Owl Rescue: AHS EAMT™ Dumpster Dives to Save Lives
A Good Samaritan alerted the Phoenix Police Department of two owls in need of rescue in a dumpster near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix.
Law enforcement then called the Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ (EAMTs™) to rescue them. AHS EAMT Andy Gallo responded to the scene and jumped in the dumpster to rescue the owls. He then called our partners, Wild at Heart Raptors, who took them in and are now caring for them. Bob Fox, the Executive Director at Wild at Heart Raptors says, “Our organization cares for about 400-600 hawks, owls and falcons every year and we take extraordinary measures to save raptors in the Valley.”
The owls appear to be five weeks old and are in good health. It does appear that someone purposely abandoned them, but sadly, it is unlikely that we will ever know who did that. It is important for people to know that if they can no longer care for their animals or if they witness suspected cases of animal cruelty or neglect that they call for help as there are many organizations available to help.
Update: After five months of being rehabilitated and conditioned at Wild at Heart Raptors, the owls were finally ready to be released back into the wild and EAMT Andy was able to do the honors.
Watching the owls spread their winds and fly into the sunset was a heartfelt moment and Andy said, “this just makes my job all the better.”
Learn more about this amazing owl rescue story from the Dodo: Man Climbs Into Dumpster To Save Abandoned Baby Owls
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Devoted to saving the lives of sick, injured and abused homeless animals, AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ respond to more than 10,000 animal rescues and investigations each year.