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.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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