Grant Submission: Wilton Parrot Rescue

Posted by Jennifer on July 14th, 2011

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We were so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and thought you would be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the finalists’ and recipients’ stories here. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:

Wilton Parrot Rescue
Wilton, CT

We are a small not-for-profit organization which relies 100% on our conservative adoption fees to pay for emergency and routine veterinary fees, high quality food and our minimal related expenses (fuel for in-home visits, printing of applications, etc).

We have no more than 15 birds at a time to ensure the mental, social and physical well-being of each of our bird. Our limited numbers and multiple-visit adoption policy, allows us to ensure that our birds are adopted to the most suitable homes as possible.

While many of our birds arrive at Wilton Parrot Rescue through surrender, we have been involved in a number of rescue situations. Although we ask owners who are surrendering their birds to have current veterinary records, the current economic climate has made it difficult for many owners to maintain the necessary health screenings for their birds – and in many cases, finances are the reason for surrendering their companion parrots. Additionally, birds seized from rescue and hoarding situations (from which Wilton Parrot Rescue is asked to accept parrots) are rarely current on their veterinary records and are often in ill health. Both of these situations result in Wilton Parrot Rescue having to seek in-take veterinary care which costs $317 per bird (wellness exam, CBC blood work, gram stain and Psittaci screening). These circumstances are usually sudden and dip into our limited funds.

Many birds harbor illnesses and rarely show signs until the situation is dire. Last year we accepted a young Molucan Cockatoo. During his in-take exam we were notified that he had lead poisoning. Thankfully we were able to seek treatment and he has found a very loving home. His emergency treatment however cost Wilton Parrot Rescue $3,000.00. Recently Harley (a Blue and Gold Macaw) developed a large growth under his tongue. The fear was that if he bit it that he would possibly bleed to death, or if it grew, and remained untreated, that it would eventually block his airway. The growth was removed and he is doing well, but we are keeping an eye should it return. Harley’s procedure coupled with other in-take exams, have cost Wilton Parrot Rescue a total of $5,000.00.

Receiving a grant of $2,000.00 would provide Wilton Parrot Rescue with the much needed funds to provide much needed in-take exams for a number of the birds currently on our waiting list. The remainder would also help to provide a little cushion for our emergency veterinary fund should one of our birds become ill.

We have included photos of Tango and Harley.

Thank you for your consideration.

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