Wednesday, December 21, 2011
We believe that with some patience and training, he will learn to step up and be a great family pet. If you're interested in meeting him, please stop by. We currently have quite a few lovebirds up for adoption!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
He's doing really well at CARE, but we'd love to place him in a home. We are just a temporary stop for these birds, who need to find placement in a family.
Here's a video of Molly waving.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
That's the case for Mali, a senegal parrot (named Penelope when she was at CARE.) Unfortunately, we never featured her on the blog, so I can't link to that post, but we just received a wonderful update on her progress that we wanted to share!
From her new owner:
Mali is doing great! When we brought her home, we gave her a short tour of the 1st floor of the house, and then we put her in her cage. She walked right in, checked it out side to side and top to bottom.
Within 2 days, she was saying Grami (probably because the kids say it so often). By the end of the week, she added a garbled version of Mali, and every time we ask her to "step up" out of the cage, she says "aww." She says Hi, Adri, K'mere (come here) every day. One day she said "I love you", clear as a bell! It was so perfect, I was shocked, because it sounded more like a 4 year old child than her normal Senegal voice, but I can't seem to get her to say it again.
We had 18 people here for Thanksgiving, and she was very sweet to anyone that wanted to hold or talk to her. I've had some sort of sinus thing for almost 3 weeks, so of course, she is copy-coughing. She gets really excited with her morning routine of cage cleaning, water & food.
I'm learning what she doesn't like so much, and also her favorites. Every day, the first thing she grabs from her bowl, is the Nutriberry. At dinner, she is a chatter box. Her cage is by my chair, and I share a bite of everything with her.
I can't thank you enough for allowing us to adopt her! She is the perfect addition to our family, we all love her and I can't imagine life without her.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
As you can see, Mya directed her frustration with his previous life into feather destructive behaviors. We've got her on a good diet and she's got tons of toys to play with and destroy, so we're hopeful that we can turn her life around.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
last month. As we've gotten to know him better, we're falling in love with him. He will make a wonderful companion to the right person. He is very in love with Sweet Pea, the amazon with whom he lived in his previous home. However, Sweet Pea is quite indifferent toward Bongo. While we'd love to find them a home together, they should do fine in separate homes.
Bongo really wants someone to bond with. Severe macaws are known for their intense bonding and loyalty to one individual. Hopefully we can find that person for him soon!
He loves being out of his cage, and as soon as you open his cage door, he puts his foot up to step up. In the right home, we know he'll come out of his shell even more and find happiness.
Please stop by if you'd like to meet him! We'd love for his last years to be his best.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Though 25 isn't really considered senior for a cockatoo, he's one of the oldest toos we currently have up for adoption.
He is a very sweet bird. When he first steps out of his cage, he bites down really hard -- it appears as though he never learned proper beak pressure! We just wrap a towel around our arm, so he bites down on that, and then he's fine. He loves coming out of his cage and is just a bit too exuberant at first.
Despite what he's been through, this resilient parrot has lots of love to give. If you've been thinking about adding a cockatoo to your home, Snowball may be the fellow for you!
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
First up is Scarlet, who we believe is currently our oldest bird. She's around 40. Scarlet obviously suffered through some extremely poor care earlier in her life.
One concrete example is that her toenails started growing at odd angles -- most likely the result of not having perches. She also has some minor medical issues and will require maintenance medication for the rest of her life.
Scarlet is very sweet and loves verbally interacting with people. She would do well in a home that doesn't have a lot of expectations for her. A home that will open her door and let her choose when to come out, for example.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
They were in bad shape physically, and we've already incurred over $1,000 in (discounted) vet costs caring for these birds. Some require medication, and all will need follow-up appointments, which will run the bills up even more. We're very hopeful that all will fully recover under our care, once they have a good diet, proper caging, plenty of interesting toys, and needed companionship, though this is likely to take time.
We're asking for monetary help in caring for these birds. You can use the paypal button above to donate, or send a check directly to CARE at 3053 Beechwood Industrial Court, Ste 1, Hubertus, WI 53033. You can also make a payment directly to our vet hospital, Brook-Falls, on CARE's behalf.
We thank you in advance for your help. It is heartbreaking to see these amazing beings in such squalor; however, we know that parrots are extremely resilient and these birds will pull through once they receive proper treatment.
If any good can be said to come out of this situation, we have strengthened our relationship with law enforcement in that community. Officers will be visiting CARE to learn about birds' needs and how to determine if parrots are in danger. Most officers know what to look for with regards to dogs and cats, but birds are more of a mystery. With any luck, this will lead to earlier intervention with neglected and suffering parrots in that community.
Friday, October 28, 2011
This event will take place at CARE - 3053 Beechwood Industrial Court, Hubertus, WI 53033.
The garage sale will include used cages, stands, and other parrot-related items, as well as non-parrot-related items. The bake sale will include many delicious treats.
Of course, all proceeds go directly back into CARE to help the birds.
We really hope to see you there!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
This is a miniscule amount of extra work compared to the joy that Puzzle brings!
He's definitely going to have to pick his person, as he can be choosy about who he does and doesn't like. And when he's in love, it's amazing to see.
If we can't find him a home, I suppose we could consider hiring him out to do administrative work:
Of course we are joking about that :) He just has the adorable habit of standing up tall and saying "hello!" when he hears the phone ring.
Please stop by if you're interested in Puzzle as we need to make sure his new family understands the importance of feeding him a proper diet, including his necessary supplementation.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
When Holly sees people she likes, she hangs from the top of her cage -- it's her way of begging to come out.
When she comes out of her cage, she is so excited to come out that she throws herself at the arm -- there is nothing delicate about this action! She is so full of happiness and life that it always puts a smile on our faces.
We put a towel over our arm to have her step up. This is to help her grip when she comes flying out -- to prevent her from falling if she over- or under-shoots in her excitement. Sometimes she throws herself at the towel when it's even further away. She appears to have been a bit camera-shy here :)
Holly is still looking for a home. She'd love to be in place with a new family by the end of the year! Although she does have a disability in her dislocated hip, we were able to discontinue all pain killers once her health improved under our care. She currently requires no special care, though will need an observant owner and may possibly require pain killers at some point in the future.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
We frequently hear him ask, "want some water?" He loves being the center of attention and involved in the activities of the house.
We currently have a lot of quakers up for adoption, so if you've been thinking about adding a quaker to your house, we can help you find the right one. Maybe it will be Max!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Sweet Pea is tame and friendly, though he hasn't had much human interaction recently. He is bonded to Bongo, and we'd love for the two of them to be adopted into the same home. They don't physically interact much, but they enjoy each other's company as they've been roommates for over a decade.
As always, please stop by if you'd like to meet him!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Bongo is very tame and sweet. She used to go everywhere with her previous owner and was very social. However, once her owner had a human baby, she no longer had time for Bongo, who found her way to us. As such, she hasn't had much human interaction lately, but she did have her parrot friend, Sweet Pea, for companionship.
Bongo and Sweet Pea get along very well, though they don't physically interact much. We'd love to adopt them into the same home, though they will require separate cages.
Severe macaws can live 40+ years, so there's a lot of life and love left in Bongo. If you'd like to meet her, please stop by!
Friday, October 14, 2011
If you'd like to make Glory part of your family, please fill out an Adoption Application on our website, or stop by to meet him!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
He's yet another example of a bird who loses a home through no fault of his own. His owners just no longer had enough time for him.
Norman may bite on occasion when he is overexcited or when unknown people try to force him to do things he doesn't want to do, like step up on a scary stranger! However, once his new owner learns his body language, this will not be an issue.Norman does talk a bit, including some German, according to his former owner. We haven't heard much here, but he's still getting accustomed to life at the Center.
We know this playful, friendly grey will make a great companion for a family that is willing to commit to him. We really hope he finds that home soon!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thank you to his new owners for giving him such a wonderful home. We look forward to hearing about his exploits in his new home!
He's been in his new home for over a month now, and doing really well! Here is a recent picture, along with an update:
From his new family:
In less than 3 weeks, Snickers has blossomed into an unexpected delight. Having 3 Senegals, I wanted a bigger bird that talked more and was easily trick trainable. When I went out to CARE to get a few supplies, I was not specifically looking to adopt. I wanted to see the greys Lori had.
Well, Snickers kind of attached himself to me. He talks all the time, some things we can't understand. Others come out as though a person was speaking, like "Better call a lawyer", hmmmmm.
Last night he said, something and "shoot me". He is becoming very gentle. I am absolutely thrilled to have him. He is very happy here, I can tell. Lori and the gang at CARE do a wonderful job rehabbing these precious creatures to be adoptable. I call Snickers my new used bird and always get a chuckle. Thank you.
Friday, October 07, 2011
This takes place tonight from 6 - 9:30 pm. Bring a flashlight for a special Tropical Dome tour and enjoy free samples of rainforest treats -- make your own tropical sundae!
Normal Domes entrace fees apply ($6.50/adult, $5/child, free for Friends of the Domes members and children under age 5.)
Many of our volunteers will be there with their own birds as well as some shelter birds who love doing events and meeting the public.
We've been attending this for several years now, and it's a great opportunity for us to educate people about the plight of captive parrots in an enjoyable way.
We hope to see you there!
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Fletcher steps up, though her favorite place to be is on your shoulder. She loves being part of the action and will hang on her cage door begging for attention when she sees her favorite people.
It will be really tough to see Fletcher go, as she's stolen the hearts of our volunteers, but we realize we must do what's best for her. We hope to find her a home soon so she can celebrate the new year with a new family!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
She was surrendered because her previous owner has tinnitus and he claimed that her noise irritated him.
Pretty is tame and looking for a home where she can live out the rest of her days. She'd love to be an active part of a family -- joining you for showers, meals, etc.
If you have room in your home and heart for her, please stop by!
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Pistachio loves being with people and requires a home where he will be part of the family. Nandays do have loud calls, so we can't adopt them to people in apartments.
Look at that face! How is he still looking for a home?
As always, please stop by if you'd like to meet him!
Monday, October 03, 2011
Many people think of rescue birds as damaged in some way, but we've learned time and time again that's not the case. Unfortunately, far too many people who are not equipped to own parrots purchase them, and then the birds suffer. True, there are some birds who, due to their innate personality or past experiences with humans, are difficult, and many of those birds find their way to rescue.
However, the majority of birds find their way to us because they outlived their owner, or their owner has a major life change and is unwilling or unable to include the bird in that change. Additionally, there are parrots owned by people who didn't do their research on what living what one of these intelligent creatures involves, so they are unprepared for the noise, mess, and cost of living with one.
Luckily, parrots are extremely resilient and the vast majority of them will quickly integrate into a new home.
We've talked a few times about Holly, an adult severe macaw. Here is the last time she was featured. Holly came from an animal hoarder, so we have no information on her. When she first came to us, we suspected that she was in her 30s, due to her condition. Holly, a few weeks after surrender:
However, she has made such amazing progress since being with us that we think we may have prematurely aged her. She might be a spritely teenager! Can you believe this is the same bird?
Holly is an incredible joy to be around. When she sees her favorite people, she starts swinging from the top of her cage and begging to come out. She leaps on their arm and is one happy lady.
She will always have a dislocated hip, but since being on a good diet at CARE, her arthritis has disappeared, so she is no longer on any kind of pain medication. Her dislocated hip does not impede her in any way -- she has a normal cage, with normal perches, and normal toys.
We don't understand why she's been here for nearly a year. She isn't aggressive at all, and is quite charming. She is relatively undemanding and just wants to spend time out of her cage with people.
In a home environment, where she'll receive more one-on-one attention, we suspect that she'll reveal many more delightful surprises. She is quite the treasure, and we hope that she will soon have a home of her own. We're just not sure why she doesn't have one already!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Here is a picture of where Horton has spent the past years:
Among other things, notice the lack of appropriate food, toys, perches, and light. Piles of junk were stacked so high around him that we couldn't even get his cage out -- the pathway was too narrow.
We're looking for a special home for Horton. This home needs to be very understanding and have low expectations -- that way, all progress will be a bonus. They will love him for who he is and not expect him to ever be tame. It's very likely that he will develop some sort of bond with a caretaker, but it's likely to be a long process. On the plus, side, unlike many parrots, he will not be demanding of your time!
If you're that special home that's got a place where Horton can be safe and loved, and will provide him with time to heal, please contact us. We know the right situation is out there for him. In the meantime, we'll update you on his progress with us.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
We're still getting to know him here; greys tend to take a little longer to come out of their shell than other species, but what we've seen so far is making us quickly fall in love with him.
He loves to be out of his cage, and begs to come out when he sees someone. In his previous home, he spent a lot of time out on a playstand.
Greys are very intelligent, and Pepper needs someone that will help to keep his curious mind busy. This may involve learning tricks, foraging for food, and being involved in all aspects of family life.
As with all of our birds, please stop by if you'd like to meet him.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
He has a great base personality and is not aggressive -- he doesn't bite. He also doesn't know how to step up (we're working on that with him), though he loves to perch on your shoulder or hang out in your pocket.
We don't understand how someone wasn't searching high and low to be reunited with this special guy, but their loss will be someone else's gain.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
He is ready for that new home! White-fronts are the smallest of the amazons; he's closer in size to a caique or poicephalus than a blue-fronted amazon. It's been fun watching his personality shine through. He knows he's safe now, and whoever adopts him will have years of joy ahead of them.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I thought it would be interesting to revisit last year's less adoptable birds, to see where they are now.
2010's less adoptable birds:
- Olive, a quaker, was adopted. Yay!
- Tango, a severe macaw, was adopted into an amazing home. He is thriving and very much loved. Yay!
- Lola, an umbrella cockatoo, is still up for adoption.
- Budgies, though these particular budgies have been adopted, we always have many budgies looking for homes!
- Peanut, a nanday conure, is still up for adoption
Friday, September 23, 2011
Lou's been with us almost a year now, and no one has seriously thought about adopting him. Like many birds, he chooses the people he likes. When he likes someone, he is incredibly sweet and friendly; when he doesn't like someone, he tries to intimidate them by showing how big and scary he is and by threatening to bite. However, while in his cage, he will sing and dance with those he doesn't want to be around, so there is hope that in a home, with understanding people and lots of patience, we may seem him warming up to more people.
Lou needs an experienced macaw owner to adopt him. We feel confident that he will blossom in the right home; the trick is finding that home for him.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
He doesn't really like to be handled much. He'd do well in a home that would let him out to hang out on top of his cage, and who wants to verbally interact with him, but who wouldn't insist on physically interacting with him.
Biggsie has an old, improperly-healed wing injury. This does not affect his day-to-day life.
We were told that Biggsie's owner suffered through a house fire last year, and the other bird who used to live with him died in that fire. However, Biggsie survived. Now, he's hoping to thrive, in an understanding home that will let him decide how long to truly come out of his shell.
Please stop by if you'd like to learn more about Biggsie.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
We're really hoping that we can find Mork a retirement home, where he can live out his last months or (hopefully) years. He is an incredible delight to be around and there are many volunteers who would snap him up if they had room in their homes.We know the right home for Mork is out there; the challenge is finding it before it's too late!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Lories require a special diet, but we've found that most people who surrender their lories to us are not feeding this. That was the case for Puzzle. As a result, he was very sick for a while. However, under our care and the supervision of his vet, he has mostly bounced back.
For a while, our vet thought that Puzzle might have permanent damage to his liver due to malnutrition. However, this does not appear to be the case. He does have to eat milk thistle a couple of times a day to help with his liver function, which is why we're including him in our week of less adoptable pets.
This isn't a huge deal as you just squirt it on his food and he eats it. And, Puzzle has such a charming personality that it's more than worth it!
Puzzle loves coming out and being with people. He chirps, sings, and whistles around his favorite people. He loves to play with toys, and has a joie-de-vivre that is quite infectious!
He's been through a lot in his young life, and we'd like to ensure his happiness in the future, in a home that understands the special dietary restrictions lories and lorikeets have. We can help educate you on this subject.
If you think Puzzle might be the bird for you, please stop by to meet him!
Monday, September 19, 2011
In 2007, when we introduced you to Lucky, we mentioned that he was the adoptable bird who had been looking for a home for the longest time. Four years later, he still is looking for a home.We still don't understand why so many cockatoos have been adopted out during the time that Lucky's been here, while he hasn't been. For that reason, he makes an appearance during the week when we are featuring our hard to adopt birds. It's a mystery why he's on this list, but the fact that he's been waiting so long is enough.
He's about 17 years old now. He tends to prefer women, as he was physically abused by a man in his past. He loves playing with toys, and we are constantly giving him new wood to play with. He is incredibly smart and quickly learns tricks.
Although he has settled in to life at the Center, he is hoping for a home of his own, where he can receive more attention than we can provide here. The last time we wrote about him, we'd hoped that 2010 would be the year that he found this. That didn't come to pass, but maybe 2011 will be the magic year when Lucky's life lives up to his name.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Meet Rudy, an approximately 19 year old maroon-bellied conure. Rudy was owned by an elderly couple who became sick. The wife died a few years back, leaving Rudy with the husband, who Rudy didn't like very much. As a result, he hasn't been out of his cage very much recently.
He's a bit nippy here, due to recent lack of companionship, but once he's out and with someone he likes, he's very sweet. Part of the reason Rudy is considered less adoptable is because he's plucked his chest so much, to the point where the feather follicles have been damaged and it is unlikely he will regrow feathers.
Rudy hopes that people realize that feathers don't make the bird, and that there's a special someone out there willing to overlook outside appearances. That person will be rewarded with a loving companion.
As always, stop by CARE if you'd like to meet Rudy.