Those of you who are Bible scholars will recognize the title as part of the much-used quote from Acts that it is more blessed to give than to receive. This coming month is the time when many of us will do our best to help those who have less than we do.
So while I did look recently at conservation groups that are real and making good progress, today I will be looking at groups that help parrots who have been pets. Note that as a rule, I am opposed to bird rescues because they don’t release the parrot completely when adopted and they are against breeding. Still, if a macaw or cockatoo needs to be rehomed, there is a need that they fulfill.
My personal favorite is The Parrot People at Quail Ridge Parrot Rescue. Steve and Joyce Dodd have been doing parrot rescue for a few decades and know how to evaluate and love these amazing birds. They live in the middle of 20 acres in Murrieta, CA. As much to protect the birds from people noises as the other way around. You can read details on the Dodds and their start as rescuers here. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-couple-works-to-save-exotic-birds-2005mar14-story.html My love for them comes not only from knowing Joyce and Steve as friends but also the fact that they do careful but not over-zealous adoption screenings and allow their birds to find mates and occasionally breed.
The reason so many parrots are surrendered for adoption is not due to the glut on the market. It’s due to lack of educating potential parrot families. Lifespan, dietary needs, amusement, foraging, cage size, and reading the bird’s emotional status are things you have to know before adopting. You can find The Parrot People on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/The-Parrot-People-Adoptable-Parrots-1574051039489850/ and contact them for a donation at (909) 239-4658 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you’ll have a friend for life!”
Rehoming every abused or abandoned parrot is a bigger task than most people realize. Lucky Parrot Sanctuary in Florida has a great idea. They take advantage of the tropical climate in the state and have marvelous outdoor flight cages. The parrots are introduced to a flock and allowed to fly and live a close to normal life. Lucky Parrot is a permanent sanctuary, their parrots are not adopted out and are not allowed to breed. While I disagree with the breeding part, I like the idea of having a place where caged birds can live a more normal life. If you wish to donate to them, they are a 501(c)(3) public charity. All donations are tax deductible. Their web page has more information. http://luckyparrot.org/
Wings of Love Bird Haven in Texas is exactly the kind of parrot rescue I do not agree with. But there is one aspect of their mission that makes me include them in this list. They need to build a bigger facility because they will give permanent homes to disabled or injured parrots. That means when I have passed on, my blind African gray and my footless African gray could go there with a little funding in my will and find excellent care. They have a fund-raiser going on now for Giving Tuesday and it’s never been easier to donate to a good cause. http://bird-haven.org/
By no means is this a complete list of parrot rescues that are worthy of your help. This page http://www.featherme.com/index.php/adopt-a-parrot/ has a list by state and then by country. Do a little research and find out the one that most closely follows your pet adoption philosophy. Do give generously. Malachi 3:10.
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back next Sunday.