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A bridge over the river of suffering

A message from our executive director

When working with rescue parrots you see many things: suffering, neurosis and psychosis. Often I see eyes darkened by futility. They have given up. They have reached the point where they would rather die than continue living. Life has become a living hell where the one that they wanted to love has turned into a demon. Because of that demon they become raving, screaming creatures that would do anything to make the pain stop. There is nowhere to turn; they live in a nightmare world.

This is how most people come to us. As rescuers, we naturally take the first paragraph to mean the suffering of birds. No, I am not talking about a parrot being relinquished. I am describing many of the people who turn over their birds to us. Often they are close to mental breakdown. They never dreamt that the sweet-looking, cuddly cockatoo they brought home would turn them into awful, spiteful people who throw things at cages and yell “stop it” at the top of their voices. Often they have abandoned the bird to its cage because they are afraid of another bite. Many times they cover the cage to stop the incessant screaming. Most of them would feel contempt for someone who mistreated a dog. In truth, I think most of them feel contempt for themselves. They hate what they have become.

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IMG_8792 The Chloe Sanctuary is a scientifically based environment where abused and damaged parrots and cockatoos are healed and given sanctuary, volunteers and caretakers are trained, and the public made aware of these exceptional creatures. Using hands-on education and lectures, seminars and events, we share our knowledge and love for these wild animals.

We use donated funds primarily for veterinary exams or critical procedures, medicine, food (we provide high quality pellets and homemade vegetable, fruit, and grain mash), enrichment items, cages, perches, and flight harnesses.

The cost alone for food for one bird runs about $35 a month. At the moment feeding costs are running us about $450 a month. Veterinary bills average around $3000 to $5000 a year. Avian’s are expensive to vet: an intake exam with all the proper tests runs about $300. Our freestanding perches are in need of replacement and we have cages in need of repair. We make our own enrichment items and that saves us a great deal on toys, which are essential for their mental well-being. A toy that costs $20 in the store we can make for about $2.50. Even with that savings toys for a single bird cost about $20 a month.

Your donation will help us to give proper medical care, food and enrichment items for those in need as we heal their spirits and prepare them for a life among humans.


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