Animal shelter ‘shocked’ after more than 800 parakeets handed in

A US animal shelter received a Christmas gift they were not expecting, after more than 800 parakeets were surrendered.

Staff at the Detroit Animal Welfare Group, in the state of Michigan, were "shocked" to find the birds "crammed in seven cages" but "could not turn them away".

There were 497 parakeets surrendered on Christmas Day, followed by 339 days later.

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A US animal shelter received a Christmas gift they were not expecting, after more than 400 parakeets were surrendered.

The team was able to set up proper temporary housing for the birds and "miraculously" the shelter recently had parakeet food delivered.

"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," the shelter said in a post on Facebook.

Many of the birds are being handfed as they don't have mothers to feed them.

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Staff at the Detroit Animal Welfare Group, in the state of Michigan, were "shocked" to find the birds "crammed in seven cages" but "could not turn them away".

Four animal rescue groups have since come to the shelter's aid, with assistance with the adoption process.

This is in addition to offers from the community to assist, foster, adopt, donate as well as send food and cages.

"Owning a parakeet is a six-to-15 year commitment and they require not only food, water and daily cage cleaning, but also daily interaction, enrichment and flight time," Detroit Animal Welfare Group said.

"As any pet, they should be part of the family."

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