Maybe, Auerbach hopes, these roosters will help change more minds about what roosters are like, and what they deserve.
Thanks in part to the well-publicized outcomes for Michael Vick's former fighting dogs, many people are now onboard with the idea that dogs rescued from fighting can be individually evaluated, rehabilitated and safely adopted into homes.
For roosters to get this sort of treatment is not unprecedented, either.
Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, but is still depressingly common - and more than a decade ago, the Wall Street Journal documented other rare but successful cases of birds rescued from this horror, who were given rehabilitation and allowed to live.
A Vermont sanctuary called VINE, specializing in rehabbing former cockfighting birds, is trying to get folks familiar with how rooster rehabilitation works, and what needs to be done for that to be more common. (The short version: more resources, more compassion, and more education.)
But even in Austin - the country's largest no-kill community - there have been plenty of ugly, predictable jokes about these roosters being made into soup.
Austin Animal Center