Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bird Addition Building Fund

Bird Lovers Only Rescue is a 501c3 not for profit bird rescue and sanctuary. We have been saving funds to build an addition for these birds. We believe we have found someone to build this at a reasonable cost, but it will be CLOSE! Please donate to our building fund through the GOOGLE Checkout button or by going to our main web site where you may receive Snowball DVDs, shirts, and other items in return for your donations.

Since Bird Lovers Only is a charity, your donations can be claimed on your taxes at the end of the year. Below is the information you will need in order to claim your donations.

EIN # 30-0391827
DLN # 17053028000038
Public Charity Status: 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)

The birds at Bird Lovers Only Rescue Service, Inc. thank you sincerely!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Radio Shows

Irena Schulz from Bird Lovers Only Rescue will be speaking on "The Bird Talks" on Sunday, September 7th at 9pm Eastern Time.

Irena Schulz will also be on "Animal Talk Naturally" on Tuesday, September 9th at 2:30pm Eastern Time.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Please STOP Overbreeding!

I run a rescue/sanctuary and am literally overwhelmed by the calls and emails that I receive from people who wish to relinquish their birds. There are certain birds that are exhaustingly overbred, and then there are birds that really should not be bred for captivity period.
Throughout the years I have met breeders who educate the potential owners on responsible bird ownership and those who do not. Perhaps many do not know the consequences of overbreeding or the breeding of certain species who do not thrive well in captivity.
At this time we are filled to capacity. Being filled to capacity means something different for each rescue and sanctuary. I do not allow more than 30 birds here at any given time because it would mean that the birds are not receiving the care and attention that they need and deserve otherwise. There are many "mom and pop" rescues and sanctuaries opening up because of the increasing numbers of displaced birds. Many of these mom and pop rescues mean well, but are not equipped, funded, or educated enough to properly care for them. But when 501c3 rescues and sanctuaries are filled to capacity and have waiting lists for birds who need to be relinquished, these mom and pop rescues are the only answer for some who cannot wait in line on a waiting list.
Because of the ease of breeding parakeets, cockatiels, quakers, lovebirds, and other small birds such as these, these birds have become grossly overpopulated. Even if I wanted to, at times I wouldn't be able to GIVE these birds away. There are just not enough homes out there. And even fewer homes are available for such high maintenance birds such as cockatoos. In my experiences, I have yet to meet anyone who has kept a cockatoo for longer than ten years. These birds were not meant to be kept in captivity. They are loud and destructive, not only to furniture but to themselves as well.
I plead with EVERY breeder out there. We have a serious problem with displaced birds. Please discontinue the overbreeding of these overpopulated species and those who really do not thrive well in captivity.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Snowball's Chance

Below is a link to the San Diego Union-Tribune article written by Adam Loberstein regarding cognitive music studies with Snowball as the subject of study and led by Dr. Ani Patel of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California.

Below is the video that accompanies the article.