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We have both sad and happy events to share in this edition of the newsletter.
We had to say goodbye to Coco (AKA Chicky), who passed away in May. She was such a sweetheart who will be missed by everyone. Although it remains a mystery as to what toxic item Coco actually ingested, it serves as a reminder to all that if you see something even remotely questionable in a bird’s cage, please remove it and bring it to Rich and/or Karen’s attention immediately.
We’ve had two adoptions during the past month. Congrats to Professor and Vito, who’ve both found their forever homes! Vito was adopted by the same family who adopted Jackie and Professor went to a family that has other birds as well. We wish both Greys much happiness with their new families!
Our first annual 10-Mile Walk to Support the Parrots was a HUGE success! Thanks to everyone’s participation, we were able to raise a shocking total of $7,200.00!!!
Special thanks to Ryan C. for donating the great shirts for our walk!
We came, we walked, we sweat and we had a lot of fun! Thanks for organizing this walk, Maryann, Erica and Ann and everybody else who was involved.
We shall post some of the pictures shortly!
(CBS) Mira Tweti and Zazu, her pet parrot, are inseparable. Not because Tweti (pronounced Tweety, and yes, that's her real name) wants it that way, but because Zazu demands it, CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports. Tweti explains, "With a parrot there's only one place for everything in your home ... and that's on the floor. He's a huge amount of work."
Parrots are beautiful. They can talk, and do tricks. The average parrot has the intelligence of a 3- to 5-year-old child," Tweti says. With an estimated 40 million parrots in U.S. households, they're not far behind cats and dogs in popularity.
But owners soon learn Polly wants a cracker: hand-prepared food, plus all your time, attention and patience. Mira Tweti should know. She wrote a book on the difficult relations between parrots and people. "They can live to [age] 80," she explains. "They're loud, they poop incessantly, they love to chew. What you've got is a 3-year-old running around with a can opener on its face." And like a toddler, if they don't get the care and attention they need, they bite and scream. Or even worse, isolated in a cage these flock animals go stir crazy, mutilating themselves and plucking out feathers. It's all too much for many people.
Says Tweti: "These are long-lived animals that are designed to live in flocks. The average person would like to have some alone time, the average parrot doesn't want it." Declining in natural habitats, flocks of parrots are multiplying in some places, with 30,000 flying around cities from California to Brooklyn -- set loose by frustrated owners.
Growing even faster are parrot rescue centers, now found in every state. At the Garuda Aviary, part of a Buddhist monastery in Maryland, they're full to overflowing. "So many people realize they've taken on too much. So we get a lot of requests, but sadly, we are not able to fulfill them," says Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, the center's spiritual director.
It's such a big problem that the Humane Society now recommends unwanted birds be euthanized. Tweti promised to take care of Zazu when friends couldn't bear it any longer. Every day at some point I think to myself, 'I can't take it another minute'," Tweti says. And every few minutes, someone else is buying another parrot.
Contact your Representatives NOW
1. You can use NAIA's Capwiz tool to send an automatic email or fax to each of the Representatives who will hear this bill to ask them to KILL HR 669. Here's the link to send your email using Capwiz: www.capwiz.com/naiatrust/
2. Included in the PDF is a list of the Congressmen sitting on the Committee voting on this Bill. You can also contact them via the information provided in the PDF below, but please use the CapWiz too, to show a united front on this.
3. The following website provides more information and makes it very easy. www.nohr669.com
And please, pass this along to anyone and everyone, whether they own a pet or not. Even a simple NO to HR669, is better than silence.
Please read and help us kill this bill.
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To work in joint cooperation with all avian rescue groups to try and eliminate the need for rescue groups by educating the public about aviculture issues. Until that is accomplished, we will provide a sanctuary for those unfortunate parrots that are in need of a home.