I think it’s safe to assume that most of the people reading this right now care deeply for animals and treat their pets as family. However, people aren’t always so kind to other creatures. If you’ve been in the store you may have had the pleasure in meeting Treasure. Treasure is a female White-face Cockatiel that has had a pretty hard bump in the road of her life.
It was February 3rd, 2020 and the temperature was expected to drop below freezing for the night. A very kind person found a little round bird cage in an apartment complex dumpster. Upon further investigation there was indeed a bird still in that cage. The kind stranger took her to a kennel, and soon enough we got a call about this marvelous little girl. It was the easiest decision to bring her into our store, and we were in utter shock with the condition her cage was in. The round cage was the first red flag, as that shape of cage isn’t great for their mental and physical health. The cleanliness of the cage was the second red flag, as it looked to have not been cleaned for a long while. Her story went viral and even made it to the evening news. While many tried investigating, nothing ever came to fruition of who previously owned her or who put her in the dumpster.
It took a while to figure out a name for her, even going to Facebook to ask for ideas, until we finally landed upon Treasure, thanks to our customer Eve. After all, one man's trash is another one's treasure. Since coming to the store she has opened up so much for us. Instead of screaming and running away from hands, now she (almost always) willingly steps up for us. She seems to actually enjoy human companionship. She still has a lot of room for growth as she will seldom fly away from a hand here and there, but she has come so far.
If you take home anything from her story, just know that someone will always love you and appreciate you, even if it feels like the community you’re currently surrounded with doesn’t.