Betty was living on a small farm in Canada with two other turkeys when the family who owned the farm underwent a sudden change. "Due to a domestic situation the woman and child found themselves homeless," Carla Reilly Moore, cofounder of Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo.
The family gave away all of the other farm animals, but they were especially attached to their turkeys. "They could not part with the three turkeys," Moore said. "They couldn’t, however, keep the turkeys either." The woman found a temporary place for them in a stall at a shuttered dairy farm.
But this was far from ideal. "The turkeys sat for seven months in the stall," Moore said. "They were not allowed to come out and walk around, but it was the safest place that she could find for them. And she refused to give them away to someone she didn’t trust."
That's when Moore stepped in. "When I reached out to her I explained that we are a sanctuary, and that we have other turkeys and are huge animal lovers," Moore said. "She was very grateful, and told me many times that she just couldn’t give up her babies but that she felt comfortable with us."