Brood of Abandoned Hens Flock to Animal Shelter

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The Pasadena Humane Society seeks owner of chickens dumped in a wash

RhodeIslandPASADENA, Calif. (April 21, 2017) – – The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is searching for the person or persons who abandoned six female chickens in a wash in La Crescenta. The chickens were reported by a Good Samaritan who found them in an open cage. By the time PHS Animal Control arrived on the scene the chickens had traveled out of the cage and were making their way towards the street.

All six hens were located and safety transported back the Pasadena Humane Society where they underwent medical evaluations. The chickens appear to be eating well, but are thin with missing feathers. Their beaks are worn down and some have bodily injuries. The Pasadena Humane Society hopes the chickens will make a full recovery with a healthy diet and medical intervention and will be placed up for adoption along with the other chickens at the shelter.

“We are grateful that someone found these abandoned chickens when they did,” says Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society. “They may have not survived the night in an area frequented by native wildlife.”

Chickens can be great addition to your family, but be sure you are ready for the commitment. Chickens require regular care to stay healthy and safe. Backyard coops should be fully enclosed to protect chickens from predators. The coops should contain a feed and water area, as well as a nest box for the hens. Chickens need to be fed daily and manure removed regularly. Finding an exotics, avian or livestock veterinarian is also a must for anyone considering bringing home chickens.

Americana2“As backyard chickens become more and more common, they have become regular visitors at our shelter,” adds Bank. “People don’t always associate chickens with animal shelters, but I assure you we usually have at least one available for adoption at any given time.”

Each city and county have their own rules and regulations regarding chicken ownership. Please consult your city’s ordinances before adopting a chicken.

If you have any information regarding the six abandoned chickens or other cases of animal cruelty using our online form. For for more information about adopting chickens, visit or check out our chicken care advice.

About the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization that provides care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The organization is dedicated to promoting humane treatment and compassionate care for all animals. The animals in its care come from 11 animal control contract cities, as well as partner shelters across the Los Angeles area and beyond. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA also offers lifesaving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets in homes.