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Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California

by Avian Underdogs Rescue Association
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Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Save Sick, Injured, & Orphaned Birds - California
Ringneck Dove. Please don't release them!
Ringneck Dove. Please don't release them!

Many of the birds that are brought to us for rehabilitation are victims of situations that can be easily avoided. We ask that you please keep in mind that humans have the ability to save innocent birds and animals from injury or death by simply saying no to things that are harmful to them.

One of the most heartbreaking situations is to have an innocent white ringneck dove brought to us because it was used in a ceremonial release at a wedding, funeral, or some type of special event. Please be aware that ringneck doves in the United States are completely domesticated, have no ability to find their way home, and have no ability to survive on their own. Please, just say no to the ceremonial release of any type of living creature! Though not animate objects, balloons and lanterns should also not be released as they not only frighten birds and animals that encounter them but can also be perceived as food and ingested by wildlife when they end up on the ground or in a body of water. Strings and ribbons tied to balloons can also entangle birds and animals resulting in the loss of their lives.

The adult, male, English House Sparrow caught in a glue trap was one of the fortunate ones. It was found and brought to us for care and survived. Any living creature caught in a glue trap faces a long and torturous death. There are more humane methods available that allow for the capture and relocation of unwanted rodents or insects. Please, just say no to glue traps!

For the safety of your cat as well as the safety of the wildlife in your yard, please keep your cat inside or build it an outside enclosure (catio) where it can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine without being able to predate birds and animals. Putting a bell on your cat's collar doesn't mean it can't or won't catch a fledgling bird or a baby bunny. Please, just say no to free roaming cats!

Here in Southern California baby bird season starts as early as December/January for hummingbirds with other species nesting and raising babies from February into September.  Many, many baby birds lose their homes to tree trimming done during baby bird season. Sometimes the nests can be put back in nearby trees or shrubs, but when this isn’t possible, the tiny birds become homeless and have to be brought to rehabilitators to be raised.  Humans are a poor substitute for the natural bird parents. Please, just say no to tree trimming during baby bird season!

Careless littering of things like fishing line, fishing hooks, plastic and glass bottles, plastic six-pack rings, food containers, and balloons can result in illness, injury, and death for the wildlife that falls victim to harmful litter. Always properly dispose of litter when you encounter it. Don’t litter and be caring enough to pick up harmful litter left by others. Please, just say no to littering!

Every year there are chickens, ducks, quail, rabbits, and other small animals raised in classrooms by well-meaning teachers. Sadly, many of these teachers don’t arrange for permanent homes for these little creatures when the classroom hatching project is done, and the little birds and animals end up being abandoned in public parks when they get larger, louder, and messier. People rationalize that the birds and animals will be better off in the wild. That is categorically untrue. These are domestic birds and animals with zero ability to survive on their own in the wild for their normal life spans. Easter is another time when people fail to use their good sense and make impulse purchases of the cute little birds and animals readily available at feed stores, swap meets, and pet stores. Sadly, the impulse buys also often end up being abandoned when the novelty wears off and they become inconvenient. Please, just say no to classroom hatchings and impulse buys!

Glue Trap Survivor. Male English House Sparrow
Glue Trap Survivor. Male English House Sparrow
Cat Attack Survivor. Eurasian Collared Dove
Cat Attack Survivor. Eurasian Collared Dove
Homeless Due To Tree Trimming. European Starlings
Homeless Due To Tree Trimming. European Starlings
Legs Hobbled By Fishing Line. American Coot
Legs Hobbled By Fishing Line. American Coot
Homeless Classroom Hatchlings. Pekin Ducklings
Homeless Classroom Hatchlings. Pekin Ducklings
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Lovey (Lovebird)
Lovey (Lovebird)

The numbers are in for 2019, and it was another busy year of helping birds of all kinds! We ended 2019 with having assisted 736 birds and 1 chinchilla during the year! Many of these birds were orphaned babies while others were sick, injured, abandoned, unclaimed escapees, or needed to find new forever homes. With many of the large parrots we assisted, their original owners were elderly and/or unwell and unable to continue caring for their beloved birds. Some of the large parrot species can easily live into their 40's, 50's, 60's, or longer, and their long lifespans are something to consider if you are thinking about adopting or purchasing one of these types of birds. There are literally thousands of birds in need of forever homes, so we ask that you always consider adopting rather than purchasing a baby bird.

Veterinary costs continue to be our largest expense, and we are very grateful for your financial support. Your support allows us to continue helping sick and injured birds.

Baby bird season will be starting any day here in Southern California, and we will be inundated with tiny birds.  Many of these little birds require not only specialized diets that are expensive to provide but also require housing in veterinary quality incubators that are also quite pricey. Here again, your financial support allows us to provide these tiny beings with the food and housing that they require.

Here are the details on some of the many birds who have benefited from your support:

Lovey: Lovey is a young lovebird that shattered his lower beak in some type of freak accident. His owners did not seek veterinary care for the injury, and the lower beak grew out at an angle that resulted in Lovey not being able to close his beak and therefore was unable to eat adequately. Lovey's owner relinquished him to our organization (AURA), and Lovey received the veterinary care needed to trim and shape his beak. Lovey's beak will continue to need trimming and shaping for the rest of his life. He has been adopted into a loving home and will continue to receive the love and care he needs. Lovey's veterinary costs: $200

SeaMore: SeaMore is an unbanded racing pigeon that was unable to find his way home. He started hanging around a neighborhood in Laguna Beach where the residents provided him with food and water. SeaMore was living the good life there in Laguna for about 6 months until a predator attacked him and broke his right leg, bit a sizeable piece of his chest out, and sliced his upper neck. Everything SeaMore attempted to eat or drink drained out of the holes in his neck and chest. He would have starved to death, died of thirst, or have been killed by the original predator or another one. SeaMore was lucky and was brought to us for care. He needed stitches in his neck and chest and pins in his leg. SeaMore is almost completely recovered and is being adopted by one of the families that saved him from certain death. SeaMore's veterinary costs: $890

Grace: Grace is a 10 year old female cockatiel with a massive fatty tumor on her abdomen. Grace's original owner was not able to afford veterinary care for Grace and relinquished her to our care. Grace will require surgery to remove the tumor if/when it grows to the point it is touching the ground or otherwise causing her discomfort. Grace's surgery estimate: $850

Milo: Milo is a 16 year old Red Breasted Cockatoo also known as a Galah. Milo became seriously ill and became an ICU patient at one of our veterinary clinics for about two weeks. Milo was treated and appeared to be doing well and was released to return to his foster home. Within a few days, Milo was extremely ill again and had to return for another approximately two week stay in the veterinary ICU. He was again released to return home. When he became ill yet again, Milo was taken to another veterinary clinic where he was correctly diagnosed and received chelation therapy  for zinc toxicity. You would think Milo was cured by this point, but no he wasn't! Milo became ill yet again because he had again ingested zinc or another toxic metal and had remnants of it that were clearly visible on his xrays. Again, Milo went through chelation therapy only to find that some metal remnants remained in his digestive system. Surgical removal of these remnants was required, and Milo is now a healthy and happy bird! About midway in this whole process, Milo was adopted by his foster caregiver and her family who took over his veterinary costs at the time of the adoption. Milo's total veterinary costs: Greater than $10,000 of which AURA paid about half.

Bella: Bella is a female Scarlet Chested Parakeet that was picked up as a stray by a local animal control agency. Bella was bailed out of the animal shelter and came to us for care. She was missing one leg entirely (old injury), had clogged nostrils, and tattered feathers. Bella was treated for her clogged nostrils and was subsequently adopted. Bella's adopter has had Bella examined by her own veterinarian and will provide any further veterinary care that may be needed. Bella's veterinary costs: $200

Baby Birds: Just some adorable babies for your enjoyment! Pigeons, English House Sparrows and European Starlings.

Thank you for your continuing support!

SeaMore (Racing Pigeon)
SeaMore (Racing Pigeon)
Grace (Cockatiel)
Grace (Cockatiel)
Milo (Rose Breasted Cockatoo aka Galah)
Milo (Rose Breasted Cockatoo aka Galah)
Bella (Female Scarlet Chested Parakeet)
Bella (Female Scarlet Chested Parakeet)
Baby Birds (Pigeons, Sparrows, and Starlings)
Baby Birds (Pigeons, Sparrows, and Starlings)

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Sunny
Sunny

Avian Underdogs Rescue Association (AURA) is now completing our third full year as a nonprofit organization. We have suffered growing pains and paid our dues for those! We are extremely grateful to all of you who have been our loyal supporters and donors throughout! Thus far in 2019, we have assisted over 700 birds and could not have done this without you. Please continue to support us and our birds. The GlobalGiving GivingTuesday fundraiser is coming up on December 3, 2019. We hope you will donate on that date and help us earn much needed matching funds and maybe even some bonus $$!

Please meet some of our special rescues here!

Sunny: Sunny is a 19 year old Double Yellow Headed Amazon parrot that was relinquished by his owners to an animal shelter. Sunny was gotten out of the shelter by another parrot rescue organization and transferred to us. Sunny is a TOTAL LOVE! He has chronic arthritis which makes it difficult for him to stand, grasp with his feet, and perch normally. Sunny needs a special home that can address his special needs.

Diamond Jim: DJ is a Diamond Dove. Diamond Doves are EXTREMELY SMALL birds about the size of parakeets. They are native to Australia. DJ was found in someone's backyard and brought to us for care and rehoming.

The Princess: Princess is a Princess of Wales Parakeet recently bailed out of a local animal shelter. She is still in quarantine but will be availale for adoption in a few weeks.

Japanese White Eye: Now named Ema and adopted into an incredibly loving and knowledgeable home. Japanese White Eyes are not native to North America. There are a number of them living and surving in the wild in Orange County CA. Ema was found as a baby and raised by a very kind man and then on to find an incredible home as a pet.

Pin-Tailed Whyday Nestling: Pin-tailed Whydahs are another non-native species now found here in Southern Caliornia. We raise them and find them homes as pets or aviary birds.

Shakespeare: Shakespeare is a Scandaroon Pigeon. He is a show breed of bird and has been adopted into a wonderful aviary home with other pigeons.

We take in many diverse types of birds and are grateful to all of you for supporting our efforts! Thank you!

Diamond Jim (DJ)
Diamond Jim (DJ)
Princess
Princess
Japanese White Eye - Ema
Japanese White Eye - Ema
Nestling Pin-Tailed Whydah
Nestling Pin-Tailed Whydah
Shakespeare
Shakespeare
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Milo, our $4,000 cockatoo
Milo, our $4,000 cockatoo

We aren't called Avian Underdogs for no reason. Did you know that certain species of wild birds in the United States have no protection under state and federal law because they are not native to the United States or North America? Did you know that domestic and exotic species of birds can be dumped, released, or killed with no real punishment of the perpetrators? Well, it's true. We take in these wild birds who have no "legal" standing in our country as well as the dumped, released, relinquished, and abandoned domestic and exotic birds, and help them as best we can.

Baby bird season here in Southern California started late this year and will probably run late this year. Our first baby birds in need of help didn't start showing up until March this year. In past years, it's been as early as late January. The English House Sparrows are usually the first on the scene, followed a bit later by the European Starlings, Japanese White Eyes, Nutmeg Mannikins, and Pin-tailed Whydahs. These are all non-native to the United States. Year around non-natives include the feral pigeons pigeons and Eurasian Collared Doves.Add in the wild parrots that are numerous here in Southern California, and we have had our hands full.

We are extremely grateful to each of you who supports us and our efforts. Through your generosity, we have assisted 545 birds this year as of July 31, 2019, 773 birds in 2018, and 613 birds in 2017.

Our veterinary expenses have ben astronomical for a small group such as we are. Milo, the rose breated cockatoo exceeded $4,000, and Lucky, the Amazon, is sitting at about $1,000. Add to that the small birds at another $2,000 for all of them, and we are strapped for veterinary funds. Please help us with a donation if you can.

Thank you for all your support, and please be willing to continue to help! We can't do it without your donations!

Lucky, Our $1,000 Amazon
Lucky, Our $1,000 Amazon
Rowan, Now adopted and safe but found injured
Rowan, Now adopted and safe but found injured
How could you possibly not help this tiny baby?
How could you possibly not help this tiny baby?
European Starling
European Starling
Baby Pigeons destined for the trash bin but saved
Baby Pigeons destined for the trash bin but saved
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What Tango actually looks like
What Tango actually looks like

Whether you are an individual bird owner, a bird rescue, a bird breeder, a backyard bird enthusiast, or simply an interested party, biosecurity is of the utmost importance to protect the health of the birds we love. Southern California is experiencing an outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) which started in 2018 and which has resulted in the euthanasia deaths of more than 1 million birds to date. The most recent positive case of vND was only a few days ago on May 29, 2019 in San Bernardino County CA. vND  is a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. There is no cure, and there is no effective vaccine currently available to combat this strain. The method used to eradicate vND is euthanasia of all birds that have been or may have been exposed to vND.

We are fortunate here in Orange County CA where Avian Underdogs Rescue Association is located to be vND free and not under quarantine. The entire County of Los Angeles as well as substantial areas of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties are under quarantine for vND. The quarantine requires that no birds be moved into, out of, or within a quarantine area.

Wondering what biosecurity is and how it works? Please refer to this link for detailed information:

https://tinyurl.com/y5dn2wjb

No doubt, you are wondering what all this really has to do with you. vND CAN affect birds other than poultry, and if you are a bird owner in an area where there have been positive cases of vND, your birds are subject to euthanasia regardless of what type of birds they are. This is not something to be uninformed about. Please take the time to educate yourself about vND, the quarantine, and whether or not your birds are at risk of euthanasia.

Let's move on to a specific example of why biosecurity is important. It revolves around Tango, a young, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo and has nothing to do with vND but everything to do with biosecurity and how failing to follow good biosecurity practices will cost Tango his life.

Tango is a young male parrot that was purchased to become a breeder. Tango started out as a healthy and vibrant young parrot. Tango's owner attended a bird related event where he encountered a bird that had PBFD (psittacine beak and feather disease). Tango's owner unknowingly brought the PBFD virus home on his person/clothing, and Tango was infected. PBFD has no cure and is always ultimately fatal. Had Tango's owner practiced good biosecurity, he would not have brought this virus home with him. Tango will pay the ultimate price for this biosecurity failure with his life. PBFD is very contagious to other Psittacine birds, so we  placed Tango in a hospice sanctuary where there are no other parrots. He will live out his life there. Tango requires vet visits approximately every 3 weeks to assure there are no bacterial or fungal infections further compromising him and to get his now deformed beak shaped,

We apologize for this somewhat 'Debbie Downer" report, but is is factual. This IS what is happening. Thank you all so very much for your continued support!

 

 

What Tango should look like
What Tango should look like
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Avian Underdogs Rescue Association

Location: Lake Forest, CA - USA
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Teresa (Terry) Whatley
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