In the 100th Anniversary Year of Girl Scouting in the United States, a local charity benefitted from the highest challenge a Girl Scout ever undertakes, the Gold Award. Aledo High School Senior, Tara Tiller met this large challenge just before Christmas by completing construction of a large, walk-in bird aviary for Birdlink Sanctuary, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that takes in abandoned, surrendered, or unwanted exotic birds. Birdlink is to birds what Animal Shelters are to dogs and cats. Birds are rehabilitated and new homes are found for them.
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I pull up in front of the house, turn off the key, and walk to the front door. From the porch I can hear my Umbrella Cockatoo raising hell inside. He saw me through the window and “MaMa is home.”
I try to put down my paperwork and change my clothes, all the while Poppy is screeching like a banshee, popping out our eardrums and completely ignoring me ignoring him.
My husband shakes his head and tells me, “He doesn’t do this when you aren’t here. He’s perfectly quiet and plays in his cage when I’m not playing with him.”
Another year has suddenly gone and the pace continues to increase. We are close to 150 birds now with 60 in foster care and the rest here at the Sanctuary. This is not the bird’s favorite time of year because the vast majority is shut in the bright, clean, warm, cozy and extremely noisy “Birdhouse”. The rest are in their aviaries that are wrapped against the cold, with heaters keeping them comfortable. As soon as the weather warms they will all be back out in their aviaries with sunshine, fresh air and regular baths.
Tyler is a 16 year old and he is a regular volunteer at the sanctuary. Last week he adopted Alex a 1 1/2 year old Congo African Gray. I thought a young man would have plenty of energy to work with a young bird but I was wrong. Alex is the boss and keeping watch while her boy sleeps.
This is a very good article about animal hoarding. It lists what many states are using as a definition of animal cruelty. It is very interesting but the definition is so broad that anyone can be charged with animal cruelty. Depriving of food — so when I won't give Fred a Frito is that depriving him? Causing pain - when I hold screaming Fred to clean his chest and put on antibiotics, causing him pain, can I then be charged with animal cruelty? Without a scale and fine definition anyone can be maliciously charge with animal cruelty.