Where Every Animal is Free
On a 40 acre ranch between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary gives refuge to abused and abandoned farm animals from across California. With a full time veterinarian and a skilled animal care team, Happy Hen is one of the few sanctuaries in the US that accepts animals in need of urgent care and long-term rehabilitation. We are proud to have saved more than 1,000 lives over the last 8 years, including chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, cows, pigs, goats, and sheep. Founded by activist Zoe Rosenberg when she was only 11 years old, Happy Hen has grown into a well-known sanctuary. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so please support our animals and activities by donating to our efforts.
Are Free Animals
Here at Happy Hen, we put all of our energy into making sure our residents are happy, healthy, and free. This is especially important because so many animals that come to us have been rescued from horrible situations. Many had never before seen the sun or the sky, or walked on dirt or grass. Some had never been out of a tiny cage or crate or stall. Our mission is to make sure they can live out their whole lives, free of pain, suffering and hardship.
FACILITIES & PROGRAMS
Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary
In 2018, Happy Hen helped organize a high-profile rescue of 100 turkeys from a factory farm in Utah. Collaborating with other organizations and celebrities, including actor James Cromwell, they negotiated the release of the animals just in time for thanksgiving. Happy Hen found homes for most of the turkeys all around California, but 21 still reside here at our facility, where they will spend the rest of their lives happy and free.
We currently have over 100 chickens at Happy Hen. They live happy lives across numerous pastures, each with its own sets of coops. Most of our animals have been rescued from the factory farming industry. This includes rescued egg-laying hens as well as rescued meat chickens. We also have geese, ducks, and turkeys.
BARNYARDS & PASTURES
Across numerous barns and pastures we currently care for some amazing large animals, from Cows and Pigs, to Goats and Sheep. We are currently in the process of growing our staff and our facilities, so we welcome any donations that will allow us to provide space and care to additional residents that need homes.
At Happy Hen, we have a full-time veterinarian and an on-site clinic that enables us to provide intensive care for rescued animals. We pride ourselves on accepting animals that are in the most urgent need of treatment and long-term rehabilitation. Our residents include animals rescued from California wildfires, factory farms, slaughterhouses, cock-fighting roosters seized by police, and even chickens that survived a deadly truck crash while being shipped to slaughter on California freeways.
Happy Hen founder, Zoe Rosenberg (age 21) travels the country giving talks and leading protests to fight for the rights of farmed animals everywhere. Zoe was named Youth Activist of the Year by the National Animal Rights Conference in Washington DC and was awarded the Paul McCartney Veg Advocate Award. She is currently a college student at U.C. Berkeley. She gave a TED talk about her activism (view on TED website here).
The Sanctuary Team
President and Founder
DR. SHERSTIN ROSENBERG
Veterinarian and Executive Director
Animal Care Director
Animal Care Associate
MARIBEL PEREZ ALCARAZ
Animal Care Associate
Animal Care Volunteer
WILLOW & BRUCE