“Clucking For A Cause” is an evening of Music and Comedy featuring Broadway Singers and Stand up Comedians coming together to raise funds for the Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary


Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary, located in Montague, NJ rescues and rehabilitates farm animals, provides them with a safe and permanent home and educates the public to encourage a more compassionate view of these animals.  The need for continued financial assistance is essential for them to carry out their mission as the farm continues to expand and rescue more animals.  With this in mind, Broadway and Off- Broadway singers and NYC based comedians are coming together to present an evening of entertainment to raise awareness and funds for the sanctuary.

The cabaret will be presented on January 11, 2016 at 7 pm at The Triad at 158 W 72nd st New York, NY 10023

Produced by Vanessa Dawson

Singers include Matt Farnsworth, Grasan Kingsberry, Vanessa Dawson, Christine LaDuca, Eric and Aaron and Michael Harren

Comedians include Pete Lee, Carrie Gravenson, Chris Griggs and Aaron Friedman

Musical Direction by Charles Czarnecki

Hosted by Honey LaBronx

Tickets are 15.00 plus a 2 drink minimum

For tickets visit www.triadnyc.com or call 888-596-1027

Meet our latest rescue, Leopold



Meet the newest member of the Dawson family sanctuary, Leopold.  He was given as a christmas gift to a young boy but shortly after, the family had to handle a medical emergency and had no time for the bunny.  The only attention that he got was at feeding time.  I was asked to feed him when the family was away  and I was saddened by the lack of attention that he was being given.  I discussed my concerns with the mom and she agreed to let me find a new home for him.  I called sanctuaries, friends and rabbit rescues to see if anyone wanted to have him.  I left several messages at many places.  The few people that I did hear from were unable to take him in at that time.    As I spent more time with him, he stole my heart.  I sent my husband a picture of him and he texted me back “Oh my God can we keep him?”.  It began to become more obvious the more time that I spent with him that our house was the place for him.  As soon as I made the decision ironically, opportunities for him to find a home came up.   As with our other rescues the cats have the final say in if an animal gets to stay.  They have accepted him beautifully.  It also is beginning to look like there is a beautiful friendship forming between Leopold and Penelope, our chicken.






Our small backyard plot we came to realize, is the perfect size and set up for us to take  our chicken and rabbit for supervised play time outside.  It is a small enough plot that I can keep an eye on them and it is enclosed by a fence.   It was such a joy to watch Leo run back and forth during his first day ever on the grass.  He jumped and kicked his legs up so high! He ran and jumped right into my lap.  It was if he was saying thank you.  Leopold has a beautiful spirit and a zest for life.   I am so happy that our paths have crossed.

The more time that he would spend outside of his room (aka his cage…but I hate that term), the more that he would want to be outside of it.  Now he has pretty much freedom to go wherever he wants in the apartment since he is litter trained.   He has such a boisterous personality that the thought of him living his life in a cage and never getting to express his personality was so sad to us.






Leopold is a great reminder that rabbits are a large responsibility and should not be given as gifts.  They require a lot of care and attention.  Many rabbits end up in shelters because people don’t realize the commitment that they require.  They can live up to 10 years and they require an exotic vet.  They are small and adorable but they are not starter pets. They require the same amount of attention (if not more) as any other companion animal.  If you are ready to make the commitment to a rabbit please consider adopting from a shelter rather than buying from a pet store due to the amount of surrendered rabbits that need homes.    Here is a wonderful video that anyone that is considering getting a pet rabbit should watch.


Kaporos, The Fight Continues

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I first want to start by saying thank you all for your beautiful comments and support with regards to our film.  I have received messages from all around the globe and it warms our hearts to know that Penelope’s story is making an impact.  Duncan Skiles did an amazing job and we are so grateful for his dedication to this project.

We had high hopes that shortly after the film was released, the use of chickens in Kaporos would be a thing of the past (or at least in the public streets of brooklyn) due to a lawsuit filed in the New York Supreme Court to issue an injunction against Hasidic rabbis and synagogues in Brooklyn.  Unfortuantley the judge denied the claim and 50,000 chickens will lose their lives in this practice between now and tuesday morning 9/22.  In some locations, the chickens arrived last night.

“Supreme Court Judge Debra James, dodging the claimed conflict between religious rights and public health, ruled that city officials had discretion to decide whether to enforce sanitary codes, and private parties couldn’t sue over an alleged “public nuisance.” To read the full Newsday article click here.

As you can imagine we are devastated and shocked that the judge would deny our claim when 15 laws with regard to public health are being broken each year.  Here is a statement from The Alliance to End Chickens As Kaporos.  It is appalling that a judge would allow 50,000 chickens to be slaughtered on the streets, especially when there is an avian flu outbreak.   There are feathers, feces and blood from these birds all over the sidewalk and people get that on their shoes and track it onto the subways and into their homes. There is a reason why there are laws in place that state that you can’t have a public slaughterhouse within a certain amount of feet from a residence.     Potentially these diseases could spread all over New York so this is much more than just a Borough Park/ Williamsburg/Crown Heights issue.  Last year there was a dead pile that was left on the street for a week that you could smell from blocks away.  The police and sanitation department were notified and there wasn’t anything done about it.  This year we really need the public support.



What You Can Do: 

  • Sign this petition.
  •  If you are in the NYC area, please consider attending the protests that are happening on sunday and monday evening in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  Please click on the link for more details.
  • Contact the police department and 311 asking them to enforce the laws with regard to public health. Document your calls!
  • If you witness the practice, document it by taking photos and video
  • Share Penelope’s documentary with your family and friends! The most common comment that we have received is that people have never heard of this ritual. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llFZmcy5Whw


Thank you for your support! 

Penelope: A Rescue Story- A Short Documentary




It has been quite a year.  I launched this blog about compassion towards animals exactly one year ago, today.  Little did I know what the next year would have in store for me and how much my life would change.

A HUGE thank you to Duncan Skiles for taking an interest in our story and creating this documentary.

This is being released just days before a judge will rule on the Kaporos court case and a couple of weeks before Kaporos is scheduled to take place again.

If you like what you see, please share to help raise awareness and spread Penelope’s message.

Thank you!!!!