Nov 22, 2017

Something to be thankful for - YOU!

Doc and his family
Doc and his family

During this season of giving thanks, we are deeply thankful for YOU and your support of PEAC's mission and programs! Without generous patrons like you, parrots in need of homes would face a bleak future. Your abundant caring and compassion for our parrots, and what we do, are what makes PEAC such a success.

Many members have asked how to renew their annual membership, and one of the best ways to do so would be on "Giving Tuesday!" GlobalGiving will be providing "matches" for any qualified donation starting MONDAY, November 27th at 9:01 PM, Pacific time, through 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28th.  Giving Tuesday kicks off our once-a-year fundraising campaign which supports PEAC's educational programs and medical costs for our adoptable parrots. The incentives provided during this short window allow us both to have the biggest bang for each buck donated! 

PEAC's budget for 2018 will remain at $20,000, and although this year several grant applications have been submitted we remain primarily dependent on donors like you.

Another reason to give thanks! Recently "Doc," a Congo African Grey parrot adopted from PEAC, celebrated his one year anniversary with his wonderful new family Annie and Roger. Doc's family permitted us to share a story they'd written about their choice to adopt and how Doc has changed their life for the better:

"Although pet dogs and cats, who are in need of a home tug at the heartstrings of most people, our love lies with the small, beating heart of our Doc. After almost 30 years, our first African Grey Parrot sadly passed away. He had been our constant companion, and we had even passed on long vacations so we could be with him. After he passed away, we had a long discussion about whether or not we wanted to commit 30 to 40 years to another parrot. However, the house was empty. There were no background noises of a little voice saying my husband's name anymore. There was no more "suspicious" silence. There were no more parrot kisses. Our house was silent. Both my husband and I have dedicated our lives to helping animals, and we have found that a lot of support is needed for small animals, including birds. At the point we had decided to welcome another parrot into our lives, we reached out to the wonderful organization, Parrot Education and Adoption Center, where we met Doc. When he first entered our lives, he was confused and, we believe, a little sad. He had had the sad experience of watching his previous owner grow sick and die, and he seemed confused. Typically, he would spend his days hiding in our bathroom, but as time moved on, he slowly emerged from his sadness to join my husband and me as a member of the household. As humans, we understand our love and bond with the animals in our lives, but it can be easy to forget the bond that animals hold with us; especially the ones that we don't understand. How does a bird show love? For us, Doc was able to show his love with the simple words "What are you doing Doc?" The answer is, showing love and being loved in a forever home."

We think their smiling faces say it all and thank Roger, Annie, and Doc for sharing this meaningful follow-up with us.

Congratulations to our recent adoptees! Peanut (Jenday Conure), Niki (Senegal) and Rajah (Orange-winged Amazon, shown pictured with his new owner Judy,) are all settled in their forever homes. These three parrots very quickly stole the hearts of those around them, and we wish them many happy memories in the coming years.

Upcoming Events highlighting the foster flock!

December 2nd and 3rd will be a busy time for the PEAC volunteer elves. On Saturday, Dec 2nd, 11 am - 3 pm, we'll be showcasing select foster flock members at Santa Paws MEGA Adoption Event at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa.

On Sunday, Dec 3rd, 9 am - 3 pm, several foster birds will be participating in Doggie Street Festival. Location: San Diego's NTC Park Liberty Station. Address: 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106.

We hope you can join us for at one of these events - our fabulous "rainbow wings" banner will be on display for taking all the holiday photos you would like, and perhaps we'll encourage our parrots to do a little "caroling" of their own.

We have several adoptions pending and look forward to updating you soon with their stories and also with the progress of our fundraising campaign.

We wish you and your family a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  

Rajah with his new owner
Rajah with his new owner
Aug 24, 2017

2017 3rd Qtr Report

Tiko Marie
Tiko Marie

On behalf of the PEAC Board of Directors, we're so thankful to all our donors who continue to support PEAC's Mission and Goals.  Without YOU, our donors and our wonderful team of volunteers, PEAC would not be able to continue to provide the critically needed education for owners, nor advocate for parrots in need of homes.  Over the past several months, our monthly educational seminars in San Diego and Temecula have resumed and will continue to provide up to date information on a wide variety of topics related to companion parrot care.

On July 29th we were thrilled to present an exclusive screening of the film "Yochi"; an award winning, creative film highlighting the plight of endangered parrots in Belize.  The Writer/Director, Ilana Lapid, was on site and spoke to attendees; both the film and her presentation were well received.  There were many comments regarding the touching nature of the film, the amazing cinematography and the powerful message that she brings about conservation of species in their native habitat.

Our adoption program has also been busy - we're so pleased to announce that Louise (CAG), Tiko Marie (Blue & Gold Macaw) have been adopted.  Louise is now busy sharing new experiences with her new family, and Tiko Marie has 'wiggled' her way into her new family's heart!   In addition, we have two adoptions pending; stay tuned for who those lucky birds are in our next report.

We were deeply saddened just a few days after our last report of the loss of Grace, the Red-lored Amazon who was found in a trash bag at a parking lot in late May 2017.  She very suddenly presented with respiratory distress and was having trouble breathing. She was immediately transported to our avian veterinarian, who had difficulty stabilizing her vital signs during the examination. It was determined that she was in respiratory failure. A necropsy revealed a large hemorrhage.../blood clot in her trachea and an undeterminable "black plaque" at the entrance to her esophagus, which our vet has not seen before. We are all heartbroken but are glad that Grace spent her last days in our foster's home, being loved, and not left abandoned. We are so grateful to the good Samaritan that found her and thank that person again for the compassion they showed in making sure she was cared for.

New foster flock members include Blaze (Red-bellied Parrot), Niki (Senegal), Lance (Senegal), Tiki (Yellow-naped Amazon), Jakey (Blue-fronted Amazon), Dewey (Yellow-naped Amazon), Cosmo (Green-cheeked Conure), and Jewel (Green-cheeked Conure).  Be sure to follow our Facebook page, @peac.org, for updates on their activities and antics.

Again, we thank you for your continued support of PEAC programs and activities.  

Warmest Regards,

Barbara Crouse

Board Member

Ilana Lapid at Yochi film screening
Ilana Lapid at Yochi film screening
Lance
Lance

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May 31, 2017

2017 2nd Qtr Report

Red-lored Amazon found 5/23/17
Red-lored Amazon found 5/23/17

Thank you to all our wonderful PEAC Supporters!

 

As most of you know, PEAC experienced a change in leadership last month when our former Executive Director and Operations Manager resigned in mid-April.  We welcome and congratulate Gail Bradford who was elected by the Board of Directors as our new Interim-Executive Director! Gail, along with our wonderful team of volunteers continue PEACs missions of educating the public on companion parrot care and assisting parrots in need of new homes.

 

Because of your support, PEAC has participated in two major events in the past few weeks – America’s Family Pet Expo in Orange County in April and just last weekend Pirate Days on San Diego Bay. Outreach events at select Petco locations are on-going, and last Sunday, Willow, our adoptable Blue & Gold macaw met many new friends at the Temecula Petco.  We will be including photos from these fun events in our upcoming newsletters, but you may also find our event schedules, and fun video recaps at our Facebook page “@peac.org” (or search for “Parrot Education and Adoption Center”.) Join the online fun and “like” us!

 

You make our work entirely possible, especially with regards to rehoming parrots who come into our program.  Just this week, PEAC was notified of a Red-lored Amazon at an animal shelter in San Diego County. Two days later we received a call from a Good Samaritan who reported turning in a found Amazon to the Department of Animal Services. Surely this must be the same bird!? In speaking with the caller, the Red-lored Amazon had been found in a trash bag at a parking lot. Inside the trash bag was a very small cage secured with zip ties that appeared to have been in place for a significant length of time; it’s possible the bird had been living in this tiny enclosure prior to being left at the site of discovery.

 

This caring individual transported the parrot to the nearest DAS shelter. Both the caller and DAS staff noted copious nasal discharge making the need for immediate avian veterinary care very evident. PEAC’s newest foster flock member is now under expert medical care, and is expected to make a full recovery.  As DNA gender determination is pending we have not yet selected a name for this exceptionally sweet natured parrot. Perhaps you would like to make a name suggestion? We’d love to hear from you! 

 

Taking a moment to reflect on this Amazon and how he was found - dumped, just emphasizes to us the desperate need for organizations like PEAC to exist.  We hear about these types of stories, but it breaks our heart to be part of one. Now he has a chance for a bright future, in part to the Good Samaritan who made sure he found his way to a safe harbor, but also because of compassionate people like YOU, who have supported PEAC’s programs these many years. Your generosity has ensured our ability to accept and provide medical care to parrots in need. We will continue our community outreach, educating the public about PEAC and the resources available to them.  No pet bird should be left as this one was, abandoned and alone. So we extend our deepest gratitude to you, our Donors. Thank you sincerely for allowing PEAC to advocate for and assist these parrots, who have needed all of our help so very much and who will have their lives changed for the better because of your personal effort and investment.

 

And now for some GREAT news - we have found permanent homes for the following foster birds! Buddy (Congo Grey), Gabby (Scarlet Macaw), and Lucy (Green-wing Macaw). Their new families are all thrilled with how their new feathered friends have settled in and are looking forward to making many happy memories in years to come.  As the need to rehoming is ever present, we have accepted three other parrots into foster care this past week; all due to long time owners who have been mandated by physician order to give up their birds due to severe health issues. New foster flock members include: Louise (Congo Grey), Blaze (Red-bellied Parrot) and Niki (Senegal). Please watch our website, Facebook page and PetFinder.com for updates as they progress through quarantine to adoptable status.

 

Again, we thank you for ensuring a new chapter and loving homes for companion parrots, and for supporting our continued community outreach. We’ll be returning to regular educational events within the next one or two months on a variety of topics related to companion parrot care. We hope to see you soon at a PEAC event - Be sure and introduce yourself so we can give you a hug or high-five in person for your support of PEAC and our parrots!

I'm SO glad to be out of that tiny cage!!!
I'm SO glad to be out of that tiny cage!!!
 
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