The past year has been incredibly challenging for Birdline. There have been many parrots who have passed away for various reasons which has taken a toll emotionally on us and we have stepped back quite a bit in the past 6 months as many noticed.
We have also had to make some tough decisions regarding intakes and have had to step back from providing help in various cases which unfortunately caused same back lash and some pretty nasty rumors floating around the parrot community. I would ask that if you have questions about anything that you contact us directly for the ‘truth’ and not hearsay/gossip.
Another ongoing issue has been the huge drop in donations – down by over 65%. The economy has hit many families very hard as well as some bigger companies who were regular donors in the past. This has affected the overall operation of Birdline in a significant way. The last 3 birds who got very sick very fast – Ricky, Dakota and sadly the illness and sudden death of Kaley were big financial hits to us.
Part of being a responsible organization and having due diligence is to ensure that we are financially sound to care not only for existing animals but any incoming animals. We have never been the type of organization to take in a sick parrot and then ask for help financially, but rather we utilize donations, fundraising and adoption fees to ensure we have the financial backing before we accept any parrots.
In the adoption process, we have foregone adoption fees in the past, we have always made it clear that its not about money, but finding the best possible homes for the broken souls that come into us. While it was a good decision for the bird and the new families, it was a bad decision for the financial side of Birdline.
With all this going on, its time to step back and look at the big picture for Birdline and how to go forward. In the coming months there will be some changes to the structure, policies and procedures and hopefully the acquisition of more volunteers in all areas needed including foster homes (long term).
Watch for upcoming updates on available parrots and more information added to each biography. These should be completed within the week.
If you have any questions please feel free to email: [email protected]
NOTE: Due to the freezing temperatures, we will not be taking any birds out for home visits at this time and no out of town placements.