Man Drops Off Nearly 500 Parakeets at Michigan Animal Shelter

by Amanda Glover

We’re sure you have questions. But, yes. Nearly five hundred parakeets are currently being fostered in Michigan.

We’re hoping those at Michigan Animal Shelter didn’t mind a late Christmas present. They might not get to take them home, but were still rewarded with hundreds of tiny, colorful parakeets to look after! The birds were dropped off early Thursday morning. But, four hundred and ninety-seven and where did they come from?

The Detroit Animal Welfare Group in Romeo, Michigan posted about the news on their Facebook page: “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.”

How Did This Happen?

The Detroit Free Press was informed that the son of an animal hoarder called the hospital to say he was planning on bringing in sixty to eighty birds from his father’s house. Someone must’ve miscounted. . . . . by a couple hundred. This man showed up at the animal shelter with almost five-hundred birds! How does one sleep with that much squawking?

“His son said that he just wanted to breed a few of them, and it got out of control. The problem is birds breed easily. And then you just have more babies and more babies and more babies if you don’t control the situation,” said the Detroit Animal Welfare Group director, Kelley LeBonty said.

The owners of the birds reached out to the animal shelter for assistance. The parakeets are currently being temporarily housed and bird food was donated.

“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,” shelter employees wrote on Facebook.

Once quarantined for thirty days, the parakeets are free to be adopted starting January 23rd.

Things to Consider Before Getting Parakeet as a Pet

Although we are close to positive you have no intention of owning five-hundred birds, it is still helpful to learn everything necessary before becoming a bird parent.

Nearly five million American families own pet birds. They have many talents, come in beautiful colors, and bring joy to their family’s lives. No matter the size of your chosen bird, they require a lot of work. It’s important to do the necessary research to determine which species of bird is best for you.

Take a look around your home and think about what might be hazardous to your new friend. Do you have other pets living with you? If so, would either pet pose a danger to the other?

Once you’ve answered these questions and have purchased the necessary materials for your new bird, you will likely be ready to call yourself a bird parent!