Hope Valley, RI (PRWEB) February 01, 2013
A white cockatoo named Ziggy was recently found abandoned in a foreclosed home, now he is a happy and safe resident of the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to the rescue operation of Foster Parrots and the virtual adoption by Animal Support and its co-founders Michael Omidi, Julian Omidi and Maria Abaca.
Foster Parrots is a nonprofit enterprise dedicated to the sanctuary and rescue of neglected and abandoned parrots and wildlife. Through its virtual adoption program, the contributions of Animal Support will pay for Ziggy’s veterinary care, fresh food and aviary furniture and toys, including hanging swings, ropes and frames.
According to Karen Windsor, Executive Director of Foster Parrots, “parrots by nature are wild and very difficult to keep as pets, therefore parrot owners have a responsibility to ensure proper care of their pets in the home. We thank Animal Support for its generous support which will enable us to continue our bird care programs.” Foster Parrots seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the proper care routine for parrots in order to prevent their neglect, abuse and abandonment. With the beginning of a New Year, Windsor urges all bird owners to review their current care routines in light of the recommendations found on about.com: 2013 New Year’s Resolutions for Bird Owners. (http://birds.about.com/od/livingwithabird/tp/2013-New-Year-S-Resolutions-For-Bird-Owners.htm)
Parrots have been kept as household pets for centuries. Their extreme intelligence and feisty personalities make them objects of entertainment for the owners and observers. Many species of parrots can talk, and some have the ability to string unique sentences together and even carry on a simple conversation. However, there are many bird breeders and retailers that are only interested in making a profit, and do not take the time to explain parrot care best practices. Many owners do not fully appreciate the time and expense of caring for a parrot, which can often live for 70 years or more. It is not uncommon for owners to discover that they simply cannot handle the long-term care and financial strain of caring for a parrot. Parrots often outlive their guardians, which can unfortunately result in the abandonment of the parrot if no one can be found to care for it.
Foster Parrots (http://www.fosterparrots.com) operates a parrot and wildlife sanctuary in Hope Valley Rhode Island for the purpose of caring for unadoptable parrots and exotic wild animals. In addition to housing parrots, the sanctuary currently shelters tortoises, African crested porcupines, aquatic turtles, peacocks, chickens and many species of waterfowl. Foster Parrots also offers a virtual adoption program, where sponsors can donate funds for the care of a parrot. Funding goes towards veterinary care, food, toys and aviary furniture. Sponsorships are good for one year from the issue date, and sponsors receive a photograph of the parrot, a biography of the parrot detailing its species, life history and personality, and an official Certificate of Virtual Adoption. Foster Parrots also offers the option of sponsoring an entire aviary, which is a flight enclosure of a community of birds.
Animal Support is dedicated to addressing pet over-population and abuse by promoting charities working on behalf of animal well-being. The organization was founded by brothers Michael Omidi, M.D. and Julian Omidi along with long-time friend Maria Abaca to advocate for animal protection, rescue, adoption, and spay and neuter laws. Animal Support does not accept donations but encourages direct contributions of money and talents to the charities and organizations featured on our website. For more information about Animal Support, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function, check out the Animal Support Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/animalsupport.org, and follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.