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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
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 takes in a wide variety of wild and domestic/exotic birds that find themselves in need of help. From January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 we assisted a total of 773 avian underdogs. Baby bird season 2019 has not yet started here in Southern California, but it won't be long before we will be taking in and caring for dozens and dozens of baby birds over the coming months as well as the sick, injured, and abandoned birds that come our way throughout the year. We are so very grateful to have had your generous financial support in 2018. We are asking for your continued support in 2019. Thank you in advance for making it possible for us to continue assisting the avian underdogs in our area.

Since we take in many diverse species of birds, we want to have you meet some of our recent flock members. These birds are not typically found out on their own and have no ability to survive on their own. As you wll see, they are all quite different types of birds.

Ellen - English Trumpeter Pigeon: Ellen was picked up by a local animal control agency as a stray. She spent her 5 day hold time in the shelter and no owner came forward to claim her. Avian Underdogs Rescue Association (AURA) adopted her from the shelter and has an adoption pending for her where she wil be safe and well cared for as a pet. Ellen is a fancy pigeon also known as a show pigeon. She has zero ability to survive on her own for the long term. There are several hundred breeds of domestic pigeons, and many of them are strictly show pigeons like Ellen and have no ability to survive on their own.

Yuki - White Canary: Yuki was found in a local shopping center and taken to a pet store in that center for care until a rescue could located. We were that rescue!  Yuki was posted on lost and found sites, but no owner came forward. Yuki quickly found his forever home with one of our adopters and is now living the good life.

Zebra Finch: This handsome boy and three other zebra finches were abandoned in the Los Angeles area and found and taken in by a Good Samaritan. The Good Sam cared for them as long as she could and then sought a rescue for them. One of our directors make the trip in pouring rain to get these lovely little birds. They have been in the care of AURA since that time.

Ringneck Dove: This unfortunate domestic dove had been shot with a pellet gun and was gravely injured. It was found in Anaheim and gotten to us for care. Sadly, it succumbed to the injury.

White Japanese Coturnix Quail: This bird was also picked up as a stray by a local animal control agency, spent her 5 day hold time, and was not claimed by an owner. AURA adopted her from the shelter and found her a wonderful home where is a well loved and well cared for pet.

African Ringeck Parrot/Parakeet: This little green beauty was found in Lake Elsinore and taken to a pet store for care. AURA was contacted about her and arrangements were made for her to come to us. She is extremely untame, extremely fearful of humans, and needs lots of slow and easy TLC to allow her to understand that she is now safe.

Thank you for reading and meeting these Avian Underdogs!

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