Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunshine and Lunar Go Home!

I was going  to sit down at the computer and tell you all about a pair of cockatiels, one of whom is special needs, that needed a home.  Well, a couple came in who have visited before.  Previously they were looking at bigger birds but decided that they should start with a smaller bird.  Long  story short, Sunshine and Lunar went to their new home today.  They came in from a shelter on the other side of the state about a month ago and Sunshine had swollen and bruised eyes.  We did disease testing and put her on antibiotics and eye drops several times a day.  The disease testing came back negative and last week she was released from any further medication.  She is, however, blind.  Well today was her lucky day.  We are very happy campers here.  It's always nice when a special needs bird goes home. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Record Day at CARE!

Hi Folks.  We had our best day ever today.  The following birds went home:  Bailey the eclectus; Rizzo the parrotlet; Wrigley the senegal; Tucker the quaker parakeet; Tiki the lory; Max the blue-headed pionus; Frankie the sun conure; Crystal the Eastern Rosella; Wesley the lilac-crowned amazon; and Bob the button quail.  These birds had all been pre-approved on paper as we call it (applications approved) and everyone came on the same day!!!  It was crazy but the day went quickly and everyone left happy.  We've never had this many birds go home on the same day.  It was really quite special.  Teka, the red-lored amazon was the only surrender today.  We still have about 30 birds on a waiting list so we will start calling some of them in next week. Everyone have a great weekend - GO PACK!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Good Morning! Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for so many things, but what I'm most thankful for today are my awesome volunteers who are coming to help me feed. I am covering for Carrie, who is out of town, and asked if anyone wanted to help out this morning. FIVE PEOPLE are coming in to help. CARE is blessed to have the BEST volunteers. They are not here for anything else but to help the birds. I couldn't be more grateful. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Stay safe.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

8 Surrenders on Tuesday

OK, I'm up again for a bit.  Tuesday we had 8 birds surrendered to us from the same family:  Shadow a CAG, Lola a G2, Crystal an Eastern Rosella, Trixie a Peach-Faced Lovebird, Wesley a Lilac-Crowned Amazon, Max a Blue-Headed Pionus, Cooper a Bronze-Winged Pionus and Wrigley, a Senegal.  They are all set to be vetted within the next two weeks.  They have all been taken good care of and should all be in good health.  Their owner is moving and decided not to take them with her.  We have them listed on petfinder already but they will not go home until after their vet checks.

Bye Bye Marley

So much to tell you, but I've been under the weather so we'll do small spurts while I'm out of bed. Yesterday morning, we found Marley passed away at the bottom of her cage. Marley came to us 4 years ago as an owner surrender, and we knew right away she was different. Her one foot was balled up and she was hunched over. Vetted her and found she has Metabolic Bone Disease, like you hear about i
n reptiles all the time. Apparently, something was missing from her environment or nutrition when she was a baby. Because we were noticing the second foot starting to ball up, our vet gave her about six months due to the quick degeneration we were seeing. Boy, did she surprise us! Good lighting, decent size cage and toys, excellent nutrition and lots of love, and we dramatically slowed down the progression. Unfortunately, the disease took its toll on Marley and she is now flying over the Rainbow Bridge. We'll all meet again sometime Marley. Until then, take care....

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Need a Dryer

Well, it finally happened today. Our 1982 SpeedQueen dryer finally took its last breath. Luckily the towels in the dryer were dry :) I think 30 years of service, first in a home and then the last 7 years here at CARE, was a good run for the dryer. So, if anyone has a dryer they're not using or is planning to get a new one in the near future and wants to donate their old one, please let me know. I'll be keeping an eye on CL also.

We had one female budgie go to her new home today. Yay!!!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Bye-Bye Flicker!

Our little Flicker went to his new home yesterday. He was the only handlable lovebird we had here at CARE and I was surprised how long it took for find him a home. Something I learned a long time ago is that sometimes it takes awhile for the right home to come along, and I think that's what happened with Flicker. It's obvious he will be very loved. Congratulations!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Yesterday we had two budgies and a guinea pig surrendered. Today I met Kathy from HAPPE Parrots and took in a beautiful pied parrotlet named Rizzo and a sun conure named Frankie. Kathy also brought along a nice donation for us. Both birds will be up for adoption soon. If anyone is interested in an older male guinea pig who has been raised with children, let me know. He will be living in our retail area until we can find a good home for him.

Friday, November 02, 2012

New Umbrella Cockatoo at CARE

Today is supposed to be my day off, but I got a call from one of our shelter partners that a cockatoo was being surrendered to them.  We are not taking cockatoos at this time, due to having too many in-house.  However, when they told me the story of how this bird is plucked and bleeding, I knew we had to take him in.  So I went and picked him up.  OMG, supposedly he's only 5 years old.  He's an Umbrella, fuzzy (has very few feathers) and the insides of his wings are all dried blood.  He's scared and kind of catatonic, so we're trying to leave him alone in a quieter environment.  Obviously we will get him in to the vet early next week.  This is going to be a difficult case for sure.  His name is Zeus, and we'll try to get pics tomorrow.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Feeder for Tuesday Mornings

Two of the members of our volunteer family, Phil and Cathy, are leaving us to move to Las Vegas in the very near future. They have been extraordinary volunteers and we are all very sad to see them go. They have been with us for years and it's hard to think about them not being here anymore. Phil and Cathy have been our feeders on Tuesday morning all this time - so we are now in need of a new Tuesday morning feeder(s). The responsibilities of this volunteer position would be to make sure all the flock are fed and watered appropriately and the leftover food put away in a sanitary fashion. It takes approximately 2 hours to feed in the morning. If anyone is interested, please let us know. There is no experience needed - we will train you. We just ask that you be responsible and dedicated. Thanks.