A live budgie found in a Dumpster®, still inside its cage. An Amazon parrot, living in sensory deprivation, inside a dark closet for years. A cockatoo, remanded to life inside an automobile...
These situations are REAL. Over the years, The Long Island Parrot Society has been called upon to help rescue and re-home these and other exotic birds. Fortunately not all incidents are as dramatic or desperate, yet calls are increasing. It’s a jungle out here!
In the most ambitious challenge ever undertaken by a bird club, the Long Island Parrot Society has amended its mission statement to include the establishment of a Parrot Museum, Shelter and Learning Center. It is envisioned as a freestanding, accessible-to-the-public shelter and educational entity instead a private undertaking where access, succession, conditions and disposition of the birds depend on an individual.
Such a shelter, directed by the Long Island Parrot Society, will be staffed by volunteers and paid workers, including a vet-tech, and administrator. Protocol will be set regarding testing for disease and quarantine. Plans and specifications will evolve as the project progresses.