Dec 23, 2019

Good Things Come in Fours - from PEAC!

CONNER HAS BEEN ADOPTED AND FOUND HER FAMILY!
CONNER HAS BEEN ADOPTED AND FOUND HER FAMILY!

Good Things Come in Fours! 

PEAC is busy – but it’s not because we’re checking our list for naughty and nice (our parrots are ALL good boys and girls!) It’s because we have some fun news for THIS weekend! 

First – get up early Saturday, December 21st with us and turn on KUSI News for “Good Morning San Diego!” Between 10 am – 10:15am, PEAC’s volunteers and three of our adoptable Blue & Gold macaws will be on TV with Traci’s Paws and Dr. Jenkins on Sandie Lampe’s Pet Patrol segment! Avian veterinarian Dr. Jenkins will be discussing nutrition for parrots while our macaws Carmen, Albert and Picasso, look beautiful and have some snacks. Our volunteers will be discussing each of the bird’s personalities and Traci will be sharing how you can participate in our first-ever fundraising “Paw-ty” event!  

Second – That’s right! We have a fundraising event coming up Sunday, December 22nd hosted by Traci’s Paws! This “Paw-ty” is just for PEAC and will be at the Laurel Street Dog Wash, 425 Laurel Street, in San Diego, California, 92101, from 11 am to 1 pm. Traci’s Paws is a wonderful nonprofit that supports local pet rescues with fundraising and by throwing monthly parties to collect donated food and toy items. Bring a bag of pelleted parrot food (such as Caitec, Zupreem, Harrisons,) whole raw nuts in the shell, parrot toys, or a gift card from a local grocery or pet store to participate - all donations will go straight to PEAC and our adoptive flock (and their bottomless appetites!)

Third and Fourth – We have TWO more adoptions!! 

Buddy, an African Grey who came to us a little nervous, has found comfort with a family full of unconditional love – Buddy now has his own mom, dad, and sisters! We are grateful to them for their patience with Buddy and we know that he has a future full of fun times ahead. Congratulations to Buddy and his new family! 

Conner, our Meyer’s parrot, has also found a couple who have fallen in love with her, and she has agreed to let them serve her (haha!) Conner had been with us for over a year, so although it has been tough to let this sassy girl go, we’re “over the moon” that she has such a wonderful home now. Congratulations to Conner and her new family!

A Little Bit More –

Thank you to everyone who has been sending in their good wishes for Larry, our 51-year old Yellow-naped parrot, who came to us in poor health via the San Diego Humane Society. After his first surgery to remove a large granuloma from his throat, he has now undergone a second successful surgery to remove some additional smaller granulomas in the same area. Larry came through it well and his foster-mom reports that he continues to eat enthusiastically, gain weight and take all his medications. He enjoys playing and tugging back and forth on paper toys with her and vocalizing a little more each day. Larry continues to surprise us with his passion for life (and he reeeeeally enjoys being spoiled by his foster!) Keep watching our social media for the latest videos or stories about our Larry and we will certainly keep you updated here.

Yes! There is still time to renew your memberships and/or donate before the end of the year - Visit our website peac.org to learn more or if you have any questions, drop us a note.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Bon Hiver and wonderful Winter Holiday!! Stay warm and dry and snuggle all your family members close to your heart for us. Our deepest gratitude to each of you for supporting our birds and educational activities this year.

AND don’t forget to watch our “TV Stars” on KUSI, Saturday morning, at 10 am! (We’re so excited!)

Kelly Flynn, President, Parrot Education and Adoption Center

BUDDY HAS GONE HOME WITH HIS NEW FAMILY!
BUDDY HAS GONE HOME WITH HIS NEW FAMILY!
TRACI AND EMEE FROM TRACI'S PAWS SUPPORTING PEAC!
TRACI AND EMEE FROM TRACI'S PAWS SUPPORTING PEAC!
COME DOWN TO OUR FUNDRAISER AT LAUREL ST DOG WASH
COME DOWN TO OUR FUNDRAISER AT LAUREL ST DOG WASH
Dec 2, 2019

Giving (Thanks) Tuesday for You!

FOSTERS TIKI WITH VAL & MANGO WITH GAIL
FOSTERS TIKI WITH VAL & MANGO WITH GAIL

Dear Members,

For Tuesday’s national day of giving, we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude to our many donors, volunteers, and supporters and give our thanks to you

Through your support, 12 parrots have found homes so far this year, and on their behalf, (Lance, Sunny, Mango (Alexandrine,) Kiwi, Ollie, Elvis, Ruby, Lucy (Alexandrine,) Polo, Conner, Buddy and Rico,) we share our deepest gratitude for making such a difference in their lives! You were there when they needed someone the most and helped them transition to a new safe and loving home. “Change” isn’t easy for anyone but you helped ease their uncertainty and provided for the medical and physical care they needed. 

Your compassion and support for our parrots didn’t stop there and neither did the adoptions! Baby, who had been with PEAC for 3 years, was transferred to Best Friends Parrot Garden where he met the nicest family and was adopted by them! (Yay!) 

And still, you kept going (!!) because we also wish to thank you on behalf of Sammy, a 15-year-old cockatiel who came in along with Amos this year as a “cage-mate” and companion.  We honestly haven’t mentioned Sammy before, because his health has been so poor, we weren’t sure how long he would be with us. Your support has provided for his veterinarian visits and Sammy has responded well. He is comfortable, and solicits head scritches, and has surprised us all with his tenacity. I know he would want to thank you for your warmth and generosity! 

Did your support slow down then? Nope! Because so many of you volunteered to help with our events, we were able to attend 8 adoption fairs this year and teach 12 educational classes (that’s over 552 donated hours, not counting driving!)  So for each of you who helped to set up our tents, drive our parrots back and forth, and still enthusiastically answer all the questions of curious onlookers - we thank you! Your involvement allows us to reach so many individuals in our community and for that we are grateful. 

But - still - you didn’t stop there either.  Some of you chose to open your homes and hearts to our foster birds themselves, catering to each unique personality and helping them feel more confident each day. You encourage them with healthy activities and diets and prepare yourself to do the hardest thing ever: to let them go to their forever homes when they’re ready. We are truly honored by your service and dedication. 

Though I’m starting to wonder if you’re really the “Energizer Bunny” because you - still - kept - going! You shared our social media posts and newsletters, and sent our parrots donations of nuts and toys! You told your friends that they should come to our educational classes and choose to adopt a parrot! You left our brochures with businesses in your neighborhood and had your office or coworkers match your donations - Wow! 

I’m not sure if “thank you” is a big enough word for the support EACH of you has provided for PEAC, but it is the closest thing I can put on this electronic paper to express our gratitude since we just can’t reach through and hug you directly. 

Wouldn’t that be great if we *could* just reach through and hug each of you directly?! Ok, everyone: close your eyes, and I’ll put one right here: ~ ~ ~ ~ And if you ever see us at an event or in person, please come by and collect it in person. 

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference.” (Kathy Calvin.) 

And what a difference you have made! Bless you, for hearing our call and for responding. By taking action and helping our parrots, you have made such a difference in their lives, in our community and in the lives of our community member’s parrots… 

…AND in each of our lives too because there is no better feeling than knowing someone always has your back. Thank you. 

Happy Giving (Thanks) Tuesday! 

With gratitude, Kelly Flynn, President, Parrot Education and Adoption Center 

P.S. Last year, our veterinarian bills alone totaled just under $8,000. Which is almost exactly how much was raised during 2018’s Year-End campaign. Did you know that Global Giving will match 100% of your first month’s gift for all new regular monthly donors? It’s a great way to provide for our parrot’s medical care throughout the year.  

P.P.S. Should you wish to make an additional gift or renew your membership on Giving Tuesday, Global Giving will be matching a portion of donations starting at 9 pm, Monday, December 2nd Pacific Standard Time.

P.P.S. I'm not kidding about the hug. Join us THIS SATURDAY, Dec 7th, at Grossmont Center for "Santa Paws" Mega adoption event from 11am to 3pm, and hug a volunteer (or high five, or just say "hi" - whatever makes you happy! We look forward to seeing you and our parrots do too!)

 

VOLUNTEER APRIL WITH SKYE AT AN ADOPTION EVENT
VOLUNTEER APRIL WITH SKYE AT AN ADOPTION EVENT
SKYE LOVES HIS DONATED NUTS - THANK YOU!
SKYE LOVES HIS DONATED NUTS - THANK YOU!
SAMMY ENJOYS SOME SHOULDER TIME
SAMMY ENJOYS SOME SHOULDER TIME
MANGO THANKS YOU FOR ALL HIS DONATED TOYS!
MANGO THANKS YOU FOR ALL HIS DONATED TOYS!
Nov 22, 2019

We are Thankful for the Difference YOU Make!

SCOUT, ALBERT & CARMEN ARE WAITING FOR A NEW HOME!
SCOUT, ALBERT & CARMEN ARE WAITING FOR A NEW HOME!

We are Thankful this season for the Difference YOU Make in Our Parrots' Lives! 

The holidays have arrived and Thanksgiving is just days away. After your family gathers to give thanks, we hope you’ll also remember our parrots and PEAC on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd. Global Giving will be providing donation matches and we'll update you on our year-end fundraising campaign in the weeks to come. This is the one time of year when we ask you to renew your memberships and consider an additional donation to support our flock throughout the coming year. No gift is too small - especially the gift of your time! Volunteers and fosters are ALWAYS needed and worth their weight in gold to us. Come spend a couple of hours at an event sharing your enthusiasm for parrots or teach a class, help with social media, articles, outreach, website maintenance, fundraising, etc., - you are only limited by your imagination! Email us directly at secretary@peac.org and we’ll get an application right out. Jumpstart your new year’s resolution with us and support your community and parrots in need.

Adoption Announcements!

Let’s get to our favorite part - telling you about all the latest parrot adoptions!

Rico, our Greenwing macaw has a new dad! He will be part of a family that has other adopted parrots and dogs as part of his flock, which is something he enjoyed being part of in his mixed-species foster home. Rico has become quite an enthusiastic dancer, matching the rhythm of any music being played almost perfectly. We all enjoyed his videos shared to our social media and no doubt he’ll have plenty of time for more disco every Saturday night with his new dad! We wish them many happy tuned together!

Polo the 33 yr old Red-lored Amazon has a new family too! He charmed a lovely couple Sal and Jasmine and now shares their home with several other parrots for companions. His new mom and dad were able to demonstrate that they will be an excellent home for him with lots of attention and love. They are very knowledgeable and interact very well with all their parrots, respecting and understanding what the parrots are trying to tell them with their body language. We wish them the very best and lots of love and kisses to Polo, who found a home a second time through PEAC.

Ralph, our Lilac Crowned Amazon parrot, was transferred to Best Friends Parrot Garden, in Kanab, Utah. Ralph is a very vocal bird, and had been hesitant to step up for his foster, although he just recently began stepping up with his foster-dad. He was not “unfriendly”, but he needed someone to be very patient and slow when working with him. (Which is ok and not abnormal for parrots.) It was decided he would do better in a longer-term “sanctuary” with less pressure to be extremely friendly with strangers and be adopted into a family. However, shortly after arriving at Best Friends, Ralph surprised us all by charming a new family and was adopted shortly after. We couldn’t be happier about this surprise turn of events! Thank you Best Friends for again helping to make a special connection for our parrots.

We have three more adoptions pending as I type - oh the suspense! They will be announced in an upcoming newsletter once final. Keep the mojo going and help our parrots get adopted by telling everyone you know to “think adoption first” and about PEAC or a parrot rescue close to you - there are parrots waiting to be rehomed throughout the US. If you’re not in Southern California, check Petfinder for one near you. (And if you’d like to share our brochures with your local community or invite us to speak at an upcoming group meeting, please reach out to us at secretary@peac.org.)

Featured Adoptable Parrots - Still Looking for a Home

Carmen is an 8 yr old, female, Blue and Gold macaw who has been spoiled by one family her entire life.  Carmen would call over her family’s dogs by name, and also says “I love you” and “poopies” with enthusiasm. Carmen is a little suspicious of men and tends to go to women first. She’s always had a good diet and enjoys time outdoors in her aviary in addition to spending time in the home.

Amos is a 16 yr old, female, Congo African Grey who enjoys head-scritches and does very well with baths from a misting bottle. She has a large, sweet vocabulary, enjoys staying busy by chewing up her toys and actively climbing on her cage or play stand. She is also not afraid to leap off her cage and has strong flight muscles, so keeping a close eye on her is a must.

Mango, a 19 yr old, female, Senegal parrot who enjoys “woodworking” (splintering any available wooden toy into bits,) and head scritches. She will go to just about anyone and step up if a special yummy treat is involved. Mango also enjoys making quite a splash during regular baths! She has grown quite attached to her long term foster mom and is often seen snuggled under her chin while getting head rubs. Mango prefers a home where she is the star and will make a wonderful loving companion for the right person or family.

You can find all of our adoptable parrot profiles on our website at PEAC.org and petfinder.com!  Check back frequently, we never know who will be showing up on our “doorstep” next (hint: it could be the next love of your life!)

Events! Parrots! Problems Solved and Fundraising!

Stuck on what amazing photo to include in your annual family holiday card? Problem solved! Just stop by our event booths and pose in front of our “Rainbow Wings” - it’s the perfect backdrop for your annual holiday greetings or Instagram! You can find our banner and smiling volunteers ready to take your picture at the following places:

This Saturday, November 23rd is “Doggie Street Festival Adopt-a-thon” at Liberty Station’s NTC Park in Point Loma from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm! It’s our fourth time attending, so get ready to holiday shop and adopt! This beautiful location will be filled with hundreds of pet rescues from all over San Diego County - make us part of your day as you peruse the booths and nearby restaurants and shops!

Saturday, December 7th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, we are back at Grossmont Center for the MEGA Adoption event “Santa Paws!” You know the drill: See a movie, do some holiday shopping, and meet hundreds of adoptable pets, including our parrots! You might find someone special to kiss under the mistletoe and ring in the new year with!

We have a FIRST TIME fundraising event coming up Sunday, December 22nd that you will want to join us for - Traci’s Paws is hosting a “Paw-ty” just for PEAC at the Laurel Street Dog Wash, 425 Laurel Street, in San Diego, California, 92101, from 11 am to 1 pm. Traci’s Paws is a wonderful nonprofit that supports local pet rescues with fundraising and by throwing monthly parties to collect donated items. Bring a bag of pelleted parrot food (such as Caitec, Zupreem, Harrisons,) whole raw nuts in the shell, parrot toys, or a gift card from a local grocery or pet store to participate - all donations will be benefiting PEAC and our adoptive flock (and their bottomless appetites!)

One More Thing...

As I wrap this up, I want to encourage you to follow PEAC on Facebook and Instagram where the story of a new parrot that just arrived, Larry, a 51 yr old Yellow-naped Amazon, is being shared through video by one of our volunteers April and her YouTube channel “Parrot Playhouse.” Larry came to us via the San Diego Humane Society who accepted him and provided immediate medical assistance when his owner could no longer care for him.

Larry requires quite a bit of medical care and just had a large granuloma growth removed from his throat. He is already breathing much better, eating well, and is in the care of one of our newest fosters, Val. (Val adopted Coco the African Grey from PEAC two years ago!) Larry is already stepping up for his foster and his personality is just starting to peek through with silly vocalizations and “hello”s! We are all pulling for Larry and will keep you updated on his progress.  Links to our Facebook and Instagram pages are on the front page of our updated website PEAC.org.

A special donor and long-time member of PEAC, who wishes to remain anonymous, has stepped up to provide for Larry's care, with a generous donation specifically directed to his veterinary bills and the medical care of all our parrots. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to this amazing individual for their thoughtfulness and compassion. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Without this donation, it would have been a challenge to take on Larry's care, and your gift is making his recovery possible. THANK YOU! 

On behalf of all the volunteers for PEAC - we are THANKFUL for your support and for the "second chances" you have provided to all of our adoptive parrots.  Your abundant caring and kindness for our flock are what make PEAC a success in rehoming parrots and educating our community. We could not do any of this without YOU. 

We wish you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

With gratitude, Kelly Flynn, President, Parrot Education and Adoption Center

 

POLO WITH HIS NEW ADOPTED FAMILY - CONGRATULATIONS
POLO WITH HIS NEW ADOPTED FAMILY - CONGRATULATIONS
RICO WITH HIS NEW ADOPTED DAD! CONGRATULATIONS!
RICO WITH HIS NEW ADOPTED DAD! CONGRATULATIONS!
AMOS AND TIKI ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A FAMILY
AMOS AND TIKI ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A FAMILY
GET YOUR RAINBOW WINGS ON TO SUPPORT PEAC!
GET YOUR RAINBOW WINGS ON TO SUPPORT PEAC!
 
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