Hit-and-run crash damages sanctuary for parrots with special needs

The 80 parrots who live there survived.

A sanctuary for parrots with special needs is raising money after a vehicle crashed into the building, causing "massive" damage, and drove away.

Around noon Tuesday, a car missed a curve and crashed into the building that houses the Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services (MAARS) in St. Paul, destroying a wall, smashing cages, and breaking a gas line, which caused the building to fill with gas, MAARS said in a series of Facebook posts.

None of the 80 parrots who live there nor any people were injured in the incident, but the all volunteer-run organization is seeking donations to rebuild the sanctuary.

Here are some photos of the damage:

The group has upped how much it hopes to raise to $10,000. MAARS' initial goal was $5,000, but it reached that within about six hours. You can donate online through the group's YouCaring page or on the organization's website.

More about MAARS

MAARS was founded 1999 as a no-kill, non-profit organization that's funded by donations.

It's said to be the "oldest and largest" organization in the Midwest that provides a sanctuary, rehabilitation, and education and behavioral consultation services for people with birds, according to the MAARS website.

MAARS focuses on providing a shelter for birds – especially larger birds like parrots – that can be difficult and demanding to care for. The organization says since it was founded, nearly 1,500 unwanted parrots have come through its doors, noting more than 1,400 birds have been placed in permanent homes.

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