Have you ever wanted to know more about our not for profit organisation? We have designed this blog post to answer many frequently asked questions and to give our supporters an in-depth answer to many of your burning questions.
Question 1. Who is TTCCH and What do you do?
‘Til The Cows Come Home is a registered not for profit, which was founded in 2018 by Donna Wild. Donna established TTCCH as a way to help the maximum number of animals and make lasting change. Since 2018, TTCCH has been working with farmers and families to rehome the animals that they don’t want, can’t keep, aren’t viable, you name it, if they’re a farmed animal, we can help! From 1 camel to 10, 000 hens we’ll take on the challenge to find them a loving, furever home.
We have rescued and rehomed (to furever loving homes as pets) thousands of animals in the short time we have been around. We have proven time and time again that we are here to work with farmers, not against them, to make life possible and great for the animals in need. We are 100% not for profit and the four fundraisers we have ever done have been on our Facebook page, in which donors have been able to see how much is raise during and after the fundraiser. Click here to see our current fundraiser and the amount of donations we have received so far; https://til-the-cows-come-home.giveeasy.org/help-save-thousands-of-hens-in-covid19?fbclid=IwAR1HnHCRr16X5ToAuovZPnNzURNbxBStNlOxKdCvj0aKX5m8rW_8r3sUni0
Question 2. What is our latest fundraiser all about?
TTCCH is volunteer run. We spend funding on what needs to happen right now! What needs to happen right now is that we need greater transport for our hens in need. When we first begun TTCCH egg farmers would call us ongoing at smaller farms for 50 or so 18 month old hens needing retirement. As time went on larger farms begun calling us for a 150 hens per pick up. We have always been able to show up and collect all at once with the transport our amazing donors provided through these fundraisers.
Today, because our reputation has grown, farmers trust us, and farmers want to do right by the hens that for years they’ve sent to slaughter at just 18 months of age instead of giving them a chance to live. The reason farmers have had to do this is because there was no other viable way, until TTCCH was created. Our organisation allows farmers to reach out to us to rehome their hens so they donâ€™t have to resort to slaughtering them due being unable to keep them. We now have farmers with 400 hens every week, 52 weeks a year for us to collect and other farmers who every 6 months want us in one day to come and pick up all 1500 hens they have to remove before it gets too costly for them and they want us to do it that same week, no time to waste. These farmers canâ€™t wait for us to drive there, often for hours each way, to pick up 136 hens in our current box trailer over and over and over again. Therefore, the purpose of our latest fundraiser is to acquire the funding for better, bigger, and safer transport for hens from egg farms today.
In short, this fundraiser is to make it possible to pick up hens in need. If we succeed in raising our $30k goal we will then be able to purchase the transport needed, then contact the farmers who have reached out to us and let them know when we can be there for them.
Question 3. Can I adopt hens?
At the end of this fundraiser we will pin a post at the top of our Facebook page showing what animals we have needing adoption and where they are located. The hens we have in our care at the moment and coming in over the next few weeks are all allocated homes already. So please be patient while we raise the funds to help more and get more hens into beautiful homes like yours. Adoption applications are required, we deem the applications as essential for the safety of the animals we rehome. And yes, we do work with farmers all over Austalia. Having founded TTCCH in the Northern Rivers, NSW, most of our surrenders happen there but with more, bigger, better transport we plan to beable to work with farmers further and wider across Australia. If we aren’t in your region currently we may still have animals needing homes near you. This method we call Farmer to Family. The Farmer to Family method means that many of the rehomings we do are done by arranging the adopter to collect directly from the person/farmer surrendering the animal. This method is a key component to the success of TTCCH as the method allows us to reach further than we physically can. The Farmer to Family approach is also so successful as it takes the stress out of the process for the animals and allows the adopter to have a direct hand over with the surrenderer to directly discuss the animals details, needs, likes etc with the animals previous human family. Follow our FB page https://www.facebook.com/tilthecowscomehomeau/?ref=bookmarks and/or private message your email address to us for updates in your area.
Question 4. What do we need the money for?
Transporting hens to safety by the hundreds or thousands, as opposed to slaughter, is quite complex. In order to ensure the safety of the hens we require appropriate transport. We have transport currently that enables one volunteer driver to pick up a maximum of 136 hens at a time. This driver will regularly drive up to 3 hours one way to collect the 136 hens. One of the farms that surrenders hens to us has 400 per week for us to rehome. This means there is a lot of driving and a lot of fuel going back and forth each week.
We aim to make TTCCH as effective as possible with its rescue missions just as weâ€™ve been able to be with the effectiveness of our holding stations, of calf transport from dairies and other aspects of the not for profit. This effectiveness is yet to happen for the hens we help. That is why we are reaching out to you now to donate. You can donate here: https://til-the-cows-come-home.giveeasy.org/help-save-thousands-of-hens-in-covid19?fbclid=IwAR1HnHCRr16X5ToAuovZPnNzURNbxBStNlOxKdCvj0aKX5m8rW_8r3sUni
Question 5. Are we leaving hens to die until we reach our fundraising goal?
No! Our drivers are driving back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth to collect the hens. We have never said no to a collection and never will from what we foresee, we will always collect the hens.
However, many farmers won’t wait for us to collect the hens in our small trailers because it is a liability for them to wait for us to get back in the coming day/days with our trailer again. Especially in the cases where it takes us weeks to clear out all of their cages if they are surrendering thousands of hens to us. A slaughter truck can clear them all out in a day, as safety is not a priority for the hens when the end of the trip results in their death. Due to financial necessity some farmers have to opt for the slaughter truck before we can rescue all of the hens. We therefore need bigger and better transport so we can prevent this and save more hens.
Question 6. How many hens from these farms require vet care?
The last trailer of 136 hens we collected from a cage egg farm that we regularly collect from, 6 of those hens required vet care. 2 of them needed euthanasia due to broken hips and other bones. 4 had broken, fractured or sprained wings and/or legs and all 6 had pneumonia.
6 vet visits after a pick-up of 136 hens from a cage egg farm is the average. We have good days and we have bad days, but we’ve not yet done a pickup from a cage egg farm and not needed a vet visit.
Â It largely comes down to transport! Hens from free range egg farms understand how to stand next to other hens safely, no brainer right? Hens from cage egg farms, when they get in a trailer that is built for hens from a free-range farm, becomes fatal. The pile on top of each other suffocating and overheating. Therefore, hens from a cage egg farm require cages to be transported for their own safety. Cages take up more space in a trailer which means transporting less hens per pick up. We need bigger trailers and appropriate crates (the crates carry small numbers of hens in each) to fit them all in.
Question 7. $30 for 10 hens for 24 hours?
It is hard to put a price on this, but we think it’s good for people to see what even a quite small one-off donation can do for the hens in need. $30 roughly provides transport, feed and health care, which includes treatment for lice, mites, worms plus vet care as required, for 10 hens for their first day with us, on average.
Volunteers make the rescue and rehoming of the hens possible from driving to feeds, to lice, mite and worming treatments. Paid vet visits are required for broken bones and illness. The hens that are diagnosed with broken bones stay with our volunteers for the healing process which is approximately 4 weeks. By which time they are walking around, loving life and ready to be adopted.
Question 8. Is there another way to donate?
Absolutely. You can donate with card or PayPal here: paypal.me/tilthecowscomehomeau
or send us a private message if you want our bank transfer details.
Thank you so, so kindly for donating! It means the world to these hens.
We hope that this blog post has answered all of your burning questions about our organisation and our latest fundraiser. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask! Thank you for all your support, it means the world to us and the animals!
Here is the link to donate now and save these hens: https://til-the-cows-come-home.giveeasy.org/help-save-thousands-of-hens-in-covid19?fbclid=IwAR1HnHCRr16X5ToAuovZPnNzURNbxBStNlOxKdCvj0aKX5m8rW_8r3sUni0
By Donna Wild
Edit by Luella Botteon