Friday, June 29, 2007
Instead of having our web person spend time maintaining a separate list of available birds, we decided to streamline things and use our Petfinder page, just like many other rescues and shelters.
Petfinder.com is a national registry of pets up for adoption. You can go on petfinder.com, fill out your search requirements, and find pets available all over the country. Thousands of people look at the petfinder.com website everyday.
We're very excited about this because instead of duplicating our time updating two lists of birds, our website volunteer can focus his time on other issues. We are working on getting better pictures of our toys on our website, along with our food for sale. We also want to showcase some of our success stories and incorporate additional bird-related information.
CARE is run entirely by volunteers and, like all organizations, is constrained by limited time and resources. We made this easy switch to free up some additional time, with the end result being a better, easier-to-navigate website (currently in progress!). We hope this will result in more web orders, which means we'll have more resources to help the several hundred birds that come through our doors every year.
We hope this explains to you why we made the change, and we hope you continue to support us in our mission to find good homes for the birds that come into our Center. We have so many wonderful, adoptable birds right now that are looking for their perfect home!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
We still have tons of adoptable birds, and we'd love for you to stop by and pay us a visit!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Robin is a lovebird that is up for adoption. We caught her perched on one of her toys, and it kind of looked like she was wearing the bell as a hat! Robin is handleable and getting more tame by the day! She is looking for a person with whom to bond. Small children make her nervous, so she would do best in an adult-only home, or in a home with older children/teenagers. Stop by if you'd like to meet Robin or any of the other birds up for adoption!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Here is a funny article about amazons. We currently have three amazons for adoption, including Oscar, at left.
As it states in the article, amazons can be incredible pets. They are very intelligent, and usually enjoy showing off. They take easily to trick training and usually will talk/perform in front of strangers. As the article states, amazons are not problem-free, but they do tend to be rather expressive and once you get a handle on their body language, you can have a fantastic relationship with them!
If you are interested in adopting any bird from the shelter, please fill out a Bird Wanted Questionnaire from our website. Please note that we do not ship our birds.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Here is a link to an article that discusses juicing for parrots and the health benefits that can come from that.
One of our volunteers has been juicing for his parrots for the past year or so. They all get excited when they hear the juicer start up! They sip it right out of a cup and bite the edge of the cup once they've had enough.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Kelly is an approximately 9 month old quaker parakeet that is currently up for adoption. Her new owners will have to buy a cage with a different kind of lock as she has figured this one out! Quakers are extremely intelligent and require lots of interaction. They also need tons of mental stimulation to help them adapt to living in a captive environment -- foraging, trick training, etc.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
We love it when she pays us a visit because she is such a delight to have around! Her personality has really blossomed in her new home, and she is one happy and lucky lady!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
This is a website, showing the destruction that birds can inflict on your house. I am always amazed at what these guys can do in a short time period!
Destruction is something that seems to go hand-in-hand with parrots, and it's one reason why it's so important to give them lots of destructible toys in their cages. Although, if you've visited us at the Center and have seen our door jams, you know that even having lots of destructible toys is not a cure-all!
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Anyone who has lived with pets knows how important watching body language is! This article lists some common parrot postures and what they may mean. As the article states, there are some species-specific and individual-specific body language that you need to watch out for -- no list could possibly be all-inclusive and apply to every parrot in every situation.
Parrots are very expressive. These wild animals do the best they can to adapt to living in our homes, but we need to be aware of what they are trying to tell us, even when they don't speak. Being aware of what your parrot is trying to communicate to you through his body language will result in a closer relationship for you and your bird, and may help you avoid getting bit! Through working with parrots at the Center, we've found that most parrots give warning before resorting to biting. By paying attention to your bird's body language, you can pick up on those cues and have a more harmonious life with your companion parrot!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Charlie Brown is a Meyer's parrot that came to the Center a few weeks ago. He is very sweet -- if he likes you! Meyer's parrots tend to be one person birds, and this one tends to prefer women. He is looking for a home with a special woman that he can claim as his own!
Poicephalus parrots are becoming more common in captivity, but are still rather rare when compared to quakers, conures, etc.
Please stop by the Center if you'd like to meet Charlie!
Monday, June 04, 2007
Tiki, a young Illiger's macaw, was recently surrendered to the Center.
He needs to find an experienced parrot-owning home as mini macaws are difficult parrots to own. In Tiki's first home, he was spoiled and learned to nip and bite to communicate. In his second home, he learned more appropriate methods of communication, but expressed himself in his natural call, which is loud and shrill.
Tiki needs someone that will work with him on learning how to play independently. Ideally, that person would clicker train him to use his intelligence and charm towards positive methods. Tiki does not like being alone, and would probably do best in a home where he was part of a flock -- other macaws, aratinga conures, and/or amazons would probably work well. He is not appropriate for apartments, as he does have a shrill call that can carry.
If you'd like to meet Tiki, please stop by the Center!
Friday, June 01, 2007
Bingo picked up some inappropriate language, and we are working on changing that into more acceptable words -- and it's been working! But still, Bingo should not be adopted by a person with delicate sensibilities or a family with young, impressionable children.
Bingo would love to stop by and meet you -- he's even more beautiful in person!