It’s common practice for someone to get a bird, and leave it in its cage for most of the day. After all, the majority of Americans have full time jobs to support themselves and their family.
In the wild, parrots travel with their flocks for their entire lives. They are never alone. When it comes right down to it, even though parronts will do everything possible to make their feathered family member happy, it still will never be enough.
Lets face it: the general public is not fit to care for a parrot. They are not pets; they are lifelong companions. They need to be a part of a family – a part of a flock. You can give your bird the best diet, the biggest cage and an abundance of toys, but if the bird doesn’t get what it needs emotionally, this will cause problems from a parrot that is angry at the world, to a self-mutilating mess and anything in-between.
This is yet another reason why rescues are filling rapidly; people just simply don’t realize everything that birds need. And unfortunately, no matter how prepared someone is, the experience of actually having that bird in your home is something that all the research in the world can’t fully prepare you for. Even the best parrot owners still live with the guilty feeling of never being able to do enough to keep their babies happy. I feel this way about every bird that comes throughout our doors. It takes a special person to own and love a parrot, and an even more special person to keep that parrot happy.
Like the title says: here is a collection of quotes that relate to parrot rescue...
"Many of you have forgotten this truth but you must never forget it: you remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When people say, “I could never foster because it would be too hard to give them up.” We say, “How could that be harder than knowing an animal died because no foster stepped up?” - Unknown
“If having a soul means being able to feel love, loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot
“Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind's capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don't; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.”― Matthew Scully
“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” ― Alfred A. Montapert
“When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals' emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled. Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.” ― Marc Bekoff
“People that say money can’t buy happiness have never paid an adoption fee.” - Unknown
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” –Anatole France
“If you can’t love a parrot like a family member, don’t get one... Because they only know how to look at you as a flock member, and to them, that is family.” - Unknown
“Saving a life will change yours” - Unknown
“Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.” - Unknown
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein
“It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.” – Mark Twain
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi
“I saw you were perfect, so I loved you. Then I saw you were not perfect, so I loved you even more!” - Unknown
“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” – A.D. Williams
“Be the kind of person that your bird believes you are.” - Unknown
“I found my rainbow of hope today. It was there all along, wrapped in feathers.” - Unknown
“She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.” – Mark Twain
“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” - Aesop
Today, I saw someone referring to rescues who charge adoption fees "an animal rental company". Frankly, whoever has this opinion should be ashamed of themselves. Take some time to educate yourself and get involved with animal rescue.
Dog, cat and small animal rescues alike need to charge adoption fees to keep doing what they do. Where do you think the money comes from to provide veterinary care, medications, food, housing and toys? Each parrot costs approximately $75 per month in just food and toys -- this number does not include vet care, and we make all of our own toys to save on cost. There are also electric bills for air conditioning, air filters, radios or television entertainment for the birds, and for full spectrum lighting. Without charging a nominal adoption fee, there would be no rescues in existence. We would not be able to continue our missions, and the animals would die or suffer needlessly without us.
A typical rescue does not receive government funding; like us, we do not receive government funding, and we rarely receive donations. Donations are usually received as adoption fees. We do not charge a fee to take in a bird, because we do not want to make an animal suffer any longer. Folks who relinquish neglected parrots will not pay a relinquishment fee to save the bird that they never necessarily cared about. Many times, these birds do not come with any toys, perches, or proper housing. That expense is on us.
Every cost comes out of our pay checks; that is our contribution, our way of giving back to the world, because someone has to be the voice for these birds. A true rescue will never break even, and we will never make a profit from adoption fees. The fees only help us prepare for the next case that comes through our doors.
Keep in mind, too, about how many shady people in the world there is. If we did not charge adoption fees, even with signing a strict contract and checking up on the home, there is no telling where that parrot would end up in the long run. Payment of an adoption fee shows a person's commitment to their new family member, and it also goes towards helping other parrots needing rescue -- by paying an adoption fee, an adopter not only helps one bird, but multiple birds. Humane Society's and local dog and cat rescues all charge adoption fees to keep their mission of saving lives going, and bird rescues have to do the same.
And trust me, we wish we could be a sanctuary-only and keep every parrot forever (heck, that would save us hours from our day of reviewing potential adopter applications), but not many rescues have the means to do that. It requires a very large building, several outdoor flight aviaries, and ample quarantine rooms-- that is just not feasible for the average rescuer. Yes, there are really that many parrots in need. And if we keep them all, we will fill up quicker than you can imagine, and then we can not be there to help when another poor soul comes to us nearly on their death bed. If we can continue finding homes for the adoptable birds, we can continue helping parrots in need, and with a growing amount of breeders teamed with parrots outliving their owners, this need is not going to end anytime soon -- in fact, it is only going to get worse. Don't you want to be part of the solution to this problem?
“People that say money can’t buy happiness have never paid an adoption fee.”
As my main job unrelated to the rescue world, I am a full time writer for a collector car insurance company. Between this job and the rescue, I enjoy sharing my experiences throughout my journey with parrots. Stay tuned for periodic updates!