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Re: adoption???

Posted by JKCASWELL on 12/07/07
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    On 12/07/07, feeling for you wrote:
    > On 12/06/07, Aunt Bea wrote:
    >> On 12/05/07, JKCASELL wrote:
    >>> Hi there everyone. I just came across this board, and
    >>> spent hours reading all of the threads, very informative.
    >>> I have a female Scarlet, Lucy. As I grew up owning, then
    >>> breeding tiels, when the opportunity came up, to get a
    >> Free
    >>> Scarlet, and her cage, I jumped at the chance. Nobody
    >>> bothered to tell me that a Macaw IS NOT a bigger tiel! 6
    >>> years later, I have finally got it figured out, and have a
    >>> somewhat trained best friend. How I didn't ruin her
    >>> completely, I will never know, but we overcame all of my
    >>> mistakes! I know I was fortunate to get such a beautiful
    >>> bird for nothing, I couldn't have afforded to buy her out
    >>> right, and had I not gotten her, who knows what would have
    >>> become of her, her previous owner was threatening to set
    >>> her free, and I think she really would have. Her husbands
    >>> African Grey, accidently flew away supposedly, and she
    >>> threatened to set him free also. I spend a minimum of
    >> $200
    >>> per month on her for toys, food, and bedding. I also have
    >>> the vet expense every 3 months for pedicures. I have no
    >>> issue with the monthly expenses of her. I also keep an
    >>> emergency credit card, which has not been used as of yet,
    >>> to cover any crisis that may arise. I have entertained
    >> the
    >>> idea of getting another macaw, if the opportunity should
    >>> arise. I just don't have the extra savings on hand, to
    >>> spend more than a couple hundred dollars. Is it really
    >>> offensive to look for this kind of option. I can say I
    >>> would never sell my bird for any amount of money, I love
    >>> her too much for that, she's my soul mate. She gets more
    >>> attention than my kids and husband. I don't want to
    >> offend
    >>> anyone at all, but from my perspective, I would rather
    >> give
    >>> my bird to someone, who can offer her everything in the
    >>> world, than sell it to just anybody. Any thoughts on this
    >>> would be greatly appreciated.
    >> Sure I'll take your bird and give it a great forever home.
    >> Let me know.
    > I know it has got to be hard to let one of your kids go to
    > another home . But if i can ask why are you getting her a new
    > home? I took in a Blue And Gold about 9 months ago the biggest
    > joy to have around. Toby is spoiled but thats ok with me. I know
    > it is heartbreaking to have to post things like this but if you
    > feel she needs another home then maybe you truely have your
    > birds intrest at heart. There are alot of tears when doing this
    > also. I hope you have some support around you. Where do you
    > live. I'd love to give Toby a friend

    I think my post somehow got mixed up. I AM LOOKING at getting
    another Macaw. There is nothing in this world that could get me
    to let my Lucy go, she is just as important to me,as my own
    children! My problem is, the lack of extra cash on hand to pay
    $1000 or more. I have a brand new extra cage 4 x 4 x 5'6
    internal dimensions. I have the means to feed only the best,
    provide all the toys needed, which is quite frequently, all the
    love and time to offer. I take my bird to the vet every 3 months
    for pedicures and check up's. I keep a $5000 credit card
    specifically for vet emergencies, and as of yet it has never been
    used. I have several large Macaw sized play gyms, as I kept
    buying different ones thinking Lucy would enjoy them...she hates
    them and would rather be on me at all times. I know I can offer
    another bird a wonderful life, but to do so, would require not
    having to pay an outright price of more than $400-$500. I know
    the true value of these birds. What I was hoping to find, was
    somebody's beloved bird, which due to unseen circumatances, have
    to re home thier best friend, and that the birds best interest,
    is first and foremost. I can offer references, from my vet,
    etc. I have no issue with home visits, and follow up visits.

    Even though people have alot of money, doesn't mean that they
    can offer a bird a wonderful home. My Lucy came from a very
    wealthy woman, who had several birds. She hit my Lucy in the
    head for biting, threw her on the floor, I think there was a
    stick involved in her punishment, because even after 6 years,
    Lucy see's a broom or anything that resembles a large stick, and
    she screams and hides! She is thoroughly afraid of spray
    bottles. Lucy was only a year old when I got her. Sure her
    purchase price was large, but she was miserable.

    I was looking through some of the rescue sites, and was honestly
    in tears. I never realized how abused and neglected so many of
    the large birds are. I have seen the local ads, for dozens of
    these birds for sale daily, and I know that most of these people
    only want money, they have no care about the birds future. There
    is the few, truly genuine ads, where you can actually feel the
    owners pain at having to give up thier "family". Unfortunately,
    alot of these people have no idea what will happen to them.

    Does this make more sense? And what are your thoughts? Any
    help/advice would be greatly appreciated, before I start on this
    endeavor. I in no way, want to offend anyone, just want to give
    another Macaw a shot at a long happy life, and cry about the
    thousands I can't save.

    Just a side note, I am not interested in breeding, so that is not
    what I am looking for. I never realized the numbers of Macaws
    being raised, and then abused in one way or another. The bird
    trade is a sad world. Thank you to all of you on here that have
    given your birds a good life, there are so many others out there
    who will never know it