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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
Baby Amazon parrots, BBG and Emerald.
Baby Amazon parrots, BBG and Emerald.

Please help us to be able to continue helping the birds that we rescue and rehabilitate. Thus far 2018 has been a very busy year for us with just over 750 birds coming in as of November 30, 2018. We will probably have taken in and helped 800 birds or more in 2018 by the end of the year. Since our last report, we have continued to take "Underdog" birds such as English House Sparrows, European Starlings, Feral and Domestic Pigeons, Domestic Doves and Eurasian Collared Doves, Pin-tailed Whydahs, Nutmeg Mannikins, Japanese White Eyes, and many parrot species ranging from petite parakeets to majestic macaws. Many of these birds have required extensive veterinary care which has been quite expensive. We will be very grateful for your donation towards rebuilding our veterinary funds for 2019. Thank you in advance for your help!

BBG and Emerald, the Baby Zons: These two darling youngsters are baby Amazon parrots. They are nestmates who were rescued on July 4, 2018 after having been attacked by crows and a hawk. Both of their beaks suffered extensive damage from the attacks. BBG's upper beak was damaged to the point that a portion of it had to be removed. This is permanent. The beak won't regrow. These two babies have a wonderful caregiver who has gotten them to all of their veterinary appointments, hand fed them for several months until they became self feeding, and has taught them "manners" and how to talk "human". They are incredibly lucky and incredibly adorable baby zons!

Crispin, feral pigeon: Crispin was the victim of an accidental electrocution incident when the power line he and a number of other pigeons were sitting on basically exploded sending a massive electrical shock through their bodies. Most of the pigeons died immediately, but Crispin and three others survived long enough to be rescued and taken to rehabilitators in the area. Crispin and one of the survivors came to us. Of the four survivors, only Crispin remains alive. All his feathers were burned, his feet were burned, his beak was burned, and he smelled like a charcoal grill. Crispin's feathers and beak are starting to be replaced by new growth, and he is expected to make a full recovery with time.

Isabel and Baby Boy, Mitred Conures: Both of these young conures were found by members of the public and made their way to us for care. Isabel was found severely injured on the campus of Chapman University, and Baby Boy was found in Los Angeles County. Both began life as wild Mitred Conures, but due to their sigificant injuries can never be  released back to the wild. Their caregiver has invested countless hours in feeding and medicating these two and in socializing them so they can become beloved pets.

Fruitloop, Lady Gouldian Finch: Fruitloop (named for her "Fruitloopy" colors) came to us showing extrerme neurological symptoms. Her veterinary examination resulted in no conclusive answer as to what had happened to her or what the cause of her symptoms could be. Fruitloop has a wonderful, loving, attentive caregiver who sees to her every need and assures that Fruitloop doesn't get into a bad situation when having or recovering from one of her neuro episodes.

Phoenix, Cockatiel: Oh what a sad story Phoenix was. Yes, he is deceased. Phoenix was found by person A who passed him on to person B who passed him on to person C. Thankfully, person C realilzed that Phoenix was in dire condition and brought him to us. Phoenix was diagnosed with psittacosis by our avian veterinarian. In spite of the best efforts of our veteriarians and 11 days in the ICU at the veterinary hospital, Phoenix could not be saved.

Squirt, Parakeet: Squirt was found in an apartment complex and brought to us for care. Squirt had a large mass above one of his eyes which required surgical removal. Squirt came through the procedure with flying colors, healed up well, and is living the good life with the lovely lady who adopted him.

Feral pigeon, Crispin.
Feral pigeon, Crispin.
Mitred Conures, Isabel and Baby Boy.
Mitred Conures, Isabel and Baby Boy.
Lady Gouldian Finch, Fruitloop.
Lady Gouldian Finch, Fruitloop.
Cockatiel, Phoenix.
Cockatiel, Phoenix.
Parakeet, Squirt
Parakeet, Squirt
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Allie - Blue and Gold Macaw
Allie - Blue and Gold Macaw

There are so very many birds in need of homes. Many birds end up in animal shelters because they accidentally escape their homes and are not found or reclaimed by their owners or are relinquished to animal shelters because their owners can no longer keep them. Other birds are intentionally released and expected to be able to survive in the wild by people who have run out of options for keeping their birds. Still other birds suffer the misfortune of having their human die and then have nowhere to go if the friends and family of the deceased do not want them. Then there are the birds who started out as wild birds that suffered an injury or illness that resulted in them needing to be kept as pets for the rest of their lives. Our hearts break for all these birds. We, Avian Underdogs Rescue Association, take in as many of these birds as we possibly can. Sadly, there are more needy birds than there are places for them. Please think about taking in just one bird as a foster caregiver. Better yet .. please adopt just one bird that is in need of a home. In this report, we are sharing with you some of our birds who are desperately seeking a foster home or a permanent home. If you can share your heart and your home with a needy bird, please contact our Foster/Adoption Coordinator, Sue Bendheim, by e-mail at SBendheim@aol.com.

Please meet Allie and Dina:

Allie is a 27 year old Blue and Gold Macaw who is in one of our wonderful foster homes along with her life long friend, Dina, a 32 year old Double Yellow Headed Amazon. Allie and Dina were owner surrendered to the Orange County Animal Care shelter and subsequently pulled by AURA.

These two underdogs have been examined by a board certified avian veterinarian and are now available for adoption to a qualified person or family. These two life long companions must be adopted together.

Allie has an old wing fracture that was untreated and healed improperly. She is otherwise in good health and is a sweet, mellow macaw. Dina was overweight and had high cholesterol on arrival. Both these conditions are being addressed and improved upon by her wonderful foster. Both these birds were very dirty when they came into our care and had not been groomed in years. They are now clean, groomed, and happy! Dina steps up on a stick very well. Both these lovely parrots are now on an excellent diet of fresh chop, nuts, some seed, and fresh water. They will be going back to our board certified avian veterinarian for a follow up exam within the next 3 months.

Sweet Pea:

Sweet Pea is a male, 27 year old Timneh African Grey parrot. He was surrendered to us by a relative of his human Daddy who passed away earlier this year. Sweet Pea's Daddy was his only owner from babyhood. Sweet Pea had feather destructive behavior (FDB) when arriving at AURA. Although there has been some improvement in his FDB, he continues to pull some feathers. It is unknown at this point whether some of the feather follicles are permanently damaged. His diet is now excellent, his environment is enriching, and his environment is smoke free. Sweet Pea's Daddy was a smoker and being exposed to smoke for many, many years possibly resulted in Sweet Pea pulling out "dirty" feathers. Sweet Pea has quite a vocabulary (including some rather "salty" phrases) and is a professional level whistler. He is super cute, steps up, dances, kisses, and is a very good eater! Sweet Pea is, however, terrified of children and needs to be adopted into a home that is child free.

Isabel:

Isabel was formerly a young, wild Mitred Conure found on the ground at Chapman University in Orange by a person who works there. She, (DNA sexed,) had a severe lower beak injury and a fractured wing. The finders were directed to us by a local veterinarian who treats many of our birds.

Isabel was named after the sweet person who found her. Isabel had to have surgery to remove approximately 2/3 of her lower beak resulting in the need for her to be hand fed for about 2 months until she was able to start self feeding. She is feisty, funny, loud and full of life now. Isabel is very ready to be adopted into a fun home and preferably a home with other conures.

Soliel:

This bird had been living in the cardboard box shown in the picture. It was very happy to get moved into a large cage with perches. The bird did not have a name, the age is unknown, and the gender is unknown. The family that had it apparently got it from a neighbor.

These are only a few of the many that need your help. We thank you for your monetary support as it is needed to provide veterinary care as well and food and supplies for these birds. We are very grateful! Now, we are also asking you to open your hearts and your homes to these Underdogs of the avian world.

Dina - Allie's life long friend - Amazon
Dina - Allie's life long friend - Amazon
Sweet Pea - Timneh African Grey
Sweet Pea - Timneh African Grey
Isabel - Mitred Conure
Isabel - Mitred Conure
Soleil - Sun Conure
Soleil - Sun Conure
Soleil's Former Cardboard Box Home
Soleil's Former Cardboard Box Home
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June Adoption Event
June Adoption Event

Many people have no idea of the huge numbers of dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, farm animals, and birds that end up in animal shelters. Many of these poor beings do not make it out alive because the numbers of them are staggering and far exceed the number of potential adopters. The rescues cannot take them all, and if they are not adopted before their time is up, they are euthanized. You can help by being a responsible pet owner and by supporting your local rescue groups who are actually out there in the trenches helping as many of these creatures as they can. Like us, they are out there doing this work right now in your area. All of us need your help and support.

We have recently attended three major adoption events in our area and are very grateful for the number of adoptions we were able to accomplish. While the major thrust for these events is adoption, we also delight in providing information, education, and hands on contact with birds. We are sharing with you some of the more touching photos from our last three adoption events here. We were very fortunate to find homes for a number of birds, but the number of birds still needing homes is a very large number. Please, if you would like to adopt a bird, contact us. If you would like to foster a bird, contact us. If you can help with transport, contact us. If you can be a baby bird caregiver, contact us. If you can provide financial support, please donate here on GlobalGiving.

Thank you in advance for your continued support. We are very grateful for your help.

Lots of children learning and having fun!
Lots of children learning and having fun!
Bird Participants
Bird Participants
Happy Adopter!
Happy Adopter!
Another Happy Adopter!
Another Happy Adopter!
Another Happy Adopter!
Another Happy Adopter!
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Chipper and Meeko with their autistic friend
Chipper and Meeko with their autistic friend

We have been very busy recently helping needy parrots ranging from petite parakeets to magnificent macaws and cheeky cockatoos.  Some of these birds came into our care because their owners were no longer able to care for them and asked us to find a good home for their beloved bird.  Others ended up in animal shelters because they were relinquished by their owners or were escapees that were picked up as strays by animal control agencies.  While we make every effort to locate the owners of birds picked up as strays, this is often a futile endeavor resulting in us needing to find a good home for the bird.  We have made excellent progress towards our goal of becoming a registered adoption/rescue partner with local animal control agencies and will continue our efforts in this regard.

As you can see in the photos, many of the birds we receive have significant injuries or health issues that require extensive veterinary care and medications.  Your generous donations to our cause have allowed us to be able to meet the medical needs of many, many birds that have come in with serious illnesses and/or injuries.  We will be very grateful for your continuing financial support, and thank you in advance for your help!

We would like to share with you some information about each of these birds and the people who love them.

Chipper and Meeko: Chipper and Meeko are both male cockatiels. Meeko came into our care a little over a year ago from the animal shelter in Wildomar CA. Meeko was in very poor health when we got him. He was extremely malnourished and had problems with his legs and feet. The malnourishment was quickly and easily rectified but the issues with his legs and feet cannot be corrected or even improved upon at this point. Chipper was an owner surrender at the animal shelter in Orange CA. He is perfectly healthy and is a very well socialized bird.  His people gave him up because they felt they no longer had time for him. That's extremely sad because at one time, they did have time for him or he wouldn't be such a wonderful feathered companion.  The young lady you see in the photos with Chipper and Meeko is autistic. While she may have some difficulty relating to people and in communicating with people, she has an amazing bond and very a strong connection with these two birds.

Pikachu and Sadie: Pikachu is a male cockatiel that was brought to us to find a new and wonderful home. He had been very well loved and very well cared for. Sadly, his people felt he needed to be in a household where there was more time for him. Sadie was a stray picked up by the animal control agency in Orange CA. As you can see, Sadie had a massive injury to her head. Sadie was at the animal shelter for over two weeks and then with us for an additional four weeks while she received veterinary care and while her wound healed. Pikachu and Sadie went to different homes, but you can see from the photos that the love for each of them and the sheer joy of having a new feathered friend is the same.

Luna: Luna had also ended up at the animal shelter in Orange CA. She had significant wounds to her head, her neck, and under her wings. Once Luna had healed in our care, she was adopted by a wonderful lady and her family and now "rules the roost" in her new home.

Valentine: Valentine was an owner surrender to the animal shelter in Wildomar CA. Valentine is approximately 15 years old and was never given a name by her original owner. How sad! Valentine had not been particularly well cared for nor well socialized. She is, however, quite a little traveler. Valentine went from the shelter in Wildomar to the home of one of our directors in Yorba Linda CA and from there to Mammoth Lakes CA where she was picked up by her new family and taken home to Citrus Heights CA. Valentine is thriving in her new home, and as you can see from one of the photos is quite the little princess!

Buttercup: Sigh .. Buttercup was also an owner surrender to the shelter in Wildomar CA. Buttercup is approximately 19 years of age and had been living in a garage and surviving on an inappropriate and inadequate diet. Turns out Buttercup is a love bug and caused just about the quickest foster fail we've ever seen! The person who picked Buttercup up from the shelter and who was going to foster her for us fell in love with her almost instantly. Buttercup is now in a wonderful, forever home.

Paquito: Paquito was picked up as a stray and ended up at the Burbank CA animal shelter. He had a badly broken leg and was treated at the shelter and had a pin placed in the broken leg as shown in the x-ray photo. Paquito was in the shelter for more than three months before we were able to get him out. We had the pin removed from his leg, and he was found a wonderful home with people who adore him.

If you are still here and reading this very lengthy report, we thank you for your time, for your love of these birds, and for your support of our efforts.

Pikachu, Sadie, and their delightful young owners
Pikachu, Sadie, and their delightful young owners
Luna, African Grey parrot, and her new Mom
Luna, African Grey parrot, and her new Mom
Valentine, Green Cheeked Conure
Valentine, Green Cheeked Conure
Buttercup, Umbrella Cockatoo
Buttercup, Umbrella Cockatoo
Paquito, Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot
Paquito, Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot

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Cameer
Cameer

We are nearing the end of 2017 with our intake of needy birds for 2017 sitting at 595 as of November 30, 2017. We will definitely surpass 600 intakes for this year by December 31, 2017.

In this report, we would like to share with you some very special birds and some very special humans who helped them.

Let's start with Cameer, a domestic goose who was placed (dumped) at an HOA lake 28 years ago. Cameer was named by his rescuer because she always called him with "Come here". That became Cameer. After 28 years on this private lake, Cameer had become mostly blind and was being bullied by the younger and healthier waterfowl. The rescuer realized that Cameer needed to find a private and forever home where he would be taken care of properly and where he would not be bullied. The rescuer pulled Cameer off the lake and was keeping him in her backyard so she could care for him. Naturally, a neighbor took issue with Cameer being a close neighbor, and he had to find his own safe haven. The rescuer called us, we found Cameer the perfect forever home, and he has been happily living there since early October.

Then there are the four Zebra Finches who were no longer wanted by the people that had them. They were given to a total stranger who also didn't really want them and who decided to just set them free (a death sentence for the little birds). A kindly gentleman named Howard happened to see what was going to happen and intervened and got the four little birds to us. Sadly, two of them, Little Train Wreck and Little Scissor Beack, had been so poorly cared for that they only lived for about six weeks before passing over the Rainbow Bridge. Train Wreck had been scalped presumably by other birds and Scissor Beak was unable to eat due to the extreme scissoring of his beak. Train Wreck was treated for his scalping and Scissor Beak got a beak trim. They both did well for a short while, but finally succumbed to what had to have been a lenghty time of poor care, if not outright negligence.

Mozart, a cockatiel, was found in a shopping center parking lot and rescued by a kindly young lady. We posted on-line, put flyers up, but never located Mozart's owner. Mozart is an extremely smart and talented cockatiel that had to have been well loved by his human. We are very sorry that we were unable to locate that person and very sorry that Mozart's owner never really went looking for him.

Next up is a racing pigeon that originated at some point in the Bakersfield CA area and ended up in El Centro CA .. thats's hundreds of miles. Said pigeon was rescued by a kindley teenager and her Mom. The pigeon was driven from El Centro to Corona to get it to us .. about a 400 mile round trip. That's pretty awesome!

Lastly, for this report, is Coco .. a feral pigeon with an injured wing. Coco was spotted by a school girl on her way to school. She was very phone/internet savvy and found help right away for Coco but stayed right by his side until a rescuer could get there.

What's the moral of all these stories .. if you see a bird or animal in need of help .. please don't look away .. please don't just leave it .. find help. You CAN do it!

Train Wreck
Train Wreck
Scissor Beak
Scissor Beak
El Centro
El Centro
Mozart
Mozart
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Avian Underdogs Rescue Association

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