Sep 25, 2019

Shine a Light on our Adoptable Parrots!


Happy September Members! 

Remember PEAC on “Remember Me Thursday” 

This summer has been a slow one for PEAC with only one adoption. And as much as that one adoption brings us joy, we also wonder if our message is reaching the right audience. We have truly lovable parrots available for adoption, many of whom are still with us from last year - like Polo, the Red-lored Amazon, who is exceptionally sweet-natured, or Skye, a handsome, young Ringneck parrot who gives kisses and loves adventure. Families who are looking for a parrot (or any pet,) often think of pet shops first, before visiting local rescues and shelters. LET’S CHANGE THAT on “Remember Me Thursday!”

TOMORROW Thursday, September 26th, our volunteers will be at Balboa Park to join Helen Woodward Animal Center for a candle-lighting ceremony to raise our voices together and make the world take notice of orphan pets in San Diego and around the world for “Remember Me Thursday.” Helen Woodward started Remember Me Thursday to “shine a light” on all the pets waiting in rescues to be adopted and has developed into a large social media movement – maybe you can’t adopt every parrot who needs a home, but you CAN tell everyone about pet adoption this Thursday and help amplify our message!

A parrot’s long lifespan, (upwards of 15-20+ years for smaller species, and 30-45+ years for larger species,) means that each parrot may have seven to eleven owners during their lifetime, according to a study by Best Friends Animal Society. Add to that, a parrot’s unique (and often challenging,) requirements for care and they may be one of the most re-homed pets in America.

It’s time to shine a light on adoptable pets like Polo and Skye and share the importance of pet adoption and rescue – ESPECIALLY FOR PARROTS!

So, on Thursday, whether or not you can join us in Balboa Park, help us spread awareness worldwide and tell everyone about adoptable pets waiting for forever homes. #RememberMeThursday will be taking over social media so tweet, tag and share the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or “whatever hip snappy social media place” the kids are visiting lately!  

SHARE one of PEAC’s adoptable parrot profiles, forward this newsletter to a friend, or tell us your story about parrot adoption and don’t forget to tag it with #RememberMeThursday and #RememberTheRescue. Eighty percent of individuals are influenced to take action by a peer’s suggestion on social media – YOUR VOICE makes a difference, and together we are an unstoppable force for parrot rescue and all orphaned pets around the world!

Don’t forget to follow us on @peacsandiego (twitter,) @peac_sandiego (instagram,) and (facebook,) – all of our adoptable parrot profiles are available at: , just click on “view our pets”. Thank you for being a voice for our adoptable parrots!

Thank You for your Generosity

PEAC wishes to thank ALL of our donors whose monthly and annual support makes everything we do possible! Please stop by one of our events and introduce yourself, we really want to give you a big hug and high five for your incredible dedication to our parrots. You’ve given all of our parrots a second chance at finding a loving and educated home. Words just can’t express the true gratitude we feel.

Most recently we had some especially “nutty” fans who made our parrots’ day by sending them a big box of mixed nuts from! Thank you Mavis F., and Marcin G., each for your generous gifts! And should the fall season inspire you to get nutty, you can find our pre-selected packages ready for donation at Nuts dot com under “Gifts” and then “Charities.” They will ship directly to us – and please put your name on the ‘message’ so we can send our thanks!  

You may have noticed that our website is undergoing some construction. There may be a few hiccups while it's being updated but we hope to be finished soon. Special thanks to one of our newest volunteers Leandra from Digital Mogul Marketing, for all her hard work and diligence – we can’t wait to make it even easier for you to find our adoptable parrots and register for classes on our new website! Woo woo!

Recent Adoptions

Lucy, our Alexandrine parrot, has been adopted! Her new family had experience with Alexandrines in the past and were very happy to find one available for adoption. She will be sharing a home with their whole family and have lots of attention for her “peek-a-boo” serenades! Everyone in the family has been so patient and visited Lucy several times, where they got to know each other. Lucy loves being a chatterbox and will no doubt have plenty to talk about with them. We wish Lucy and her family the very best on their new life adventure together!

Baby, our Yellow-collared mini macaw, has also found his forever family. When Baby’s foster in San Diego had to move out of the county, PEAC had run out of foster homes he could comfortably move into. Luckily, Best Friends in Kanab, Utah, welcomed Baby into their adoption program and Parrot Garden! Baby had spent about 3 years here in San Diego with few inquiries, but almost immediately had a family interested in him once he reached Best Friends. Baby has since been adopted and is in a loving home – he finally got his “happily ever after” that he so very much deserved. Congratulations to Baby and his new family and our deepest thanks to Best Friends for helping PEAC and making Baby’s wishes come true.

PEAC has 12 more parrots looking for new homes – including four Blue and Gold macaws and one Greenwing macaw, all from individual homes. Please visit all their pet profile pages at: and click on “View My Pets.”

We could always use foster homes for our parrots, now more than ever. Please email us directly at or if you’re interested in becoming a foster “parront”!  

Update on Virulent Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Southern California

Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND,) continues to be a concern in Southern California. One property with chickens in San Diego County (in Ramona,) was recently determined to be positive for VND on August 31st, but NO additional positives in San Diego County have since been reported by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Although this highly contagious and fatal viral disease primarily affects poultry, it is a threat to all birds, including parrots, should they be located near a premises which tests positive for VND. Since only one property tested positive for VND in San Diego County, only a very small area consisting of several properties in Ramona, about 1km in size, has been locally quarantined. The VND regional quarantine zone is still in place around Los Angeles County, Riverside County and parts of San Bernardino County.

Wherever you are located, we encourage all bird owners to practice good biosecurity including not visiting feed stores or locations that contain poultry, waterfowl or feed for these species. If you visit any areas with pet or wild birds, keep separate shoes and clothing to wear and leave outside your home. Then when arriving home, wash up and change into fresh clothing and shoes to wear inside with your own pet birds. If you bring a new bird into your home, it is always good to keep them quarantined in a separate room, away from other birds, with separate food, water, bowls, and wear separate clothing when handling them, for a period of 30 days. Always tend to quarantined birds last, and wash thoroughly after exiting their room. Clothing, hair, hands and shoes can all be sources of transmitted diseases and viruses, including but not limited to VND.  

The CDFA has a tremendous amount of information regarding VND, including a “Disease Prevention Guide for Backyard and Pet Bird Owners” with specific guidelines which can be found at: Biosecurity for Pets.  Or visit the CDFA’s website for quarantine maps, information and details on the current VND outbreak here:  CDFA VND News.

Should you have any problem viewing those materials, don’t hesitate to reach out to us or respond to this newsletter and we will get you more information about VND.

There have been no new cases in Southern California since September 9th in Riverside County, and the number of new cases has been slowing. If we all work together, use property biosecurity and not move birds from inside a quarantine zone to outside a quarantine zone, this outbreak will end soon.  

Class Schedule  

As 2019 comes to a close, don’t miss our last classes and events for the year!  

Classes for “Parrot Behavior, Foraging and Enrichment” (required for adoption) are scheduled for October 19, 2019 and November 16, 2019, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at San Diego County North Animal Shelter located at 2481 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, California, 92011. Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so that we know you’re coming! Additionally, please let us know which parrot you are interested in adopting so that we may have them present early for a “meet and great” starting at 12:30pm. You may register at our website at: or email us directly at

Last Outreach Events of 2019 

September 26th, this Thursday, join us for #RememberMeThursday at Balboa Park on 6th Ave., between El Prado and Juniper Street, near Nate’s Point Dog Park, from 5:45pm to 7:00pm. You can also show your support by sharing messages about parrot and pet adoption on social media using the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday. Let’s make sure the world knows there are wonderful parrots and pets of all species just waiting in local rescues to find a home! Visit for more information about this special day. 

October 12th from 11:00am to 3:00pm, we'll have our booth, volunteers and adoptable parrots at Grossmont Center for the MEGA Adoption event “Howl-O-Ween Hounds!" Hundreds of available pets by dozens of rescues will be available, and almost everyone (pets included!) will be in costume! Last year was a blast, you won’t want to miss this spook-ta-cular event!  

November 23rd is “Doggie Street Festival Adopt-a-thon” at Liberty Station’s NTC Park in Point Loma from 9:00am to 3:00pm. 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! 

December 7th from 11:00am to 3:00pm, 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!

On behalf of our parrots and all our volunteers, I send our warmest wishes of gratitude for your continued support.


Jun 13, 2019

Parrot Adoptions Continue to Blossom at PEAC


Hello Members!

Our summer in Southern California has finally kicked into full gear with clear skies and warm evenings. You could even say its the “Dog Days Of Summer” which was also the theme of the most recent Mega Pet Adoption Event we attended at Grossmont Center and hosted by San Diego Animal Support Foundation. One of our fantastic volunteers April shared her videos showcasing PEAC’s parrots at the event on our Facebook page (“” in the search bar,) so be sure to check them out!

Classes on June 30th!

We have two classes back that you may not have seen in some time, in addition to our regular adoption classes. Join us Sunday, June 30th, at the San Diego Humane Society on Gaines Street in San Diego. Some parrots that are available for adoption will be at these classes.

“My Parrot Won’t Eat That!” Gain insight into teaching your bird to accept new foods! As prey animals, parrots are instinctively wary of new things, however with various methods you can teach your parrot to eagerly consume a healthier diet. (11am - 11:45am)

“Managing Reproductive Behaviors in Companion Parrots” Does your parrot lay eggs?  Act aggressively towards you or family members around his/her cage?  Insist on pleasuring themselves on toys, perches or you?  Come learn what triggers these seasonal urges and strategies to minimize these behaviors. (11:45am - 12:30pm.)

Also on June 30th, we will have the classes required for parrot adoption:

“Parrot Behavior, Foraging and Enrichment” Learn how to keep your couch potato parrot active through positive and interesting challenges AND how to observe and reinforce positive behaviors in your companion parrot. (1:30 - 3:30pm)

PEAC Members are FREE! Annual membership with PEAC is just $20 a year. Please visit to register by clicking on the “Calendar” tab or contact us if you have any questions!

So many adoptions!

Ruby was adopted! Ruby, PEAC’s Greenwing macaw definitely chose his new family and Jenell shared with us that "It’s amazing how the trust starts from the beginning. We are so lucky that he loves us as we much as we love him." Don’t worry - we made sure Ruby took his favorite toy with him (the cute little toy we saw Ruby holding in the last newsletter - a little stuffed red parrot…aw!)

Mango our Alexandrine was adopted! Mango’s new family was woo-ed quickly by Mango’s attention during their visits with him.  We haven’t really shared his photo much before now, because he charmed them so quickly and so thoroughly. We know they’ll have many happy years together.

Ollie our Cinnamon mutation Green-cheek conure was adopted! Ollie’s new mom April was persistent and patient with her interest in Ollie, who was a bit shy initially. However, Ollie loves anyone with food, and perhaps sharing some treats together was when love began to grow between them for the first time. Ollie began to preen her hair and woo her, and that was that! Since Ollie’s adoption, April has been sharing adorable photos and videos of the adventures they’ve been having and clever enrichment ideas where Ollie has to find where she has hidden a snack. Totally adorable together!

Elvis, the Congo African Gray, has left the building! Well, actually, Elvis is staying... because he was adopted by his foster family! Do you think he enchanted them with renditions of "Love Me Tender" or "Don't Leave Me Now” ? Because they just "Can't Help Falling in Love" with him! Congratulations to Elvis & his family - we are "All Shook Up" for your happy ending!

Kiwi our Green-cheek conure was adopted! More congratulations are in order as he has found his forever home with a wonderful family.  He is absolutely the king of his new castle with lots of fun to have and love to share.

Mango the Senegal parrot was adopted! What’s the first thing you do when you’ve won the family lottery? Have a shower and get all cleaned up to make a good first impression apparently! The photos did not come out very clear, so you’ll have to take our word for it that a splashing time was had by all. Congratulations Mango!! (His video is on Facebook and Instagram!)

But even with all of these adoptions, new parrots are coming in every week to find their happy endings too.  

Such as... Tiki a female Cinnamon mutation Green-cheek conure who is so sweet and lovable and looking for that special person or family to share their life with.

Picasso and Albert are kind, male, Blue and Gold macaws, and Carmen is a female Blue and Gold, all from separate homes, who have recently arrived and are getting used to their new surroundings.

Buddy is a gentle-natured male Congo African Grey and Amos (a female Congo African Grey,) is still with us, both looking for a home.

Polo a Red-lored Amazon parrot, who truly loves children and is so gentle, is still here as is Conner (Meyer’s parrot) and Skye (Grey mutation Indian Ringneck - so fun and curious!)

Perhaps you know someone who needs “a little more parrot” in their life? If so, point them to our website, where a link to our adoptable parrot profiles is on the front page. Or visit - and we’re always here to answer any questions. Please keep spreading the word about adoption so that all pets waiting to be adopted will find that special someone and get to go home.

Gratitude for Donations! 

Thank you to our generous parrot diet donors!! Thank you Philip for all of the bags of Harrison's diet you provided, our parrots have loved it!! Abril, thank you so much for your donation sent directly from, of course always popular as Amos immediately dove into the Pistachios upon arrival! And thank you to the London family for sending a huge bag of Soak n Serve from Christine's Chop!

Thank you Marcin & Jana for your gift of two HUGE bags of Christine’s Chop for our adoptable parrot flock! They LOVE the Soak and Serve Chop and it gives our fosters a night off from cooking while still providing a warm delicious & nutritious meal. We are truly grateful for your amazing generosity and for the lovely note that Christine and her elves always include in the box,

We always welcome donations! If you are interested in sending our parrots some treats, the following websites will send your donations directly to our PO Box and have our pre-selected preferences on their charity pages: - search under “gifts” and then “charities” and look for PEAC! - Click the tab on her homepage for “Rescue Wish Lists” and find our name to find our preferences.

We also accept donations of pelleted parrot diets like Harrison’s, Caitec, Zupreem natural and Mazuri parrot diet, and toys - toys - toys! You can ship them directly to our Post Office box at:

PEAC’s Parrots - PO Box 600423, San Diego, CA 92160. Should you need to send your donation directly to a physical location, please let us know and we will make arrangements!

Did you Celebrate World Parrot Day on May 31st? We sure did - but we love celebrating our parrots every day…. Because WE ARE our parrots’ WORLD every day!

Thank you members, and keep spreading the word about parrot adoption!

With gratitude,

Kelly Flynn, President

Parrot Education and Adoption Center

Mar 18, 2019

Spring-ing Forward Our First Adoptions in 2019!


Top O’ The Mornin’ this fine spring day! Southern California has had *quite* the drenching of winter rain (with occasional hail,) keeping us mostly indoors. But finally (!!) we are enjoying mother nature’s payoff - Painted Lady butterflies in droves have set our skies aflutter chasing after a record-breaking wildflower bloom along the entire state. We hope you’re able to get outside this weekend and enjoy a little Irish-luck and spring green in your neck of the woods.

 You Sham-ROCK! 

We feel like the luckiest leprechauns to have YOU, our members, supporting our parrot adoption program and educational classes. Because of your support, we’re happy to announce THE FIRST TWO ADOPTIONS OF THE YEAR!

Our little Lance (Senegal parrot,) has found his home with wonderful mom Amanda! Amanda says Lance is doing great playing with his toys and sharing special snuggle movie-nights with her. Congratulations Amanda and Lance, we’re thrilled you each found your new best friend! 

Sunny, our White-bellied Caique also got lucky with love and found a permanent home with his foster family! Sunny may have set a world speed record for “foster-failure” with his family who instantly fell in love and put in adoption paperwork faster than you can say “Cheers!” in Irish (“Sláinte!”) We can see by the look on Klair’s face that she feels just as lucky to have found Sunny too. 

Update on Virulent Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Southern California

Well, this is the one “unlucky” story we wish we didn’t need to share, but the outbreak for Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) that started last year, has not yet ended. New cases have been found in Utah (traced to a bird moved from Los Angeles,) and most recently, in San Mateo County in Northern California.

VND, formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease, is a serious, highly contagious viral disease that can affect poultry and other birds. In rare cases, humans that have exposure to infected birds may get eye inflammation or mild fever-like symptoms. There is no effective cure for virulent Newcastle Disease.

The virus is found in respiratory discharges and feces and may cause high rates of sickness and death in susceptible birds. For poultry, chickens are most susceptible and ducks and geese are the least susceptible. Mortality rates for Psittacine birds (parrots) can range from zero up to 75%. Certain parrots, especially Amazon parrots, can shed VND virus intermittently in excess of one year and thus transmit the disease to chickens and other pet birds. Once VND is introduced into domestic avian populations, subsequent spread is normally caused by domestic bird-to-bird contact or through contact with contaminated people, feed or equipment.  

What can you do to keep your companion pet parrots safe?

If you are residing within the regional quarantine zone set up around Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, keep your birds indoors and keep your pet birds away from any and all other birds.

Additional ways to protect your birds (and best-practice procedures for all companion parrot owners,) include:

Don’t visit poultry farms, farms that may contain other domestic fowl or any bird mart or fair that may have domestic fowl, pigeons, doves, geese, ducks, ratites (like ostriches,) or quail on site. Should you bring a new bird onto your property, quarantine them for 30 days before bringing them in contact with any birds you may have. 

Try to keep people who also have birds, from visiting your property. If you should visit family and friends with birds: shower, wash your clothes and change your shoes before handling your birds. Don’t visit them without taking these same steps if you have handled your bird. And share information about VND with family and friends.

Most importantly: Stay informed! To view the regional quarantine map and learn more about biosecurity measures you can take to keep your birds safe, please visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s website at or call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473, for more information. 

 Featured Adoptable Parrots - Ruby and Mango 

PEAC’s foster mom for Ruby the Greenwing macaw told us the cutest story about his latest accomplishment.  She said that Ruby never climbs down off his cage, but when some new toys were given out, Ruby noticed that one of them was a stuffed toy parrot that looked just like him!  Ruby snuck down to claim it as his own and proudly took it back to his cage all by himself. We think he looks especially pleased in the picture she shared with us, what do you think?! 

If you couldn’t make it to our Volunteer meeting last weekend, then you missed one of our newest volunteers, Tori, creating beautiful artwork of each of our adoptable parrots! We just had to include a picture of Mango (a Senegal,) who is enchanted by what she is seeing! It was a real treat and we’ll do our best to share more of her drawings in future newsletters!

If you would like to learn about some of our other parrots who are looking for a home, please visit our adoptable parrot profiles at to learn more about each of our birds.

And follow us on Facebook (; Twitter (@PEACsandiego) or Instagram (@peac_sandiego) for more cute photos and stories about all of our adoptable parrots (and more of Tori’s artwork!)

 What’s It Like to Foster a Parrot for PEAC?! 

We asked one of our newest fosters, Daniela, to tell us about her experience fostering one of PEAC’s adoptable parrots and to catch us up on how Baby, our adoptable Yellow Collared mini macaw, is doing. This is their story. 


Last year, when I attended my first Volunteer Meeting and Parrot Behavior, Foraging & Enrichment Class, it was basically just to learn more about the organization. I was not thinking that pretty soon after I would foster a parrot for PEAC.

However, being a foster is very rewarding for me, not only to provide shelter for a parrot I can take care of until they find a loving forever home, but I also get to work with different parrots and their unique personalities, backgrounds and stories. And while giving those intelligent and challenging beings love and security, they show me their gratitude in so many ways. 

When Baby came to me a few weeks ago, he wouldn’t really step up or want to engage, especially during the day. I was still a stranger to Baby, and he needed time to get to know me and I respected that. But I also wanted to challenge him (probably more myself) and see how far we could come.  At first, I just visited him during the day in his bird room, talked to him, offered him treats (which he gladly accepted) and left his cage door open whenever I was home. It took him only two days to come out and explore his new environment. But still no stepping up.

So, I decided to try and use target training with him. Target training can be a great way to communicate with your parrot and build trust. To my surprise, he picked up on it very quickly. One morning using the target stick (a simple chopstick) he stretched his foot out and tried to step on it. Maybe you can imagine how clumsy he was considering his weight and how much he must have trusted me to hold him on that little tiny stick.

That was the breakthrough for us. We found a way to communicate and get him out during the day without having to step up on my hand. Since then I give him an option every single day - “hand” or “stick.” I now use a stick that is similar to his perch. He also got to experience fun things during the day whenever he steps up on the stick, as a reinforcement. He is going outside in the yard (protected and secure of course), watching the food preparation in the morning, he is able to hang out on different play gyms in the house, etc.

Baby has come a long way in a few weeks. He talks, is with my other parrots and me in the living room during the day whenever I am home. He is trying new foods, steps up more and more on the hand, and he lets me touch his head and beak. We also went to our first vet appointment for grooming where he charmed the whole staff and stepped up for the vet with no hesitation!  Sometimes we laugh and sing together and he has started to say “I love you.”

Of course, I love Baby too - he melted my heart from day one with his sweet face and deep eyes. I learn so much every day from fostering him and growing with him. Although it will be hard to say goodbye when he finds a forever home, I know he will be going to a family who will also love him and enjoy hearing him say “I love you” too. 


PEAC can always use more fosters for our adoptable parrots. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please reach out to us at or and we’ll be thrilled to discuss this volunteer opportunity with you!

 Our Next Event 

Meet us next Saturday, March 23rd at Turquoise Animal Hospital in Pacific Beach from noon to 4pm (950 Turquoise St, San Diego,) for their FREE and FAMILY oriented Exotic Pet Expo! Last year we had so much fun and there will be other exotic animal representatives like San Diego Turtle and Tortoise (and many more!) plus raffles, face painting, and surprises! We hope you can join us! 

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish Blessing,

“For every petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way - Good health, good luck and happiness, for today and every day!”


Kelly Flynn, President, and Barbara Crouse, Board Member

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