- Jul 20, 2022
- I have previously owned one cockatiel and two budgies. I currently own one sulphur crested cockatoo
I watched the videos and now I'm starting to be skeptical.So I'll make this quick, or try to anyway. There is a certain parrot "Vlogger" on YouTube that many of us are aware of and have been critical of, myself included, who is actually doing a wonderful thing in trying to help a parrot family in severe need, so I told her that I would post about it here with a link to their GoFundMe Account.
There is a mother and her teenage son, Mary and Jacob, who have a Greenwing Macaw named Sam. Sam is Jacob's Certified Service Animal (not an ESA, but an actual Service Animal that has been trained to alert Jacob to oncoming health issues), as Jacob suffers from Autism, Epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, and Schizophrenic Tendencies (all professionally diagnosed and being treated). Sam has been with Mary and Jacob since he was a baby, and was professionally trained to be Sam's Service-Animal, part of which was Free-Flight Training Sam from a baby. Sam alerts Jacob to oncoming seizures, as well as to potential safety situations when Jacob is outside by himself (traffic dangers, stranger dangers, etc.). Sam allows Jacob to have much more independence than he would ever be able to have without him, and he also gives Mary some piece of mind, as well as rest.
Sam was recently diagnosed with Heavy Metal Poisoning. Without going into the massive amount of details, Mary has taken Sam to 4 different Avian Vets throughout the Los Angeles/Southern California area. Sam underwent the standard Chelation-Therapy, by a round of 10 injections and then with the aid of milk/eggs. Sam's metal levels after Chelation show that his lead levels are normal, but his Zinc is through the roof, and this is because he has bits of metal (as well as something else that is not metal, still unidentified) lodged inside of his lower GI Tract and inside of his Crop that are too large to pass. Sam must now have a very dangerous and costly surgery to remove the remaining large pieces of metal from both his Crop and his Intestines that the Chelation could not help pass, before Sam dies of Zinc poisoning. The first 3 Avian Vets that Mary took Sam to absolutely refused to do the surgery due to the danger, and suggested other long, horrible treatments, as well as euthanasia. The fourth vet that they took Sam to is the one who is going to do the surgery...but they don't have the funds. EDIT: I didn't realize when I first wrote this post that Mary has already spent over $4,000 on vet care with the 3 prior vets since Sam became sick! All of Mary's savings and the entire personal loan that she took out are already gone; Mary has a total of $500 left, and the entire total to save Sam's life is right around $2,200...As of the time I'm writing this edit, the GoFundMe is at $230 of the needed $2,200...So any little bit that we can give will help them tremendously. This vet is the only Avian Vet willing to go in and do the necessary Endoscopy, as Chelation did not work, and the vet is unable to go any lower on the price of the surgery, nor will they allow them to make payments (apparently this was discussed)....
To make things worse, Mary is legally blind and cannot legally drive, so she has been relying upon Uber to take them all over Southern California for these Avian Vet visits, and one Uber driver named Alexandria (yes, I'm calling her out) silently went ahead and charged Mary's card an extra $80 after the trip was over, because Sam had gotten sick and vomited ON MARY'S LAP while they were sitting in the back of Alexandria's car. When they arrived at Mary's home they looked at the seat and Alexandria herself told Mary "don't worry about it, there's nothing on the seat, it's all on you", and apparently there wasn't even that much vomit on Mary, it's not like parrots vomit up large amounts. Then the next day, Mary got a message from Uber stating that "A mess occurred on your ride with Alexandria yesterday that required her to get her ENTIRE CAR DETAILED at a cost of $80, which was just charged to your card"...So yes, Alexandria the Uber driver in the Los Angeles area got a free $80 detail to her entire car on Mary's bank card because Sam vomited a small amount on Mary's lap...And I'm sorry Alexandria the Uber driver, but even if some of the vomit from Sam did in fact get on your seat, which you told Mary it hadn't, but even if it did, a bottle of Resolve Cleaner and a rag would have cost you $4! That was just a kick in the ass for Mary.
Sam has had multiple imaging tests, blood work panels, cultures, and been on tons of medications. Mary has already spent her entire savings and has also gone to her bank and taken out a personal loan for the highest amount that she could. She spent her entire month's paycheck last month on Sam's care, and now the surgery to save his life is going to cost thousands of dollars. I believe that the GoFundMe page for Sam lists a goal of only $2,000-$3,000, as the personal loan that Mary took out will cover the rest. And they know that Sam may not make it through the surgery anyway. So they need some help.
To her credit, Caronlin Von Petzholdt has been driving Mary, Jacob, and Sam to Sam's last few Vet appointments, as the current Avian Vet that is going to do the surgery is a 2-hour drive one-way from Mary's house; Carolin lives over an hour from Mary to begin with, so she has been getting up before dawn, driving over an hour to Mary's house, then another 2 hours from Mary's to the Vet's office, then back again; this is the only way that Sam could have made it to this Avian Vet that is willing to try and help Sam, as Mary could have never afforded to hire a driver for that long a trip. So Carolin deserves a lot of credit and thanks for trying to help them in any way she can, I know she's also helping them financially and buying them groceries, etc. So thank you Carolin.
I'm going to add the link to Sam's GoFundMe page as soon as I get it from Carolin, she is going to post it on her YouTube page and under all of her videos once it's up and running. So look for the link sometime today. Anyone that can help with even $1, it's much appreciated. We all know what it's like to lose a fid, but Sam is a necessary part of Jacob's everyday life, without Sam, Jacob cannot do simple things like cross the street or go into a McDonald's safely by himself.
This is the link to the a video that Carolin posted with the first visit with the fourth Avian Vet that saw Sam and is currently treating him, and who is eventually going to do the surgery:
[ame="[MEDIA=youtube]hEIr5181T-0:279[/MEDIA]"]THIS BIRD HAS HEAVY METAL POISONING! - YouTube[/ame]
EDIT: So I can't post the link to Sam's GoFundMe page here, as it's against forum rules, but the link above to Carolin Von Petzholdt's YouTube video will take you to the place you can make a donation for Sam. Simply click on the very top "Title" above the video that starts with the word "YouTube" and it will take you to the YouTube video page.
The son and the bird are absolutely great and I feel Sam is perfect for Jacob as a therapy animal.
But the mother isn't very polite and she seems to be just saying things for publicity.
I feel really bad for Sam and Jacob.
I'm autistic too but I would never let anyone treat me and my cockatoo the way that mother treats her son and macaw.