A city commission in San Francisco is getting ready for a vote to ban the sale of cats, dogs, and other small mammals in the city because too many unwanted pets end up in city shelters.  And now, at the 11th hour, they are considering adding birds, which are also often abandoned, to the ban.

“These birds end up in shelters, on Craigslist, surrendered to rescues, set free, threatened to be set free, abandoned at vets,” said Elizabeth Young from the Mickaboo Bird Rescue organization.

One can only hope that the three pet stores in San Francisco are soon shut down and the flood of animals that end up in shelters soon slows to a trickle.

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.