Thankful Turkeys: Meet Henrietta

This month, meet four turkeys whose stories make us even more grateful to live cruelty-free this Thanksgiving.


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Say hello to Henrietta, a rescued turkey from upstate New York’s Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Nestled in the magnificent Catskill Mountains, she stays toasty by snuggling in deep beds of hay during the chilling autumn months. But life was different for this lovely lady just last year—raised on a turkey farm, Henrietta’s fate was to be on a Thanksgiving dinner plate. A couple visited the farm to purchase the centerpiece for their upcoming November feast, but quickly realized that Henrietta displayed intelligent, emotional traits. They couldn’t bear the thought of slaughtering such a thoughtful creature, so they took her to CAS. The sanctuary’s founder and director Kathy Stevens calls Henrietta “the most delightful turkey” she’s ever known, and is endeared by Henrietta’s deep need to be around humans and the other 29 free-range rescued animals at the site. A star attraction among visitors, Henrietta will nuzzle up next to guests and let volunteers pet her soft white feathers for hours. Once destined for a cruel misfortune, Henrietta has found freedom, friends, and fulfillment at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. She also made best friends with Atlas the goat soon after arriving to the sanctuary, and the two could often be seen strolling around together and cuddling. Unfortunately, Atlas passed away last week and will be missed dearly by CAS staff, volunteers, and guests, but Henrietta will preserve his legacy by being a best friend to the rest of the CAS two- and four-legged residents.

Meet Other Thankful Turkeys:
Precious Life Sanctuary Flock
Dale from Maple Farm Sanctuary
Hildy from Farm Sanctuary