Garfield County animal shelter takes a gander, 2 geese |

Garfield County animal shelter takes a gander, 2 geese

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado ” The Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) shelter has been home to a variety of unique animals over the years, but now it’s gone to the birds.

A trio of geese landed at the CARE facility in Spring Valley on Saturday, after Garfield County Animal Control recovered the domesticated fowl found wandering along Miller Lane near Silt.

Animal control got a call that day from a citizen that the geese were running loose near his house.

“It took two of us,” Garfield County Animal Control officer Keith Clemons said. “We had to capture them with fishing nets. It was a first for us.”

One of the geese had some blood on its left wing, he said. Attempts to try to find the owner have been unsuccessful, he said.

It was a first for CARE also, said Tracey Yajko, behavior and training manager at the shelter.

The geese, two females and a male, were given names ” Pookie, Rosebudd and Peacock. CARE also got some help from the nearby Colorado Mountain College Vet Tech farm on how best to shelter and what to feed the birds.

“We gave them a 10-by-20 covered pen that we put them in, and we put up a plastic pool for them to get in and out of the water,” Yajko said. “That seems to be the best setup for them.

“We stand strong and will accept whatever domestic animals the county needs us to care for,” Yajko added.

CARE will hold the geese for the standard five days before they will technically be CARE’s animals. After that, the birds will be available for adoption.

“When you think of geese you think of wild Canadian geese, but domestic geese look very different. They’re all white with an orange bill,” Yajko said.

CARE has taken in a variety of exotic animals, including iguanas, turtles, snakes and even a caiman that was recovered from a motel room bathtub in Parachute last year. But geese don’t really fit the definition of exotic, Yajko said.

“We have to figure out who might want to adopt them, and how to get the word out,” she said.

Meanwhile, Yajko said things have settled down at the shelter somewhat since last fall when CARE ended up with 86 cats rescued from a Battlement Mesa apartment. Many of the cats were transferred to other shelters around the state and several were adopted.

“We still have many of the cats, and we’re pretty maxed out with both dogs and cats. We had five dogs come in on Friday,” Yajko said.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160

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