Volunteers with the Indian Trail-based Carolina Waterfowl Rescue are caring for 200 roosters that were used for cockfighting in Eastern North Carolina. Many of the birds were severely hurt.
The all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue was contacted by law enforcement to care for the birds, after officials broke up a cockfighting ring on Sunday near Wheat Swamp, a community northwest of Kinston in Lenoir County.
The birds were receiving medical exams and assessments on Tuesday before being brought back to Indian Trail. Many of the birds have severe injuries from fighting, including missing eyes and deformed feet, said Jennifer Gordon, the rescue’s executive director.
The rescue needs financial donations to house, feed and provide medicine to the birds. Adoptive homes also are needed.
“Rescues like ours struggle daily with funding,” Gordon said in a statement. “Our animals simply don’t have mainstream appeal. We really need the public’s support to care for these birds and find them forever homes.”
To donate financially to the roosters’ care, visit www.facebook.com/cwrescue/
To adopt a rooster, email firstname.lastname@example.org.