Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Another stray quaker

We have received yet another stray quaker. We are waiting to name this bird until we receive the DNA sexing results back. I'm going to say "she" to make things less awkward, though we don't know yet if she's male or female.She is very sweet; unfortunately, because she was a stray, we don't have any history on her. She looks quite young and is incredibly nice and friendly.

We wish we knew more about her so that we could make her feel more at home with favorite foods or toys, but she'll just have to find new favorites with us.

We have quite a few quakers up for adoption now, so if you're looking to add one to your flock, stop by and we can see if we can help you make a match!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Rainforest Night at the Domes

As we have in the past, CARE will be appearing at Rainforest Night at the Domes this year.

The event takes place on Thursday, October 8 from 6-9:30. Mark your calendars now, and we'll put up a reminder on the blog as the date approaches.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Archie Update

Archie, a grey that we introduced you to here, is still at the Center, looking for his home.

He loves to swing, and this swing will definitely go with him when he finds his home. He's able to make it move back and forth:

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Meet Bo

Bo is an approximately 7 year old male blue and gold macaw. He is one of the most visually stunning parrots we've seen!Bo was loved and well cared for. Unfortunately, his owners fell on some hard times, so they had to surrender Bo and his three macaw flockmates.

Bo loves attention and always wants to be out of his cage. When we put an arm in his cage to have him step up, he jumps on the arm, almost before you realize what's happening!

He is still quite young, and likely will live for many decades yet. We're hoping to find a loving and stable home for him where he can thrive.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thank you

We'd like to thank Friends of Nature in Menomonee Falls for donating 5 big totes full of parrot food.

We are currently caring for so many parrots, and donations like this help ensure that we can stay open and help out these magnificent creatures.

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Meet Gracie

Meet Gracie, a female African Grey. Gracie has only been with us for a few weeks, so she is still coming out of her shell.
Gracie was very loved in her previous home; however, her owner realized that Gracie was unhappy and she wasn't getting what she needed in her current home. She decided to let her go, so she could find someone who could better meet her needs.African grey parrots can be a challenge to keep properly in captivity, as they are incredibly intelligent. Most parrots are, but greys are among those that suffer the most in captivity when their complex emotional needs aren't met.
Frequently, as with Gracie, they take their frustrations out in feather destructive behavior.

Gracie is looking for a home that will work hard to meet her physical and emotional needs. She'd love to have a forever home where she can feel part of the family. She'll stay with us until we find that family, but if you'd like to meet Gracie, please stop by the Center!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Our store

As those of you who have visited the Center know, we have a retail store where we sell food, toys, cages, and other parrot items. All proceeds directly support the Center, so it's a great way to find interesting items for your flock while supporting a great cause!

We've recently trained someone new on the register, so please understand if the check-out time takes a little longer than usual, or if the bills given to you as change have their corners missing...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Meet Badger and Royal

Badger and Royal are lovebirds that were recently surrendered to us. They are relatively tame, but also bonded to each other, so they don't require as much one-on-one attention as the average single lovebird.
Can you see both of them? They were being a little shy for the camera! Badger is up on top and Royal is in the ball.

They are about 3-4 years old, and both males. Badger needs some work to be considered tame; he prefers the company of Royal. Royal, on the other hand, loves people and Badger equally (but don't tell Badger that, or it might hurt his feelings!)

Stop by if you'd like to meet them! They need to go together, as they are bonded to each other.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cockatiels

We currently have 47 cockatiels up for adoption. Many of these are currently not tame, though some are. If you've been thinking about adding a cockatiel to your house, there has never been a better time to adopt one, as we have so many to choose from!

As I was walking by their cage last week, one of the tiels was standing over two other tiels, watching them:These three are all tame. They rushed up to the front of the cage when I stopped to say hi. They love to get attention and will shine once they're in a good home!

The majority of our not tame flock is living in the giant cage that Cages by Design donated to us several years ago. Though these birds tend to prefer the companionship of their own species over humans, it can be fascinating to watch them, and we can help you to set up a cage with two same sex birds if you'd like some birds that don't necessarily want a lot of human interaction.

These pictures are a bit blurry as they were taken through the plexiglass front to their cage:We are currently unable to take in any more cockatiel surrenders until we are able to adopt more cockatiels out. Many of these birds were from the confiscation earlier this year -- they have all overcome their early nutritional deficiencies and are now just waiting for a good home!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Meet Salsa

Meet Salsa, a severe macaw. We don't know anything about her history, as she was abandoned. Her owners ran into a pet store, dropped her off on the counter, and ran away without saying a word to anyone. We don't know her real name, how old she is, or if she has any favorite food that might comfort her during such an upsetting time in her life.She was in an absolutely tiny cage -- a cage that's too small for a cockatiel, much less a severe macaw. She had one "toy" and appeared to be fed a diet of wild bird seed, judging by the debris that was at the bottom of her cage. Here's Tango, another severe macaw, modeling just how small Salsa's cage was:
Salsa has some neurological difficulties after her ordeal. She moves her head in a certain repetitive way and frequently repeats a heartbreaking noise. She is justifiably afraid of people, though she is very interested in Tango and perks up when he's around. We have her in a new, larger cage now. She is receiving adequate food and has many toys (some of which she's already started to destroy!) We will work with her, but it's likely to be a long road to recovery.

Salsa is not yet up for adoption, and likely will not be for quite some time. Her old cage, above, was destroyed.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tango Update

Tango wants to know, "Who needs music for a dance party when you can just provide your own?"

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Meet Touhie

Meet Touhie, a dusky conure. Just like Wesley, who we introduced to you last week, Touhie is also still a baby -- only 2 years old!Touhie's owners surrendered him because they no longer had time for him. This is so sad, as he is only 2 years old! Many times, people underestimate the time that parrots need in order to be happy members of a family. Usually, it's the parrot who suffers. Luckily for Touhie, his family realized they couldn't provide him what he needed before he was too damaged by neglect.

Touhie is a very sweet bird, and will shine in the right home. Conures can be very loud, so he can't go to someone who lives in an apartment, as he'd risk losing his home again. Stop by if you'd like to meet him!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Meet Harry

Speaking of strays, meet Harry, a quaker parakeet who was found outside. Despite extensive efforts, we have been unable to locate his owners.He is a very sweet bird; it is apparent that he was well-loved at some point.

Since he was a stray, we don't have background information on him. We don't know how old he is, or what his favorite toys are.

We do know that he is absolutely adorable and will make someone very happy! If you'd like to meet him, stop by the Center!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Good news! Reunited cockatiel!

We work with our local animal control and receive parrots who have been found outside as strays. Despite extensive efforts, we are usually unable to reunite a stray parrot with its former family.

Last week, however, was an exception -- we were able to reunite a cockatiel with his loving family!

Even when parrots' wings are clipped, they can still fly, especially if there is any wind. In the blink of an eye, they can fly out of sight. Even if they've never flown before, and even if they are extremely bonded to their families. Instinct and adrenaline can take over. Losing a parrot is a horrible experience, and one we hope our readers (and their birds) never have to suffer through.

This year alone, we have taken in 3 stray quaker parakeets and 4 stray cockatiels. There have been many more stray birds who have not been found, or were found by someone who didn't turn them in to animal control.

Please do not take your parrot out unrestrained, even if it's just from the car to your house. Make sure she's in a properly fitted harness or in a pet carrier. It's really not worth the risk!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Meet Tiki

Meet Tiki, an adorable sun conure. He's about 4 years old. Tiki was very loved. He had a huge cage, tons of toys, and received a lot of attention. Unfortunately, his owner became very ill and could no longer care for him, so he made his way to us.Parrots have long life spans and frequently outlive their owners. Tiki is hoping to find a home where he can spend the rest of his life. Because sun conures have a very loud call, Tiki needs to go to single-family home. He can't live in an apartment, as he will probably get evicted and then have to find another home! We'd like to avoid that, as parrots become very attached to their owners and it is stressful on them to frequently change homes.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tammy update

We first introduced you to Tammy here, and updated you on her progress here.

Earlier this year, someone read about her plight on the blog and applied to adopt her. We did our background checks and talked extensively with the prospective owner to make sure they knew what they were getting into.

Tammy had stolen our hearts and we wanted to make sure she found a great retirement home. We were more than willing to have her live out her days at the Center, but were willing to part with her for the right opportunity -- a place where she could get more one-on-one attention than is possible at our facility.
We really thought we'd found that home for her. She went to live with her new family, and we received glowing reports on her progress. We were just about to write her up as a success story on the blog, when we found her for sale on a local website!

Our adoption contract clearly states that if an adopter cannot keep the bird, they need to surrender the bird back to CARE. This is standard for organizations such as ours, and we make sure to bring it to the attention of the adopter when they sign the adoption contract. When someone surrenders a bird to us, they do so with the expectation that we will find the very best home for the bird. We take on that responsibility, and though we hope that every placement is successful, we know that's not the case.

This is the information about Tammy that was posted:
The bird is a nanday conure. She needs someone who will love her despite the fact she's almost bald. She is scared of hands, but wants someone to sit and visit with her.

I 'rescued' her from a vet who was going to put her down. She was found in a canary cage in a trash can- someone had thrown her away and was starving to death. I have $300 of vetbills in her. I am asking $45, just to insure someone really wants her.

That will go on my credit card- I'm still paying vet bills!

I will include toys and seeds and pellets. She won't eat fruits/veggies, but we're working on it.

I was just a temporary home, so now it is time to find that perfect home.
We were just amazed at this made up history and the fact that the former owner was trying to sell her despite the fact that we were very clear this was a permanent placement. This happened just a few months after she was placed!

As you can see from the picture above, we were able to reclaim Tammy. She is doing well back at the Center, and will likely live out her days with us. She doesn't have much time left, and deserves to be loved and happy, which she will be at the Center.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Meet Wesley

Meet Wesley, a lilac-crowned amazon. Wesley is still just a baby -- he is only 2 years old!How could anyone surrender such a sweet creature? Apparently, he would try to sing along as his former owner practiced the piano, so he had to go. Discarded for letting his natural musical ability shine -- how sad!
Now that Wesley has found his way to us, his life is sure to improve! We will find him a home who understands that parrots can be noisy -- and that humans can't always determine when parrots will and will not make noise.

As always, if you'd like to meet Wesley, stop by the Center!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Tango Update

We first introduced you to Tango a few months ago. This charming macaw is still looking for the right home!Isn't he gorgeous? When he came to us, his feathers were drab and tattered. With a good diet, he shines now!
Tango continues to provide the volunteers with laughter and excitement. He's just waiting for the right person to come and find him, though. He'd love a home of his own!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Meet Blue

Although this is quite subjective, Blue is one of the most beautiful amazons we have ever seen. There is just something about her that is so captivating! And she has a personality to match.

We first met Blue several years ago, when we placed her in a good home. However, her owner developed severe health problems that were exacerbated by Blue's presence in the home.They tried everything they could to keep her, but were unable to find a workable solution, so Blue came back to us.
If you'd like to meet Blue, stop by the Center. She loves meeting new admirers!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Meet Jesse

Jesse is one of the most personable parrots we have ever met. He's a cockatiel who's about 12 years old. He was obviously very well-loved and provided with a ton of attention!Jesse requires a very interactive home. A place where he will be included in everything that's going on. He protests if he's in his cage too frequently!

Jesse whistles several songs and will often make his own medleys or mix-ups of the songs he knows. We're sure that he can learn many more songs in the right home!

Here is a video of him saying "Hi Jesse bird!":
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As we've said many times before, cockatiels are wonderfully smart and can make great pets. They are often overlooked, and Jesse is proof of what can happen when a tiel is provided with a loving, interactive home.

Jesse is up for adoption, so please stop by to meet him if you are interested in an amusing (and demanding) new friend!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Chico Update

We first introduced you to Chico last month; since that entry, we had him DNA sexed and found out that he's a male!During his time at the Center, he has continued to show us his wonderful personality. He loves to get head pets through his cage bars and loves the opportunity to come out of his cage, like above.

When he sees his favorite people, he makes kissing sounds at them. He is one special bird and whoever adopts him will be treated to years of amazon love!