Thanksgiving is surely not the best time to be a turkey. According to Farm Sanctuary, more than 46 million turkeys are killed each year during the holiday. Fortunately, there are organizations working to rescue as many turkeys as possible – and remind us that the birds are just as worthy of human help as other farm animals.

Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has led the annual Adopt a Turkey Project – an initiative that has helped save more than 1,000 turkeys from death. Alongside saving the animals, the project also gives people a chance “to honor the spirit of the holiday by helping animals in need.”

A few years ago, in Watkins Glen, New York, a group of turkeys got to take part in their own Thanksgiving meal! The turkeys had the opportunity to enjoy a very festive feast in the safety of their sanctuary home – and the big event was live-streamed on the rescue’s Facebook page.

You can help the saved turkeys and the Adopt a Turkey Project by sponsoring one of the rescued turkeys that now live at Farm Sanctuary.

To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, click here.

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