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.
“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!”
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,
Kelly Flynn, President, and Barbara Crouse, Board Member
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