Help!! Found a cockatiel
Everyone has a story about a strange foundling on their doorstep, now so do I.
We found a cockatiel in our backyard yesterday. To keep him from getting hurt by the dogs, we scooped him up and put him into a cat carrier that we use for transporting the ferrets to the vet. Obviously, that was not an appropriate cage for him, so we bought a set up at PetSmart (I know, but short notice and no time to plan, etc etc) for him.
We are planning to post fliers in the neighborhood to see if anyone is looking for him. He is clearly a pet, clipped wings and calls for you when you are out of sight, but not exactly what I would call hand tame, especially for those of us that are -completely- unfamiliar with birds. I also recognize the possibility that he was dumped.
If he had been any number of other animal types, I would know what to do for him....but being one of those cooks that cannot survive without her T-fal, I have never considered getting a bird because of the health risk for them.
So....what do I do while looking for his owners? I got a seed diet and some fresh fruit and veggies for him to eat and a few toys while he's in this (hopefully) temporary living arrangement. But......where do I take him if they never step forward? Animal control wouldn't come for him and the Humane Society would take him, but would he be euthanized since he isn't hand tame? I'd hate to think I saved him from the death just to be killed because of adoptabilty issues.
My kids would like to keep him if the owners can't be found, but the T-fal issue, time, lack of knowledge...I just really think we're not the best home for him....so....HELP! LoL.
It is true that Pit Bulls grab and hold on. But what they most often grab and refuse to let go of is your heart, not your arm.