Group rescues dozens of exotic parrots, plus dogs and cats in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – What happens when a single owner dies, orphaning dozens of exotic cats, dogs and birds?

In this case, Animal Rescue Corps stepped in to rescue abandoned animals that would otherwise likely die. Their owner passed away last week, leaving behind a menagerie of dogs, cats and birds.

“If there’s a place they can go and be fed and cared for again, that’s the way to go,” Chris White said.

But White needed help.

His sister died suddenly, and White drove out of Arizona to find his west Nashville home dirty and full of orphaned animals.

“We were like, ‘Oh my God. What are we doing?’

White says Metro Animal Control told him they were overwhelmed and couldn’t help.

So that’s where Animal Rescue Corps — which often makes headlines for rescuing animals from puppy mills or hoarding situations — came in.

“There are a lot of sharp objects in this house,” said CRA’s Michael Cunningham as he entered the house for an assessment.

He said it’s sad when humans and animals live in the same misery.

“If they can’t take care of themselves, they shouldn’t have animals.”

The animals were left alone, starving.

Cunningham allowed our camera rare access for Operation Fall Freedom.

The ARC caught most of the loose dogs and cats, which were tame.

But what made this rescue unique and dangerous were the exotic birds with little to no socialization used for breeding.

“A bird like this can break your finger,” Cunningham said.

Kim Hannah – an avian expert – was called in to help with the two dozen Amazonian and African gray parrots.

“These guys will go to shrines and live their best lives.”

Animals will be treated on site and then taken to the ARC Emergency Shelter in Gallatin to receive veterinary care before being sent to shelters for adoption.

In total, ARC rescued 10 dogs, nine cats and two dozen parrots.

If you would like to volunteer or donate, head over to the Animal Rescue Corps Facebook page.

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