Kapiti resident Helen Whitfield is on a mission to save 3000 chickens.
No longer wanted, the hens are destined to become dog food at the end of the month. The Otaki farm owners let her rescue as many as she likes and then she sells them for $5 to cover costs.
Ms Whitfield was adamant the farm owners were good people, they cared about the animals, and the chickens were in good condition on their release.
Despite not laying regularly enough to provide a business, the hens would still produce enough to keep their new families in supply for at least two years.
Ms Whitfield says while most people adopted the birds for their eggs, people also delighted in rehabilitating them into their new lives.
With about 100 re-homed so far, Ms Whitfield was working as hard as she could to find homes for the birds, but knew she probably wouldn't be able to save them all.