It’s feeling a lot like Christmas around here and 2013 is ending with a bang! I’m excited to announce that Project Parrot Positive has a third partner, Parrot Education and Adoption Center (PEAC) of San Diego.
PEAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to educating current and potential bird owners on the proper care of companion parrots. Based in San Diego and covering all of Southern California, with chapters in Anchorage, Alaska, Cleveland, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PEAC began operations in 1996.
I have been a fan of PEAC for many years and gave a lecture in Ohio a few years ago, where I was incredibly impressed by the members and their passion for parrots and bettering their lives through education. PEAC was a natural fit for this project and I was thrilled that they were interested in working with me and with Caitec.
PEAC offers quality educational opportunities in quality companion parrot care and this is one of the reasons I am so excited about this partnership. My goal of Project Parrot Positive is not simply one of giving a parrot a beak up to finding and staying in a wonderful permanent home, but of raising awareness, sharing simple training possibilities and helping others learn more about the wonderful possibilities of offering a home to a relinquished parrot. Barbara Crouse, Executive Director of PEAC, says, “We pride ourselves in staying abreast of current information on husbandry, enrichment, training, behavioral management and all aspects of companion parrot care.”
PEAC also works to re-home relinquished parrots and has 17 parrots currently in their foster program. San Diego Department of Animal Services in particular relies solely on PEAC to place any parrot larger than cockatiels. Of course, PEAC is always challenged with the limited availability of foster homes and volunteers. So following a home inspection last weekend, I am officially vetted to be one of these foster homes.
Caitec has shipped a bevy of wonderful toys and foraging instruments as well as food for Morris, a wonderful elderly African grey parrot who will be arriving to stay with me as a foster until he is ready for adoption. Morris has some feather destructive issues and after a visit to the veterinarian has been placed on a more nutritious diet, given a prescription for Haldol and has been introduced to a more enriching environment. Once he is settled and comfortable, I will be focusing on teaching Morris to forage for meals and play.
“He is a remarkable bird who has a way of entering into your heart quite quickly.” Says Eric Kern, who is the Director of Marketing for PEAC and his current foster home. “I am so excited to see how he continues to grow and with great hopes that he will overcome his FDB and eventually be taken off his Haldol. It will be sad to see him go, though I remind myself it provides a space for the next foster bird to enter my home.”
I can’t wait to meet Morris and although I’m little nervous (We all have big expectations!), I can’t wait to see what I can do to help Morris on his journey to adoption. “This arrangement is a win-win for everyone: Rebecca, Caitec, PEAC and the birds,” says Barb. “PEAC exists primarily to provide education and in order to expand our past success we’ll benefit greatly from the publicity.”
To find out more about how you can help PEAC visit their website and friend them on Facebook! If you feel inspired by all their great work DONATE!! Currently PEAC has a goal of raising $5,000 through Global giving and they’ve almost reached their goal!!