The Kent County SPCA will begin adopting out 30 exotic birds that were rescued from a home in Georgetown earlier this week.
According to Kevin Usilton, director of the Kent County SPCA, the Macaw, African Grey and Amazon birds had been used for breeding and the owners could no longer care for them.
The birds had been living in declining conditions, many of them paired together in small cages.
The age and conditions of the birds varies. Some of them had plucked their feathers out, a behavior that birds display when they are stressed. Others had untrimmed beaks, which can make it difficult to eat. Usilton added that many of the birds have birth defects or abnormalities that will require lifelong special care.
The birds can live to be more than 80 years old and require a lot of attention and care, so Usilton said they’re going to use extra discretion when processing the adoption applications.
“We want these birds to go to lifelong homes not to someone who is interested in breeding them and selling them and making a profit from the animals,” explained Usilton.
The birds will be housed at the Kent County SPCA, and interested families can visit them during the shelter normal business hours.
Usilton said if you’re unable to adopt but still want to help the animals, the shelter always accepts donations of animal food, toys and supplies.
“It takes a lot of resources to be able to take in 30 animals of any kind.”