Since its inception, Parrot Rescue Services, Inc., has been dedicated to providing the best shelter situation possible for unwanted companion birds. This is not something I am doing alone. In fact, without the amazing help from both close friends and virtual strangers, my dream of a safe haven for parrots would have quickly ended. The work itself is never ending; the birds must be cared for seven days a week, 365 days a year. PRS is run by an all volunteer staff. None of us receive salaries or in any way are compensated by Parrot Rescue Services.
My dedication to the cause of birds in need began many years earlier when I adopted my first bird, Bobo, a green Budgerigar. It was shortly after that I brought home an abandoned Umbrella Cockatoo named Gilligan, and my journey into the world of unwanted captive bred parrots had truly begun. For the next 20 years I was not only to share my life and and home with this amazing bird, but I was to truly learn the difficulties a captive bred companion bird faces. In March of 2014 I lost my beloved bird after a lengthy illness. I still think of him nearly every day, and he is one of the reasons I continue to work as hard as I do for my cause. I thought I would have Gilligan for the rest of my life. I was wrong. However, he was just one of thousands and thousands of captive bred birds that have needed a new home since breeding and selling exotic birds became part of the pet industry.
Since parrots do typically have such a long life span, the need for permanent placement for unwanted companion birds continues to grow, with permanent sanctuaries for parrots becoming a more wide spread trend and are expanding all the time. While some of our birds function well in a home, some do not, and have been returned to us two or three times. Sometimes, despite the best intentions on the part of the new caretaker, it just doesn't work out. As part of the future of PRS, I am exploring permanent sanctuary placement for the time when I can no longer care for these birds in my own facility. However, until recently, adoptions and placing birds in homes was still a big part of our mission.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all that, and allowing visitors is not currently possible. We must be able to work closely and one on one with anyone interested in visiting the birds, which makes it very difficult to social distance. Furthermore, disinfectants effective against the virus cannot be used around the birds. The science still unclear as to how long the virus can circulate within the air system, and until a vaccine is available, there is no way to allow extended visits and ensure the safety of the volunteers. So rather than focus on adoptions during this time, we are looking for individuals to sponsor the birds and provide us with monthly financial support.
Whether you are able to provide monthly support or give a one time donation of your choice, your support not only helps us out now, but will ensure that we are able to care for our birds in perpetuity.
Founder and CEO of Parrot Rescue Services, Inc.