According to the UK’s Huffington Post, thousands of Harry Potter fans have been abandoning their pet owls.
“Harry Potter” fans enchanted with the boy wizard’s owl sidekick Hedwig drove up demand for the birds during book and movie releases, the Mirror reports. But now that all book installments and film adaptations have been released, many owners are abandoning their pet owls into the wild, where they are unprepared to care for themselves.
“Before the films were out I had six owls, now it’s 100. It’s all down to Harry Potter,”Pam Toothill, a rescue workers at the Owlcenter sanctuary in Corwen, North Wales, told the paper. “People saw Harry’s owl in the movies and thought how cute and cuddly they looked. Now they are bored and fed-up with all the work involved looking after an owl.”
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has pleaded with fans to sponsor an owl that needs help rather than trying to take one in as a pet, according to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.
If you do own an owl, we here at TheFandom.net plead with you- do not abandon it. Or, if you do not have the means to take care of it, make sure it is well cared for before you walk out of it’s life forever.
If you are considering buying an owl, please evaluate your situation first and deem if it is smart to do so.
Toothill said that in order to properly to care for owls, owners need to purchase a 20-ft. aviary, which can easily cost more than $1,000. Unfortunately, many unprepared pet owners have kept birds in apartments with limited space — one owl Toothill rescued had been living in a man’s bedroom.
“If anybody has been influenced by my books to think an owl would be happiest shut in a small cage and kept in a house, I would like to take this opportunity to say as forcefully as I can, ‘you are wrong,'” Rowling said.
Secondly, are you ready for the commitment? Buying any pet is a huge shift in lifestyle, and if you are not ready, you may find yourself getting bored of your sweet feathery companion.
If not, follow J.K. Rowling’s advice, and sponsor an owl. Your donations go to help preserve the owls’ natural habitat so that they may live safely in the wild.