STRATHAM, NH. -- A flock of lovebirds has been
surrendered to an animal shelter in New Hampshire in an unusual case of
The lovebirds bred sporadically in a home and with about 60 birds, the owner became overwhelmed.
original start of this was two lovebirds adopted from us a number of
years ago," says Sue Harrington of New Hampshire Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (N.H. SPCA). "And then more were added
Harrington says then the breeding started. "It
wasn't until we went in and started to capture and cage the birds that
we counted them and realized at that time we had taken 52."
shelter has since recovered 8 more birds. "The room had a lot of stuff
in it, so the birds had lots of places to hide and build nests."
to Harrington, the N.H. SPCA has received donations in terms of toys,
cages, and food for the birds. However, Harrington said, the shelter is
in need of financial support to help test the birds' genders to prevent
further reproduction within the flock.
In the meantime, staff at
the N.H. SPCA have become temporary foster parents for the birds, and
their offices -- temporary homes.
"Our offices have become an aviary," says Harrington.
applications for the lovebirds are being accepted and will be reviewed
when the birds have been vetted, and acclimated to caged life.
Those who want to help can go to the N.H. SPCA donation page and contribute to the general fund for the lovebirds.