Karen Dawn Turkey Rescue 2013

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Welcome to my annual turkey rescue. On this page you’ll find a youtube video of the 2013 turkey rescue, including shots of the turkey bath and blow-dry and introductions to neighborhood children. We have also posted low res photos below and you can download higher res versions here. If you would like to get in touch for an interview, please shoot me an email via the “Contact” tab at the top of this page.

This year I have the pleasure of introducing you to Anne and Jessica Turkey, named for vegan beauties Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. They came from the local slaughter industry, destined for Thanksgiving dinner, and will be our holiday guests of honor -- at the table rather than on it. The only turkey on our Thanksgiving table is a bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon!

After the holiday I will take Anne and Jessica up to the beautiful Animal Place sanctuary in Grass Valley, Northern California. They’ll live out their lives as turkey ambassadors, greeting guests and teaching them that turkeys are interesting and affectionate individuals, who, like all beings, are just looking for love. I hope people who are touched by this story will support the beautiful work of Animal Place by going to http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/karendawn/turkeyrescue2013.

I do this annual rescue partly as a fun way to get out a serious message: turkeys are not even covered by basic federal humane slaughter laws, so their suffering at Thanksgiving is immeasurable. But the main message is simply that "turkey day" is a lot more fun when the turkeys are alive and well.

Here's our YouTube video. You should be able to watch (or capture) it in standard or HD resolution.

Below are low res photos of the rescue operation. You’ll find higher res in this dropbox.

Jessica turkey bath -- by Matt Washil Blowdrying Jessica in towel -- by Matt Washil Blowdry of Jessica looking -- byMatt Washil
Anna blowdry kiss- by Matt Washil Head to head with Anna -- by Matt Washil Jessica in mirror -- by Matt Washil
Jessica on lap, Anne posing -- by Matt Washil Jessica on lap -- by Matt Washil With Josh Garrett and neighbor Ruby Nieman -- by Ros Nieman
  With Josh Garrett and neighbors Wade and Ruby Nieman -- by Ros Nieman  

To learn more about my animal advocacy work, read my bio here.


You can get in touch with Karen Dawn via email at the "contact" link at the top of this page.