Hi Everyone! Another great adoption day at CARE today. You never know what the day before a holiday will bring, and this one was busy. We had about 10 grooming appts. as well as adoption appts. We had a male lutino cockatiel go home today; Peeps, one of the hoarding amazons went home; Cooper, a bronze-winged pionus with fatty liver disease (under control) went home; and one of our really sweet female doves went home. There were no surrenders today. Happy Easter everyone - it was a good day.
Monday, March 25, 2013
We just came back from spending three days in Green Bay doing the WBAY Green Bay Pet Expo. We have a lot of customers from the Green Bay area and it's nice to be able to take our toys and info to them. We had a great time, made some new friends, sold lots of toys and brought back a surrendered dove. All in all it was a great weekend.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Norton, a Blue-Fronted Amazon, came to us a few months ago and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, which is a fast-growing cancer. He was spoiled rotten while he was here, learned to play with toys, loved his fruit bread with his meds in it, and enjoyed shouting "hi" at us whenever he saw us. Unfortunately, his cancer caught up with him and we had to make the sad decision to send him over the Rainbow Bridge. We will miss you, Norton. We really enjoyed the time we were able to spend with you. Fly free, Norton, fly free.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Just a reminder that we will be closed this coming Saturday, March 23rd. We have two booths up at the Green Bay Pet Expo this weekend. This is a very good event for us and we have lots of customers from up in the Fox Cities/Green Bay area. We will reopen again as usual on Monday the 25th.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Another busy day here - Saturdays have been crazy lately (which is a good thing) :) Larry and Pete, the fiery-shouldered conure and green cheek conure who came in together, were adopted and went home today to a great lady who had her previous gcc for 24 years! Izzy, the green cheek conure, went home with a previous adopter. One of our female cockatiels also got to go home. Yay!!! Emma, the Congo African Grey who came in as one of the Vilas County birds, was adopted earlier in the week and they picked her up also. Because she is so insecure and frightened, they purchased her cage, so she would have something comfortable and familiar with her. Super nice people who are willing to take the time to give Emma a chance to heal and learn to love. There were no surrenders :) All except one of the Vilas County birds are now available for adoption - we will be getting descriptions and pix up on Petfinder this week.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Another busy Saturday for us. But the awesome news is that Kizzi the Congo African Grey from the Vilas County birds went home. She is the first of that group of birds to go. We were soooo happy for her and her new family. We had one surrender/return - a little hybrid lovebird that we adopted out about a year ago. No time for him :( He's a nice little guy and we'll find the right home for him this time around. Lots of people interested in adopting, so hopefully we'll have a few more go home soon. Derek built a new shelving unit for us in the back, which will help us be able to store more stuff in clear plastic bins. Also thanks to Joni who has been organizing our back room for us - that is NOT an easy job. That back room is really coming together thanks to all the volunteers who have helped us reorganize. Have a good weekend everyone.
Friday, March 08, 2013
The last three of the Vilas County birds went for their wellness exams today: a yellow naped amazon, a double yellow headed amazon and a mealy-cross amazon. Because they've been here for about two weeks already, they were in much better shape than we ones we previously took in, which is great. Once we get bloodwork results back, these birds can go up for adoption. They still all need really extra special nutrition for right now, but almost all are handlable and we're actually seeing some of them destroying their toys (which is a good thing). We will be open tomorrow from 12-5 if you want to come and take a look.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Today we had one female cockatiel go home and one scissor beaked female lovebird was surrendered. We have a bunch of birds coming in on Monday so we set their cages up. You never know from day to day what's going to happen, so we try to get things done as early as possible. Derek is coming in on Saturday to put up some heavy duty shelving in the back room for us to store things in bins - something we've really needed for a long time. We're closed tomorrow so we're gearing up for Saturday. Have a great evening.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Thank you to everyone who has donated towards our hoarding birds' vet bills. We are so appreciative of your support. We are close to our goal but still need to raise $555 to completely pay off the bill. This for me is always the hardest part of what we do - having to ask for money - but we want to make sure we do right by these birds and get them what they need to have a healthy and happy life from now on. Please help out if you can. If you can't, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers for these birds. A few of them will be going up for adoption in the next couple of days - we'll be getting them up on Petfinder soon.
Sydney, the severe macaw, and Peeps, the yellow-naped amazon, both went for their vet rechecks today. Both were from the woman hoarder who died up in Vilas County. Good news on both of them!!! Sydney's preen gland was full of hard material and actually had to be lanced last week to get all of the material out. She's been on oral antibiotics plus we had to put SSD cream on the gland to keep it moistened for the past week. Her preen gland looks normal and did not fill up with fluid at all. We'll do one more recheck next week and, if all is well, she'll go up for adoption at that time. Peeps is very obese at over 600 grams, and had slight liver abnormalities on her bloodwork. So, to be on the safe side, we did radiographs to make sure she didn't have any physical changes or masses on her liver. She doesn't - liver is normal size and we didn't see any tumors. So, for the time being, a change in diet, some antibiotics and milk thistle is our choice of treatment and we'll recheck in a month, if she's still here. She is a sweet bird so we're all hoping she's in a new home in a month and the new owners can take her in for a recheck.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Holy Cow!!! What a Monday - we actually had to call in extra help this afternoon! Sinbad and Jessica, the two Greys that were adopted on Saturday, both went home with their cages today. Luckily both ages fit in their respective vehicles without having to be broken down. A little lovebird, one of the 20, also went home to live with another lovebird. They were doing very well while they were visiting here. Then we had three surprise surrenders - a pineapple green cheek conure, a cinnamon green cheek conure and a fiery-shouldered conure. We are pretty much filled up again. We'll get the surrendered birds checked out and up for adoption ASAP. They are all handlable and should be able to be adopted out quickly.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Whoo-Hoo! Another of those whirlwind days! Beaker, the Nanday Conure, went to his forever home today. Jessica and Sinbad, both Congo African Greys who have been with us for awhile, also were adopted today and will go home on Monday (separate homes). All have been with us for months so it is especially nice to see them going to their respective homes. On the down side (or maybe not), we had a Scarlet Macaw surrendered due to his owner's death; an Indian Ringneck Parakeet in not so good condition (broken pelvis perhaps?) and a Green Cheek Conure from the same home. We will call our vet first thing Monday morning about the IRP. Looks painful. And last but not least, a little lovebird was also surrendered. As of today, we have had 68 birds surrendered this year. We've got a lot of really nice birds all vetted and ready for adoption. We have bloodwork back on most of the hoarding birds as well, and most of them will be available to experienced bird people by next week. Hope you all have a great weekend.