This chicken was found along the side of a highway by a volunteer at Lancaster Farm Sanctuary. After taking a look at her wounds, the sanctuary knew that she had been out there in the cold for at least a couple of days.

“She was already scabby and festering. She could barely hold her head up anymore. And although it must’ve been incredibly painful, it was the luckiest day of her life,” said the sanctuary.

“Thankfully our local animal hospital was willing to see her for an emergency visit first thing this morning when they opened,” said the sanctuary.

The animal hospital discovered that she suffered serious wounds including a broken leg and a major puncture to the chest. Although it will take time for her leg to heal, the veterinarians reassured the sanctuary that the mere fact that she is choosing to move it and is starting to put a little bit of weight on it is a good sign!

“We left her there for the day so they could anesthetize her and perform surgery. We have named her Val,” the sanctuary added.

The reality of life for animals on factory farms is gruesome, to say the least. Thousands of animals are kept in cramped, filthy conditions for the duration of their lives, many of whom reach the slaughterhouse too sick to even stand. Chickens are highly intelligent, sentient beings, and keeping them in these conditions is inhumane. Thankfully, there are many chicken and egg substitutes that are not only delicious but free of all cruelty to animals. When you have a truly better option… why bother with anything else?

Lancaster Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit farmed animal sanctuary. They’re on a mission to rescue farmed animals and provide them sanctuary; inspiring humans to live with compassion and respect. If you would like to help, you can donate here. Your donation will directly help fund special projects and expansion efforts like preparing the property to take in more animals and improving the grounds and barn for our existing residents.

You can keep up with Val and the other rescues on Instagram and TikTok!

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