THE WORLD PARROT REFUGE, COOMBS, BC ALSO ON FACEBOOK – AMENDED 🙂
Hi, This is a message from Wendy from the World Parrot Refuge, in Coombs , BC
Please pass on to others – would be much appreciated
Thanks so much
A Home For Life
This doesn’t sound like much if you say it fast, but it really means a lot to a living being that is on the pet go around. When you live for up to 75 years that can be a lot of homes and a lot of times hearing “Good-Bye”.
Parrots are like people, they are family oriented. In their natural environment they would spend every day of their lives with their extended families. When they are made to be pets they accept people as their family – and when lives change they get sold or given away to another family. That is hard for people, can you imagine how difficult it is for a parrot who does not even speak your language.
For 20 years we have been providing a Home For Life for all the parrots that are surrendered to us. These beautiful birds meet other birds and form a natural flock. They get to fly whenever they want to, and they are never ever alone. We want to do this for another 20 years and another 20 after that, however this does cost a lot of money. We always explain to people that it costs an average of $500 per year to care for a parrot here – regardless of the size or species of parrot. So far this year we have received 103 parrots. 73 of these birds were welcomed even though they came in with no funding whatsoever. 11 of them came in with a token donation that would be lost in the cost of a lunch for 4 people. This means that 80% of the incoming birds this year alone, were left to us to find the means to support them. During the 20 years we have been caring for these parrots we have seen the donations shrink dramatically, directly related to the global financial situation. In fact many birds have come in because people cannot afford to keep them any longer. They come in from all over Canada .
We have the most caring staff who work here for minimum wage and the love of the birds they are able to help. But they do have to be paid. We also have to pay for food for the birds and of course Hydro. We can no longer do this alone. We do need your help. If only we could get one dollar from every British Columbian each year, we could continue to provide the best life ever for these parrots. What is a dollar, it doesn’t do much on its own, it doesn’t even buy a coffee. But collectively from you, your family and friends it can make a world of difference for those who are unable to make money themselves.
The World Parrot Refuge is the only sanctuary of its kind in the world. And it is here in BC. And it received the prestigious International Award for Compassion. The only thing missing – is your help.
Please check out www.worldparrotrefuge.org and see how much has been achieved by a few people who really care and who truly have Made a Difference.