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Most people are familiar with the plight of unwanted dogs and cats. Kittens in plastic bags on the side of the road or puppies found in dumpsters with their legs and mouths bound by tape, are now so common that it hardly stirs the emotions of most people. But many don't realize that other pets, including birds, ferrets, rabbits and reptiles, often face a similar fate.
Just like some dogs and cats, not all parrots are loved and cared for properly by their keepers. Parrots don't roam free, or left tied up in the backyard, so the public doesn't see the thousands of neglected birds living in dark basements, garages, closets and other out of the way hidden places, isolated and locked in cages.
According to Parrot Trust, parrots are now the second most popular pets in America. Overpopulation, unethical breeding (parrot mills), and the inevitable, abuse, neglect and even abandonment.
Before you consider adopting any pet, do some research and be sure that the pet suits your lifestyle and pocketbook. Monthly expenses of owning a feathery friend can range anywhere from $40.00 to $90.00 per month and this does not include the initial cage purchase or the yearly veterinary, emergency care, or boarding costs while you are on vacation. Unlike a cat or dog adoption, many of these birds will live from 30 to 100 years so make sure that a bird will fit into your lifestyle now and into the future.
Every animal deserves a permanent, loving home, with humans who understand and respect their needs. If you're thinking about adding a parrot to the family, consider adopting one through a rescue group, such as Foster Parrots, Ltd. They rescue abused or unwanted birds from both retail and private situations, and are always in need of good, permanent homes for the birds. They also provide help and advice for current or prospective bird owners.
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