Compassion In Action

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ARCc&p4Severn, Md. – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a nonprofit animal protection organization based in Washington D.C., rescued two cats and 18 chickens, including roosters, hens and chicks from a closed-down trailer park in a suburb of Baltimore, MD, where they had been fending for themselves for weeks after residents moved out and abandoned them. All of the animals removed from the property were underweight and had internal and external parasites, as well as other conditions typical of living exposed to the elements without proper shelter or adequate food and water.

ARCc&p12The cats were pets, left behind by their guardians, while the chickens were bought by a teacher who lived at the Severn trailer park for a school hatching project. As is common with chickens used for this purpose, a plan for their long-term care had not been considered and roosters and hens were turned out to survive on their own in the patches of shallow woods in the neighborhood.

The chickens had become wild and the property was a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, which made it very difficult to capture these animals,” said Animal Rescue Corps President Scotlund Haisley. “We called on our compassionate and dedicated local volunteers for assistance and they remained committed to this rescue operation until the last bird was captured.”

ARCc&p13This case began when an animal advocate got word that these abandoned animals were about to be further displaced by the imminent tearing down of the trailer park and development of the property. The plea for assistance was passed on to Animal Rescue Corps by a mutual contact. Realizing there was no other solution for these animals, ARC organized efforts with its volunteers and the cooperative property manager and safely captured the animals. “Animal Rescue Corps operates with one simple driving principal:  All lives have value,” said Haisley. “The compassion we extend to these abandoned animals is no less important than our work ending puppy mills, animal fighting, and other large scale cases of animal neglect and cruelty”.

ARCc&p5Once the chickens have completed medical evaluations, ARC will transport them to placement and sanctuary partners in North Carolina. These partners include: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, and Full Circle Farm Sanctuary. Rescue placement for the cats is being sought in the Baltimore/D.C. area.

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  1. Deanna says:

    great job didn’t know you guys worked in Maryland

  2. Louise says:

    We have pet chickens and treat them royally! So sad these got abandoned like that. Chickens are so cuddly and loving. We moved across state recently and I found the easiest way to catch our chickens for the move was to wait until the evening. They tend to roost in the same location and are blind at night, so was easy to gently scoop them up, and then transport them to their new home during the night when they sleep. Only mentioning if it helps for future chicken rescues :)

  3. I’ve been following the story of this rescue operation for the past few weeks and am so pleased to know that all the roosters have been secured after giving the team a run for their money. Roosters and hens are very canny escape artists, as this effort showed. I am delighted that United Poultry Concerns staff Franklin Wade and Liqin Cao participated along with Mary Finelli and Howard Edelstein of Fish Feel. It’s great when animal activists come together successfully to help all animals escape a dire fate and be relocated in loving sanctuaries. Thank you & congratulations, Animal Rescue Corps!

    Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns

  4. Karen Saucedo says:

    Thank you, as always, for your kind, loving, and reverential treatment of
    animals. You are, literally, angels. And, thanks, also, to the good soul who contacted the ARC regarding this situation.

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