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Erie, Colorado – This Fourth of July, a day we have celebrated for 246 years, We the people are grappling more than ever before with what “freedom” means, and to whom it applies. Kenai and Koda, a baby chicken and baby duck, were oblivious to our struggles, but fought their own battle for freedom. Their story is one we can all celebrate: the freedom of two unlikely friends near death, rescued, and now living happily at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary.
One summer evening, a couple in Littleton strolling through a park heard faint little cries for help coming from an unmarked box. They lifted the lid and saw two babies cowering together, terrified for their lives.
They were covered in feces and parasites, and starving for days. Kenai, the chicken, and Koda, the duck, were in desperate need of help. Koda, gasping for air, had feces packed tightly inside his nasal cavity from breathing it inside the small area of the box. He also had an injured leg due to the extremely tight confinement. Kenai was missing feathers and discolored gray – a sign of parasite infestation.
This Fourth of July, we are celebrating the kindness of the people who found Kenai and Koda and took them to their local humane shelter. This small act of kindness made a huge difference to their lives, and this is the only reason they survived. The suffering they endured together has bonded them as friends and as brothers forever. It doesn’t matter that they are different species. They are completely inseparable – where one goes, the other soon follows.
This unlikely friendship reminds us that in difficult times, individuals can band together just like Koda and Kenai. We, like all species, can overlook our differences and forge friendships to overcome the challenges in front us.
Luvin Arms is a sanctuary of inspiration and connection where people are empowered to create change that leads to more compassionate choices for themselves, for the planet, and justice for all beings.
Help us celebrate Koda and Kenai’s story AND the power of compassion by joining us at the Luvin Arms Carnival. On July 9th at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary from 6-9 pm, enjoy a Compassion Carnival featuring rides, games, live music, and food trucks.
- Ballistic Swing
- Rock Climbing Wall
Food vendors include:
- Vegan Van
- Saucy Cluckers
- Solstice Sweet
- Erica Sodos
- Nude Foods
Live music by Annette Conlon. Glass blowing demonstrations by Fera Academy. Visitors will also get to cuddle with the animal residents of Luvin Arms, an opportunity to experience the pure joy of connecting with other species. This will be a fun event for the entire family!
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About Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary:
Luvin Arms is a nonprofit animal sanctuary for abused and neglected farmed animals, located in Erie, Colorado. Luvin Arms provides exceptional lifelong social, emotional, and cognitive care for their animal residents, and advocates for those who have not been rescued by sharing their residents’ stories to inspire, educate, and empower others to embrace a more compassionate and sustainable lifestyle.
Marketing and Communications Manager