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Re: adoption???

Posted by to the bird begger on 12/07/07
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    On 12/07/07, JKCASWELL wrote:
    > 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
    > for pedicures and check up's. I keep a $5000 credit card
    > specifically for vet emergencies, and as of yet it has never
    > 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.
    > 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
    > 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
    > Jenn