Dear Donors, Supporters and Friends,
"Hey, I don't know about you, but we're feeling twenty-twenty two!"
Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!
Because of your support, 2021 was an eventful year! Here are some highlights:
Hellos in 2021
Eleven birds found homes through our adoption program (and one is pending for January!) PEAC also helped two other parrots (Bingo, a White-fronted amazon, and Keno, a Blue and Gold macaw) exit temporary rescues and find sanctuary with the nonprofit Parrots First. Rafael, Rocky and Kiwi were all adopted and went home to their families since our last update.
PEAC turned 25 years old and welcomed new volunteers, fosters, teachers, board members and officers. And what was (almost) the first thing they did? Have a parrot-toy making holiday party for our foster flock! (Don’t miss the pictures below!) They also put in hundreds of hours this year answering emails, providing support and advice for husbandry/care questions, teaching classes, visiting potential adopters’ homes, fostering, making supply runs, and so much more. We have the best (and hardest working) team in town!
One of our new fosters is an avian veterinarian who just moved to San Diego (Dr. Athena Gianopoulos of Feathers and Fur Animal Hospital.) Her current foster, Pappy, is a handsome Double yellow-headed amazon in his mid-twenties. Dr. G says Pappy’s favorite things are grapes, head scritches, grapes, Harrison’s birdie bread and… grapes.
Goodbyes in 2021
But we also had to say our goodbyes in 2021 to beautiful 50 yo Yellow-naped Amazon “Larry,” who lost his battle with cancer. His foster mom (and family) are genuine angels who did not leave Larry’s side and filled his last year with delicious food (he loved!) and playful times.
Reluctantly we also say goodbye to one of our longtime veterinarians Dr. Brian Loudis (All Pets Animal Hospital,) who recently announced his retirement and move to the mountains of Oregon. I know we will all miss him and wish him the very best with his new adventures.
You may have noticed that two feathered friends recently returned to PEAC: Lucky (Greenwing macaw) and Skye (a gray Indian ringneck.) As we’ve learned, life can throw a curveball at you, which can be hard to dodge even in the best of times. Due to changes in their lives, their families decided to bring them back to PEAC.
Welcome back, Lucky and Skye! We know another loving family is out there for each of you. (Sidenote: Skye has been doing outstanding “target training” with his foster dad! We’re sharing the video clips on Instagram and Facebook if you want to follow along.)
Lucky and Skye are joining the 11 other parrots available for adoption. You can find all of their bios at peac.petfinder.com Or use our Linktree at https://linktr.ee/peacsd
Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?
We asked some of our foster flock what their resolutions are…
Maria, the Yellow-naped Amazon, has some workout goals this year. His foster mom helped him go from a flabby seed eater to a fabulous forager! Maria's secret to staying trim is to tear apart those toys. Maybe he can help you with your exercise plan by dropping all of his toys on the ground which you must keep picking up for him... over and over. A one and a two and a one and a two - feel the burn!
Pastorita (“Rita,”) is sharpening her strategy skills. Her foster parents have introduced her to Chinese checkers, and she loves being the center of attention. Little do they know that Rita planned it that way from the start, and they’re the ones wrapped around her little finger (toe!) This game-playing Greencheek conure is looking for someone at her "level" to challenge for the championship, could that be you?
Did you know January is "National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month"? Celebrate by sharing our newsletter, brochures, website, or social media to help our foster flock find their forever families! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we have plenty of "love-birds" just looking for their special someones.
What’s Happening in 2022?
Our monthly online video classes (via Zoom) will continue! The next sessions for our general adoption requirement are on Sundays, from 1 pm - 4 pm January 30th, February 27th, and March 27th.
Visits and adoptions with our parrot flock will continue! We are following the state and CDC guidelines for a safe meeting during the Covid-19 pandemic, and details or schedules may change on short notice. We appreciate your patience, kindness, and flexibility during these challenging times.
As to whether we’ll be attending “in-person public adoption events,”… I looked into my magic crystal ball and it says “cannot predict now; ask again later.” We promise to let you know as soon as we do. Keep following our instagram and Facebook accounts for the latest scoop!
Bring on 2022! We’re Ready for it!
Everything accomplished this year was because of your generosity and continued dedication to supporting our parrots.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
With gratitude and wishes for a bright and happy New Year,
Kelly Flynn, President and Board Member,
Parrot Education and Adoption Center
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