Recession takes toll on pet birds

06/7/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Animal shelters are inundated with birds abandoned by pet owners as a result of the recession. Shelters face the challenge of finding permanent homes for the birds because of the complexity that comes with caring for these creatures. Data from AVMA show Americans own nearly 11 million birds, making them the fourth most popular pet behind cats and dogs.

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