Hundreds of parakeets in need of 'immediate help' surrendered to Macomb rescue

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

A Macomb County shelter was scrambling Christmas Eve to accommodate hundreds of parakeets. Then, on Sunday, it received hundreds more.

The Detroit Animal Welfare Group in Romeo said a resident surrendered 400 of the birds on Thursday night.

"Yes, that's correct, 400," the shelter said Thursday on Facebook. "We were in shock also but could not turn them away as they were all crammed in seven cages and smothering each other and needed immediate help."

The Detroit Animal Welfare Group in Romeo said a resident surrendered 400 parakeets on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021.

A team quickly set up temporary housing for the parakeets and the shelter said parakeet food had been donated since the birds were turned over the shelter.

"We were able to reach out to some amazing bird rescues for help. Jojos Flying Friends here in Romeo rushed right over and were able to take over 100 and the babies that require hand-feeding," DAWG shelter said.

Then, on Sunday, the rescue said the number surrendered had climbed with an additional 339, as well as a revised number from Thursday to 497 for a total of 836 birds.

Birds and Beaks Rescue and Rehab along with two other rescues tended to the birds Sunday following the holiday, the shelter said.

"These birds came from a very unhealthy situation and the irresponsibility of the owner is infuriating; however, it truly takes a village to help these animals and we are so thankful for everyone that works together to get them the care and proper homes they deserve," the shelter said.

The shelters need bird food, cages and stainless steel feeding bowls. The birds will also need veterinarian care and housing for their 7-15 year life span. 

Jojo's will be vetting the birds, which have to quarantine for 30 days, and adoptions are expected to begin Jan. 23. For updates on adoptions, join JoJo's Flying Friends Facebook page.

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