The Issue: Parrot Owners Unprepared for Challenges
Although parrots can be colorful, exotic pets, they require far more care than domesticated animals. They are messy, loud, and nip at fingers, challenging many new owners beyond their abilities. The unexpected demands of caring for a parrot cause some owners to fear their pet or give it up, leading the birds to endure abuse, neglect, and the stress of being rehomed many times throughout their lives. Parrot rescues work to intercede on behalf of the parrot, providing a shelter wherein the unwanted birds can live with dignity and respect.
The Campaign: Feeding Rescued Parrots
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, then The Priceless Parrot Preserve can feed its resident parrots a healthful diet for one month. The more than 100 parrots receive regularly donated food pellets, but require nutrient-packed seeds, nuts, and fruit to remain healthy. By keeping the birds well fed, caregivers can prevent diseases and stress-related behaviors such as self-plucking. Each additional $300 raised will feed the parrots for another month.
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The Priceless Parrot Preserve
The Priceless Parrot Preserve sounds like a jungle. The calls and conversations of more than 100 birds from 29 species form a symphony that strengthens social bonds. Well-behaved members of the flock greet visitors and play with toys hanging from the ceiling, whereas animals with behavioral issues—often the products of abuse or neglect—hang back, working with volunteers and founders Gene and Marietta Avery to grow and recover. As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Gene provides medical care to the often malnourished birds and ensures that they receive a rich diet of nuts and fruit.
Gene and Marietta Avery founded The Priceless Parrot Preserve to care for neglected and abandoned exotic birds. Their goal is twofold: to educate the public about the birds both as pets and wild creatures, and to give a permanent home to mistreated and unwanted birds. The couple originally adopted the birds out of their own pockets, but formed their own preserve when confronted with the sheer number of birds in need. Today, they specialize in taking in larger birds such as macaws and cockatoos that demand more attention and other birds that might be considered unadoptable.