The Exotic Birds Sanctuary was dedicated to enhancing the life of companionship birds through education, rescue, and rehabilitation.
Here are some parrots that don’t need saving…
Not many people saw Prody Parrot (left). It was a talking character that was bundled with an old Soundblaster audio card. On the right, was Preedy Parrot, one of the Microsoft Agents, who spoke, made sounds and distracting gestures.
Being Involved in Parrot Rescue Brings Me Joy
I like animals and since childhood, I’ve always had pets of some kind. I’ve taken care of cats, dogs, hamsters and a wide range of other animals. Sometimes, they’ve taken care of me. I recently became friends with a parrot I decided to call Tim. He’s been living with me for several months now.
Tim adopted me after we met at the Parrot Rescue Center, where I work. We rescue animals but in his own way, Tim has rescued me. I think I was starting to get a little bored with my daily routine and since I am so fond of animals, it was hard getting along without that sort of companionship after my dog, Tequila, died. Tim’s antics never cease to amaze me and his curiosity inspires me to look at the world with fresh eyes.
My Work at the Center
I started working in Parrot Rescue back when I was in college. I had an older friend back then who had several parrots and when they died, the birds had nowhere to go. The parrots went to a center where they were first fostered then eventually adopted by a loving family. I eventually started volunteering at that shelter. After I moved to where I live now, I began volunteering at this one.
We spend a lot of time educating people in the community about parrots. We also encourage families to foster these loving birds or even adopt them. Some animals are sick and need extra special care. We provide that and can show other people how to attend to the unique issues that their own birds may have.
It’s lots of fun and sometimes it’s amazing to see how well the birds remember me when they come in for a visit weeks, months or even years after they first leave. We spend a lot of time with them and often go outside to let them explore. There’s a well-trained dog, named Alex, attached to the center that likes to play with them so we let them interact as long as the male parrots are not hormonal or aggressive. Alex has taught quite a few parrots to play fetch with sticks.
Some of the birds have a bad attitude when we first find them. However, with loving care, they usually develop into wonderful friends. They like being given activities that challenge their curious minds, and Tim is one example of that. He loves figuring things out and will spend quite a lot of time on a puzzle if given the chance.
A Healthy Diet? Not In This Lifetime
A few weeks ago I made the mistake of introducing Tim to pumpkin seeds. Life hasn’t been the same since. The parrot refuses to eat anything else. I know this isn’t good for him because they’re high in cholesterol and I’ve tried to make him go back to his regular food. He just sits there and stares at it when I do, giving me a mischievous look.
One day I finally caved after he refused to eat for a whole day. It’s a battle of wills and right now, he’s winning. For the life of me, I can’t understand where this bird picked up such an unhealthy eating habit. What’s with the pumpkin seeds?
Tim Goes on Strike- Literally
Tim has a habit of announcing when the milk truck is on its way. We have regular milk delivery in my community and my parrot likes the sound that the truck makes. He will start doing that particular call from the moment he hears the truck. He even does it while the milkman is at the door. One day, our regular milkman didn’t come.
Tim was perplexed. When he saw the other man he actually stopped singing, cocked his head to one side and watched him until the truck drove off. Nowadays, whenever our regular milkman takes a break and the other man comes, Tim stops singing when he sees him. He looks almost confused. He jumps around, peeks at him through the window and refuses to sing.
I don’t know how long Tim can subsist on his diet of pumpkin seeds but once I figure out a way to help him break the habit, he will have a balanced diet again. I think we make a good pair and as long as he doesn’t get too jealous over that other parrot he sometimes glimpses in the mirror, I think we’ll be together for a long time.
Below is the description of the original Ontario Parrot Rescue project.
Ontario Parrot Rescue was our name until we registered as a Not For Profit than we changed it to Freedom Flights Exotic Parrot Rescue/Sanctuary/Education.
Freedom Flights Exotic Parrot Rescue/Sanctuary/Education located 30 minutes from London Ontario. Our primary focus is on reducing the spread of diseases with rescue parrots, and improving avian health for the rescue parrots who come here. We do it by ensuring rescue parrots accepted to receive an immediate veterinary assessment, and the proper care.
Unfortunately, there are no hard-and-fast rules for parrot rescue procedures. So, with the many types of avian diseases that exist with rescue parrots, there is a serious risk of cross-contamination.
Freedom Flights Exotic Parrot Rescue/Sanctuary/Education, takes pride in their guiding principle; each rescued parrot will be seen by their vet. It is our firm belief not taking these safety precautions, with every rescue parrot arrival, is UNACCEPTABLE.
The purpose of our mandatory entry, level, and veterinary assessment is to reduce the risk of spreading diseases with rescue parrots. The decision to do this was made following feedback we received about poor parrot rescue habits. Much of what we found indicated their many cases in Ontario, were rescued parrots are not seen by a qualified vet, unless they appear ill.
Parrots, being true to their character do not always visibly exhibit signs of illness until the later stages of a disease. Unfortunately, in this scenario, what can occur is the infectious process spreads to other parrots? However, most infectious diseases are preventable by a proper screening of the rescue parrot.