Barred Rock
Arrived: 2022-11-18

Ruth was very stressed after her rescue and earned a reputation for being sort of a wild child who loved to escape any chance she could. Now that she's more used to her surroundings and knows she's safe, she's really calmed down and seems much more at peace.


Snacking on scratch grains, roaming the chicken barn with Maple and Dandelion.

About Ruth

It began with a plea: A relative had been evicted from his farm property, leaving behind over 40 animals—cats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and one lone goat—who were now left to fend for themselves. Through a collaborative effort between Heartland, Madison Cat Project, the Jefferson County Humane Society and HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) all 43 animals were rescued from the property just as winter temperatures dipped into dangerous territory. While many of the hens were personally adopted by the Shelter Manager of Jefferson County Humane Society, a group of them (Ruth included) will live out their lives at our sanctuary. They've already been nicknamed the "Watertown 7".

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