As our flock numbers have continued to grow over the summer so has the organizations financial responsiblity of providing proper care for these parrots. Even since the last update, 5 new flock members have made there way to PEAC and part way towards a forever home. Recently, the newest parrots who have been relinquished are Bille-Blue Fronted Amazon, Bonnie-Honduras Yellow Nape Amazon, Baby-Yellow Collared Macaw, George-Mealy Amazon, Grasshopper-Male Eclectus, Barney-Double Yellow Headed Amazon, Pita-Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, Mia-Muloccan Cockatoo, and most recently a Great Billed Parrot relinquished to us from the San Diego Department of Animal Services. With each intake the organization has policies that require the parrot to go through an extensive veterinary exam, blood chemistries, and a variety of other disease related tests to make sure the parrot is in good health and does not have any disease that could endanger the welfare of the other parrots in its new foster home. Even with significant discounts offered to PEAC from a variety of Avian Veterinaries in the San Diego area, intake examinations run an estimated $300 per parrot.
The current numbers in our foster program stand at:
24 parrots currently in the foster program (10 prior to January 2014 plus 14 after January 2014)
1 parrot with an appointment set for the intake interview
3 parrots remain on the waiting list
4 correspondants asking for information on the relinquishment of a parrot as well as information on our foster program inlcuding the status of our waiting list
Since January 2014 PEAC has incurred an estimated $4,000 in veterinary costs alone. As with any well run rescue we try very hard to keep a "nest egg" set aside for any emergency that may come up, but we are very close to having to dip into that "nest egg" to continue the coverage of day to day expenses. Intake veterinary examinations are a significant portion of these expenses.
We are just around the corner from our annual fundraising campaign where we partner with Globalgiving to assist us with this most important fundraising event of the year for PEAC, however, some assistance now with our current financial situation would help offset the cost of carring for the many new parrots in our foster program.
Any contribution, even a small amount today, would be accepted with a huge THANK YOU! It is through donors like you that PEAC is able to continue its work in educating potentially new and long time parrot owners as well as the general public. Through our educational forums & rescue services we will continue to bring unwanted or abandond parrots into safe and loving foster homes until we find the forever home for each and every parrot in our program.
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