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Female | Adult | Budgie/Budgerigar • Budgie/Budgerigar


Name: Mertie

Age: Adult

Weight (approx.): 30 grams

Personality: I'm a birdie, and my name is Mertie! I am currently in foster care, and my foster dad says I love to step up. When I'm around new people I'm a little nervous at first, and sometimes I get a case of the nibbles, but I don't break skin--sometimes I need to nibble to help me climb up on you! I am not shy around hands that go slow, but fast moves spook me, and I don't like my head touched. Chest rubs are okay though! My dad's caught me a couple times rocking out to music--I love listening to the radio! Will you take me home with you?

Medical History: I appear to be a happy and healthy parakeet, but it's always a good idea to take me to a vet that has bird knowledge after adoption.

Adoption Fee: $15 + tax

If you'd like to meet me, click the "Learn About the Adoption Process" button below to plan a visit to the shelter! I'm currently staying in a foster home, so if you'd like to meet me, please call the 608-838-0413 ext. 145 to schedule an appointment so my foster family can bring me in to visit.


Come find me at the

Main Shelter

5132 Voges Road
Madison, WI 53718