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Sanctuary Birds Found Dead

WikiWaz

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If I recall, the policy was not to let anyone on the property for fear of upsetting the birds. Apparently, even if you were relinquishing a bird, you couldn't tour the facility.
That's a red flag.
 

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This might be an unpopular opinion but I think many “sanctuaries” are really just fronts for animal hoarding. A sanctuary needs to be run by a board of directors in my opinion. This would at least help prevent one person from taking on much more than they can handle.
 

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I feel badly for everyone involved, especially the deceased (human & avian). There are people who always advertise on online classifieds here that they take in unwanted birds, no questions asked, will pick up, etc. They never adopt any out, it is scary.
 

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this is hard to read. these poor birds and this poor woman for her life to be reduced to this. there are no words
 

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this is hard to read. these poor birds and this poor woman for her life to be reduced to this. there are no words
holy crap. Those photos are absolutely heartbreaking.
 

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The whole story is heart breaking ...looking at her home being so hoarded it would seem to me that she just hoarded the birds too..was it ever a great place ..
 

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Direct link to the report for when that story falls off the front page


Please be aware that the report contains photos of dead birds and distressing information. It's clear that something went very, very wrong.
 

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How utterly sad & sickening.
Please not all rescues/ sanctuaries are this way.
There are some HUGE RED flags that were flying high with this place but no one saw them. Any rescue/ sanctuaries worth their salt allow people into view the birds. They are clean, neat and well taken care of. They have great volunteers coming in to care for the birds. Their licenses for operation is annual not perpetual.
In my eyes, this was clear unadulterated case of hoarding and mental illness. May the birds flying freely over the bridge.
If you are thinking of putting your bird into a rescue/ sanctuary please please do your homework. Look at every aspect of their operation, check their status with city, county & state records. If you see something for the sake of the animals SAY SOMETHING!!!!
 

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I don't have the heart to read these last 2 articles right now but will do so later. As @rocky'smom said not all rescues/sanctuaries are this way and none should be. I wonder how many people suspected something was wrong and did nothing..... I think whenever ONE person is running one it's a big red flag. Or at least an indicator of problems to come. It takes work to run a successful rescue. A lot of work. More work than one person can possibly do unless they are taking in a very small number of birds and that never seems to be the case. If there are good rescues near you- volunteer, donate, foster. They need the help.
 

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I saw this a while back. It's terribly sad, it's a shame no one was able to find out before things got like that :(

Edit: just read the article tka shared... God what a nightmare. Several months... why did she refuse help? It's all just so mind-boggling and sad.
 
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