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British Hen Welfare Trust appeals for volunteers in Bishop's Stortford

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A charity that saves hens from slaughter and rehomes them as family pets is looking for volunteer helpers in Bishop's Stortford.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has vacancies for drivers and 'poorly carers' as part of its rehoming team for the town.

Every year the charity holds rehoming days for around 60,000 ex-laying hens across the country, including about 10 in the Stortford area.

BHWT is looking for volunteer drivers
BHWT is looking for volunteer drivers

Poorly hens are uncommon, but because of the large number being saved from slaughter, inevitably some are unsuitable for rehoming. Poorly carers look after those that are too ill to be adopted straight away. While experience in animal care is useful, it is not essential as full training will be provided.

The charity also needs drivers to collect hens from farms and transport them to the rehoming site. Volunteers need to have the necessary insurance and a suitable vehicle, such as a medium to large van (preferably well ventilated), horse trailer or four-wheel-drive with a towbar.

BHWT founder Jane Howorth said: "Our volunteers are incredible people who selflessly give up their time to help change the lives of thousands of hens every year. Without them, we wouldn't be able to give these hard-working chickens a happy retirement full of sunbathing, treats and affection.

"If you can spare around 10 days a year, please think about volunteering with the BHWT – you'd literally be helping to save hens' lives."

For more information see https://www.bhwt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

About 10 rehoming days a year are held in the Bishop's Stortford area
About 10 rehoming days a year are held in the Bishop's Stortford area

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