An urgent appeal is being made to find generous volunteers able to help re-home hundreds of ex-caged hens to members of the public.
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 parts of South Wales until a new team of volunteers comes forward.
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 will miss out on the opportunity to be adopted into loving retirement homes.
The charity is keen to find just the right site from which to re-home some of its lucky hens in Carmarthenshire and is also looking for a transport driver and a team of volunteers to help re-home the hens on the collection days.
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 Carmarthenshire. Our hens are egg-stremely popular and we need someone who can lend us a stable and/or barn enclosure for an afternoon every eight weeks, a driver who can tow a trailer and transport these hens and a team of volunteers to help us re-home them on the day.”
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.
“Our current Regional Co-ordinator 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,” added Gaynor.
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.