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Animal Rescue League of Boston seeking an everlasting home for ‘Kate’ the 30-pound turkey

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After spending the night inside a stall with chickens, Princess Leyer and Yolko Ono, a roughly 30-pound white turkey named Kate roams 20-plus woody and grassy acres at the Dedham’s branch of the American Rescue League of Boston.

Kate, surrendered with her chicken companions two weeks ago by a family moving out of state, is an “attention-seeker” who loves being pet by humans. The domestic turkey’s personality is even cherished by wild turkeys, evidenced by frequent group hangouts, said Mike DeFina, communications and media relations officer for the ARL.

“I couldn’t say this for all turkeys, but for Kate, she will make a good pet,” he said of the turkey who carries a round build and “a lot” of substance. “She’s gotten used to being around people, so she does like attention, she does seek attention. She’s been very gentle since she’s been here.”

Though Kate has brought much love and lifted the spirits in Dedham, the ARL is seeking a family to adopt her and give her an everlasting home. The 1-year-old turkey has already started generating interest, and the ARL is hoping she will be adopted by the end of the month, DeFina said.

Bred to be eaten, Kate escaped that fate when her previous owner purchased her. Now, the ARL is looking for someone to take her in and fulfill a promise set by her former family: for her not to be turned into a Thanksgiving dinner.

Kate’s 30-pound build is relatively slim compared to what she could be if it weren’t for her previous family keeping her weight down so she could move around freely, DeFina said. Her snow-white feathery coat is “very” different from wild turkeys, which are typically “skin-and-bone.”

“She was bred to grow very large, very quick so she could be consumed,” DeFina said. “That will be important when she gets into her new environment, her new home, to not overfeed her, to keep her on the trim side so she can move around and get plenty of exercise.”

Kate’s presence is a rare occurrence for the ARL. During DeFina’s six years with the nonprofit rescue organization, he said he’s only seen two domestic turkeys surrendered.

The adoption process will include potential adopters agreeing to keep Kate as a pet and photos of where she will be kept, DeFina said. The ideal environment would be a property that has a shed or barn where she can fend off harsh weather, he said.

“Here at the shelter, she does quite frequently try to get inside because she wants to hang out with people,” DeFina said, “but I would say an indoor pet would not be ideal.”

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