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Rusty the Rooster Gets His Strut Back

Written by PETA | July 27, 2011

Beautiful Rusty had a home and a family—until the day that they moved and left him alone in the backyard, with no food or water in the middle of a southwestern U.S. summer. A kind neighbor spotted the abandoned rooster through the fence and called PETA for help. We alerted animal control and asked officers to rescue Rusty, but they told us that oh, no, first they would have to call his runaway owners and “give them a chance to claim him.” The owners told animal control that they would return for Rusty, but he languished for days, all alone, surviving only because a caring neighbor managed to get into the yard to give him food and water—offerings that the starved bird gladly accepted.

Finally, after it was clear that Rusty’s absentee owners were gone for good, animal control confiscated him and found him a spot at an animal shelter, where he now awaits a new home with a family that won’t treat him like a rusty old bicycle—or eat him. In the meantime, the other animals at the shelter get a pleasant wake-up call every morning, courtesy of Rusty’s joyful crooning.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Susan Pew says:

    Glad to hear that somebody took the time to care and look out for him. How dispicable can people be? I don’t want to know. Good job PETA!!

  • Roberta Bernardini says:

    Thank you PETA for always being there for us, bless that wonderful human being that called PETA, and little Rusty. It continues to blow my mind that people can be so uncaring to animals.

  • Karil says:

    Animals, Children, All of Us require Advocates and especially Guardian Angels, regardless of what form the Angels assume. We can all be Angels without having to leave this life! By the way, Discover Magazine has a rather enlightening and ironic article about SAUSAGES that may well intererst the PETA Community!

  • ericka says:

    This story almost made me cry. I love roosters :)

  • Rene says:

    animals suffer so much more than what humans do. they lack the emotional understanding why WE would do things like that to them. It hurts and troubles me that people who have children of their own can do that to any animal with out any after thought and then go educate their children on the rights and wrongs of life. Hypocrites. Animals any shape and size deserves our FULL attention and RESPECT. if we as humans cant do that then how are we going to show that to each other and our ever learning children. It saddens me tremendously.

  • Sam says:

    Aw I’m so glad he’s safe now. I would love to adopt him!

  • Mel Stevens says:

    It’s good to hear about his happy ending, utterly shameful of the owners – you wouldn’t abandon a child and then not return to look after it, so why do some think they can do it with aninals? Glad he is now being looked after and praise for the neighbour’s compassion.

  • maddie says:

    Thank you for saving Rusty. I find it unfathomable that people can do this. What happens to the humans who are so cruel? Peta, keep up the excellent work. I love you.

  • Christine says:

    Nice to hear this good news. Bless the kind and caring neighbor and Rusty!

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