It's that time of year. October is when thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, and what kind of turkey we'll have. Will it be wide-wattled Bubbles? Or Rhonda, with her pale pink wattle? Gideon is awfully pretty too, but he's in California—a bit far from our shores.
Of course I'm talking about adopting a turkey from Farm Sanctuary, and fortunately, the turkeys stay right where they are—being cared for in a loving environment at either the Watkins Glen sanctuary in New York, or in California. The adoption fee helps provide care for the turkeys that have found their way to the sanctuary rather than a dinner table. As you can see from the photo above, the turkeys love Turkey Day at the sanctuary!
More photos of the adopted turkeys enjoying Thanksgiving are here, and if you'd like to sponsor a turkey, go to Adoptaturkey.org. Each adoption is only $25, and you'll receive (if you opt to) a certificate with a photo of your turkey, suitable for framing.
Adopted turkeys are lovely gifts, too, for animal lovers you love. Each year my daughters get two turkeys. (You might remember Daughter Number Two's reaction the first year I told her we were adopting a turkey. "Does Dad know?!" she asked, alarmed at the prospect of a turkey coming to live with us. These days she's a little more sanguine.)
If you'd like to adopt a turkey, I warn you: it's a tough decision. But if you really can't decide, you can adopt the whole flock, for $150!
(Photo by Connie Pugh)