Below are some of the Safe Haven animals who have touched our hearts before passing on. We remember their lives and how they found love and compassion at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary.
Claria the Sheep
Claria joined our farm family during the winter of 2010, having survived a history of abuse and confinement.
Malnourished, arthritic, and weighted down with at least 4 years growth of wool when she arrived at Safe Haven, Claria responded quickly to good food, medication, and shearing off her heavy coat. For the first time, she could explore her surroundings and experience loving care from humans. She was a gentle, loving sheep who enjoyed a good scratch behind her ears.
Although shy, Claria would trot quickly over for an apple slice or a few cranberries. We were thrilled to be able to give her a home with her good friend Maggie, free from worries forever.
Amos the Rooster
Amos was rescued by a compassionate person in a nearby town. The little rooster had a deformed leg and was being chased and pecked by 4 other roosters who lived in the yard. The little rooster would run under the man’s deck where if he was lucky he would be able to eat some cat food and would only come out of his hiding place at night.
The owner agreed to give up the rooster if the man could find a home. Fearing that the little rooster’s life was at stake, we eagerly welcomed him to Safe Haven. The vet found him to be in good health but because his owner had neglected his leg abnormality for so long, it could no longer be repaired.
Amos gets around pretty well, however, and has joined a group of hens. This is the first time in his life that Amos has not feared for his life. He lived at Safe Haven enjoying the company of other chickens, taking dirt baths and resting in the warm sun like chickens should be able to do.
Beyoncé the Hen
Beyoncé is a beautiful Plymouth Rock hen who escaped from a live market in Brooklyn and hid in a nearby vacant lot surrounded by a high chain link fence. She survived there for nearly two weeks until she was rescued by some caring humans who brought her to Safe Haven. Here she was able to enjoy life and never be afraid again.
Her rescuers named her Beyoncé because she is from Brooklyn and she is a survivor!
Big Red the Rooster
Big Red ran out of a live market in Queens practically into the waiting arms of an off-duty NYC policewoman who was walking by. She took Big Red home to her apartment and then brought the little rooster to Safe Haven. When Big Red arrived, he was just a tiny chick.
Over the next few months Big Red surprised us all by growing into a handsome, huge rooster. He was the largest rooster at Safe Haven.
Burdock the Rooster
This colorful little bantam rooster was left at a local park by a petting zoo, who decided that it would be easier to replace him than to try and catch him. Luckily, we were able to come to his rescue before a hungry animal found him.
Although shy at first, Burdock has become more comfortable around his human companions and enjoyed spending his time hanging out with his new friend Kate.
Lucy the Hen
Lucy was rescued in September 2011 by two compassionate graduate students. She had been packed into a crate with other chickens awaiting a Kaporos ritual in Brooklyn and had numerous cuts and injuries and an infected foot. The young men took her home and nursed her back to health in their apartment, but the landlord threatened to not renew their lease if the students didn’t get the chicken out of the apartment. Safe Haven came to the rescue, and on November 1, 2011, Lucy was welcomed with open arms by owners Bill and Ellen and caretakers Karen and Mary.
Despite her orthopedic problems, Lucy has flourished at Safe Haven. She couldn’t do everything that she wished—her legs were too twisted to roost well—but she enjoyed foraging about and resting with our rooster and another hen.
Reggie the Rooster
In the frigid temperatures of February 2011, Reginald, a young rooster, escaped from a live meat market in Yonkers but quickly found his way to Safe Haven.
Reggie is a very lucky boy! Since roosters can’t lay eggs and there is little desire for their meat, most roosters born on factory farms are separated from female chicks and suffocated or thrown into a grinder within a few days of life. A few end up on small farms or in live markets where their days are numbered. Those lucky enough to be rescued often have trouble finding a permanent home. Reggie will be an ambassador for farmed animals everywhere whose survival depends solely on their economic value.
Here at Safe Haven, Reggie had the chance to live the life he was meant to have.
Daisy, the Miniature Goat
Hello, this is Bill Crain from Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, in nearby Poughquag. Each month I tell you a story about one or more of the animals we have rescued. Today the story will be about an old mini-Goat, Daisy, who recently passed away. We adopted Daisy, along with two of her companions, from a family who was moving to Maine and didn’t feel they could take care of their goats any longer. If we hadn’t taken them in, they would have been sent to slaughter.
When we adopted Daisy, she was already well along in years, but she was still active. Daisy was a fascinating goat, but I’m not going to tell you about her. Instead, I would like to turn the microphone over to Joy Gomez, our head caretaker, who quickly fell in love with Daisy. Joy feels that she learned a great deal about life from this goat, and I concur! You can read more about lessons from Daisy here.
Sprinkles the Sheep
Sprinkles the sheep was found in a live market in the Bronx in a pen crowded with animals awaiting slaughter. Her ears were missing their tips, evidence of frostbite from having been kept outside in a bitter winter cold. She also had many parasites and a bad cough, and made no natural sheep sounds.
Since coming to Safe Haven, Sprinkles lost her parasites and her cough and starting “Baaas” like a natural sheep. She also enjoyed a good scratch behind her ears and going out in the sun with her pal, Angel. When you entered the barn, Sprinkles was often the first one to come up and say hi, showing us all that she has learned to trust again.
Sprinkles died on December 26, 2015 in the Safe Haven barn with her best friend, Angel, at her side.
Roly Poly the Chicken
Roly was a special soul who was loved by all. It is hard to believe that she was nearly thrown out before she could hatch at the end of the school year. She was one of several eggs sent by mistake for a chick hatching project on nearly the last day of school. Roly was saved by a thoughtful 12 year old and his parents who took the abandoned eggs home to their apartment in Brooklyn.
Roly hatched on June 10, 2010. At a month of age, Roly came to live at Safe Haven where she could play and forage in the grass, dust bathe and get to know other chickens. She was the queen of the Safe Haven barn. Roly always greeted you as you enter the barn and selectively decided if your shoes deserved her attention. If they did, she would skillfully try to untie shoelaces or remove any type of design.
Roly served as an ambassador for all those baby chicks who weren’t lucky enough to survive the chick hatching projects. She reminded us all that animals are not disposable objects but sentient beings that deserve lifelong care. She may have left this world but she will forever be in our hearts.
Roly Poly passed away on December 25, 2014 from medical complications.
Katie the Hen
Katie was brought to Safe Haven three years ago by a young couple who had purchased her at a live meat market. They wanted Katie to be their pet but their landlord objected, so they asked us if we would take her.
Katie was a very special chicken. Right away we noticed how the other chickens liked being near Katie, and she often tried to protect the others.
The most surprising behavior Bill Crain saw occurred one afternoon when he was upset about a personal event. He felt a little like crying when he entered the aviary. Katie walked directly toward him, looked directly into his eyes, and sat quietly beside his leg. Bill felt sure she was trying to comfort him.
We often hear the term “mother hen,” but we never knew how caring and protective a hen can be. All of us at Safe Haven will miss Katie very much.
Katie died on May 30, 2011.