In the early 1990s, I met a woman who was involved in an early version of a parrot rescue organization. She was in the process of moving 250-plus parrots into a new home in an upscale area of San Diego. Some of the parrots were kept inside her house, but many were housed in outdoor aviaries. Although she had a substantial amount of property, some of her aviaries backed up onto a chain link fence that separated her property from her neighbor’s.
If I remember correctly, the birds received excellent care, but, being that these were parrots, the noise factor was often unbearable. After several months, she was forced to move because of numerous noise complaints from her neighbors. This caught the attention of the local media, which followed her story on and off for a few more years through several additional moves until she finally found property in a rural area.
When I started Parrot Education & Adoption Center (PEAC) several years later, I remembered the valuable lesson I learned about the noise created by an overabundance of parrots all in one place. I didn’t want to have to keep moving from place to place, but how could I avoid that fate? The answer — foster volunteers!
What Is Fostering?
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Foster situations are always needed by rescue organizations to provide a bird with the transitional care it needs and deserves. Parrots end up in rescue organizations primarily because of changes in their owners’ lifestyles. In many cases, the parrot develops a behavioral problem as a result of the lifestyle change and the people no longer want to deal with it. It is imperative that a parrot be removed from a home as soon as this happens to avoid long-term behavior problems.
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