Canaries dumped outside Cancer Research UK charity shop in Romsey

The canaries with new owner Julie Drake, left, and charity shop manager Sue Hooper

The canaries with new owner Julie Drake, left, and charity shop manager Sue Hooper

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

THESE colourful canaries have found a comfortable perch after being dumped on the doorstep of a Hampshire charity shop.

When Sue Hooper made an appeal for donation for the Cancer Research UK shop she manages in Romsey, these two were not what she had in mind.

Shivering and distressed, the pair of canaries had been abandoned in a filthy cage on Friday morning, with £20 and a note asking the shop’s staff to take care of the birds.

Sue and her friend Martin Drake quickly brought the cage inside to try to warm up the orange and yellow canaries.

Knowing how much his parents Julie and Kevin loved animals, already owning two cats and some tropic fish, Martin called them asking to take pity on the homeless birds and they could not resist.

Within a few hours they were at the Drake’s home in Romsey, enjoying a brand new cage and new names – Tango, for the orange one, and Cash.

Martin, 28, who donated the £20 to the charity shop, said: “If Sue had not got to the shop when she did those birds would have died. They were shaking so badly and when I put my hand into the cage to feed them they were petrified.

“I’m shocked that somebody could even think about dumping these birds like that.

“I’m just glad that the shop got a £20 donation out of it and that the birds now have a home with people who actually care about them.” Julie, 50, who cares for her disabled husband, added: “Martin just called to ask if we fancied doing a bit of adopting and we immediately said yes.

“They are already part of the family, making themselves feel at home.”

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10:40am Tue 4 Feb 14

Brite Spark says...

I asked the staff how much they wanted for the canaries, they demanded £80. I said 'No wonder they're not going cheap anymore!'
I asked the staff how much they wanted for the canaries, they demanded £80. I said 'No wonder they're not going cheap anymore!' Brite Spark
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11:09am Tue 4 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

Slightly dramatic – they were donated, not dumped. Odd donation I agree but I'm sure somebody out there craed for them and thought the charity could get some money for them, which they did.
Slightly dramatic – they were donated, not dumped. Odd donation I agree but I'm sure somebody out there craed for them and thought the charity could get some money for them, which they did. sotonboy84
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6:21pm Tue 4 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

If you are cruel enough to keep a bird in a cage you are cruel enough to dump them at a shop. People who cage birds really need to have a think about what they are doing.
If you are cruel enough to keep a bird in a cage you are cruel enough to dump them at a shop. People who cage birds really need to have a think about what they are doing. issacchunt
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