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Complete Psittacine by EB Cravens

Parrots magazine January 2011

What To Do about the Rescue and Adoption Dilemma?

Last month I discussed points concerning a return visit to our small local rescue sanctuary out here on Big Island Hawaii.  I suggested certain characteristics of the psittacines that come to inhabit such facilities and mentioned that persons in the parrotkeeping community should take time out to visit such a site to see for themselves all the happiness and sadness intertwined therein.

But in the longer term, what is specifically needed is a group of solutions in aviculture to alleviate negative aspects of re-homing and try and help birds and owners alike to sustain permanent relationships in their homes.  Given that there is a significant problem with overcrowding or need for more cages at many parrot adoption/refuge centers, and considering the fact that many of the birds inhabiting such facilities are mentally and/or physically problematic in some ways, what can we, as caring birdkeepers, do to help alleviate the problem in the years ahead?  Certainly, any solutions must be both fundamental and cooperative amongst all those involved.

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