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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.

Please note: We do NOT handle anything other than PARROTS, if you have found sick/injured wildlife, click here to find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

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July 30, 2008

The Chicago, IL, mandatory spay/neuter ordinance vote was postponed due to unexpected opposition! Bob Barker mentions the San Antonio and Dallas, TX, ordinances in the same breath as the Los Angeles, CA, ordinance in the article -- something Texas certainly isn't proud of! (Go to the URL below for the entire article.)

Barker states:
"When we come to this wall which is seemingly impossible to get over, the only answer is legislation. .It's the obvious answer. .The movement for spay and neuter legislation is sweeping across this country. It's been compared to a tsunami," Barker said, noting that Los Angeles, Dallas and San Antonio have passed similar mandates.

To read the article, go to:
http://www.suntimes .com/news/ metro/1079813, pets072908. article
http://tinyurl. com/552xyd

July 29, 2008
Opposition to a proposed Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Breeder Permit Ordinance in Chicago, IL is heating up. The committee hearing is today. Coming to your city soon if it hasn't already!

International Kennel Club president Lou Auslander wrote a letter of opposition from the club to the committee members and placed a full page ad in the Chicago Tribune yesterday which is on their website:
www.ikcdogshow. com

RPOA received a copy of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association' s letter of opposition also but it hasn't been made public yet.

However the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association has issued a press release (see below) of very strong opposition to the ordinance. GO TO THE LINK below for even more information than is contained in the press release as there is an excellent compilation of facts to combat this type of legislation.
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Contact: Peter S. Weber, MS, CAE
Phone: (217) 546-8381        
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
July 28, 2008

The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) opposes the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance being proposed for the City of Chicago. The ISVMA opposes this proposed ordinance for the following reasons:

* There is not scientifically- based research that supports the proponent¹s argument that only intact animals bite.

* There is no conclusive evidence that mandatory spay/neuter programs work.

* This mandate would discourage pet owners from seeking rabies immunization if they are opposed to neutering/spaying and fear they will be reported. It is already a struggle to ensure the proper safeguards are in place to protect the public from rabies. Anything that makes rabies vaccination compliance more difficult should be seriously scrutinized.  Rabies is essentially a 100% fatal disease to humans, dogs and cats.

* There are not enough resources in Chicago to enforce mandatory spay/neuter in a meaningful way.

* With regard to creating a healthier pet, there are both positive and negative affects accrued from sterilization. It appears that benefits outweigh risks; however, there are many breed and individual dog variants, suggesting that professional judgment is required to determine whether and when to neuter/spay pets.

* Although the ordinance¹s stated goals to reduce the number of unwanted pets and gang activity are laudable, said Dr. Steve Dullard, ISVMA Legislative Committee Chair, the reality is that it will have no effect on these problems. Instead, it will create some serious public health concerns, cause many animals to be denied necessary health care, and will trample on the personal property rights of conscientious pet owners.

The -End-

http://www.isvma. org/member_ correspondence/ mandatory_ spay_neuter. doc

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