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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Pajarita » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:03 am

Yes, we started with budgies, tiels, amazons and quakers and now we have so many being kept as pets that one cannot keep up with the huge number of different species...
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Navre » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:13 am

Boucca, our wild caught Moluccan who has been at the rescue for over a decade has finally been adopted. He went to a woman with Moluccan experience, so she knows what she’s getting g into.

Boucca had been in a house fire. He was rescued by a firefighter who received 16 stitches doing it. I guess there were several birds rescued. The owner came back and got some of them, but not all of them. I know she also left a Scarlett macaw who was adopted long ago.

I think our pair of yellow-collared macaws went yesterday. This was a Weston pair. We named them pebbles and bamm-Bamm. Pebbles only had one leg, but she got around pretty well.
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Pajarita » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:39 am

Oh, what WONDERFUL news! I am so happy that Boucca finally found a home of its own!
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Navre » Wed May 29, 2019 4:27 pm

Our last two pairs of lorries got adopted. It took a while, but they’ve all been adopted. So many of them died when we first got them, and a few have died since being adopted. Those birds took a beating from the bad care.
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Pajarita » Thu May 30, 2019 7:19 am

They all do. People get these real sick birds and, because they rally a bit once they start getting good care, they think that they will be OK but they won't. Also, the 'good care' for a normal, healthy bird is not the same 'good care' that a parrot that has had a bad diet for a loooong time requires - and that, I think, it's the main reason why they don't last longer. A sick bird needs VERY specialized care and personal attention because pellets and mammal meds (what avian vets would recommend for them) end up doing more harm than good.
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Navre » Thu May 30, 2019 10:00 am

I loved some of those lorries. They’re wonderful birds. And even when they bite, it does t hurt. It’s not like getting bit by a bird who can crack open a nut.

They were pretty expensive for the rescue to keep, however. The best nectars cost a lot of money. We get our fruits and vegetables donated, so chop eaters cost less.
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Pajarita » Thu May 30, 2019 11:45 am

Do you guys have sponsor programs? Because, if you don't, you should. It helps A LOT with expenses.
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Navre » Fri May 31, 2019 11:08 am

Pajarita wrote:Do you guys have sponsor programs? Because, if you don't, you should. It helps A LOT with expenses.


We were trying to do it through Petfinder, but I've been negligent in keeping Petfinder up to date. My idea was to say the sponsor of each bird when we go on facebook live during bath time on Mondays. We never really got that going.

The problem with fundraising is that we are always asking the same people. The people who contribute to one fundraisers are the , and the same group of people that Foster Parrots is asking, which is the same group of people that the MSPCA is asking, which is the same group of people the Animal Rescue league is asking. If it were a Venn diagram, the groups would overlap a lot.
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Pajarita » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:58 am

Well, yes, but then, that is always the case with ALL charities. It's ALWAYS the same groups or people who give and it's always the same groups or people who never do. What we used to do at Waggin' Tails is do local events in different nearby cities/towns -you would be surprised how much money you can get just by having two people standing on each door to a Walmart, a Target or even a supermarket -and this is one way where children can help because you can't have children helping in the shelters (insurance prohibits it) but we would recruit children from schools for this when we went to give chats (which we would also use for setting up fundraisers there -like raffles or collecting donated items sometimes to use at the shelter, like food or toys, sometimes to sell)- We would put tables with home-baked baked goods and merchandise to sell as well as sell raffle tickets for a couple of baskets with goodies in them, we would bring dogs with us (people are VERY attracted to rescue animals) and simply do 'shake the can' all day long (we would do it in shifts to which volunteers would sign up for). We would do this almost every weekend during the summer all the way into fall and this would also work for recruiting volunteers (we would also have application forms for this AND for adoption) and getting people interested in adopting (we would hand out sheets with a few pictures with stories of the dogs or cats 'of the month'. We would also do pictures at holidays -like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Fourth of July, etc (we made props and a volunteer would play Santa or the bunny or a monster or Uncle Sam, etc). It takes work and you don't get that much each time but it adds up to thousands by the end of the season AND you find some good homes this way, too!
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Re: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue

Postby Navre » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:03 pm

We are approaching 1000 days since we took in the Weston birds. I don't know exactly how many live birds we found. A bunch went straight to the vet from the breeding facility. They were the ones in the worst shape, and none of them survived. We got 117 birds back to the rescue alive.

In the 1000 days since then, we have adopted out 79 birds. Eighteen more died at the rescue, most during the first few weeks and months. A few have died since being adopted, too. We don't really know the age of any, but we know that they were overbred and poorly cared for.

I adopted one of the birds. His mate went straight to the vet from Weston and didn't make it. He has a deformed sternum, can't fly, and is a skittish today as he ever was.

The 13 birds we have left include 2 pair of Golden Conures(Apollo and Aurora/ Jack and Diane), a pair of Bodines Amazons(Bear and Donna), a pair of slender bill conures (Mishu and Cricket), a yellow shouldered amazon (Pickles), a pair of Vasa parrots (Poe and Lenore), and a pair of Green-cheeked Amazons (Rico and Ruby). Pickles is the only solo guy. One of our volunteers comes in twice a week just to work with him. He is now to the point that he will sit on a perch on his open door and allow her to scratch his head. All the rest are bonded pairs who were kept for breeding. They're not too interested in people.
I think the slender bills could find a home sometime soon, and maybe pickles could, too. I think the rest will be with us for a while. The right situation will present itself, eventually.
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