Rescued Turkeys Arrive at Southport Home in Time for Thanksgiving

Farm Sanctuary’s Turkey Express Delivers Rescued Birds to Adopter in Southport, CT as Part of National Adopt-A-Turkey Project

SOUTHPORT, CT – November 10, 2010 – Considering the way most turkeys arrive at people’s doorsteps this time of year — D.O.A. in vacuum-sealed packaging — the sight of two living, breathing turkeys waddling on their own two legs out of a van affectionately called the Turkey Express is sure to generate more than a few double-takes.  But that is exactly what will happen tomorrow, November 11, when Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, makes the first Turkey Express stop of the holiday season at the Southport, CT home of Joan Poster to deliver two young Bourbon Reds. An integral part of the organization’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project for nearly 25 years, this annual Thanksgiving event pairs rescued birds in need of permanent refuge with adopters nationwide.

“Turkeys are wonderful birds to live with,” says Poster, a Southport veterinarian who has been adopting turkeys from Farm Sanctuary since 1996. “I always tell people who visit my farm that turkeys are too wonderful to eat and should be able to live out their lives in peace. We always make stuffed squash to feed our turkeys on Thanksgiving Day to say thanks for the few who can live with us.”

Come Thanksgiving Day, the Poster family will need to set a few more places at their “turkey table.” In addition to the two Bourbon Reds arriving tomorrow, the Turkey Express will make a second stop at the Poster residence next week to deliver three Spanish Black turkeys, whose necessary blood work will not have been completed in time for them to hitch a ride on the Turkey Express tomorrow.

“Like cats and dogs, turkeys are friendly, sensitive and intelligent animals who deserve to be treated with compassion and respect,” said National Shelter Director Susie Coston. “If more people knew about the heartbreaking abuse and suffering these sweet birds endure on America’s factory farms, the decision to adopt, instead of eat, a turkey would be an easy one to make. I can’t think of a better way to give thanks for all our blessings than by offering to provide lifelong care and shelter to rescued turkeys in need.”

The Adopt-A-Turkey Project seeks to end the suffering of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, placed hundreds into loving homes through our annual Turkey Express adoption event, educated millions of people about their plight, and provided resources for a cruelty-free holiday.

Those interested in home adoption, and who can provide refuge for two or more turkeys, are invited to contact Farm Sanctuary and apply to join its Farm Animal Adoption Network. Others can help provide rescued animals with feed, bedding and veterinary care, and advocate and educate on the animals’ behalf, by sponsoring a turkey living at Farm Sanctuary. For a one-time gift of $30, sponsors receive an “adoption” certificate, membership to Farm Sanctuary for one year, and a one-year subscription to the nonprofit’s quarterly magazine. To learn more about the Adopt-A-Turkey Project, please visit or call 1-888-SPONSOR.

If you would like to speak with adopter Joan Poster or Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or [email protected].

About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

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