Homeless Birds Get a Helping Hand
While most animal lovers recognize and understand the predicament of homeless cats and dogs, not as many realize the plight of abandoned pet parrots. Parrot Hope Rescue, a nonprofit organization in Mantua, Ohio, provides care and shelter to companion parrots that have been surrendered for a wide variety of reasons.
“Many parrots in homes today will outlive their owners, with some parrots living as long as 100 years,” states the organization’s website. “Parrots have also been in domesticated situations for a far shorter time than dogs or cats. This means that their behavior can be unpredictable to a pet owner expecting an animal as domesticated as a dog.”
Parrot Hope takes in surrendered birds, gives them a temporary home, helps rehabilitate the parrots’ behavior, and seeks permanent homes for the birds. And BirdWalk, a pet store in Painesville, Ohio, helps fund Parrot Hope’s efforts.
“Parrot Hope comes into our store about four times a year … and does bird grooming for donations to benefit their organization,” said Frank Ball, store owner.
Another popular event BirdWalk sponsors with Parrot Hope involves holiday photos.
“During the Christmas and Easter seasons, you can have your bird’s picture taken with Santa or the Easter Bunny,” Ball said. “The events are very popular with all the bird owners in the area.”