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How PRC Helps Parrots

Parrot Resource Centre made a difference to these and many other parrots and caregivers:

Babs, ON; Budgies, SK; Ahboo, BC; Caleb, US; Coco, AB; Daquiri, AB; Ellie, AB; Mace, New Brunswick; Nicky Pickle, AB; Pablo, BC; Peepers, SK; Victor, ON; Captain, ON; Jewel, BC; Oni, ON; Henry, ON; Zack, ON; Lucky, ON; Chico, BC; Pickles, AB; Marley, AB/BC; Petey, ON/AB; Ms. Charlie, UK; Mr. Charlie, USA; Amber, ON; Amy, ON; Kodiak, ON; Percy, ON; Sammy, ON/AB; Quaker, ON/AB; Missy, BC; Amy, ON; Rasco, ON; Lilly Lu, BC; Kimmie, the United Kingdom; Pearl, the Maritimes; Petey 2, AB; Chico, Pablo, Leroy, Mickey, Peaches, Gopal, Boobert, KoKo, Ginger, Bart, Sally Corkabelle, Kiwi, Oliver, Laura, Dan, Mikey, Graycie, Sparky, Lucy, Petey, Mr. Magoo, Blizzard, Sierra, Greycie, Sadie, Brat, George, Lovie, Nathaniel, Radar, 7 Up and Pepsi, and directly with the adoption/placement of 81 birds from the permanently closed World Parrot Refuge (fall 2016). We step up when birds are in need, that is where your generous donations go – all those involved with PRC are 100% volunteers.

A few of the organizations we have assisted:

Falconridge Veterinary Clinic, Devon Humane Society, Lazicki’s Birdhouse & Rescue, Nanton Rescue, Lenny’s Lair Cockatiel Sanctuary, Birdline Canada, Weary Wings Parrot Refuge, Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary, F.E.A.T.H.E.R.S., Saskatoon Parrot Rescue, Feathered Haven Parrot Rescue, Night Owl Bird Hospital, Meika’s Safehouse.

Click below to read about some of the birds your donations have helped:

7 Up and Pepsi, World Parrot Refuge Survivors Reunited With Owner

It was the successful and tireless search by Dr. Anne McDonald and WPR employees and the fund raising of PRC, which saw the reuniting of 7 Up, an 18 year old Red Lored Amazon, to his original owner from Northern Alberta. During his several years at the permanently closed WPR, on Vancouver Island, 7 Up made friends with Pepsi, a Blue Fronted Amazon. Both were removed from the rat infested facility, the family would not separate the two Amazons, who helped each survive at WPR.

When WPR was ordered closed by authorities in the summer of 2016, Gloria Fantin contacted the original owner of 7 Up who had taken 7 Up to Gloria’s home in Calgary in 2010, awaiting transport to WPR. At that time Gloria was a volunteer for WPR.

7 Up and Pepsi were admitted to Night Owl Bird Hospital on June 23, they were released on July 28 for reuniting with the family, following their cargo flight from Vancouver to Edmonton. Pepsi was very ill, she suffers from Papilloma, a virus transmittable to other birds.

Their total avian vet invoice was $1976.59, PRC raised, through YouCaring $1015 and paid the remainder, as well as the flight. The owner was not in a financial position to cover the medical care however was eager to take both into their loving  home.

PRC thanks those that donated to their medical care, Dr. Anne McDonald and her team, WPR employees who found 7 Up in the facility with 583 other birds, Maria Callas for transporting to the Vancouver airport and Patti Deby for waiting their arrival on the Edmonton tarmac.

Dexter, Meyer's Parrot

Dexter, was hatched June 12, 2005, he was rehomed many times and suffered injuries along the way. Finally he met Marlene Picard, Mooghie Bird Rescue, Quebec.

“You can see the mended broken wing hanging lower than normal. Dexter came to us from another Refuge in December 2014. We immediately took him to our avian vet Dr. G for a physical exam and tests. He had two older injuries that we could see right away: a missing lower right leg and a damaged left foot. He also had a more recent injury, a broken wing that had already started to reset. We put his wing in a cast for about 6 weeks to help the healing. His white cell count was high the results of a very bad sinus infection that had never been treated and had damaged the structure of his skull. He was seen by the vet for the next few months weekly to get the sinus infection under control. Even though there is now no outward sign of an infection, his nare fills up with mucus every day. Dr. G recommended a scan to determine if there is some damage to the sinus pathways preventing the clearing up of the mucus normally or if there is another underlying cause for example a ball of infection deeper into the sinuses”. Marlene.

In early August 2015, Dexter had the required surgery to allow him to breath easier. It was with your generous donations that we were able to help wee Dexter. Thank you.

Sadly, Dexter flew over rainbow bridge in late 2016 following an accident.

Amy-Lynn - Moluccan Cockatoo - Fly Free Sweetie

It was the fund raising efforts of PRC and supporters that enabled this sweet Moluccan Cockatoo to enjoy better health, if only for a very short time. She was admitted to Centre Veterinaire Laval on November 3, 2014 for intermittent cloacal bleeding over a period of one month (see PDF from Clinic) and euthanized June 1, 2015 at the request of Diane Dwyer, the individual Amy-Lynn had been surrendered to in fall 2014.

Amy-Lynn’s medical care was $7,000 and her euthanasia and private cremation $311.25, all paid for by PRC fundraising, with a credit of $139.20 left on Ms. Dwyer’s account at Lynwood Animal Hospital. PRC was not advised of Amy-Lynn’s passing!

 

 

 

Amber - Moluccan Cockatoo - Fly Free Sweetie

It was the fund raising efforts of PRC and supporters that enabled loving Amber to receive the avian medical care and surgery required  when she was surrendered to Lovie Doves Bird Rescue in the fall of 2014. Her history is sketchy, we do know she was well loved at one time, surrendered some years ago and eventually ended up with untreated wing injuries in a hoarding environment, until Lovie Doves accepted her unconditionally.

Unexpectedly Amber died on January 25, 2015, she was recovered and doing very well.

From: Delphine Laniesse, University of Guelph

Date: April 3, 2015 at 2:30:45 PM EDT

Subject: Re: Amber Necropsy Results

I hadn’t heard back from the pathologists but I just checked on the AHL website, and I found the report. I copy pasted the conclusion underneath. Unfortunately, the cause of sudden death could not be identified, it is very strange… She did have some atherosclerosis, but it seemed to be mild, but a cardiovascular disease is still a possibility

I am sorry that we couldn’t give you a more precise answer. At least no contagious disease was identified…

Sincerely,

Dr Laniesse

A cause for the sudden death of this bird was not determined from this analysis. Although bacterial colonies were noted in the right wing wound, evidence of sepsis was not apparent. Very mild changes are present in great vessels, which are in no way supportive of an acute cardiovascular crisis. It is possible that the autolysis and freeze-thaw artefact present in these tissues could have obscured subtle lesions. The evidence of enlarged parathyroid glands in a non-gravid female bird could indicate dietary calcium imbalance. The other lesions described in the histopathology section are mild and not considered to be significant with regards to the death of this animal. The small, discrete granulomatous nodules noted in a single intra-thoracic nerve next to the air sacs are curious and were not observed in any other peripheral nerves, tissues, or the central nervous system. An acid fast stain was requested to rule out the possibility of intra cellular acid fast organisms in these nodules and was negative. A Perl’s Prussian blue iron stain was requested for the liver to rule out the possibility of iron pigmentation and was also negative indicating that this pigment is likely either lipofuscin or bile.

 

 

Bart aka Laura - Blue Fronted Amazon

bart-lauraThis is Bart aka Laura, a Blue Fronted Amazon, who was in foster care with the Parrot Resource Centre for many months early in 2013, while his guardian waited for the US Fish and Wildlife CITES documentation to allow Bart/Laura into the US (he will be travelling to and from Canada and the US on a regular basis and required CITES from both countries and a Pet Passport).

Bart/Laura was reunited with his guardian in early May and will be departing for Nevada late fall. Safe travelling!

If you need to know what is required to travel outside of Canada with your parrot contact PRC.

Notice the white haze on Bart/Laura’s right eye, that is a cataract.

Dan – Congo African Grey

Dan after his bathMy parents had bought an African Grey about 31-32 years ago. They have since, been unable to care for him and I (their daughter) have tried to take over the responsibility of this parrot.

I have had him for over a year and I can not seem to bond with him as he always wants to bite. I protect myself now by wearing a leather glove, however, when I let him out of the cage, he has chewed up all my baseboards to my new home that I moved into only 4 years ago. The dust that comes from his feathers is endless and so much work.

Needless to say, I am disappointed. More so, with myself because I work full-time and live a busy life. Dan (the parrot) must be thriving for attention. Personally, I am ashamed to think that my parents have bought a bird that belongs in the wild. I feel really bad for these animals that have been captured and are held in a small cage for most of their lives.

I am so desperate for Dan. I want what’s best for him. I have mixed feelings and want to keep him but I feel I am doing him no good by having him caged. Is it wrong to think of having him surrendered to a sanctuary for birds? After 32-33 years old, would he die being introduced to so many strange birds after living a solitude life? Or would it be a dream come true for him?

Please help! What would you suggest or who could I talk too about my situation.

Eileen D.

Update: Eileen is learning about parrots and ABA, along with foraging and diet.

Ginger - Citron Cockatoo

gingerWe were introduced to Ginger, a 40+ year-old Citron Cockatoo, when her owner was seeking help when his living arrangements were in turmoil. After visiting the family, PRC realized Ginger was in dire need of a new cage, however her guardian was not in a financial position to make the investment.

Ginger and the family have been together for all those years, PRC decided to help. We are excited to announce Ginger now has a new Hagen Chateau Playtop Cage!

Thank you to Donna D, Catherine G., Becky M. for your unsolicited donations toward Ginger’s new cage. Also the great folks at Rolf C. Hagen. PRC also held a fund raising garage sale June 15 and 16, 2013, in total $254.96 was donated towards the $346.50 cage cost. Ginger lives in a foster mom Carol G. in Calgary while her caretaker deals with life changes.

Corkabell - Little Corella or Bare Eyed Cockatoo

9532312_origParrot Resource Centre provided support to an individual experiencing challenges with Corkabell (January 2013).

A gently used/donated cage, pellets, toys and educational printed material and one-on-one communication have helped the family and Corkabell. Corkabell had been living, for over 20 years, in a small cockatiel cage on a seed based diet. She is much loved in her present home, PRC will continue to stay in contact with the family and Corkabell.

In the photo (left to right) is Gloria Fantin, Corkabell and Judy Foster.

Brat - Senegal

brat01We have a 37+ yr old, male, Senegal parrot named Brat. He has developed cataracts. We are looking for any information on vets that do cataract surgery, is it the right thing to do, what the cost and results are. Are the results worth the risk.

We have had Brat for 37 1/2 yrs. Not sure of his history prior to that but he was a wild caught bird as far as we know (we had no clue back then). He was young, did not have his adult colors yet but was not a baby. I’m guessing maybe a year old or maybe two not sure. We would appreciate any help or information you can provide.

Sincerely, Pete and Rose S., Beldenville, Wi

Thank You! You have been so helpful. I did find a local vet that I took Brat to. He’s been working with parrots since the 70’s. He agreed with you..no surgery..not worth the risk. He said to just keep doing what we are doing and that Brat is very healthy other than the cataracts. Brat is adapting to his handicap. We had redesigned his jungle gyms(he has never lived in a cage) several months back when we first discovered he was having vision problems. Lots more ladders and I will also be adding some ropes. I will contact the person you suggested but have not done so as yet and I will let you know.

Sparky - Male Eceletus - Flying With Angels

3294003_origPRC donated a Collar to help Sparky and his guardians with his recovery from picking under his wings. Sparky continues with serious health issues.

On December 25, 2013 Sparky flew over rainbow bridge unexpectedly while in the care of his avian veterinarian. The initial necropsy revealed Sparky suffered from cardiovascular disease – he was a young 8 years! Sparky had made incredible progress with his health and the death was a shock to his dedicated caregivers and avian vet. Rest in peace sweetie.

Kiwi - Double Yellow Headed Amazon

kiwiOn March 4, 2013 Kiwi had her first visit to an avian veterinarian at Calgary North Veterinary Hospital, where Dr. Richard Weger performed a complete health checkup (including comprehensive blood profile, poop tests and skin cytology) on Kiwi (who was very well behaved).

Kiwi was taken from an abusive home by someone who knew little about parrots BUT did recognize abuse and did something about it. The guardian contacted PRC to be educated on how to take proper care of Kiwi. PRC met with the family, taking Kiwi a care package of Harrison pellets, good seed mix, toys, perches and parrot information. When we met Kiwi and saw her condition and the scabs on her feet/legs an appointment with Dr. Weger was made. The family was not in a financial position to cover the costs and we asked you, our supporters and fellow parrot lovers for help. Thanks to donations from Bernadette B., Marie C., Gloria F., Judy F., Bill F., Kelsey K., Bev P., Kelly P., Cheryl R., Kylene S. $448.23 was raised. The initial visit was $402.75 with the subsequent follow-up visit $54.87, at which time Kiwi was given a clean bill of health from Dr. Weger. Kiwi continues to improve! Photo is at the April vet visit.

On July 6th Bonnie and Kiwi, along with musician volunteers, held a special event in Calgary to raise awareness of parrots as pets, fundraise, share a delicious pot-luck meal, enjoy live music and have fun. Bonnie thank you for raising $353!

Kiwi Update January 2014:

“Every morning we look out the window to see if we can see any birds or squirrlels. This is so neat. She is so much more social. Now she talks more to people, rides on my shoulder and watches parrot videos, and talks on the phone, makes kissy noise, and best of all lets me tickle her tummy. Everything is good. ” Bonnie.

She is one happy bird … eating healthy and foraging with toys … no lesions on her feet or body! Great work Bonnie and Kiwi … we are very happy for both of you!

Pablo - Senegal
9941385_origHe started to chew on the bottom of his feet quite severely back in September so I brought him to his vet (Dr.McDonald at Night Owl in Vancouver BC) and he’s had a lot of tests done including a skin biopsy and a leg muscle biopsy. It seems he’s got vasculitis brought on by an autoimmune response. He’s on gabapentin and meloxicam at the moment, in addition to that he wears a collar and we keep his feet bandaged to discourage him from chewing on them until we get the root problem cleared up. He doesn’t have any open wounds on his feet anymore so the bandages are only there to protect his feet from himself. It would be nice there was a sort of shoe or slipper that he could wear instead of constantly having to wrap his feet in bandages. I’m not even sure if there is anything like that on the market. PRC sent Pablo a Collar at no charge.
George – Red Lored Amazon

georgeThank you for your expertise PRC! I don’t feel so guilty now!

With much appreciation,

Linda and “Mr.” George

Hominy - Indian Ring Neck

hominy02Surrender to Greyhaven Exotic Bird Rescue:

Hominy has 2 toes on one foot taped and doesn’t perch on that foot much. The bite marks on her head and back look like they are healing. Dr M, at Night Owl Bird Hospital is quite pleased with her progress so far and is quite confident she’ll learn to eat.

Dr M would like to use the picture as long as it’s in an educational manner and it’s used to let people know what can happen when birds are left unattended. She did say this type of injury is sadly not uncommon, sometimes inflicted by another bird, sometimes due to a hazard in the home such as doors.

She would like this to be reminder to never leave your birds unattended and to not allow different species to have contact with each other. $200 donation (December 2012) to help with medical expenses.

Read more about Hominy on Greyhaven’s page here.

Bob & Peter - Umbrella Cockatoos

bob-peterA $130 was contributed to the purchase of Hagen cockatoo/macaw cages for these two rescue Cockatoos with behavioural issues. Both are doing well at their homes in B.C. Canada.

Thank you to Rolf C. Hagen for their part to provide Bob and Peter suitable cages 2012.

Mr. Magoo - Moluccan Cockatoo

9546958_origJust over $900 raised by PRC supporters to assist with cataract eye surgery to restore vision to Mr. Magoo, a wild caught M2 who was rescued from a breeding facility in 2010.

The May 11, 2012 surgery was successful and Mr. Magoo is able to live out his life with limited vision restored to one eye.

Lazicki's Birdhouse & Rescue

4282932_origWhen PRC was invited to work with Crazy Bird Ladies (CBL) to ensure the continued operation and survival of 150 parrots at Lazicki’s Birdhouse & Rescue we immediately said yes!

Right off the hop, PRC donated $600 which was applied to an outstanding fuel bill to heat the building the birds live in.

Spring 2013 PRC donated $800 of parrot pellets, seeds for the birds at the rescue.

PRC contacted and worked directly to obtain donation pellets for the parrots from these wonderful companies: Goldenfeast, Harrison’s, Lafeber, Rolf C. Hagen, Roudybush. THANK YOU!

 

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PRC Special Cases

PRC provides on-going, long-term financial medical support for the following birds, Chico and Sadie. Babs, received over $7,000 of needed avian medical care prior to flying over rainbow bridge in 2016.  Click their photos to read their stories.

Parrot Resource Centre is there in catastrophic events

In 2013, Calgary and the surrounding area suffered devastating rains in June, which led to massive flooding. A state of emergency was declared: RCMP evacuated people from their homes, and many were forced to leave without any warning.

Those rescued had to leave their pets behind. One of the hardest hit areas was High River, Alberta, Canada.

The Parrot Resource Centre took in many birds whose guardians were not able to take their companions to safety when they were forced by the RCMP to evacuate (some weren’t even at home when this happened), or birds who were found in homes without food or water for days and weeks.

Read more here.

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