hens. As with factory-farmed hens, many backyard hens are killed or abandoned after a few years when their egg production drops. Roosters are universally killed --either ground alive upon hatching or abandoned to die 4 months later when they crow.

Consequently, there is an almost unending need for homes for abused or unwanted hens and roosters.

OUR RESIDENTS

 Cinnamon Hen

Cinnamon Hen

Many of Hen Harbor’s residents are laying hens discarded by the egg-industry. Because their reproductive tracts are ruined from excessive laying, most require ongoing, extensive veterinary care.

 Creepy dave

Creepy dave

Roosters -- both escapees from cockfighting operations and abandoned pets -- have become a main focus of our rescue operations. They are perhaps the most abused & misunderstood of all domesticated animals. 

 Google goose

Google goose

Hen Harbor's ducks and geese are mostly former Easter pets who were dumped at parks or lakes. Dumped domestic ducks rarely last more than a few weeks before starvation or predators kill them.