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Hens on Tour Animal sanctuary seeking new homes for rescue hens in Munster

LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, rescues and rehomes dozens of dogs, cats, horses, sheep, and goats each year.

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LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Co. Kildare

LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Co. Kildare

LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Co. Kildare

A Kildare animal sanctuary is travelling to Munster next week with hundreds of hens ready for adoption.

LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, rescues and rehomes dozens of dogs, cats, horses, sheep, and goats each year.

The animal sanctuary is also overflowing with “hundreds of hens” that have been rescued from slaughter after laying eggs in commercial farms.

“Hens are put into egg laying facilities when they’re about 16 weeks old and they keep them in egg laying facilities for around a year. Then they would just cull them all,” LittleHill spokesperson Susan told sundayworld.com.

“We have a few nice farmers who prefer to see their hens getting a good home so they give us a call and then we put out a plea on Facebook and try to find homes for them.

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Photo credit: LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

Photo credit: LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

Photo credit: LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

“We do have to pay them for this. It’s a lot of bills and a lot of responsibility. There are animals coming in every day as well as the hens.

“We just didn’t get enough rehoming offers so, rather than leaving the last few hundred hens to be killed, we took them all back here to the sanctuary. We have several hundred here.”

Earlier this month, the LittleHill team received a request to take in more hens from an organic farm, and while they admitted they were “exhausted” by the workload, they couldn’t stand idly by.

Taking to social media to call on hen-lovers to help rehome their chickens, LittleHill announced that they would be travelling from Kildare to locations in Cork and Tipperary at the end of the month with the hens to ensure they go to good homes.

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Photo credit: LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

Photo credit: LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

Photo credit: LittleHill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

Susan said that since they shared the Facebook post, the sanctuary has been inundated with home offers for their beloved feathery friends.

“Some people do travel up to the sanctuary in Kildare but if you live in Cork, it’s a bit of a spin. We have a couple of drivers and helpers and they’ll do transport runs to cover as much of Ireland as we can,” she said.

“We’ve received hundreds of messages about the hens. We use Facebook and have a little look at their profile so you’d have a fair idea of what kind of a person they are.

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“It’s all families. Over the years, we pretty much know most of the people because they get the hens again and again. They love them so much that they’ll always try to fit more.

“The vast majority of hens go on to re-feather and they look fantastic and live for several years. They’re really great pets. Kids love them and they’re brilliant for nursing homes too because it gives everyone something to do.

“They’re really attractive pets and they’re just so smart and intelligent and quirky and entertaining.”

LittleHill will be travelling to Bandon, Cahir, Fermoy, Macroom, Mitchelstown, Mallow, and Wilton on Saturday November 27th to drop the hens off to their new homes.

They can also be collected from the sanctuary in Co. Kildare this Saturday, 20th November between 2pm and 3pm.

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