Adopt A Turkey And Hug A Vegan

November 13, 2010 by Keri

As a vegan in an entirely vegan household, you may be surprised to hear I not only spent money on a turkey, but that turkey is going to be right in the center of my dining room table come Thanksgiving.  Okay, not the turkey per se, but a photo of the turkey.  I’m sure if you read the title, it’s clear what I’m talking about: Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey project.  After reading The Domestic Vegan’s post about her annual tradition of adopting a turkey every Thanksgiving, I knew that was going to become my family’s tradition as well. More information from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project:

Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project has encouraged people to save a turkey at Thanksgiving through sponsorships that help us rescue animals and provide care for them at our sanctuaries, as well as educate and advocate for turkeys, and other farm animals, everywhere. Now is your chance to join us in saving even more lives this year.

For a one-time donation gift of just $30, anyone can sponsor a turkey who lives at either our New York or California Shelter. As a turkey sponsor, you will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate with a color photo of and fun details about your new friend.

Turkey sponsorships also make perfect gifts, so make an even greater impact this holiday season by sharing the love with others. For a gift of $180, you can sponsor the whole flock and have adoption certificates sent to family and friends!

We are pleased to present here photos of beloved turkeys at Farm Sanctuary who not only need your sponsorship support this Thanksgiving but also your help showing others just how deserving of life farm animals really are. We are privileged to have these beautiful birds in our care, and we know you’ll love making a difference for them too!

Of course, charity and compassion are important year-round, but with family and friends gathering around the table sharing their gratitude, we have a perfect opportunity to pass down a new tradition.  Since the holiday is so near, Farm Sanctuary may be unable to get your photo to you in time, but there’s still plenty of time to donate.  If the whole “having a photo of a turkey around” thing doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in anyway, be sure to click the box indicating for Farm Sanctuary to save resources and forgo sending the certificate.  And if you do want the photo to share on your Thanksgiving table, consider adding a few extra dollars to the donation.  It’s not required or even suggested, but just an afterthought.  Now head over to Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey page and show Daphne, Harley, Velma, Jordan, Kima, and Reese some love!

Wait, I’m not done yet!  If you aren’t familiar with Chocolate-Covered Katie and her lovely Chocolate-Covered blog, I should warn you… She likes to hug things.  And she really likes to make other people hug things.  In celebration of Vegan Mofo, Katie is forcing us all to hug something or someone vegan, and send her photos of said hugging.  Okay, maybe she’s not forcing anyone, but if you do send her your vegan-hugging photo, she’ll include it in a very special, very affectionate, blog post.  I believe the deadline is Thanksgiving, but be sure to check her post for more information.  I know I’ve already got my hugging finshed for the month.  Phew!

Happy Saturday!

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  1. bitt says:

    Thanks for the reminder about adopt-a-turkey. My mom wants me to post something. She eats turkey but likes adopting one too. Some kind of guilt thing I guess.

  2. Oh wow, Keri, I am SO glad you brought this up! I’ve adopted a turkey for the last two (or maybe three) years, but I completely forgot this year. Thanks for reminding me before it was too late! I’m off to pick out my turkey now. (I just wish I could adopt them all…) Haha I like how your turkey is going on your table. I think I made my dad angry when I pointed out to him that all our turkey figurines around the house for Thanksgiving just go to show how hypocritical the whole thing is! 🙁

  3. Cadry says:

    Which turkey did you adopt? I adopted Harley from the California shelter. He is super cute! Farm Sanctuary is such an amazing, healing place for human and non-human animals.

    • Keri says:

      I just let our 2 year old choose, but I’m almost certain it was Harley. I’d love to visit there someday!