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Find-a-Friend Friday: Dave

February 24th, 2012 3:30 pm by Kelly


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Dave the green and black conure!
Photos courtesy of Burge Bird Rescue.


 

If you’re looking to adopt a bird in the Kansas City area, you’re in luck! There are two bird rescues, Beak n’ Wings, Inc. and Burge Bird Rescue, which together foster dozens of lovely birds: parakeets, macaws, conures, budgies, and more.

Dave is a conure from Burge Bird Rescue. A lovely dark green color, Dave is one handsome dude. Poor guy can’t fly due to an old injury to one wing. I bet he enjoys hopping around the house though!

 

Dave
Conure: An adoptable parrot in Grandview, MO
Medium • Adult • Unknown

Dave the Nanday Conure will save you money because he/she never needs his wings trimmed. He can’t fly because he had an old broken wing that didn’t heal properly. He is in perfect feather condition, but sometimes his attitude isn’t so perfect. Like many mature birds, he can get territorial and cage aggressive, so you will have to understand how to work with a bird with a strong personality. Our birds are not available for breeding. Potential adopters must call for an appointment, and must pass a screening interview to ensure that our birds are going to a safe home. Adoption fee $75

More about Dave
Primary colors: Green, Black

 

If you’d like to welcome a bird or two into your home, please adopt – don’t shop. Feathered friends need our love and compassion, too!

Find-a-Friend Friday: 395 Rescued Hens @ Animal Place!

April 22nd, 2011 1:02 pm by Kelly


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356 hens from an egg farm rescued by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch being unloaded.
CC images via Animal Place farm manager Marji Beach on Flickr.
(Please note that all of the photos featured in this post come from an earlier rescue.
These hens are not the same ones who are currently available for adoption!)

 
Founded in 1989, Animal Place is a farmed animal rescue group located in California. The group operates a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley (tours are available! or will be soon, anyhow!), as well as a 60-acre adoption center in nearby Vacaville. The Vacaville facility includes both a “Rescue Ranch” – where newly rescued farmed animals receive medical treatment and are prepared for adoption – and a “Dog Rescue” program, which provides temporary housing for canines who are headed to their forever homes.

The Rescue Ranch program is unique in that it offers farmers a chance to retire unwanted farmed animals, rather than sell them for slaughter:

 

Rescue Ranch places a special emphasis on the placement and adoption of chickens from the egg-laying industry. We work with farmers in coordinating the removal and placement of spent hens prior to their depopulation or slaughter-date. All farm information is confidential.

There are few programs aimed at placing needy, adoptable farmed animals into permanent homes. Animal Place is filling that niche with Rescue Ranch. […]

Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch is unique in that we work directly with farmers to provide an alternative to slaughter for a small percentage of hens in the egg laying industry. There are more than 15 million hens raised for eggs in California. Most will never find true sanctuary. The farms we work with range from small, pasture-based operations to larger facilities.

Animal Place is honest – we are a vegan organization promoting compassion to all life. We may never see eye to eye with farmers on some issues, but we hope to find common ground in order to save as many lives as possible. Toward that end, we keep all information about cooperating farmers private, and they reciprocate by not using Rescue Ranch as a tool to promote the consumption of their eggs. We do not bring cameras or recording equipment into the farm and both parties sign confidentiality agreements. Again, Rescue Ranch’s goal is save as many lives as possible without compromising the integrity of our organization.

 

Recently, Animal Place provided refuge to 395 such animals – all of them “spent” “laying” hens who, unlike so many of their sisters, were lucky enough to find their way to a sanctuary instead of a slaughterhouse.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

January 21st, 2011 5:43 pm by Kelly


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Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a pair of green, orange and gray Poicephalus/Senegal Parrots,
gaze at the camera with curiosity.
Photo courtesy Burge Bird Rescue.

I very rarely feature birds on Find-a-Friend Friday, due not to a lack of availability, but because they don’t photograph well! Or rather, their foster humans are not known to take good photographs of them in captive settings. (Cages make for such cluttered and depressing backdrops, don’t you think?) A few of the larger local bird rescue groups don’t even include personalized photos of the birds in their Petfinder listings, relying instead on stock photos. But if you’re looking to bring a feathered friend (or two!) into your life, rest assured that you have plenty of options for adoption! See, for example, Burge Bird Rescue and Beak N’ Wings, Inc., both located in the Kansas City area.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, pictured above, come from the former. The pair were breeding birds until an accident rendered Mrs. Smith disposable. I’ll let Burge Bird Rescue take it from there:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Poicephalus/Senegal: An adoptable parrot in Grandview, MO
Medium • Adult • Unknown

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are former breeding birds of unknown age that were surrendered to another rescue after Mrs. Smith lost her lower beak in an accident and was not able to raise chicks. They were transferred to our rescue after two years because we specialize in special needs birds. They are not tame, but we are sure that someone out there is going to love them and provide them a safe happy home together for as long as they live.

Our birds are not available for breeding. All applicants must pass a screening interview, and may be required to wait 48 hours before taking home the bird if adoption is approved.

Adoption fee negotiable
More about Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Special Needs • Primary colors: Green, Orange

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are only two of hundreds of adoptable birds in need of forever home in the Kansas City area; for a comprehensive list, please hop on over to Petfinder.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Tango

November 26th, 2010 5:09 pm by Kelly


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Tango the blue, yellow and white macaw.
Photo courtesy Burge Bird Rescue.

Meet Tango, this week’s Friend in need! Tango is just one of many birds in the area who need an adoptive home to call their own.

This blue, yellow and white macaw dude is current staying with Burge Bird Rescue, who has this to say about Tango:

Tango plucks his chest a bit, but had perfect blood test results, so it may be from boredom or stress and may resolve once he gets settled into a new home. He is a sweetheart and likes to be petted once he gets out of the cage and gets used to you. He is only 8 years old, with lots of good years ahead of him. Our birds are not available for breeding. Potential adopters must call for an appointment, and must pass a screening interview to ensure that our birds are going to a safe home. Adoption fee $400 negotiable for the right home.

If you’d like to adopt this gorgeous guy, contact Burge Bird Rescue today! FYI: Beak N’ Wings in Shawnee Mission, KS also has a number of bird companions available for adoption.

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