RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a lovebird was found abandoned in its cage at the side of a road in Caerau, Cardiff.
The animal welfare charity was contacted by a nearby resident who had found the cage with the bird inside at around 7.30pm on Caerau Lane on Monday (16 November). The caller kindly took the bird and cage home with them from the cold weather conditions for safe keeping.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “This beautiful bird was found on the side on the road next to an electric box. There was food and water inside, but no note attached.
“This is a bit of a strange one – as we don’t usually see people abandon birds like this on the street. I’ve seen animals left in boxes and small furries in cages, but not such a large cage that has been left on the pavement.”
The lovebird – who appears to be healthy and apart from a bit of feather loss – has now been transferred to a vet practice for a check-up while the RSPCA make enquiries.
Sophie added: “It does appear that this is an abandonment – but we really don’t know what has happened here so we are appealing for information.
“If anyone can help please contact the RSPCA’s cruelty line, in complete confidence, on 0300 1234 999.
“We will never truly know why people abandon animals. Our experience tells us that it could be down to a number of reasons, for example when owners are unable to cope, whether that be with an animal’s behaviour, the costs of keeping the pet or other things in their life take over they opt to dump them.
“While this year we fear that more people may struggle to care for their pets due to the financial strain from the Coronavirus pandemic.”
Unfortunately many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on. Birds can live for a long time, and they require a great deal of care and attention to be kept healthy and happy. The RSPCA would encourage prospective owners to thoroughly research the needs of the particular species and what is required in the care of the animal, using expert sources, and only consider keeping one if they can ensure they are fully able to provide for these needs.
This year the RSPCA is asking supporters to ‘Join the Christmas Rescue’ by donating to help rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who desperately need them.
Donating just £25 could help keep our Animal Rescue Teams on the road and £50 could help feed all the rescued animals in one of our centres for a day.