An urgent appeal is being made to find generous members of the public with a stable or barn enclosure in the Dorchester area to help re-home hundreds of ex-caged hens.
The British Hen Welfare Trust re-homes hens across the county but, due to its local co-ordinator soon stepping down, will be unable to do so in Dorset until someone comes forward to help.
This means thousands of people in the area will be missing out on the chance to keep these gorgeous hens as pets, and the hens themselves are missing out on loving retirement homes.
The hens are destined for slaughter but the British Hen Welfare Trust works hard to give them an alternative fate, re-homing around 50,000 commercial laying hens all over the UK.
The charity is keen to find just the right site from which to re-home some of its lucky hens in the Dorchester area or central Dorset.
Gaynor Davies, Head of Operations at the BHWT, said: “We have successfully set up volunteer teams across the UK and are now looking to set up a new collection point in Dorset. Our hens are egg-stremely popular and we need someone who can lend us a stable and/or barn enclosure for an afternoon once every four to six weeks while we re-home our lovely hens, and we need a bit of parking too.
“Our current Regional Co-ordinator is moving house and is unable to continue, but she is the first to acknowledge that changing the lives of hundreds of hens, as well as meeting lots of excited people collecting their new pets, is incredibly uplifting and rewarding.”
As well as re-homing commercial hens, the charity educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. Its ultimate aim is to see consumers and food manufacturers buying only UK produced free range eggs, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality life.
If you have a love of animals, and have somewhere secure to keep hens for an afternoon once every six weeks get in touch with Gaynor on 01884 860084 for an informal chat.