INDIAN TRAIL, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Birds are flocking to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue following the holiday weekend, and it's not by choice. People from all over the Carolinas, and even outside of state lines, are surrendering their animals they thought would make good pets.
"I think this is the worst year we've had," Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Director Jennifer Gordon said. "And part of the reason is some of the stores have started selling birds earlier."
Ducks, chickens, and geese are just some of the birds being dropped off.
"We've been getting a lot of birds lately," Gordon said. "We're really swamped right now. We had a huge influx of animals Monday and Tuesday, after Easter weekend."
That's because families buy the baby animals for Easter, thinking it's a good idea, before really doing the research.
"Some people got them and didn't even keep them past the weekend," Gordon said.
Letting the babies roam free into the wild is definitely not the answer.
"A lot of people have a tradition of purchasing ducks for Easter for the kids to raise," Gordon said. "And after three to four weeks, they abandon them at a lake or park and a lot of people don't realize it's a bad thing."
It's enough to ruffle any animal lover's feathers.
"A lot of the problems we get are diet-related," said Gordon. "Where they haven't researched the animals, and they fed them the wrong food and they have deformities in their legs and other things."
And those aren't easy fixes.
"It's heartbreaking because we are fighting against people being uneducated," Gordon said. "And on the flip side, we are desperate for people with appropriate homes where they can take animals in and adopt them because if we can't adopt these out, we can't keep taking them in."
The organization is looking for adoptable homes.
"You don't adopt a dog knowing you can't keep it," Gordon said. "So don't get a duck or bunny or something you know you're not going to keep."