Mathilda "Mattie"

Mathilda "Mattie"

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Andy

Andy

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Curious George

Curious George

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Henrietta

Henrietta

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Henrietta

Henrietta

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Izzy

Izzy

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Izzy

Izzy

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Turkey Lurkey

Turkey Lurkey

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Hollywood Girls

Hollywood Girls

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Gable

Gable

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California

Bogart

Bogart

Animal Place, Grass Valley, California

Jude

Jude

Animal Place, Grass Valley, California

Apollo

Apollo

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah

Turkeys that appear in shelters prior to Thanksgiving are at high risk for being “adopted” and slaughtered. Luckily Apollo was quickly pulled by a rescuer before someone got the idea he would make a good holiday dinner. Once safely at Ching, Apollo proved to be quite the show off, performing the turkey mating dance and territory displays constantly, perhaps proud of his unique light coloring on his feathers. Sadly like many turkeys bred for the size of their breasts, Apollo suffered from heart issues that took his life before he was likely even a year old.

Apollo

Apollo

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah

Turkeys that appear in shelters prior to Thanksgiving are at high risk for being “adopted” and slaughtered. Luckily Apollo was quickly pulled by a rescuer before someone got the idea he would make a good holiday dinner. Once safely at Ching, Apollo proved to be quite the show off, performing the turkey mating dance and territory displays constantly, perhaps proud of his unique light coloring on his feathers. Sadly like many turkeys bred for the size of their breasts, Apollo suffered from heart issues that took his life before he was likely even a year old.

Daphne

Daphne

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah

One of two turkey girls rescued from a factory farm, Daphne survived to experience a few short yet happy months free at Ching. Though her body showed all the signs of a turkey bred for her flesh in industrial animal agriculture, her spirit was as unique and joyous as any human spirit. Daphne’s curiosity and friendliness defied the horrible place she spent her childhood, and she found love and kindness for what would be her teen years at the sanctuary before a reproductive issue took her life.

Lincoln

Lincoln

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah

Found on a county shelter website right before Thanksgiving, Lincoln was quickly pulled by a rescuer to avoid someone getting the idea he would make a good holiday dinner. That may have been his original fate, as some people think buying their own turkey to raise and slaughter for Thanksgiving will give some special meaning to the meal, however now Lincoln can celebrate life each Thanksgiving. Lincoln protects a flock of rescued egg laying hens, and while he seems a bit gruff, he actually likes human attention.

Clementine

Clementine

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah

Turkey escapes before Thanksgiving are not uncommon, and are cause for joy in the sanctuary world. Clementine was found wandering the streets in Utah before Thanksgiving in 2011, and was so personable and friendly toward the couple who found him that they assumed he was a beloved pet; however no human companions came forth in their search. Thus Clementine was welcomed to Ching, and he continues to be one of the friendliest of turkey toms, normally a territorial bunch, but Clementine loves human friends and even new visitors, greeting them with his impressive display of vibrant feathers.

Clementine

Clementine

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, Herriman, Utah

Turkey escapes before Thanksgiving are not uncommon, and are cause for joy in the sanctuary world. Clementine was found wandering the streets in Utah before Thanksgiving in 2011, and was so personable and friendly toward the couple who found him that they assumed he was a beloved pet; however no human companions came forth in their search. Thus Clementine was welcomed to Ching, and he continues to be one of the friendliest of turkey toms, normally a territorial bunch, but Clementine loves human friends and even new visitors, greeting them with his impressive display of vibrant feathers.

Augustus

Augustus

Farm Sanctuary, Orland, California

 Farm Sanctuary, Orland, California

Farm Sanctuary, Orland, California

Calvin & Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Silverton, Oregon

Mr. Watson

Mr. Watson

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Silverton, Oregon

Mr. Watson

Mr. Watson

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Silverton, Oregon

Mr. Watson

Mr. Watson

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Silverton, Oregon

Mrs. Watson

Mrs. Watson

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Silverton, Oregon

Mrs. Watson

Mrs. Watson

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Silverton, Oregon

Kailua

Kailua

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

McKinley

McKinley

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Kerrie

Kerrie

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Meilani

Meilani

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Kona

Kona

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Kona

Kona

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Henry

Henry

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Kimo

Kimo

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Kimo

Kimo

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Henry

Henry

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Kona

Kona

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Stockton, California

Rufous

Rufous

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Rufous

Rufous

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Scio, Oregon

Big Boy

Big Boy

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Charles

Charles

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Charles

Charles

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Pete

Pete

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Pete

Pete

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Pete

Pete

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

  Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Newberg, Oregon

Lila

Lila

Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres, Acton, California