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A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife is a no-kill parrot rescue, rehabilitation, education and adoption shelter. We provide a safe place for parrots that have to be re-homed due to unfortunate situations that sometimes arise. Most of them were loved dearly and cared for, and when that was no longer possible, their companion-people did the most selfless act of kindness in finding them a good home.

We work together with other parrot groups to eliminate the need for rescues. Until then, we will provide temporary housing and care for any and all Psittacine birds (not including those with fatal and/or contagious diseases); educate the public about the proper care of exotic birds; and locate healthy, happy, and nurturing homes for those that are eligible.

The Refuge is established with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. We are licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Welfare to provide for adoptions. We are also a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007 | 10:19 AM
Recently at Chicago's Department of Animal Care and Control, two unusual birds were turned in - a scarlet macaw and an Amazon parrot.

It seems it would be almost impossible to find new homes for creatures like this, except for an organization called "A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife" in Northbrook.

For homeless macaws, cockatoos and other birds of the parrot family, this place is a second chance at a new life.

"We do parrot rescue," said Richard Weiner, executive director of "A Refuge for Saving Wildlife." "Just like dogs and cats, but we do it for the birds . . . a lot of birds that are out there getting displaced because of death or 'I just don't want them anymore.'"

So Weiner, a lieutenant on the Glencoe police and fire departments, takes the birds in, rehabs them if necessary and makes sure they're ready to become household pets once again. On Wednesday morning, two more birds arrived from Chicago's Department of Animal Care and Control. This brings the total number of squawking creatures to 50. All of them ultimately "go up for adoption. Yes, every single bird we have here goes up for adoption eventually. We have to clean about 60 cages every day," said volunteer Karen Stoner.

All birds in the parrot family can live almost forever, often outliving their owners. But then again, that's also a problem.

"Sixty, 70, 80, 100 years for some of these creatures. And the average bird will have five households in their lifetime because they're displaced so many times," said Weiner.

(Copyright ©2007 WLS-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

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