I got new parakeet today.
And how did I happen to get a new parakeet, you say?
Some guy brought it in a shoebox. Then left it there. Just left it on the counter and walked away. It's been sitting in a cage for the last week.
So, I took it. I'm hoping that it'll get along with Ash, my other bird.
If it doesn't, that's ok - I have an extra cage. He's just a baby bird. I'm hoping that Ash doesn't pick on him too terribly.
Sadly, it's not an uncommon thing for animals to get dropped off at the store. Times are rough, and people seem to think that it's ok to just dump their animals wherever.
I've seen more animals dropped off in the last three months than the entire two years I've worked at the (major mega chain) petstore.
I remember the first animals I remember being dropped off. It was a box of kittens. The guy said that he found them in a dumpster, in a plastic bag, but he couldn't keep them because his dog wouldn't get along with them.
Then he put the box down and walked out of the store. Luckily, our adoption partner, Faithful Friends (if anyone lives in the Tri-State area and is looking for a good place to send some money, that's an awesome no-kill rescue. And I don't even like most no-kill rescues) took them in without a question.
I wish it was that easy for the rest of the animals that come in. Faithful Friends has since run out of room at its rescue, and we'll be pretty much screwed if we get anymore kittens or cats dropped off. The harsh reality is that there just isn't enough space to house all the unwanted pets in the world.
Please, please, if you're looking for an animal, consider adopting. Petfinder.com is a GREAT resource - most major shelters/rescues are listed there, and their search function is off the hook. Hundreds and hundreds of innocent dogs and cats (among other pets) are being put down on a daily basis, for no other reason than there's not enough room.
They don't deserve it.
The new addition.
I love it when they puff.