“Buckbeak” spent 272 days at ARL
In September 2019, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Law Enforcement Department seized two dozen animals from horrific, unsanitary conditions at a Middleboro commercial breeding facility.
“Buckbeak”, a young golden pheasant, was rescued from the same property several months earlier.
Buckbeak quickly made himself at home in ARL’s iconic barn, located at the Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center, and over a series of weeks was tested for several avian diseases, and was banded for identification purposes.
While extremely beautiful, golden pheasants are not native to Massachusetts.
They can however be kept as pets – but only by obtaining a permit from the MA Department of Fisheries and Wildlife which is required to be renewed annually.
Along with a permit, potential adopters also needed a secure enclosure, as Buckbeak is able to fly.
Unfortunately, these circumstances kept the golden pheasant at ARL for nearly nine months.
A Perfect Match
This past week, ARL received an inquiry from a person who not only had a permit and a perfect setup, but was also caring for another pheasant!
After 272 days in the care of ARL, Buckbeak is now in the company of a female pheasant and enjoying his forever home!
Caring for Livestock
ARL’s livestock population is constantly changing.
From goats, pigs, horses, to roosters, pigeons and of course pheasants, ARL provides more than a temporary shelter for these animals – ARL gives these animals another chance at life.
We encourage anyone with the passion and capacity to care for livestock to check our website often to find your next barnyard friend!