LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. -- - Hundreds of animals need a place to live after the Jupiter home they were living in was raided on Wednesday by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control for unhealthy living conditions.
Dogs, ferrets, rabbits, fish and 109 birds were among the animals taken from the home.Investigators said the 84-year-old homeowner became overwhelmed with his collection of pets.
"I feel sorry for them if they were in a bad situation. I feel sorry for the gentleman who had them that he couldn't take care of them anymore," said Dr. Susan Clubb of the Rainforest Bird Sanctuary in Loxahatchee.
All 109 birds were taken in by Clubb and her team without hesitation from the veterinarian."Well I'm not a saint. I'm just a bird lover and that's just what I do," said Clubb.A few of the birds will need extra medical attention.
Clubb said the majority are surprisingly in decent condition.Since news broke of the rescue, Clubb and her staff were not only overwhelmed by birds but phone calls."I know a lot of them go to the rescue centers and that's all. They end right there and I felt sorry for them," said Don Schettino of Lake Worth.
When Schettino got an alert on his WPTV news app about the situation, he felt compelled to help. He and many other animal lovers are already lining up to adopt one of the rescued flying creatures."They should all be taken care of. They shouldn't be led astray and just put aside.
They're part of families," said Schettino.Clubb hopes the orphaned birds will be flying out of her nest and into the care of new families as soon as they administer examinations, fresh food and fresh water.
"They look good and I don't think it'll be a problem finding homes for them," said Schettino.The birds will be up for adoption by the end of the week.
Anyone who is interested should call Rainforest Bird Sanctuary at 561-795-4878.