Return Juanita the Duck to The Senior Citizens Who Raised and Love Her

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Return Juanita the Duck to The Senior Citizens Who Raised and Love Her

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Neysa Hinton started this petition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and

On Wednesday September 16, 2015, our pet duck Juanita, raised by staff and residents at Bello Gardens Assisted Living, became confused during a brief storm and flew over the fence. A neighbor, unfamiliar with Juanita and fearing she was lost, called the authorities and the duck was delivered to WildCare in San Rafael who specializes in care for injured wild animals.

We were thrilled when we found Juanita was in perfect health when we found her at WildCare after posting flyers and calling around to the animal shelters looking for her. But WildCare refused to return Juanita.

We were told Juanita could only be raised at WildCare because they have the permits to do so. All agree that she is now domesticated and can no longer live in the wild and survive.

We have requested a permit to apply to get Juanita back to be with the residents at Bello Gardens as she has for the past almost 2 years. We have been denied the right to even apply. No one has come and examined our facility to determine she cannot come back home to us.

Juanita was given to us orphaned when it was just a few days old. Unknown to us, Juanita was was classified as a "wild animal." Since then the Juanita has become a part of our community. Our residents greatly miss having Juanita. Each one of our residents has suffered so many losses in their life and not having Juanita to sit by them each day, is another huge loss. 

We would like to be given an "exception" by the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife to keep Juanita at the only home she has known, Bello Gardens Assisted Living. This situation can be avoided if Juanita is allowed to live, love and prosper in our Beautiful Gardens.

Read more and sign our petition if you agree.

http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150929/san-anselmo-seniors-fight-wildlife-officials-for-custody-of-mallard-duck#disqus_thread

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