I promise not to make a habit of using my LJ for begging, but I wanted to reach out to all the animal-loving people I know to ask for help.
A little over a month ago, over 100 parrots of all sizes and species were seized from a home in Weatherford, TX, where they had been found in squalid conditions. These birds were all taken to a local county shelter which has little funding and even less experience with birds. This shelter is simply not equipped to properly handle and rehome all of these birds. A nearby avian rescue, Wings of Love Bird Haven, is doing everything they can to help alleviate the burden and provide these birds with proper living conditions, medical attention, and forever homes. However, their resources are limited as well. Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.
How You Can Help:
*(If you live in or near Austin or Dallas, or anywhere in between) Donate cages, playgyms, and/or toys. My friend and I are going up to Bird Haven on the 14th, so if you have anything to donate, we can take it up there for you and bring you back a receipt for tax purposes.
*Donate money directly to Bird Haven: http://bird-haven.org/howyoucanhelp.html
*Sign up to attend Barbara Heidenreich's workshop at Bird Haven in March: http://bird-haven.org/index.html
*Apply to Bird Haven to adopt or foster a bird: http://bird-haven.org/forms%20and%20applications.html
*Apply directly to the Parker County Shelter to adopt or foster a bird: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/TX54.html
- or call: (817) 598-4111
If you do adopt or foster a bird from this situation and need help with any behavioral issues, I will be happy to help you for free.
If they are not able to find suitable homes for these birds through adoption, Weatherford's City Manager has stated that they will probably auction the birds off with minimum bids. This would be detrimental, as many of those birds would likely end up in unethical breeding situations or in homes similar to the one they came from. Please help if you can, and spread the word to anyone you know who might be able to help.