Happy New Year
from all your friends at RIPR!
A message from our Director
Happy New Year to you all! We here at RIPR hope that everyone of you has a fantastic 2017 as we finally say goodbye to 2016, a somewhat tumultuous year for us. As most of you know, September 16 th was a day that changed the landscape of our rescue for the rest of our year as well as our staff. Responding to a call for a hoarding situation led to us doing an emergency intake of over 117 birds in very poor condition. In the weeks that followed, we painfully watched as seven beautiful birds died from starvation, dehydration and neglect because of their ordeal. The rescue, usually filled with the nonstop chatter of birds, was eerily silent as our new residents gazed out at strange new faces. What these birds had gone through was unimaginable and the emotional stress on our volunteers was evident as they worked tirelessly throughout the days taking care of the survivors. It was their dedication and loving care that slowly coaxed their voices to sing out once again.
Now, three months later, when you walk through the doors you hear the sing song chatter and voices calling out their raucous greetings, singing to us and each other and it truly makes your heart sing. How these parrots with their incredible intelligence could rehabilitate so well is nothing short of a miracle to us all. We think we are rehabilitating them but in fact it may be the other way around at times. Patience, trust, taking time to get to know them on their terms…all good lessons for us all as we move into the new year.
But it was YOU, our donors and supporters, who really made all this possible! Donations came in from everywhere in the US and the UK as people heard of the tragedy. Local people and businesses brought food for the volunteers who were working 24/7 the first few weeks, towels, bird food, toys, cages, and monetary donations to help with the burgeoning expenses our rescue now faced. The friendly faces of local supporters made the days bearable as we stood helplessly watching some of these beautiful birds die. Quite a few became volunteers themselves and are now part of our rescue family.
As we head into 2017 we are hoping for a resolution for the Weston birds who have been here in limbo since September. Many of them are ready to go to new homes and some still have a way to go in their rehabilitation. RIPR volunteers are an amazing group of people who came together in an incredibly stressful situation and did an outstanding job. After all, who trains for an intake of over 100 birds in one day. The mistakes made, lessons learned will prove invaluable as we move forward this year. We will continue to develop our educational programs, working with local schools and organizations to educate the public on living successfully with companion parrots. We will also continue to network and support other rescue organizations in our collective efforts to make the lives of these companion parrots the best that we can. We’ve all learned so much in the past three months and are not only forever changed but determined to make a difference in the lives of not only these birds, but to all the birds who will need our help this year.
We cannot say Thank You enough to our donors, rescue organizations, online parrot groups, veterinarians, and individuals who stepped up and made the difference to these birds and to us. We are all looking forward to a very successful 2017 and wish the same for you ALL!
Rhode Island Parrot Rescue formerly Lazicki's Bird House is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the intake rehabilitation of unwanted, abused or abandoned parrots. Our mission is to educate people on the proper care of parrots and parrot-like birds, their specific physical and psychological needs, rescuing companion parrots from harmful or unwanted situations and rehabilitating, when necessary, unwanted, found, or injured naturalized (free-flying) parrots; and offering these birds to qualified homes for adoption.
* Rescue: Birds are surrendered for a variety of reasons. Some come from loving homes and were loved enough to be surrendered. Others have been abused, neglected or their owners have become disinterested. We do not judge anyone who contacts us. We are here to make a positive difference by helping in any way we can.
* Rehabilitation: Upon surrender, each bird is evaluated and encouraged to eat a healthy pellet diet along with fresh fruit and vegetables. Often, medical problems need treatment, which is provided by our avian veterinarian.
* Adoption: Birds that have been rehabilitated are available for adoption. We thoroughly screen potential adoptive homes with a detailed application, interviews and home visits before any bird is released. Follow-ups are also required.
* Education Services: One of our most important goals is to educate the public about exotic birds. We are available for on-site seminars and hold customized workshops at our facility.
We are in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visits are by appointment and we are funded by public and private donations.
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Rhode Island Parrot Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. RI Parrot is funded primarily by private donations and receives no government funding.