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Old 02-08-2017, 05:43 PM
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Re: Question about a rescue

Most of the rescues near me are closed . The ones open you have to be in a 120 mile radius and im not in that i have checked
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Re: Question about a rescue

That can be the frustration in trying to adopt from a rescue. In an effort to protect the birds some of the criteria they set can weed out potential good homes as well.


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Re: Question about a rescue

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Most of the rescues near me are closed . The ones open you have to be in a 120 mile radius and im not in that i have checked
Have you asked on her Facebook page? That is still active.
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:14 PM
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Yes I remember that story. And a very vivid picture of decaying birds on end tables next to soda cups.

I literally have nightmares where I let that happen! People get upset when I won't take in (well usually they actually want me to BUY) their birds, especially budgies. In the last 3 years I have fostered and rehomed over 30 budgies and I finally had to stop and only take in life and death situations because I couldn't find homes for them fast enough, aside from the other foster situations. Each rescuer has to know their limits and priorities. My house is at a much higher capacity than I would like because my sister and her 4 GCCs, 2 lovebirds, and 4 cockatiels are here as well as 3 long term fosters. For a while over the holidays I was emergency fostering 4 cockatiels, 2 lovebirds, 3 budgies and a GCC. All that on top of my own substantial flock. It was too much and I said so. I had to get extremely firm with some people over the situation. I also had to refuse to foster the 4 lovebirds and 4 conures that belong to the lady whose 2 cockatiels I'm fostering; I was only able to take the birds that she had from me.

It breaks my heart every time I have to turn someone away. It enrages me that's of these people bought a parrot when they moved here (Hawaii) and now "are moving and can't take the bird." Balogna. Taking birds back to the mainland is easier than taking human children, and somehow those never get left here. But as hard as it is, I CANNOT let myself get into a hole. Yes we are "over full" at the moment, but we have 3 people sharing the load of work to be sure everyone gets the care they need, and we know it is temporary. These situations give me nightmares.


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I completely understand, you can only do what you can do, and honestly if you take in fosters and put yourself over capacity, eventually the birds end up suffering because you can't give them the attention they need, and eventually, when it gets really out of control, even the best of intentions turn out very badly.

Usually the cases that end up like this woman in Ohio or this guy in NYC involve mental illness. I hear all kinds of jokes and smart remarks about "Hoarding", like people don't take it seriously. What some people don't realize is that this is a compulsion, an addiction. Getting one more animal brings them a feeling of satisfaction, and then another, and then another. They cross a line from wanting to help animals in need to satisfying a compulsive need within themselves. That's the point where the animals start to suffer. And if they are really good at hiding it, like this guy in New York, it can go on for years and years, until all of the animals are breeding out of control, are sick, are dying, they can't afford to feed them all, they have no time to clean them, etc. They need psychological help and usually they don't get it because nobody knows. This woman in Ohio used the disguise of a legitimate bird rescue as a front for her compulsion... Unfortunately it seems that she also had a prescription drug addiction, and she used most of the rescues donation money to support her habit.

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Re: Question about a rescue

Because of the emotional way animals effect us I think a lot of us could be at risk for slipping into an unhealthy situation. Here are some great questions for fosterers and rescuers to ask themselves:

1) am I mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially able to care for these animals AND MYSELF at the same time, and am I doing that?

2) are the animals living in adequate space and cleanliness? Even if I am keeping things clean, am I making sure the area isn't overcrowded?

3) am I actually moving birds (and all the other random pets) on to suitable homes and not allowing fosters to stay indefinitely? Can I give them up without trying to justify keeping "just one more"?

4) Regardless of how I perceive my home, how do other bird lovers perceive the level of care I provide? Are they concerned?

5) what will happen to my animals short term if I am incapacitated temporarily by illness or injury? Do I have a system in place to prevent their suffering if I personally cannot be the main caretaker for a day? Week? Month?

6) am I able to say no when someone asks me to take on an animal that I do not have time, space, money, or emotional energy to care for?

7) am I able to afford the appropriate vet care, nutrition, and other expenses involved in this venture, even if my car breaks down this week?



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