It’s time to celebrate our poultry pets!

Posted 4th July 2017 11:22am by

Throughout April animal lovers across the UK will be celebrating National Pet Month (1 April – 1 May) and the British Hen Welfare Trust is reminding animal lovers not to forget our feathered friends!

National Pet Month promotes responsible pet ownership and will see thousands of people up and down the country celebrating their pets and raising money for their favourite charities.

Charity Founder, Jane Howorth MBE, said: “Adopting some of these retired hens is one of the best things you will ever do; they are endearing, inquisitive and love to be part of family life.  My own hens greet me with contented clucks, much as a dog wags its tail and a cat wraps itself round the legs of its owner in greeting.

“If you’re thinking about adopting hens my advice would be – do it. And if you’ve already got some it would be wonderful if you’d consider raising a few pennies to help save even more!”

National Pet Month is all about celebrating animals and fundraising for charity to help the nation’s neediest pets. Its message is ‘there’s a pet out there for you’ and we would love to see more people giving some hens a happy home throughout April.

If you’re thinking about hen keeping then why not adopt some ex-commercial hens, thereby saving them from slaughter? The BHWT has re-homing dates coming up throughout the month – simply visit our website for more information.

Emma Louise Kirby, who re-homed her hens from the BHWT, has enjoyed watching their transformation since leaving the commercial farm and becoming pets, “Our girls have progressed from shy and nervous creatures into confident, beautiful hens who love any form of interaction with us humans. We can’t imagine life without them now!”

Lynda Smith, who adopted her hens from Haslingden, is amazed by the friendship found amongst her pets and said: “Since being introduced to each other Hetty Hen and Annabelle the cat have been best friends! Annabelle shares the garden with our three hens and she loves dust bathing with the girls!”

If you’ve already adopted some feathered friends, you could fundraise for the BHWT instead! Why not hold an Easter-themed Free Range Friday and eat lots of cake with friends and family in exchange for a donation? Simply visit our website for more information or email fundraise@bhwt.co.uk to order your free fundraising pack!

The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and through its nationwide team of 450+ volunteers has found pet homes for more than 550,000 hens. As well as finding homes for hens, the charity also educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and eating habits.