On August 1, we rescued a FLOCK of 24 budgies and on August 7 we took in ANOTHER 8 budgies, 2 cockatiels and 2 parrotlets. We have IMMEDIATE need for a large flight cage, so every donation helps!
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We took in three birds locally: Ariel, a Fischer's Lovebird, Rasa, a Double-Yellow-Headed Amazon, and Jack, a Mitred Conure. Ariel is sweet but very shy. Rasa was a former breeder bird who had been dumped on the woman who brought him in by a breeder who didn't want him because he killed one mate and seriously injured another. He had been attacking his owner and was in danger of being euthanized. Jack has special needs. He is completely blind in one eye. During his vet examination it was discovered that Jack had at some time in the past suffered extreme trauma. His right eyeball was ruptured and his right leg was shattered in several places and allowed to heal without proper care. The vet said this is consistent with either being hit or thrown against something. Now his good eye is developing a cataract and he will be completely blind soon. Despite all he has been through he is an incredibly sweet and gentle little bird who love shoulder rides.
On August 1, we rescued twenty four parakeets were part of a neglect/hoarding case and were reportedly flying free in a small house along with two cockatiels and a finch. According to animal control, there was an inch of bird feces over all the floors. A hazardous materials (haz-mat) contractor and officers from animal control spent four days catching the birds. Some birds were nesting within the walls in holes they'd tunneled through the drywall.
Dr. Kim Danoff, DVM coordinated the rescue effort between the Animal Welfare League and Marden's Ark. We drove to Virginia on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 after receiving a call from Abbie Hubbard, Director of Animal Care for the Animal Welfare League shelter. The birds were brought back to the Youngsville facility on Saturday, Aug. 2.
All twenty four birds appear to be in good health, however Dr. Danoff will be coming to Marden's Ark to check each bird and collect blood samples for infectious disease testing. One budgie has a deformed beak but reportedly has been that way "since birth" per the owner. She is able to eat and drink normally but will be closely monitored.
Dr. Danoff has generously volunteered her time to do all the little birds' exams without cost, however we do still have to pay the lab fees for infectious disease testing. At $80 per bird (at cost) it will cost us $800 if we test just one bird from each cage. This testing is necessary to protect the other birds in our care.
Marden's Ark is currently holding a fundraising drive to cover expenses such as lab fees and supplies for the exams as well as purchase of a cage large enough for the birds to be reunited as a flock again. Please see the links above to donate via Amazon or PayPal. Thank you! Marden's Ark Avian Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit sanctuary-type rescue for companion birds. We accept companion birds regardless of their potential as rehome-able "pets" and they are given a safe place to live with healthy food, companionship, and enrichment including time out of cages every day. We believe flight is an important and essential part of being a bird and only clip wings if the bird is posing a serious danger to themselves. We offer love and compassion to all birds, regardless of species because we believe that a tiny budgie has the same thoughts and emotions as a majestic macaw.
We are located in the Raleigh, NC area. We are dedicated to building a refuge where unwanted birds from the pet trade can find a home. This means that we must build a foundation, and work towards creating a sustainable business model that will allow our refuge to thrive and grow in order to continue its mission well into the future. With this in mind, we are planning for the future while working for the present.
Where we stand now:
This organization is truly in its infancy. We incorporated as a Non-profit in the state of North Carolina in April of this year. We have received our Letter of Determination and are now recognized as a tax-exempt charity and we are now actively fundraising. We can't do this alone and we welcome volunteers! Please contact by email at info AT avianrefuge DOT org if you are interested in helping out in any way. (Email address has been typed out phonetically to avoid spam bots - please change the AT to @ and dot to . before emailing and leave out the spaces)
Keep in mind that we are in the Raleigh, NC area, if you are thinking about visiting or volunteering.