Why Are Parrot Rescues SO Overcrowded? This Video Will Help You Understand…

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I have written a number of posts urging people to consider rehoming a parrot from a rescue rather than purchasing a baby from a pet store or a breeder. On my Facebook wall this morning, someone provided me a link with which to help spread this message along to other bird lovers.

At the end of this post is that link. There is a video contained within that very poignantly describes how and why it has happened that rescues and sanctuaries are bursting open at the seams. Here are some statistics pulled from the narrative:

  • …It is estimated that nearly all parrots will be in at least 5 homes before they die prematurely or find a permanent home.
  • …Sanctuaries report that they get an average of 1,500 calls per year from people wanting to give up their birds. Those sanctuaries that have not already had to close their doors report that they can accept an average of 5 to 30 birds per year and get 4 to 6 calls per day regarding birds they cannot accept.

Apart from issues developing due to most people’s inability to provide proper care, a parrot’s long life span might play the largest role in the ongoing cycle of rehoming:

  • …Large species of parrots can live up to 85 years of age. Some smaller parrots can live up to 25 to 50 years. Most people don’t consider their bird’s life span as it relates to their own…Many parrots will outlive their guardians leaving the birds, more often than not, homeless and unwanted.

Here is the link: Exotic Birds Campaign. Click on the video to view. It is NOT graphic, but very informative..

The only thing I wish to elaborate on is that we should all have a plan in place that will see to the needs of our birds if we should die or become disabled in such away that it is not possible to continue caring for our birds. This post will help you consider the many different angles of this particular topic.

Patty Jourgensen specializes in avian health, behavior and nutrition and has been working with and caring for rescue birds since 1987.

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  • Please pass this on. ANY bird is welcome in my home… I live in Naples Florida and have an African gray, (for 22 years) a dove for 3, and an abandoned rehab’d racing pigeon for two. There is plenty of room for more. Please..please please don’t let a parrot suffer in a bad situation….. my number is 239 300 1242 and email is esherma3 at gmail dot com…. all birds are welcome and will be loved.

    Ed Aldrich on
  • This is such a heartbreaking subject. People need to know more so I put the video on my blog.

    People must be educated more. It should be a law not to have this breeding going on also.

    Are any of you good at writing a petition? We could start a petition on Care2 on this link. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/create.html

    It’s gut wrenchingly sad.

    Someday I want to be able to afford to build a sanctuary, hire people to help, etc. It’s my dream.

    I am not making hardly any money right now but found a place that could help me make enough

    money and any of you too. We will also have a safer home for people, pets, pet birds, and the


    Please look at my slide show here: www.Melaleuca.com/DeliveringWellness

    Passcode: Melaleuca

    Get back to me if you are interested at news@dpbiznews.net Subject line: MELALEUCA Barb

    With Questions And tell me if you are interested enough to join.

    I seriously want to help unwanted, hurt, unloved birds! And I know you do too.

    Barbara DelGiudice on
  • I am very happy with this post. It is so important, but here is a problem. People who have birds are reading the post, not the prospective buyer. My husband and I had our daughter research on her parrot before we let her buy the bird. She had to give us all the details. When we discovered how long the bird could live, we talked with her a long time about the responsibility. We were already a pet family and she is use to taking care of animals. (Our horses can live up to 30 years and we have had them from weanlings.) We wanted to make sure everyone was going to be okay for the long haul with the bird, IE: her college years, etc. I cannot tolerate the person who gets an animal and then when they tire of them they trade them, dump them or whatever. Every animal I have owned in my entire life has spent their lifespan with me. My children have been raised to do the same. I hope all the rescue birds can find a good home!!! I also do not acquire more pets than i can handle. Thanks so much for the post :)

    Polly Watkins on
  • both of my birds are addopted .. they where 6 and 9 years when i got them and I would love to make my flock bigger but we dont have any rescues here but i would love to find a rescue in europe or on the west coast of the us so I could move them over here. I have plenty of space and time. My children will take my birds after my days and they love them as much as i do :)

    Bjarkey Björnsdóttir on
  • Lynn Morgan – President & Founder “Amazing Grace Bird Rescue”
    To all of you that have adopted from or rescued a bird "Thank You’. My rescue has been established for 9 yrs now and we have now been forced to start turning birds away, which is breaking my heart. When we tell people we have no room, they simply turn their birds loose. Recently an Amazon and a Blue & Gold Macaw were thrown out the doors by their owners. Some days we have mulitple birds surrendered to us and have even had birds left on the porch while gone to pick up birds. There are times that as fast as we get a bird adopted, two come in it’s place.

    Of all the abused and neglected birds that have come our way, on Dec. 1, 2010, a Military Macaw named “Millie” was surrended at 6:30 AM and upon viewing her, I took her straight to our avian vet, Dr. David Kersting and he told me that in all of his years of avian vetting, which is 24yrs, he had never seen such cruelty. “Millie” had literally no muscle mass and was covered in a yeast infection a 1/4" thick over the majority of her body. We debated whetherd to try to save "Millie’, when she came out of the carrier and cuddled in my arms looking up at me and giving me her heart. We decided that if “Millie” wanted to try, so did we. “Millie” was in intensive care for three days and then I took her home as Doc said that anything that could be done for her, I could do at home. In the first 3 weeks, “Millie” gained 4 lbs and fell in love with her pelted food, fruits and vegetables.. She loved her baths and anyone who was lucky enough to meet her, felt blessed by being in her presence. On the 5th week, “Millie’s” lower beak broke off by an 1/8". Now that might not sound like a lot, but it meant she could no longer eat her pellets. We took to soaking her pellets and making her a mash of sorts with peanut butter, baby food (chicken) and scrambled eggs. She responded wonderfully. On week 7, “Millie” called out to me one evening and just wanted to me hold here and fell asleep on my chest. I let her sleep with me all that night and took her into Dr. Kersting’s the next morning. Bless his heart he was not ready to give up on “Millie” until I pointed out that her respirtory system was shutting down. Upon examing her, he agreed there was nothing left do help her with except to love her enough to give her the peace of eternal sleep. I carried "Millie’ home in a blanket I had taken along and a friend of mine donated having “Millie” cremated for me. I took her ashes and spread them out below a dam on a farm were the wind lifted them and truly set her free.

    I will never be the same again!

    My rescue at one point has had four locations, but I am now down to one, because the others say that they just can’t take seeing and dealing with the issuses facing this beautiful creatures any more. There are many times I am so tired and worn out of heart, that I think about giving up too! But then I think of our “Millie” and how hard she fought to be loved and the honor of having her in my life for those 7 weeks and I know I wil go on until there is just no other choice.

    “God be with us and his wonderful winged children” as we love and are loved by them"

    Lynn Morgan on

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