Jun 6, 2018

Save A Life - Don't Breed, Don't Shop - Adopt!

June Adoption Event
June Adoption Event

Many people have no idea of the huge numbers of dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, farm animals, and birds that end up in animal shelters. Many of these poor beings do not make it out alive because the numbers of them are staggering and far exceed the number of potential adopters. The rescues cannot take them all, and if they are not adopted before their time is up, they are euthanized. You can help by being a responsible pet owner and by supporting your local rescue groups who are actually out there in the trenches helping as many of these creatures as they can. Like us, they are out there doing this work right now in your area. All of us need your help and support.

We have recently attended three major adoption events in our area and are very grateful for the number of adoptions we were able to accomplish. While the major thrust for these events is adoption, we also delight in providing information, education, and hands on contact with birds. We are sharing with you some of the more touching photos from our last three adoption events here. We were very fortunate to find homes for a number of birds, but the number of birds still needing homes is a very large number. Please, if you would like to adopt a bird, contact us. If you would like to foster a bird, contact us. If you can help with transport, contact us. If you can be a baby bird caregiver, contact us. If you can provide financial support, please donate here on GlobalGiving.

Thank you in advance for your continued support. We are very grateful for your help.

Lots of children learning and having fun!
Lots of children learning and having fun!
Bird Participants
Bird Participants
Happy Adopter!
Happy Adopter!
Another Happy Adopter!
Another Happy Adopter!
Another Happy Adopter!
Another Happy Adopter!
Mar 8, 2018

Rescued Parrots And The People Who Love Them

Chipper and Meeko with their autistic friend
Chipper and Meeko with their autistic friend

We have been very busy recently helping needy parrots ranging from petite parakeets to magnificent macaws and cheeky cockatoos.  Some of these birds came into our care because their owners were no longer able to care for them and asked us to find a good home for their beloved bird.  Others ended up in animal shelters because they were relinquished by their owners or were escapees that were picked up as strays by animal control agencies.  While we make every effort to locate the owners of birds picked up as strays, this is often a futile endeavor resulting in us needing to find a good home for the bird.  We have made excellent progress towards our goal of becoming a registered adoption/rescue partner with local animal control agencies and will continue our efforts in this regard.

As you can see in the photos, many of the birds we receive have significant injuries or health issues that require extensive veterinary care and medications.  Your generous donations to our cause have allowed us to be able to meet the medical needs of many, many birds that have come in with serious illnesses and/or injuries.  We will be very grateful for your continuing financial support, and thank you in advance for your help!

We would like to share with you some information about each of these birds and the people who love them.

Chipper and Meeko: Chipper and Meeko are both male cockatiels. Meeko came into our care a little over a year ago from the animal shelter in Wildomar CA. Meeko was in very poor health when we got him. He was extremely malnourished and had problems with his legs and feet. The malnourishment was quickly and easily rectified but the issues with his legs and feet cannot be corrected or even improved upon at this point. Chipper was an owner surrender at the animal shelter in Orange CA. He is perfectly healthy and is a very well socialized bird.  His people gave him up because they felt they no longer had time for him. That's extremely sad because at one time, they did have time for him or he wouldn't be such a wonderful feathered companion.  The young lady you see in the photos with Chipper and Meeko is autistic. While she may have some difficulty relating to people and in communicating with people, she has an amazing bond and very a strong connection with these two birds.

Pikachu and Sadie: Pikachu is a male cockatiel that was brought to us to find a new and wonderful home. He had been very well loved and very well cared for. Sadly, his people felt he needed to be in a household where there was more time for him. Sadie was a stray picked up by the animal control agency in Orange CA. As you can see, Sadie had a massive injury to her head. Sadie was at the animal shelter for over two weeks and then with us for an additional four weeks while she received veterinary care and while her wound healed. Pikachu and Sadie went to different homes, but you can see from the photos that the love for each of them and the sheer joy of having a new feathered friend is the same.

Luna: Luna had also ended up at the animal shelter in Orange CA. She had significant wounds to her head, her neck, and under her wings. Once Luna had healed in our care, she was adopted by a wonderful lady and her family and now "rules the roost" in her new home.

Valentine: Valentine was an owner surrender to the animal shelter in Wildomar CA. Valentine is approximately 15 years old and was never given a name by her original owner. How sad! Valentine had not been particularly well cared for nor well socialized. She is, however, quite a little traveler. Valentine went from the shelter in Wildomar to the home of one of our directors in Yorba Linda CA and from there to Mammoth Lakes CA where she was picked up by her new family and taken home to Citrus Heights CA. Valentine is thriving in her new home, and as you can see from one of the photos is quite the little princess!

Buttercup: Sigh .. Buttercup was also an owner surrender to the shelter in Wildomar CA. Buttercup is approximately 19 years of age and had been living in a garage and surviving on an inappropriate and inadequate diet. Turns out Buttercup is a love bug and caused just about the quickest foster fail we've ever seen! The person who picked Buttercup up from the shelter and who was going to foster her for us fell in love with her almost instantly. Buttercup is now in a wonderful, forever home.

Paquito: Paquito was picked up as a stray and ended up at the Burbank CA animal shelter. He had a badly broken leg and was treated at the shelter and had a pin placed in the broken leg as shown in the x-ray photo. Paquito was in the shelter for more than three months before we were able to get him out. We had the pin removed from his leg, and he was found a wonderful home with people who adore him.

If you are still here and reading this very lengthy report, we thank you for your time, for your love of these birds, and for your support of our efforts.

Pikachu, Sadie, and their delightful young owners
Pikachu, Sadie, and their delightful young owners
Luna, African Grey parrot, and her new Mom
Luna, African Grey parrot, and her new Mom
Valentine, Green Cheeked Conure
Valentine, Green Cheeked Conure
Buttercup, Umbrella Cockatoo
Buttercup, Umbrella Cockatoo
Paquito, Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot
Paquito, Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot

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Dec 8, 2017

Caring People Saved These Birds ~ You Can Help Too

Cameer
Cameer

We are nearing the end of 2017 with our intake of needy birds for 2017 sitting at 595 as of November 30, 2017. We will definitely surpass 600 intakes for this year by December 31, 2017.

In this report, we would like to share with you some very special birds and some very special humans who helped them.

Let's start with Cameer, a domestic goose who was placed (dumped) at an HOA lake 28 years ago. Cameer was named by his rescuer because she always called him with "Come here". That became Cameer. After 28 years on this private lake, Cameer had become mostly blind and was being bullied by the younger and healthier waterfowl. The rescuer realized that Cameer needed to find a private and forever home where he would be taken care of properly and where he would not be bullied. The rescuer pulled Cameer off the lake and was keeping him in her backyard so she could care for him. Naturally, a neighbor took issue with Cameer being a close neighbor, and he had to find his own safe haven. The rescuer called us, we found Cameer the perfect forever home, and he has been happily living there since early October.

Then there are the four Zebra Finches who were no longer wanted by the people that had them. They were given to a total stranger who also didn't really want them and who decided to just set them free (a death sentence for the little birds). A kindly gentleman named Howard happened to see what was going to happen and intervened and got the four little birds to us. Sadly, two of them, Little Train Wreck and Little Scissor Beack, had been so poorly cared for that they only lived for about six weeks before passing over the Rainbow Bridge. Train Wreck had been scalped presumably by other birds and Scissor Beak was unable to eat due to the extreme scissoring of his beak. Train Wreck was treated for his scalping and Scissor Beak got a beak trim. They both did well for a short while, but finally succumbed to what had to have been a lenghty time of poor care, if not outright negligence.

Mozart, a cockatiel, was found in a shopping center parking lot and rescued by a kindly young lady. We posted on-line, put flyers up, but never located Mozart's owner. Mozart is an extremely smart and talented cockatiel that had to have been well loved by his human. We are very sorry that we were unable to locate that person and very sorry that Mozart's owner never really went looking for him.

Next up is a racing pigeon that originated at some point in the Bakersfield CA area and ended up in El Centro CA .. thats's hundreds of miles. Said pigeon was rescued by a kindley teenager and her Mom. The pigeon was driven from El Centro to Corona to get it to us .. about a 400 mile round trip. That's pretty awesome!

Lastly, for this report, is Coco .. a feral pigeon with an injured wing. Coco was spotted by a school girl on her way to school. She was very phone/internet savvy and found help right away for Coco but stayed right by his side until a rescuer could get there.

What's the moral of all these stories .. if you see a bird or animal in need of help .. please don't look away .. please don't just leave it .. find help. You CAN do it!

Train Wreck
Train Wreck
Scissor Beak
Scissor Beak
El Centro
El Centro
Mozart
Mozart
 
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