Duck. Duck. Goose.
Make that 47 ducks and five geese. That’s the number of waterfowl the KC Pet Project received Wednesday night from a home in Kansas City.
“They were seized by animal control after the officers had given the owner some time to find alternative placement because he had so many animals at the home,” said Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project’s director of marketing and development.
The owner was cited for having more animals than allowed in the zoned housing area where the ducks and geese were living.
Animal control officers took the birds to the Kansas City Animal Shelter at 4400 Raytown Road, which is operated by the KC Pet Project. Staff members were caring for the birds.
“Amazingly enough we have had an outpouring of support from people who want to adopt the ducks,” Fugate said. Homes have been lined up for birds.
The birds have been examined by people in the Kansas City area who deal with bird rescues. Some of the birds have been moved to an off-site clinic.
Because of the large number of birds, KC Pet Project needs straw and duck food, which can be purchased at a feed or tractor supply store.
“We also need kiddie pools — that way we can give the ducks something to swim in as well as a good water source for them,” she said.
The pools can also be used for dogs during the heat of the summer. Monetary donations can be made at kcpetproject.org/donate/.
KC Pet Project has had 115 new pets come to the shelter in the past few days.
“We are urgently asking people that if they are interested in adopting to visit one of our adoption centers,” Fugate said. “If you are interested in fostering, we would love to hear from you as well.”
The shelter’s number is 816-513-9821.
As for the ducks and geese, they can’t be released into the wild because they are domesticated animals and wouldn’t be able to take care of themselves, she said.
“We have no doubt that we will be able to find a lot of homes for these guys and that they will be able to go into homes hopefully by the end of the week,” Fugate said.