Animal Welfare League adjusts after removing animals from home

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY – After removing dozens of exotic birds and dogs from a rural home, officials with the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Montgomery County say they’re treating the situation like a disaster.

On Thursday, crews removed 111 exotic birds and 35 Shetland sheepdogs from the home, calling it a public health hazard. As a result, the Animal Welfare League is managing its normal operations separately from the care of the birds and Shelties seized last week. The effort includes additional volunteers and a temporary organizational structure.

The group is working with exotic bird and Sheltie rescue organizations from around the Midwest to provide continued care and find homes for the animals.

The AWL said it’s nearly impossible to accommodate visitors to its facilities as it tries to manage the care of the pets. While officials appreciate the enthusiasm of those looking to help, they said there are still plenty of adoptable pets in need of foster homes unrelated to last week’s rescue.

The AWL has received an outpouring of donations from private citizens and businesses close to home and from far away. Donated items will be used to care for, foster and find homes for the pets. Any donations not needed for the seized pets will go to support existing shelter operations.