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Water fowl rescued in south Charlotte in need of homes

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue has an overabundance of ducks, geese and roosters that are ready for new homes.

With baby bird season in full swing and more birds arriving every day, the nonprofit organization is running a special Adopt-a-Thon through July 15 to make room for new feathered guests.

Jennifer Gordon, founder of Carolina Water Fowl, has been forced to drastically cut her hours at the organization because of an automobile accident last month. She was headed to Chesterfield, S.C., to tend to some birds involved in a cockfighting ring when she was hit by a tractor trailer.

Gordon said she suffered neck and back injuries and a concussion that has temporarily limited her ability to tend to the birds.

Carolina Water Fowl is an organization based in Indian Trail that rescues and rehabilitates migratory birds, according to its website. The organization rescues birds throughout the region.

Several other volunteers have either moved away or also are dealing with serious illness.

The group is in need of new volunteers, and the jobs vary, from working in the front office to feeding and watering the birds, to doing repairs and construction on the facility.

Tax-deductible financial donations also are needed.

For those interested in taking in one of the birds, adoption fees will be waived for approved adopters who can take a rooster with two hens and/or male Pekin ducks. A reduced adoption fee also will be offered for other domestic ducks and geese.

Gordon said that having a pond available isn’t necessary in all cases, since some of the birds are happiest in baby pools; however, she said, if there isn’t a large pond nearby, a coop or other enclosed area should be available so the birds will be protected from predators at night.

Potential adopters should also check the zoning rules of their municipality to make sure domestic birds are allowed.

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