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Adopt a Turkey Month

Join the movement and make a difference this November by adopting a turkey instead of eating one.
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Gobble gobble! It's time to celebrate Adopt a Turkey Month, starting on November 1. This month-long holiday was established in the 1980s by the animal rights organization, Farm Sanctuary, as a way to raise awareness about the benefits of adopting turkeys instead of consuming them for Thanksgiving. It's a great opportunity to show compassion and kindness towards these intelligent and loving animals, while also promoting a plant-based diet. Plus, who wouldn't want to have a turkey as part of their family? Get ready to spread some love and gratitude this month with your new feathered friend!

History of Adopt a Turkey Month

Adopt a Turkey Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1986</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of Farm Sanctuary</div><div class='timeline-text'>Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization, is founded by Gene Baur and Lorri Houston.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1989</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Adopt a Turkey Program</div><div class='timeline-text'>Farm Sanctuary initiates the first Adopt a Turkey program to save turkeys from slaughter during Thanksgiving.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growth in Turkey Adoptions</div><div class='timeline-text'>Adopt a Turkey program expands across the United States, thanks to increasing awareness about animal welfare issues.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebrity Involvement</div><div class='timeline-text'>Celebrities, like Ellen DeGeneres, begin supporting and promoting the Adopt a Turkey program.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Millennial Impact</div><div class='timeline-text'>The rise of millennial environmentalism and veganism marks a new surge in turkey adoptions during November.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Adoption</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Farm Sanctuary launches a virtual adoption and celebration program.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Adopt a Turkey Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Adopt a turkey</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The best way to celebrate Adopt a Turkey Month is by actually adopting a turkey! Many animal sanctuaries and organizations offer programs where you can sponsor a turkey and receive updates on their well-being.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a turkey farm</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to a local turkey farm and learn about the lives of these amazing birds. You can also support the farm by purchasing products made from their turkeys, such as feathers or meat alternatives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate others on the importance of turkey adoption</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread awareness about Adopt a Turkey Month by educating others on why it's important to adopt turkeys instead of consuming them. You can share information on social media or host a discussion with friends and family.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a turkey rescue organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local turkey rescue organization and offer your time and skills to help care for the turkeys. You can also organize fundraisers or donation drives to support their efforts.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a plant-based Thanksgiving feast</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Instead of serving traditional turkey at your Thanksgiving dinner, try hosting a plant-based feast with delicious alternatives that don't involve harming animals. This is a great way to celebrate Adopt a Turkey Month and promote compassion towards all living creatures.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Adopt a Turkey Month

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings awareness to the plight of turkeys</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Adopt a Turkey Month is a great opportunity to educate people about the mistreatment of turkeys and encourage them to make more conscious choices when it comes to food consumption. By adopting a turkey, you can make a positive impact and help raise awareness for animal welfare.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes compassion and kindness towards all animals</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Through adopting a turkey, we show compassion and kindness towards these intelligent, gentle creatures who often face cruel treatment in factory farms. Adopting a turkey also encourages empathy towards all animals, not just turkeys, and can lead to more ethical food choices.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports organizations and sanctuaries working towards animal welfare</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By participating in Adopt a Turkey Month, you not only show support for the individual turkey you adopt but also for the organizations and sanctuaries that work tirelessly to rescue and care for these animals. Your contribution can make a big difference in the lives of the turkeys and the organizations that help them.</p></div></div>

5 Unbelievable Facts about Adopt a Turkey Month

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When is Adopt a Turkey Month?

Adopt a Turkey Month is celebrated every November 1st. In 2024, November 1st will fall on a Friday.

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