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Re: adoption???

Posted by JKCASWELL on 12/07/07
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    On 12/07/07, to the bird begger wrote:
    > 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
    > 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
    >>
    >> Jenn
    >
    >
    > WELL, WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST COME OUT AND SAY YOU WERE BIRD
    > BEGGING!!

    I am most certainly not Bird Begging! It may sound like it, you
    don't know me, I don't know you. I don't necessarily even need
    another bird. I was honestly heart sick over seeing so many Rescues,
    and it was a thought, that maybe I could save at least one bird from
    ending up miserable, in a rescue, or dead. At least the birds in the
    rescues have a chance now, as the adoption regumin is so strict. I
    thought maybe, there is someone out there, who honestly wants their
    bird to have a good forever home. My thought was to put out an ad,
    with what I can offer, and the up front amount I can pay. I guess
    maybe it does come across as bird begging, but there is no offense
    meant

    Jenn