The RSPCA is appealing for information after two brightly-coloured parakeets were dumped in a garden.
The pair of Indian ringnecks, a male green-coloured bird and a blue female who was in poor health, were cruelly left confined in a small, barren cage outside a property in Glanffornwg, Bridgend, at around 12.30pm on September 14.
Fortunately, the householder has some expertise in caring for birds. She placed enrichment toys and perches in the cage and called the RSPCA. The parakeets were taken to vets for treatment. Sadly, one of the birds was found to be suffering from a neurological disorder and it was decided that the kindest thing to do was put her to sleep.
The male has since undergone tests to rule out the possibility he may be carrying a bacterial infection called psittacosis. He is staying at a private boarding facility in South Wales and will be rehomed by the animal charity if he is given a clean bill of health.
RSPCA animal rescue officer Rebecca Calder, who picked up the birds, said: “The woman who found the birds in her garden does from time to time take in animals, including birds, to care for, but these two were clearly left in her garden in poor circumstances.
“They were in a tiny cage and they weren’t in good health. Sadly, the female was falling off her perch and couldn’t climb. The other bird is in better health and we will hopefully be able to rehome him.
“I put a ‘found’ poster up in the area, but I’ve not had any response. But if anyone does know who the owners of these birds are or how they came to be left at this location then they can call the RSPCA appeals line number on 0300 123 8018.”
At the moment, the RSPCA is facing its biggest rehoming crisis in recent memory with new figures showing that 72% of the UK population are not planning on getting a new pet. The animal charity’s rescue centres and branches are full to bursting with unwanted animals as more animals come into care than are being adopted.
The number of animals rehomed dropped by five percent from 2021 to 2022 falling to 25,535 animals in 2022, compared to 26,945 during the previous year.
This marks a longer-term collapse in rehoming rates; which have fallen by 34% from three years ago (in 2019) – when 39,178 animals were rehomed.
To try and revive adoption rates, the RSPCA’s month-long Adoptober rehoming campaign launched this week (October 2).
Visit the RSPCA’s Find A Pet to see all of the animals currently in the charity’s care who are looking for their paw-fect match.
If you can’t offer a rescue pet a new home perhaps you could help in a different way?
- Help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming by donating online or calling their donation line on 0300 123 8181;
- Sponsor a cat pod or a dog kennel and help take care of the animals during their stay with the charity;
- Support the work of your local centre or branch by becoming a volunteer or donating to them directly.