International Respect for Chickens Day

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Sunday, May 5, 2024
11:30am - 3:30pm

Chicken Run Rescue

***This event has been rescheduled from Saturday, May 4, to Sunday, May 5, 11:30-4.***

Celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day! 

Around 35 volunteers stand outside, each volunteer holding a portrait of a different chicken.
Volunteers at a past celebration.

Join us to celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day. Connect with and care for the chicken residents of Chicken Run Rescue, while sharing a potluck lunch and learning more about chicken advocacy. Sign up to volunteer here.

Event Timeline 

International Respect for Chickens Day was launched in 2005 by United Poultry Concerns. This year, CAA is grateful to partner with Chicken Run Rescue to celebrate the holiday and to remember the recently-passed Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns. 

  • 11:30am-12:00pm: Opening circle 
  • 12:00-2:30pm: Workday to support the chickens 
  • 2:30-3:00pm: Vegan potluck
  • 3:00-4:00 Tuning in to an online memorial for Karen Davis, founder of United Poultry Concerns.
  • We will end with taking a group photo and the opportunity for individual photos with chickens. 

There will be snacks, sunscreen, and bug repellent available during the event, which will be at Chicken Run Rescue, south of the Metro area. It’s about 40 minutes’ drive south of the Twin Cities, and 20 minutes south of Apple Valley. The address will be shared with volunteers prior to the event.

How can I sign up to volunteer? 

Be sure to register here – otherwise, you will not receive necessary information on the event (like the address). 

What Next? 

We’ll reach out to you a few days prior to the event to confirm your participation.  At that time we’ll introduce you to the staff leading the event. You’ll get their cell phone number in case anything comes up day-of. If you have questions in the meantime, reach out to

Recordings of the Humane Hoax webinar sessions (including both the memorial and other chicken-related sessions) will be available after the event (though not immediately). 

Biosecurity at the event

Avian flu has killed millions of birds, both wild and domestic. The poultry industry’s “management” of chicken flocks with infected members through ventilation shutdown has horrifically killed millions more. Our priority at this event is to keep the residents at Chicken Run Rescue, and everyone else, safe.

  • Please wear clothes that have been freshly washed in hot water. 
  • Wear clean shoes. When entering, thoroughly dip your shoes in the foot bath at the entrance. 
  • If you spend time in settings that put you at risk to spread avian flu (like volunteering at a wildlife center or other farm sanctuary), please abstain from volunteering at this event. We hope to see you at other sanctuary and outreach events for the birds!
  • This is an evolving public health situation, and additional guidelines may be provided closer to the event.

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