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Old 09-11-2019, 04:15 PM
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SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

For some reason I have really started to worry about where Sass will end up when I am gone. I want to do everything I can to ensure she is placed with someone who will love her and treasure her as much as I do & work to keep up the routines and lifestyle she is accustomed to.

I am creating a hard copy & digital “life story” that will include her history and just about everything that is important to her. I’m including a video of us playing “peekaboo” at night (she has trouble falling asleep without playing this), how she likes her baths, favorite food & treats, her favorite recipes, what she doesn’t like, what her calls mean, etc. My goal is a little “SassyByrd Book” that can be updated over the years that will help any new “parents” out and make things as smooth as possible when the time comes.

What are other people doing in regards to future plans? Any advice on finding the “right” new parents? I know my daughter could take her in a pinch but how to find someone appropriate that has a PASSION for parrots? Do you think setting something up with a well established rescue is a good idea? Im thinking if I do this and leave a little fund to help with her care until new parents are found might be an idea. Im sure others out there have given more thought to this than me and I would love to hear your plans and ideas. Btw, Im not planning on going anywhere anytime soon, it’s just that life happens when you least expect it and I don’t want all these lives that depend on me to be caught off guard! Hopefully the Sass and I will be together for the next 30 plus years!
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:21 PM
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

This isn't really Amazon specific. I bet if you search you might find this has been discussed in other forums here.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:24 PM
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

I find myself thinking along these same lines a lot, regarding my boys Trigger and Yoda. Trigger especially is likely to outlive me. My problem is, I have brothers and sisters and they've got plenty of kids, but I've had almost no contact with any of them for a very very long time.

I bet a lot of other PF folk have felt this way. I wonder if we could start up some sort of God-Parront program or something...
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:58 PM
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

Definitely have thought about this and not sure what I’m going to do myself - my birds likely won’t outlive me, but things happen and there’s no excuse for my not having planned for that. I should have a plan for them!

The sanctuary/rescue that I volunteer at does have birds that owners made arrangements in advance and have left a trust for their care. That being said....I don’t feel like that’s a great arrangement for all birds, and most would be happier in a home with a family. But I do think that this is a good option in some situation and is far better than them having an uncertain future.

Squeekmouse - that’s actually an intriguing idea to set up a PF God-parront program .
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:28 PM
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

An age old problem, no pun intended. Make sure you are ancient before passing!

A lot of folks contemplate mortality, kudos for addressing the situation while younger. I suspect you are on the right track; family as possibility but a more durable environment such as rescue as best for Sass. Having a fund is ideal, you'll likely need legal guidance to ensure it does not get squandered or administered incorrectly.
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:08 AM
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

I never thought of a sanctuary as an option? In a sanctuary setting, do they have frequent interaction with humans? Cairo doesn't understand that he's a bird - he's quite nervous around other birds in fact - and he prefers humans. He absolutely loves trick training and flying (indoors and outdoors), so that kind of quality time is something I would want for him.

Where we are currently, we're somewhat part of the local parrot community. And I've been fortunate to meet some people (breeders and groomers) who would either be able to take him in or be able to place him with people they trust.

But I know if we shift to the US, that will all change and I would worry more. I second having a PF-godparront program - I've noticed it happening organically already
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

I think about this too. My health generally sucks Amy has really only known me since mom passed away 13 yrs ago. My brother is in much better health and four years older but he really isn't a "bird person".. my son wouldn't want Amy or BB. Amy likes other birds so maybe a sanctuary..hurts a lot to think about it.



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Old 09-12-2019, 06:01 PM
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

I did a bit of reading on wills and trusts for pets, and I found a couple of good resources. I haven't yet found anything about how to find a Godparent or organizing some sort of Godparront matching thing. I'm going to have to think and research some more about it, but I think I might be on to something...

I'm brainstorming here, so anyone feel free to chime in.

I envision an ongoing thread where folks can post their interest in either finding or being a Godparront, (or both even!). I think the matching would have to be located in the same area of the world, realistically. I know a lot of us are quite leary of sharing personal information with 'strangers' met over the interwebs, so it definitely couldn't be something as simple as a couple of posts in the thread and Bam! Done. The thread would just be a way to find/volunteer/make initial contact, and would have to be followed up with private messages, then emails, video-conference, calls, and eventually meeting in person.

I think in general, anyone who wants to join in would have to:

Parront should:
  1. Have a will that establishes what should happen to the fids and supplies for the fids.
  2. Set up some kind of trust for the fids.
  3. Consider how transportation of the above would happen.
  4. Keep good records of the fid's health, diet, quirks, important info to be provided to the Godparront.

Godparront should:
  • Meet the Parront and fids at least once.
  • Be experienced with bird care.
  • Make arrangements for what will happen to the fids after the Godparront.
  • Agree to make every effort to never sell/give/transfer the fids to someone else, unless due to extreme/emergency/terminal circumstances.

What'd'yall think?
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

Here's the interesting articles I found:

Pet Wills and Pet Trusts for Your Pup - InsuranceQuotes.org

https://aldf.org/article/establishin...-your-animals/

All My Children Wear Fur Coats - An Pet Estate Planning Book- Leaving a Legacy For Your Pet
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Re: SassyByrds Future (when I’m gone)

Great resources....thanks for looking into this further (I think it is a great idea). And thanks for starting this discussion....unpleasant to think about, but very important.
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