Adoptables February 2016

Bonnie & Clyde - Lovebirds

Hilda (The lovebird) & Francis (The English Budgie)
Francis talks a little bit and is mild mannered. Hilda is a nipper-butt, but she only wants to protect her Francis. They both act like goofballs, preen each other, snuggle, and are good for a family that may be on the busy side but wants the company of birds.

Elsa & Jack

New Budgie Duo

New Cockatiel Trio

If you see something, say something (politely)

My Uncle in NY loves budgies. He told me he didn’t like how they were being cared for at a local Petco. He had two that came to him sick, thus returning them for 2 different budgies. One of the new budgies showed the same symptoms (weird poop). So what? Return her for another one?
They’re not moldy bread you switch out for a new loaf, they’re bird-friends. Why don’t they fix up the two and give them back? This was within the 30 days of which you can return them.

This didn’t sit well with me, so I contacted customer service, who got me in touch with the local General Manager, and I politely told him what was happening.
I was not out to get anyone fired, just there to make sure the budgies are being well cared for, and if it possible, that he could return the new sick budgie when she was better. They said yes. 
He went to the Petco and they were very nice to him. They could tell that it washis niece that called up to inquire. He feels better knowing they’re being looked after.
He’s still curious about the sick budgie cage they have in the back, so I told him to be nice, and ask if they wouldn’t mind showing them to him.
He doesn’t have to be ALL up in their business, but since he gives them his business, it’s fair that he feels comfortable supporting them. In order to feel comfortable, he needs to make sure the bird-friends are being cared for…

We have so many options when it comes to buying, companies know they need to earn our patronage.
Moral of the story, consumers have power through social media, reviews, word of mouth, and of course, their money. If you don’t like the way an animal is being treated or looks, politely inquire. Show that you care, inspire them to care, and if they don’t, get squawking on their facebook page, yelp, google reviews, contact corporate, share the information, but do so RESPONSIBLY. Keep your ego out of it and keep it about the animals

New Fosters, Elsa & Jack

They’re former breeder birds. No lunging or chomping, just skittish, which is to be expected when entering a new environment.

I gave them a sample of Flutter Time in the bird room and they hung out on Cody's cage.

Surrendering Birds in the US

dapper-dinosaur asked:Hello fellow bird lover, I was kind of wondering about what aviculture is like in america? In Australia it's not that bad, but you constantly here about over run shelters and abandoned birds from america in aus our shelters are not over run (with birds) you ether have the old people who think tiny cages are okay or the newer generation that are actively involved in their parrots lives. It just sounds so horrible and distant from what I've experienced.

In AU, Cockatoos and Loris are native and commonplace. Americans like to claim that which is unique and exotic as their own, typically on impulse. They realize they’re in over their head, and discard whatever they find inconvenient. They don’t register that the animal that they chose to take responsibility for, is a living, breathing, feeling being, akin to a child, so, “Meh, dump “it” off somewhere. Make “it” someone else’s problem.” 

If it they registered the bird akin to a human child instead of an “it”, which any true bird lover would agree that they are, it’s unlikely they would dump the poor little feathered friend and perhaps take the effort to learn more about their needs, seek vet and behavioral treatment, and teach others not to make their mistake. 

I’m over here trying to change society’s perspective through outreach via the internet, graphic design, illustrations, adoption events, museum outreach, and Cody adventures/Birdhism. 

Dear humans, please realize animals are not things, they’re not its. Their lives have value just as ours do.  

Adoptable Birds November

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Fuzz the Nanday Conure
One legged conure rescued by Backos Bird Clinic. Is cage aggressive but a snuggler when he's take out. Hops and scoots around without much problem.

Dino & Bark - ADOPTED!

Suki, Soka, & Squall - ADOPTED!
Typical silly budgies. They like the chirp, play with one another. Good for a person who doesn't have much time to spend with them as they can entertain one another.

Bonnie & Clyde - Lovebirds

Hilda (The lovebird) & Francis (The English Budgie)
Francis talks a little bit and is mild mannered. Hilda is a nipper-butt, but she only wants to protect her Francis. They both act like goofballs, preen each other, snuggle, and are good for a family that may be on the busy side but wants the company of birds.

Richard - ADOPTED!
Richard was very loved and spoiled until his dad could no longer care for him. He says "Hey Richard" whistles, dances, sits on your shoulder and is a very good bird. If you have a few hours a to spend with a bird daily, and want a to interact with, Richard would be happy to be your friend.

Baby Lovebirds! - Located in Miami

Companion Birds: A Life Long Commitment


I made this in hopes that people will wake up to the huge responsibility that is sharing your life with a parrot. It’s possible they will outlive you. What are your plans if/when they do?

We have people seeking out our rescue because a family member passed away and they are not prepared to take over the care of their bird.

In the absence of flockmates and actual mates (which they would have in the wild), birds often proceed to form strong emotional bonds with a particular person. Upon their passing, they may actually become vicious or neurotic, even resorting to self-mutilation/plucking. They suffer heart break just as we do.
This is why I cringe at photos of people with baby macaw, cockatoos, and amazons that are destined to be pets. 
Please think of the needs of birds before you bring one into your home.They have many.

Sick Quaker Parrot Rescued from Petco

From a Petco in Charles, Louisiana:

“I spoke with the manager and complained and asked him to come down off the price more so I could get it. He went down to 75% off. I couldn’t afford it but I wouldn’t be able to sleep leaving him there. Plan is to rehab him and find him a good home.”

“I bought him to save him.” - Heather Edwards Arabie

“PETCO’s in MA that I’ve been in aren’t much better. I saw a conure for half off last week and wondered why…he was over a year old, in a cage with no toys, no nothing…when I whistled at him he screamed and screamed and screamed…sounded like a bird that was brought back because he was loud and now he’s “old”…poor things…I dislike PETCO!!!” - MW

“The same thing has happened in a Texas Petco. I hate that the pet stores do this to their birds. The bird was a blue quaker. Water dirty….One toy hung up so high he could not reach it.I have complained so many times to the managers and head office. It falls on deaf ears. The bird was there for months and months. I do not go in to petco or Petsmart anymore. I order all my bird toys and food online.” - BB

"I saw a quaker parrot in the Boca Raton Petco that was there for a very long time. I would go there to have him chase my fingers, play peek-a-boo in order to give him some attention. I knew he needed socialization just as my parrots at home did. I asked an employee about him and was told that he's been bounced around different Petcos for 2 years. I couldn't go to Petco after that. Every time I thought about Petco and Quaker Oats (my nickname for him) I would just cry. I still want to cry because they're still doing this. The demand needs to stop or they're just going to keep doing it. Corporations don't care. We shouldn't have to pay ransom to save animals from pet stores" - JB

Read about a Neglected Petco Green Cheek Conure

Petco headquarters: (858) 453-7845

Email them this message: HERE
Please consider an immediate end to the sale of birds in your stores.
As I’m sure you are aware, prior to 1992 it was legal and common practice for humans to remove many species of parrots from the wild to be sold as pets. Parrots are native to Africa, Australia, Continental Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, and Southwest Pacific. There is no species native to the US. The US native Carolina Parakeet was hunted to extinction by 1939. 
Post 1992, parrots sold as pets in the US are from breeding mills and private breeders. Parrots can live from 15 to nearly 100 years depending on the species. In the wild, parrots are monogamous and become inseparable from their mate for their life. In the wild they live in flocks, are very social, communicative and territorial. They fly many miles a day in the wild. Parrots are not domesticated pets like dogs and cats. They are wild animals. Parrots DO NOT make good pets! Simply stated, they belong in the wild, NOT in cages in our homes. The pet industry has threatened the parrot population, and birds being kept as pets cannot be returned to the wild. 
Please continue your humane efforts by discontinuing the sale of birds in your stores. Your leadership in providing a venue for dog and cat rescue and adoption has made a difference for so many homeless pets. Please broaden that circle to include birds by supporting bird rescue and adoption events. You have a unique opportunity to show communities nationwide the importance of adopting a bird instead of buying one. And with that effort, thousands of unwanted birds can find their own safe and happy new beginning. 
As animal lovers, compassionate citizens, and caretakers of this beautiful planet, we have a responsibility to do no harm and to be the voice for the voiceless. Birds belong in the wild, not in cages or breeding facilities. 
Let’s come together as a community, and as a culture to allow these beautiful, highly intelligent creatures their rightful place in the wild, where they can live as nature intended, and not for our profit or personal enjoyment. 
Petco is creating a compassionate and humane image by removing treats and food made in China, showing you care about providing safe products for our pets. Your sale of birds contradicts this positive image, but you can change that by discontinuing the sale of birds.
Thank you for caring.