Thursday, January 27, 2011
These birds were all in bad shape. It was apparent that they had received good care at some time in the past, but it was also evident that they had not done so recently -- evidence at the scene suggests she had just been throwing seed in their cages as late.
She had the birds' names on their food dishes (except for one conure), so at least we know their names. However, we know nothing else about them -- ages, favorite foods, special toys, things that might be comforting to them at times like this.
This can serve as a huge reminder to all of us with birds. It is very important to think about what should happen to these long-lived animals if we're no longer able to take care of them. I know it's not pleasant to think about, but the well-being of your loved companions is at stake. Also, leave information about your birds with a trusted friend or in an obvious place in your home. These kinds of transitions go much easier on the bird when they have some comfortable items around them.
Over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to these birds. Unfortunately we are very full right now. We were already on a waiting list for surrenders for certain species, but could not turn down these birds who needed us so badly.
We are incurring large, unexpected vet bills as it relates to these birds (one amazon was extremely emaciated and needed to make an emergency trip to the vet to save his life; another macaw is deformed and may require special care.) If you can help us out with a donation, we'd greatly appreciate it. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax exempt to the full extent of the law. You can send a check made payable to CARE at:
3053 Beechwood Industrial Court
Hubertus, WI 53033
or use the paypal donation button on our website.
Thanks so much for your help in saving the lives of these birds! More updates to come...
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
We'll update you on Charlie's progress in upcoming entries.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Pia found her way to us, and is now looking for a home that will cherish and take wonderful care of her.
She doesn't know how to step up (we're working with her on that and she may have learned by the time this entry is posted) but is tame and doesn't bite.
She loves to play with toys -- we've rarely seen a bird so interested in toys when they first get here!
As always, stop by and meet Pia if you think your home might be a good fit for her!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Charlie is about 7 years old. He was transferred to us from another humane society -- one that usually deals with dogs and cats. Realizing that birds have special needs, they sent Charlie and some of his friends (all tame) to us.Charlie is very curious. He loves to play with toys. Last week, he was wandering around the front counter, and he'd stop occasionally to hop up on the arm of one of the volunteers nearby. How can you resist?
One of his favorite things to do is sit on someone's shoulder and preen them. He particularly likes to preen long hair and will do everything he can to get to a shoulder near some long hair! The trouble with Charlie? It's barely perceptible in the above picture, but he has a club foot (his left)!
This does not cause him any pain, and the only modification needed is that he can't grip your finger or shoulders well, so you have to be really careful when walking around to make sure he doesn't fall. It's also important not to wear slippery clothing, as he may tumble to the ground.
We're pretty sure this guy won't be around long -- he's just so adorable, so if you'd like to meet him, stop by soon! We do have other tame tiels up for adoption as well!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Please stop by if you'd like to meet Phoenix!
UPDATE: Phoenix is a male, so I've changed the pronouns.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Zoe is tame and handleable. As you can see, she has some feather destructive behavior, which is not uncommon in captive cockatoos.Zoe had been a much-loved member of the family. She was surrendered because her owners added a child to their house. Zoe had not shown any signs of aggression to this new addition, but her owners didn't want to take any chances.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Unfortunately for Shaggy, that meant he was no longer welcome in the only home he'd ever known, so he was surrendered to CARE.
He loved being part of a family and is hoping to find that again. If you're looking for a small/medium-sized parrot with lots of love to give, stop by and meet Shaggy!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
UPDATE: Frankie was adopted into an experienced quaker home and is doing very well!
Thursday, January 06, 2011
CARE is very excited to announce that our new online store, including a shopping cart, is now operational! Here is a link.
This is fantastic news, as all proceeds from sales go to support the parrots at CARE. And now even people who don't live close enough to visit can help their birds by buying great food and toys while helping to support the birds still looking for a home.
Thanks again for all of your support!
Monday, January 03, 2011
He loves to be out of his cage, eagerly stepping up. He's not as good about going back inside -- though we're working on it! He'd much rather be where the action is and will frequently tighten his grip so as not to go back in his cage.