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Dec 31, 2018

You've Changed Their Lives! Coco & Valdirene

Coco with her Mom, Valdirene
Coco with her Mom, Valdirene

Coco and Valdirene

You might remember last December (2017) when Coco the African Grey was adopted by a delightful family that included an Eclectus parrot “Enoch.”  Coco has since been flourishing in their home, and Valdirene, Coco’s mom, shared an essay she wrote about her experience adopting a parrot from PEAC and how Coco has changed their lives. We were so moved by it, that we’d like to share it with you.  

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    “What can I say about Coco? As a pet loving person I have always had pets in my home, and I absolutely spoil them rotten. In our household before Coco, we had an old cat and a silly parrot named Enoch. We also had another parrot named Jewlie who unfortunately passed away a few years ago. After Coco came into our home, Enoch no longer felt alone, and Coco has also done a great job making my kid laugh on a daily basis. 

    There are no sad days around Coco, she always wakes up talking and dancing to everyone in our home. How has Coco changed my life? When I first saw Coco at a PEAC adoption event, she ultimately won my heart.  Coco puts a smile on my face all day long and makes me laugh so hard multiple times a day!  Coco also has helped my child smile more, and he loves to help feed and play with Coco, and that for me is priceless.  Seeing the change in my son means everything to me. 

      Coco is the sweetest, easiest-going, funny, silly parrot I ever saw and she has also helped Enoch because now they are best friends. Some days I see them talk to each other saying “I love you” and it melts my heart. 

      How did I find Coco? Last year I came to know PEAC and started to participate in their adoption programs, and I learned about the marvelous work they do with their parrots. PEAC takes time educating the potential adopters to make sure those beautiful creatures will find forever homes. The fact that PEAC has wonderful foster pet parents who take the time and energy to train the parrots to socialize them and to support them is amazing to us.  I absolutely love all of the volunteers at PEAC, because their support for adopters doesn’t end at adoption. 

      The work PEAC does for their parrots is amazing and considering that birds, unlike other pets, will live a long time, sometimes even over 60 years,   it can get costly for them to care for all of their birds. 

      Finding those parrots a forever home that understands the needs of these beautiful creatures is not an easy task and PEAC is the best.  With all this being said I would like to give my many thanks to all of the PEAC volunteers and especially to Sue, who was the best foster mom to my Coco before Coco become my "Coconut girl!”

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Thank you Valdirene for telling us in your own words, the difference Coco has made in your life! Would you believe that when PEAC first received Coco, we were told she could not be handled by women?  Her foster family, and African Grey specialist and PEAC foster volunteer Sue, continued to patiently work with Coco until Coco felt confident enough to trust more people and find another home she loved AND is loved and cherished in. 

Sweetie and Kay

Remember Sweetie, a Yellow-naped Amazon who was over 50 years old and had only known one home? Sweetie was adopted earlier this year by Kay.  Kay loved Sweetie’s unique character but was concerned that he might not do well with too many changes made to his “routine lifestyle” too quickly. After all, he was over 50!  However, Kay was eager to share “…Just recently (when he got his new cage) I offered him a rope swing and hanging rope perch...  Sweetie has finally figured out they won’t kill him and he is a wild man in the evenings! Playing!  Singing! Calling and climbing all over the cage!  He is even playing with his cargo rope & toys. Maybe he’s in his second childhood….LOL! (lots-of-laughs!)”  Who said you can’t teach an old bird ‘new tricks’ - not Kay or Sweetie! We are thrilled they are enjoying their new life together! 

Jakey and Patricia

Jakey was adopted by Patricia in January (2018.) She has been regularly sharing photos and stories of Jakey’s adventures making new friends and how Jakey has continued to be “…really sweet and gentle.”  Patricia says that Jakey often prefers to just “hang out” and keep an eye on mom from one of her favorite curly perches.  “My new adopted old lady Jakey, she’s such a love bug, we’re so blessed to have found each other!”  Thank you for sharing such adorable pictures with us Patricia, we feel blessed that you found each other as well!

This is the world of difference you are making in each of our parrots’ lives!  

And there is still time left before the clock strikes twelve to change the lives of three more parrots who are waiting to come into our program… 

Each one will require a veterinary examination with blood work together totaling over $1200. At least one will need a new cage totaling $500.  No donation of time or money is ever too small, and your compassion and concern for these parrots are so greatly appreciated. 

We know that each of our parrots touches your hearts and lives just as deeply as they do ours.  

And we could not have a better group of members, volunteers and supporters than YOU.

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL 2018!

Wishing you health and happiness for all in the beautiful New Year,

With gratitude,

Kelly Flynn, President, and Barbara Crouse, Board Member

COCO WITH HER NEW FAMILY
COCO WITH HER NEW FAMILY
JAKEY AND HER MOM, PATRICIA
JAKEY AND HER MOM, PATRICIA
JAKEY MAKING NEW FRIENDS
JAKEY MAKING NEW FRIENDS
JAKEY WATCHING MOM FROM HER FAVORITE PERCH
JAKEY WATCHING MOM FROM HER FAVORITE PERCH
SWEETIE IS NEVER TOO OLD TO ENJOY NEW TOYS!
SWEETIE IS NEVER TOO OLD TO ENJOY NEW TOYS!
Dec 27, 2018

Congratulations! More Adoptions Because of YOU!

WILLOW ENJOYING THE HOLIDAYS WITH HER NEW FAMILY
WILLOW ENJOYING THE HOLIDAYS WITH HER NEW FAMILY

First a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have donated or regularly contribute to support PEAC.  We can't thank you enough for your generosity; YOU are what makes PEAC able to continue the work we've done for over 22 years.  We're honored by your giving and trust.

Time is running out for last-minute contributions should you wish to make a gift before the end of the year or renew your membership! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time.

Two Surprise Adoptions Before the Year’s End!

Sparkle, the young Indian Ringneck (with cone-shaped eyes, whom we introduced in our last newsletter,) and Gonzo, the Timneh African Grey, have both been adopted! That means SEVENTEEN parrots were given a second chance and found a loving home in 2018 because YOU took action to support our education and adoption programs.

Everything we do is dependent on private donations from people just like you who recognize the challenges of owning a parrot and know that there are few places for them to go when they lose their home or family.  Dogs and cats have city or privately run shelters, but parrots can often fall through the cracks unless specialized care is provided to ensure they find a prepared and educated long-term home.  

For example, Polo, a 33 yr old Red-lored Amazon, has just returned to PEAC after being adopted eight years ago, because his family suddenly and unexpectedly lost the resources to care for him.  Polo’s family was heartbroken to let him go, especially since he loved being with their children. However, they wanted to make sure he found another good loving home and knew PEAC would provide for Polo until one was found.  

A parrot’s long lifespan, (upwards of 15-20+ years for smaller species, and 30-40+ 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.  PEAC’s mission has always focused on educating those caregivers and thus enhancing and extending the stay for each parrot in one home as long as possible.  However, when rehoming becomes necessary, and with your continued help, PEAC will be there for the families of parrots like Polo, who need us.

Willow Adoption Update!

Last month, one of the most anticipated adoptions of the year happened: Willow FINALLY found her forever family!  Willow, a Blue and Gold macaw, had been with PEAC over three years, and to be honest, we all worried whether anyone else would see past her patches of missing feathers and find her beautiful heart as irresistible as we did. But Willow’s foster mom never lost faith that it would happen for her, and it did!  Willow’s new family and mom Sherrie shared these photos with us and said she is “thriving” and thoroughly enjoying being spoiled during their first Christmas together.

Your gifts have changed Willow’s world! 

AND the worlds of Gonzo, Sparkle, Munchkin, Elvis, Buka, Sweetie, Baby, Dewey, Jakey, Louis, Lucky, Pickle, Tiki, Yato, Kasuku and Panee who were all cared for, loved and rehomed this year thanks to YOU - 

Congratulations for helping EVEN MORE parrots find a home this year than last year!   

We are still several thousand dollars away from our year-end goal to keep PEAC going through 2019.  Any donation you can provide will always be gratefully welcomed! 

Wishing you and your family health and happiness in the New Year, 

Kelly Flynn, President and Barbara Crouse, Board Member.

WILLOW ENJOYING HER NEW HOME AND TREATS
WILLOW ENJOYING HER NEW HOME AND TREATS
POLO RETURNED TO PEAC, LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME
POLO RETURNED TO PEAC, LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!
Nov 26, 2018

Giving Tuesday is here and we need your help!

Giving Tuesday has become a global day of celebration focused on giving back to our communities. For PEAC, it's the kick-off of our once-a-year fundraising campaign. Our goal is to reach $20,000 to budget for the veterinary costs and care for our adoptable parrot program, which has helped many parrots receive a second chance to find a loving home. 

Here’s how you can help us reach our goal with this special bonus opportunity for #GivingTuesday:

Donations received by Global Giving, starting Monday, November 26th at 9:01 pm Pacific time, will qualify PEAC for a portion of an “incentive fund.”  Organizations which receive the most donations or most number of unique donations, receive the largest part of the fund.  However, any new recurring donation will receive 100% match for their first donation!

Also, many companies have annual matching programs for their employees or provide grants! Ask your Human Resource department to learn about what opportunities may be available for our parrots. Should you have any questions, or need assistance in making a donation, or you would like to volunteer, please don’t hesitate to email or call us anytime!

Stay Tuned for More Parrot Adoption Stories and Pictures!

This year we helped 15 parrots find a home or sanctuary, breaking last year’s record - AND - we still have one more pending!

This includes recent adoptions for Elvis, Munchkin, Buka and Sweetie.  But the adoption we are most excited to announce is… for WILLOW! After waiting more than three years in our program, Willow has found her forever home and settled in with her family last weekend.

AND… Munchkin also found his match!  Munchkin, a Double yellow-headed Amazon, came to us earlier this year from the San Diego County Animal Shelter.  We did not know anything about his history except that he would say “Hi Papa” and was interested in human interaction.  Our veterinarian determined that his unique face was due to an under-formed upper-skull, that happened during his development in shell. Munchkin was shy and did not solicit his caregiver for preening. However his attitude completely changed when he saw his future mom!  Munchkin had been talking to her “over the phone” and when she came and sat on a couch to meet him in person, Munchkin climbed down and over to perch on her chest and began to solicit her for head scritches while giving kisses. There wasn’t a dry eye among all the volunteers and family present who saw this moment and it was directly made possible because of your support and donations.

Empty spaces in our foster program are filling quickly with new parrots like “Sparkle” a young male Indian Ringneck who has unique cone-shaped eyes that make him nearsighted. He will require some extra TLC and veterinary care and because of your generous gifts, we’ll make sure he gets everything he needs to live a comfortable and happy life and find his new family.

We are excited to continue into our 23rd year of serving our community, and we hope you will join us to help even more parrots and parrot owners in 2019!  Keep following us on social media for all the latest videos, photos and news about our classes and parrots available for adoption.

Everything accomplished this year was because of your compassion and continued dedication to supporting our parrots. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

With our deepest gratitude,

Kelly Flynn, President and Barbara Crouse, Board Member

Munchkin meets his new mom for the first time!
Munchkin meets his new mom for the first time!
Munchkin meets his new mom for the first time.
Munchkin meets his new mom for the first time.
Meet Sparkle, our newest member of the flock.
Meet Sparkle, our newest member of the flock.
 
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