A Canadian Perspective

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A Canadian Perspective

There comes a time in our lives that we realize that we simply can't do our best without the help of our friends, family and colleagues.  We are all human, and we like to believe we can get the job done on our own, and it is just as true for those who devote their lives and hearts to working with rescued companion parrots. 

 I have known for many years that taking on the world is impossible. We still hope that what we do has an impact on others. We strive to do our best, offer our all to the program of rescue and rehabilitation of displayed parrots. Living both day and night in the midst of rescued companions drives home the deepest need for support and help from others within our life's circle.  In many respects, Canada is behind in its recognition of the necessity of parrot rescues and what their role in society is.  I find a great majority of individuals looking at me with a questioning gaze when the subject of Companion Parrot Advocacy comes into the conversation. 

During a recent medical emergency involving a rescued blue and gold macaw, Zeena, the truth became apparent that Canada is behind in its acceptance of companion parrot rescue and even further behind in its knowledge of the depth of human-parrot relationships.  When it became necessary to appeal to the general public for assistance to help with Zeena's emergency veterinary care, we were touched deeply by the outpouring of donations from our supporters and friends in the USA and abroad. We are forever grateful to each donor, and our thanks cannot be put into words. Although we did receive several donations from our Canadian supporters, several others emailed us asking what we actually do at a companion parrot rescue. 

In Canada, companion animal rescues for our furbearing friends have been in existence for a number of years. Their role and agenda is known by most residents and accepted as a necessary part of the companion animal community. Companion parrot rescues are still in their infancy, and unknown to the majority of Canadians. Sadly, many people have been misled to think that a companion parrot rescue is synonymous with breeder. Their image is a facility that sells parrots for profit or one that breeds baby birds to sell to the general public or through pet stores. 

 As parrot rescue in Canada develops and moves forward, we will need to do a greater amount of public relations work to spread the knowledge and broaden understanding of what we do and of our need for physical and financial support. Many Canadians do not fully acknowledge the need for on-going veterinary care for companion parrots, and are unaware of the great financial burden companion rescues face in Canada and abroad.

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