About us

We are a non-profit micro-sanctuary located in Temescal Valley (unincorporated Riverside County, CA) and founded on the philosophy that all animals are individuals who deserve compassion, care, love, and respect. One of our main focuses is on rescuing ex-battery and “spent” hens from egg-laying facilities and giving them the freedom, veterinary care, and affection that will allow them to live out the rest of their lives comfortably. In addition to chickens, our residents also include ducks, pigeons, turkeys, and small parrots, such as parakeets, cockatiels, and conures. We have a passion for providing special needs animals with the unique care they require to live high-quality, happy lives, and have cared for animals that have suffered neurological problems, missing limbs, paralysis, and blindness. It is our hope that we can bring awareness to the value of all life, regardless of the form of animal it comes in. 

In the beginning (2013)...

2015 expansion

2015 expansion

Completed expansion

Inside the chicken pen

Special needs aviary

Inside the aviary

Duck pond

Rescue

We rescue animals whose futures are bleak and who are often facing imminent death. One of our main focuses is on saving ex-battery and “spent” hens, which are hens previously used in commercial egg production facilities who lived crammed in tiny cages and who, without intervention, would have been disposed of at around 18 months of age. To date, we have brought 55 ex-battery and “spent” hens to safety. We also rescue slaughterhouse animals (chickens, ducks, turkeys, and pigeons), sick/injured/special needs/red-listed shelter animals (chickens, ducks, pigeons, and other domesticated birds), unwanted special needs animals, and domesticated birds who, due to illness or physical deformities, would have been put down.

Rehabilitation

All animals in our care are treated as individuals worthy of love, respect, and an excellent quality of life. In adherence with this philosophy, we provide veterinary care to all of our residents and rescues who have medical needs. Our ex-battery hens from the 2014 rescue are running into serious egg-laying complications, such as egg yolk peritonitis and impacted oviducts, and the last several months have routinely involved providing surgeries to these girls to try to give them a third shot at life. We also frequently take in injured and sick animals that require medical care, such as diagnostic labs, x-rays, sutures, splints, and medications. The rehabilitation processes we undertake often involve housing ill/injured animals indoors and regularly include bandage changing, medicating, bathing, and round-the-clock feeding/care.

Networking and rehoming

We have recently begun to network with local animal shelters, which will use our organization as a resource to hand off sick, injured, special needs, and red-listed animals. Similarly, through contacts with other like-minded individuals and micro-sanctuaries, we are working to build relationships with others who will adopt and provide lifelong homes to and care for animals we rescue, which will free up space at our sanctuary for future rescues. To date, we have adopted out one special needs parakeet and one rescued duck.

Cerise Ostrem

Cerise Ostrem

Founder

Ashleigh Johnson

Ashleigh Johnson

Secretary

Susan Adams

Susan Adams

Director