Saturday, May 04, 2013

Awesome Saturday!

Had an awesome day today.  Dr. Scott Ford, who is the new board-certified avian vet at Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital and Exotic Care, stopped in to see the Center, so I gave him the Grand Tour.  Cooper, the bronze-winged pionus who has been in foster care to adopt, was formally adopted today.  Charlie the plucked Senegal also was adopted today.  Doc the Goffin Cockatoo went home with his new family as well.  We DNA'd an amazon, who will have a brother or sister once we know what sex he/she is.  People stopped by to meet Big Lou, the Blue and Gold Macaw, and that went well.  Peaches the Moluccan Cockatoo has an adoption pending and should be going home sometime this week.  This all kept us busy all day long; now home, dinner and relaxing with the dogs.  Have a great Sunday everyone!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Off to a New Life

As I write this post, Katie, Gabby and Snowball are on a plane heading to the Seattle, WA airport.  They will be picked up by Lori Rutledge, who runs Cockatoo Rescue & Sanctuary, where the three birds will be living out the rest of their lives.  They will be living in huge flights with their own kind.  Katie and Gabby are Moluccan Cockatoos that have lived with us since 2000 and 2004 respectively.  Snowball was a surrender who is not interested in living among humans.  It is a great day for the girls and Snowball - they will finally be able to live as close to being in the wild as possible in captivity.  I am so happy for them.  But I've been crying since they left this morning.

Katie has been my girl for 13 years.  I love that bird so much.  We've been thru hell together.  She bit me so hard in the chest when she first came to us it took me a month to heal.  She learned to trust, she learned to like men.  She loved to go on PR visits with us.  But something was missing because a couple years back she started to mutilate.  The syndrome is actually called Moluccan Mutilating Syndrome, although it can happen with any type of bird.  She'd get better and then go two steps back.  About 10 days ago, on a Friday, I went to check on her and there was blood all over the cage.  She opened herself back up again.

Lori Rutledge told us that the mutilators usually heal up once they are in a flock environment.  I've been talking with her on and off about this for about a year or more.  When I saw Katie on that Friday I knew the time had come.

Gabby is also a mutilator, and she and Katie have lived next to each other for a long time.  So we decided it was best that they go together.  Gabby didn't like to leave the shelter, if we tried to take her out she would instantly start to chew on her neck.  She took a liking to Jess, who is one of our volunteers extraordinaire, and loved when Jess would come and play with her.  She also loved Steve, another volunteer, who would bring her treats on Saturdays.  However, again, after all these years she was still mutilating as well.

I'm sure Jess and Steve and a lot of the other volunteers are grieving today cuz we're missing our best girls, but we all know in our hearts it was the right thing to do.  Have fun, girls, and we expect reports from Lori in a few months that you're all healed up and loving being in a flock of birds for the first time in your lives.

Lori Drew

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Katie and Gabby

Katie and Gabby will be going to Cockatoo Rescue & Sanctuary this coming Tuesday.  Katie and Gabby are both mutilators who we've had under control for several years.  However, the last month or so, both have been picking themselves again, so we made the difficult decision for them to go and live with their own.  They have shared a double cage for some time now, and it feels good knowing that they will be going together.  We've had Katie since November 2000 and Gabby since July 2004, so this really was a very difficult decision.  I love Katie as if she were my own.  Many tears have been shed.  However, it's the best thing for the girls, and that's what it's all about, isn't it?  What's best for them.  So Tuesday is the big day.  Prayers for a safe trip and I hope in a few months we'll see pix of them all healed up.  That would make it all worth it.

Saturday Review

Charlie the Jenday Conure was adopted today, as was Peepers the Senegal.  Millie, the Patagonian Conure, went into foster-to-adopt care.  We're hoping that Millie has finally found her forever home.  We had five birds surrendered as well:  an older Red-Lored Amazon with corkscrewing nails; a Meyers Parrot; and three Cockatiels.  Trish and Tom worked on cleaning up the small bird cages and Carolyn and Jackson pressured washed for us today - all the dirty cages from over the winter are now sparkly clean and disinfected.  We didn't expect them to do that today, so it was a very welcome surprise.  We really truly have some awesome volunteers - don't know what we would do without them.  Have a great Sunday everyone!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Paco Goes Home!

Tuesday was a great day for our Alexandrine Parakeet, Paco.  She went to her new home.  Her new owners previously adopted a Pionus and a naked Alexandrine
, so they know the ropes.  Congrats to Kim, Kurt and Paco on their new life together.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Malakai Goes Home!!!

Malakai (Kai Kai), an Umbrella Cockatoo who has lived here at CARE since March 1, 2011, went to his forever home today.  He's going to be living in the Madison area.  We are just thrilled for him.  Oh boy is he going to be spoiled.  What a great way to start the week.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday at CARE

Josie, the yellow-sided Green Cheek Conure, went to her forever home today.  She's been here awhile.  She's one of those birds that we have no reason why she didn't go home sooner - nothing wrong with her at all.  But she's going to a green cheek conure-savvy home.  Surrenders today were a blue-headed pionus and green cheek conure who live together in a HUGE cage - they will be adopted out together in the HUGE cage; a little peach-faced lovebird named Rosie who's mom had emphysema; and six budgies from the same home.  Total birds surrendered to date in 2013 is 97.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!