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Parrot Rescued From PETCO Store

Written by PETA | December 28, 2011

PETCO pledged in 2005 that it would end the sale of large birds in its stores. Last month, a concerned PETCO customer noticed that a PETCO store in his area had a white-capped pionus, a kind of parrot, for sale. The bird had apparently spent 14 months in a cage at the store, waiting for someone to buy her. PETCO’s price tag for the bird was $799, but for some time, there was a “Manager’s Special—50% Off” sign on the cage she was in, as if this sensitive bird were an out-of-style shirt to be placed on the clearance rack.

PETA reached out to its contact at PETCO’s corporate office and got the complainant in touch with the pet trade giant. For once, PETCO did the right thing and allowed the person who contacted PETA to adopt the bird, since named Tegan, for a donation to the PETCO Foundation, which provides funds for animal welfare organizations and spay-and-neuter efforts, among other things.

Tegan now has the run (fly?) of the house and the company of other birds. The kind man who took her in says that Tegan is a very affectionate bird who enjoys taking showers and who spends at least 4 to 5 hours a day riding around on his shoulder, where she seems happiest. You can find tips on caring for birds on our companion animals webpage.

Two important lessons emerge from this case. One: Never hesitate to speak up when you suspect an animal needs help. And the other? Don’t support the pet trade—shop only at pet-supply stores that don’t sell live animals.

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  • Tom Lyon says:

    Awesome! Bless you for adopting this bird. I’ll bet she’ll really thrive in your company.

  • Vanessa says:

    I’m glad the bird got what she deserved: a loving home. Working hard to spread the “Adopt, don’t’s buy” message, eh? :)

  • Lisa says:

    She looks soo happy, nice to know that there are people that do care and will do something to help, if it wasnt for this kind man she would probably be still in that cage and for how many more months? she has a great life now.

  • Rainey says:

    As a regular PETCO shopper, I was encouraged to see that my local PETCO has stopped the sale of nearly all live animals. There may have been a few birds left, but even they were smaller in number than I previously remember. It is encouraging to see empty cages with attached notices from PETCO explaining their rationale.

  • Jill Lusen says:

    Im so glad that htere are some good people in this world. Sometimes its really hard to find then. Koodos to the man who saved this bird.

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