Mesa is a “jungle fowl” hen who loves blueberries, visitors, and exploring. At our Southern California Shelter, she gets to enjoy all these things. Unfortunately, the vast majority of jungle fowl never will. This breed is favored by cockfighters, who subject their roosters to vicious, deadly combat and often keep their hens in miserable, dangerous conditions.
Even those who escape or are confiscated often face death. Most animal control agencies automatically euthanize cockfighting roosters, and many euthanize hens from cockfighting operations as well. Others, however, try their best to find homes for the female chickens. Our Southern California Shelter has formed relationships with nearby shelters in order to help place these and other animals, so when Orange County Humane Society recently found a jungle fowl hen in Costa Mesa, they reached out to us. Soon the little chicken was on her way to refuge.