Hundreds of parrots left in limbo by the imminent closure of the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs are Nanaimo bound.
The city has agreed to rent out the former SPCA building on Labieux Road for one dollar in order to give rescuers temporary housing for the parrots.
The building was left vacant when the SPCA relocated to a new facility earlier this month.
Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary has stepped in to take over the care of the estimated 450 birds being displaced by the closure of the World Parrot Refuge, and find new homes for them.
Since founder Wendy Huntbatch died in March the Parrot Refuge has fallen on hard times, and the SPCA has recommended the parrots be moved elsewhere.
The birds are expected to be moved to the Nanaimo facility soon.