Every quarter, I teach a class at Globe University East Campus in Madison. Today was the day. The class is on handling birds for physical examination, grooming (nails and wings) and positioning for radiographs. I love doing it. We had seven women and one man in class today and it was the best class ever. No one was afraid and everyone jumped right in to learn. I didn't even have to gown up for radiology - the students did it all. I took Joey, my U2, Daisy our resident Yellow-Fronted Amazon, Ivy our resident Lineolated Parakeet and Jessica, our naked little Congo African Grey who is up for adoption (hint hint). They were all on their best behavior and even let us show the students things like blood feathers. Love the education part of CARE and love seeing the enthusiasm of the students, who will be our next generation of Veterinary Technicians and Technologists.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Brogan, one of our delightful little tiels, went to his new home today - a very early Christmas present. He is one lucky bird. I forgot to mention that we had two female canaries returned to us yesterday - woman was moving and couldn't keep. Back to today, a couple who adopted a bird from us came in for grooming and left us with an awesome donation - something that is very much needed at this time. We can't express in words how grateful we are. Lots of times we only see the bad, but there really are wonderful people out there, and we need to recognize that more often.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Just got back from the 2012 No More Homeless Pets Conference today. 2-1/2 days packed with seminars and exhibits. I did not take a computer with me, as this conference is also my annual "vacation". I learned alot and am hoping to be able to use things I learned for both the birds and the dogs. Am especially excited about the photo/video class I took. I actually understood it! So, anyway, yesterday here at CARE four birds went home and two came in. Jabber and China, two cockatiels that came to us from another shelter, went home to two different homes. Elvis the U2 and Millie the Maximilian's Pionus also went to their new homes. We took in two cockatiels from another shelter in the western part of the state. I missed saying goodbye to Elvis, whom I had grown to love, but I wish him well and hopefully he'll come back to visit us sometime in the future. Have a great night everyone!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday morning Mary and I drove down to Whitewater for M.E. & My Pet's Annual Open House. Eric and Mary are good friends of mine, foster for Wis. Chihuahua Rescue, which is my second favorite rescue group, and have donated for years to CARE. We spend the day talking with customers and helping them find what they need. The proceeds from the donation table are then split between CARE and Lakeland Animal Shelter. It's always a good time. We were there til 2:30 then headed back to CARE. Got back, took my dogs out and headed down to Bay View Bark for their halloween party. Was there til 9 - by this time I'm getting a little tired - but still had a blast. So many animal people together at once - it was really a fun time. Got the word out about CARE to many, many new people on Saturday.
Sorry I haven't been updating but we had a whirlwind weekend. Spent 9 hours at the Washington County Humane Society's Grand Reopening last Friday. We had a blast. Thank you, Bobbi, for staying with us the whole day. I had an infected foot and had to run to Urgent Care so Bobbi came by to sit with Mary and ended up staying the whole time. We adopted out two cockatiels and a tame English budgie. Thanks to Washington County H.S. for inviting us and taking care of our needs for the day.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Mary and I will be in Whitewater on Saturday for M.E. & My Pets 11th Anniversary Open House from 10-2. They have all sorts of great deals for all pets. They donate a portion of the proceeds off their donation tables to us every year besides helping us with donations of bird food and miscellaneous. If you're in the area, please stop by, say hi and find some great deals for all your pets. Tell them CARE sent you.
Tomorrow is Washington County Humane Society's big adoption event from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. They invited us to bring adoptable birds to show and, of course, we agreed. We love working with the gals up there. So tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., come visit us at WCHS. We will accept applications starting right now. We will have a few toys and a little bit of food for sale, but mostly we will just be showing birds. If you get a chance, please stop by and say hi.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Picked up 5 birds today: 2 lovebirds from separate homes, a blue-headed pionus, a maximilian's pionus and a male ekkie. Vet appts already set up for the bhp and the ekkie. They should all be up for adoption within the week. All look in good shape, we'll just wait to see what the vet check/bloodwork shows. With these five surrenders, our total to date is 349, up from 321 last year and we have 2.5 months to go. Sad :(
Wanted to say thank you again to all of you who donated to help us get the five birds to sanctuary. The last birds to go, Big Fred and Buck, the two M2's, left for sanctuary this morning. It was hard to say goodbye, I have such an affinity for the M2's, but it's best for them to not ever have to live in a cage again. They are both going to Cockatoo Rescue & Sanctuary in Washington state. Thanks Laurie Rutledge for taking them in. Can't wait to hear how they do once they get to meet the other Moluccans in the big flight. Again, thanks for your help, we couldn't do what we do without your support.
Monday, October 15, 2012
I picked up a cute little 14 year old lutino cockatiel from Wisconsin Humane Society on Saturday. His name is Jabber. He's a little sweetheart and will probably do well in a home with older kids. His chest is slightly plucked, but otherwise he's a happy and handsome fella. Anyone interested? Let us know - his adoption fee is $50.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
If you are around a TV tomorrow morning and in Southeastern Wisconsin, Joey, my U2, and I are going to be on Fox 6 Wake-up News at 8:10. We will be talking about Rainforest Night at the Domes Friday night. CARE has been doing this event for years and Joey has a blast here. We walk around greeting people and he's done it for so many years that as we walk around he looks at people and says "hi, how are you", "hi there", "what you doing", "hi, hello". He is a scream. We really enjoy being invited to Rainforest Night every year. It's at the Mitchell Park Domes Friday night from 6-9 p.m. It's a chance to see the Domes and their ecosystem at night. Hope you can join us there.
Monday, October 08, 2012
Icarus, the plucked Eclectus who came in on 8/28, was adopted today by a very experienced ekkie owner. He actually is growing many new feathers in already (his back in completely covered) but I'm guessing after about three months in his new home that he will be completely feathered in. We changed his diet and showered him often and that seemed to really help. Congrats Terry on your new fid.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Update on little Dexter, the splay legged Senegal, who is now 4 weeks old! We saw Dr. Nicki and she rewrapped his little legs with vet wrap. We now have to rewrap them every day. Dexter sees Dr. Nicki again on Thursday for a recheck. Dr
. Nicki feels that we may be able to at least get him to the point where he can perch - I really, really hope so. He is strong. This morning while I'm working on the computer I'm watching him flap his wings and try to push himself out of the little container we have him in. I've got my fingers crossed for him. I have attached a pic of him with his legs splayed out.
Yesterday was crazy! We had four surrenders come in and of course they all arrived at the same time! The surrenders were Elvis, an umbrella cockatoo, Mikey and Macy, two canary-winged parakeets, and Beaker, a nanday conure. Jackson and Andrew came in and cleaned cages and put together a couple that we needed to use yesterday. Wilbur the harlequin macaw went to his new home. Too cold to pressure wash cages yesterday - hopefully we'll have one nice Saturday yet this year to get the last of the big cages done. Then we have to get the steam cleaner out for the winter. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Go Pack!
Friday, October 05, 2012
Got a call from Paula at the Domes today. Rainforest Night is Friday, October 12th from 6-9:30 p.m. CARE volunteers always bring birds along, either CARE birds or pets from home. It's fun for the people and most of the birds just have a ball. Anyway, Paula called to ask if Joey (my U2) and I would like to be on Fox 6 at 8 a.m. on Thursday to talk about Rainforest Night. Of course we said yes. Joey loves to be on TV. So if you get a chance, tune in. If you can make it to Rainforest Night, it's always a lot of fun and one of our favorite PR events.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Update on "Dexter" the baby Senegal. If it's a girl, we'll rename her Dixie I guess :) Anyway, we have a vet appt at our vet tomorrow at 3 for them to check and see how the legs are doing and to resplint them. Just finished his second feeding (he eats every 4 hours) and he took 12 cc's of food. I gave him 10 and he screamed for more. Kind of cool having a baby around. It's been a long time....
Last week Thursday got a frantic call from a breeder acquaintance. She looked in her senegal nestbox (she's not breeding anymore but they still have a nestbox???) and there were two baby senegals. One died and the one she saved has severe splay legs. Kathy from HAPPE Parrots went and picked her up on Sunday and took her to the vet right away. She is on some meds for infection and had her legs
taped up so hopefully we can get them to where they should be. Picked her up today. Pix tomorrow. Just fed her 10 cc's of formula and she's happily sleeping in her little container. I hope we can fix the legs. Normally you need to do that way before the three week timeframe, but cross your fingers she'll be okay. Mary loves to handfeed babies, so this will be her new project starting tomorrow. We'll keep you updated on her progress (don't know sex yet - just calling her she for now).