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.

Make Cat Sanctuaries For Ferals

"It brings a lot of satisfaction the idea we can rescue these cats. We can't solve the world's problem, but I can solve this tiny problem for these cats."

To keep his 15 rescue cats occupied, home builder Peter Cohen has constructed elaborate catwalks, tunnels, platforms and perches throughout his California home. This is one fun house you've got to see to believe.

A $35,000 Renovation Turned This Suburban Home Into a Cat Palace

A $35,000 Renovation Turned This Suburban Home Into a Cat Palace
Cats are domesticated animals and should not be allowed to roam freely outside. Cats decimate native wildlife. Let's find a way to help all animals, not favoring one over many.

You Don't Want One

Photographs of wild cockatoos by Leila Jeffreys from her series Bioela.

No. Don’t say it. Don’t say, “I want one.”

Let’s think about it.

You want them to be happy, right? Of course you do. You’re a nice person.

For them to be at their happiest, you’ll need to leave them in their native habitat and protect said habitat through your support of conservation efforts.

Buying one from a breeder isn’t any better.
Like you may have learned by watching Blackfish, if you really love animals, it’s best to let wild animals be wild.

Thank you for reading!

The Bird Police
Protectors of all of the Birds

P.S. If you still want a parrot, please support adoption only.

Keep Wild Animals Wild

I love birds beyond anything else in this world and want their best interests met. I know there’s some great bird owners… I know even more cruel ones.

I’ve been rescuing birds for over 5 years, and it’s one nightmare story after the next. Just the other day we had ANOTHER set of budgies left in the Florida sun with no water, NEXT TO THE TRASH… We had a pair of lovies like that, and a pair of budgies 2 years ago….
No bird should ever suffer like that.

Birds are given to anyone… They’re given to people with good intentions, then life changes, then the bird is dumped. They’re starved to death because Little Billy was put in charge of feedings and simply stopped (this story was told to me by 2 different people and they didn’t bat an eye). Birds are released (illegal and likely will result in death), locked in closets because noise, screamed at. One was hit (an ekkie), thrown against the wall because it bit a guys girlfriend, resulting in a broken beak…
No animal deserves this. Humans, as a whole, do not take care of pets… many can’t even take care of themselves. Honestly? I feel birds shouldn’t even BE pets. They are in fact, wild animals.
My wish is that we, as responsible, loving, bird lovers do the best we can with the birds already in our care, and we stop breeding them for our selfish wants. Breeding for conservation is fine, that’s a just purpose, but for our homes? For profit? No.
Imagine having the ability to FLY and are confined to a life inside a cage? Many parrots become emotionally unstable, depressed, and even pluck and self mutilate. Cockatoos suffer this the most, and they live to be 80 years old!

Another reason birds belong in the wild… Birds live with decent owner for 30 years. That owner dies, that bird stops eating, and dies. That bird viewed that owner as a mate, because that’s what birds do.

Long story short, and I’m open to hear the thoughts of others as long as you don’t flame me, adopt only, support conservation efforts of birds in their native habitats, support sanctuaries, visit sanctuaries, enrich the birds already in our care to the best of our ability, and don’t turn to breeders.
Breeders take babies from their loving parents, having raised a family of birds, I could never do that to any animal. That’s too devastating… 

I hope that clears some things up. I love birds so much, I would dream of a future where they are not in our homes, but where they belong, in the skies.

Instead of spending 2000$ on food, vetting, cage, an actual cockatoo, I could take that money and go to Australia and see them enjoy freedom.

"I bought a baby bird from a breeder."

I was told this was an abandoned breeder bird. 
"It shouldn't matter where pet birds come from, it matters where they're going."

How about no?

When it comes to puppy mills, wouldn't you say it should matter where the animal comes from?
Why is it any different for a bird? 
Do you believe in, "Adopt don't shop?"

By purchasing a bird (or any animal), you're creating demand.

Young birds sell because they're extra cute and needy of parents, which to deprive them of their family is cruel within itself.

Elly was needy, clingy, and cute. I was sold. Then she hit puberty. If my dad is home, she will attack me, and want to be with him.

It's a terrible cycle that is perpetuated when anyone buys an animal.

You are creating a demand, and breeders fill that demand in cruel ways.

I got Elly from Petco, she was my first parrot, I was unaware of the Bird Mill she came from and I vowed to never support that industry ever again. I also vowed to spread awareness as to prevent the demand for bred wild animals, aka parrots. (They are not domesticated, their parents or grandparents were plucked from the wilds).

Have you seen birds bond with their babies? I have. I will tell you straight up, they should never be taken away from them. To do so is inhumane.

You know how birds bond.

If you wouldn't take a human baby from their mother, you shouldn't encourage people to take a bird baby from their mother. Anyone who has lived with a bird knows how like humans they are.

I was going to let this go, and I know no one is perfect, but yes, it DOES matter where they come from.

Bobo the Cockatiel

In happier news, Teddy's family loves him so much, they decided to welcome another rescued cockatiel, Bobo!

Jade the Quaker Parrot

Over the weekend, Heaven has a new angel. We were hoping there was more we could do. Severe skeletal deformaties and an old fracture that left her leg bent back in an awkward position. Jade received cuddles and preens for some time before she was gently put to rest in my hands. I was able to give her scritches as we told her goodbye. I wanted to rehab her and find her a good home but it would have been unfair to her.

Rainforest Clinic added flowers to her coffin and she was buried at my home. Thank you for Bird Lovers Club, Sawgrass Nature Center, and Lori (the finder of Jade/Lucky) for trying their best to do right by this little friend.