*** FUNDRAISER ALERT!!! ***
Tile sales to benefit The Institute for Animal Happiness!
I have the rare opportunity to sell handmade tiles with 100% of the sale price going straight to the Institute for Animal Happiness! I plan on doing fundraisers in the future and supporting just causes, but it is likely that I will need to recoup expenses. In this case, I have the ability to make NO money off of these tiles and give everything over to IAH.
*Note if you would like to make a donation straight to the institute and pick up your tile in person (in the Woodstock-Kingston-Catskill-New Paltz area), please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the tile number you would like. We’ll send you the IAH’s direct paypal link for a donation, and once you have made a $25 minimum donation we’ll arrange pickup. The point is to get them money, and there are many paths to do so.
The Institute for Animal Happiness is a micro-sanctuary for rescued chickens in upstate New York. The likeness featured on this tile is of Buckles, a bird rescued from the violent Kaporos ritual slaughter along with another chicken named Pancakes. Sadly, Pancakes could not overcome the abuse he was subjected to and passed away shortly after rescue. Watch this video about their rescue.
Chickens brought to the sanctuary have often lived tragic lives, but the IAH gives them the opportunity to feel love and freedom. The caretakers do everything in their power to give the residents a comfortable and loving home, from building a coop by hand to designing and testing various wheelchairs for the differently-abled. Due to generations of evolutionary abuse, their bodies require constant monitoring: domesticated chickens suffer from weak hearts, out of whack metabolisms, female chickens are doubly charged with a taxing reproductive system. In order to keep the gang healthy they require quarantine immediately upon arrival, screenings for infection and parasites; then as they live out their lives they need regular check ups and caretakers must be watchful of possible symptoms
Domesticated chickens were bred to be disposable production machines right up to the end of their lives at slaughter. Veterinary knowledge of their medical care is disappointingly far behind most other animals. In difficult cases, the IAH must travel long distances to consult with avian specialists. Chicken caretakers around the world share experiences and results of diagnoses and treatments, and their collective knowledge helps to educate local vets.
Because of this, the IAH is always in need of funding for chicken healthcare. We hope to make a difference for them.