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Charities unite to rescue hens
Sarah Carr
Sarah Carr with her daughter Bethany, Marie Channer and Julie Lankshire.

British Hen Welfare Trust and Wood Green find homes for hundreds of birds

Hundreds of hens have been handed over to the Godmanchester headquarters of Wood Green by the British Hen Welfare Trust, following a joint mission to rescue thousands of former commercial birds.

Over 300 hens are now available for adoption, with some already having found new homes.

Among those prepared to give the chickens a new home is Sarah Carr, who travelled from just outside King's Lynn with her daughter Bethany to claim 10 of the hens.

Sarah said: "I've always wanted hens and had been searching online to find out about rehoming, so we jumped at the chance to take 10 from this latest rescue.

"My daughter has been incredibly excited in the lead-up to the big day, and has been watching us build a coop and run in preparation.

"She's named some of the hens after Frozen characters, and was delighted to find we had six eggs on the first morning of having them."

The British Hen Welfare Trust has been finding homes for almost 500,000 ex-commercial hens, otherwise destined for slaughter, since 2005.

Two weeks ago, the charity joined forces with Wood Green to stage a rehoming rescue for thousands of former commercial hens.

Of the 250 hens that arrived on the first day, all were rehomed the same week.

Marie Channer, field and small animal welfare manager at Wood Green, said: "We are delighted to be working with British Hen Welfare trust on these rescues and enabling ex-commercial birds to have a better existence."

Julie Lankshear from British Hen Welfare added: "It is great to see these healthy, strong girls enjoying some well-earned freedom."

Hens are now fast becoming popular family pets in both urban and countryside areas. Among the celebrities said to be a fan of keeping chicks are Jamie Oliver, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey and Billie Piper.

To find out more about rehoming hens visit

Image (C) Wood Green

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.