The NL West SPCA is looking for the public’s help to find a home for a rooster that’s been turned over to its care.
Frances Drover, NL West SPCA president, said a man brought the rooster, which has been very well cared for, to the shelter on Monday morning.
The man, who already had some hens, had been given some chickens.
“And one of them turned out to be a rooster.”
According to the City of Corner Brook’s Urban Hen Regulations, brought in this past April, roosters can’t be kept in the city. Hens that are at least four months old, however, can be.
Drover said the man had the rooster for less than a year, but recently its crowing has become an issue. It’s not uncommon for a rooster to not start crowing until it is eight or nine months old.
The SPCA didn’t have a spare cage, so the rooster is being housed at the city pound as attempts are made to find it a new home.
The SPCA put out a notice on its Facebook page on Monday and had been making contact with some area farms that keep poultry.
“I’m sure there’s somebody that could use a rooster,” said Drover. “I think we’ll find a home for it.”
If not the rooster would have to be put down, but Drover doesn’t think that will happen.
The rooster is not the most unusual animal the SPCA has taken into its care or had a request to help with.
“We’ve had people call wanting to know would we take their mice. I don’t mean pet mice, I mean other mice,” said Drover.
She figures the SPCA will see more situations like the one with the rooster where the city does allow the keeping of fowl within city limits.
“The pound always has calls for seagulls and crows, so I guess we’re going to have to keep roosters and hens on the horizon, too.”
No matter what the animal, she said, the group has to do what it can for it.