In the life of any Companion Parrot Rescuer and Advocate there will come a time when saying "No" will be the best word we could possibly have said. It is in our human nature to avoid saying "no" whenever possible or more convenient to do so. As a Companion Parrot Rescuer the word "No"has come to mean more then ever before in my life.
In the spring of the year the calls and email contacts always rise to unbelievable numbers from individuals wanting to surrender their Companions. The reasons run a wide and variable gamete but in the end it is another human wanting to surrender their feathered family member. A real Rescuer will consider each individual Parrot and the circumstances surrounding its surrender carefully. There must be times when a Rescuer says " No". There is a limit to every Rescues financial, physical and emotional capacity to take on more Companion Parrots. The vast majority of Rescues are run by individuals with the sole heart's desire to help displaced birds. As much as we wish to be able to help each and every Parrot in need, we have our limitations on available space, and the time and ability to provide the best possible home for one more Companion Parrot.
A true Rescuer will be a fountain of untapped knowledge in Parrot, care, husbandry, caging and rehabilitation and should be willing to work with individuals and families who contact them to discuss surrendering their Companion. A Rescuer must know and understand health care issues, correct dietary nutrition for various species of Parrots, behavioral issues and typical species specific personality traits. Often times these conversations can assist a troubled situation, allowing the Companion Parrot to remain in its present home.
At times the word " No" can change the situation and give cause for the Companion's Parent to seek help with the issues they are experiencing with their feathered family member rather then giving up and surrendering it to a Rescue. Not every surrender involves an unwanted and troubled Parrot, but a need for Companion Parent education and re-directing their focus from re-homing to changing how they relate to their companion. A devoted Rescuer should be willing to offer the Parent where possible guidance and solutions or to direct them to someone qualified in Avian behavior to give them correct information and help.
If a Rescuer is unwilling to say "No" it can quickly fall into a dangerous hoarding situation. No one individual Rescue can take in any and all displaced Parrots and provide for them to the very best possible for both emotional well being and dietary and Veterinarian routine care. A Rescuer who refuses to say "no" will burn-out fast from too much work-load and strain on finances leaving a rescue filled with surrendered Parrots in need of outside intervention.
I have quickly learned to consider each individual surrender with deep thought and consideration of my time and ability to provide for it to the best of my abilities. There are times when "No" is the only answer I can give, and I do so without guilt or regret. There are so many other ways I can offer assistance it is important to take advantage of all of them, including referrals to other reputable rescues and giving freely of y time to work with Parents to correct behavior issues which are often the cause of the decision to re-home their Companion.
Learning to say that one simple word, "No" can make the world of difference in providing your best for all the displaced Companion Parrots in your care. I have learned to utilize the knowledge I have acquired over years working with Parrots to help frustrated Parents in ways that often have the very best out-comes of them all. They are able to keep their feathered friends.