A little bit of background:
We are here on the ‘Gofundme’ Site to raise money for the Ongoing Cost required to provide the highest quality of care to the many adoptable parrots we have at our rescue. Meika’s Safehouse was established in 2008, and was provincially registered as a Not-For-Profit since 2012. We provide care for all types of birds from Finches to Macaws with a few Wild birds and farm birds in between. It warms our hearts to watch the bird’s blossom in our care as a result of an exceptional diet, training, veterinarian care, love and enrichment.
It’s been quite a challenging few years, but with the support of our friends, family and followers and our previous GoFundMe Campaign we have been able to help close to 500 birds in the last two years. In 2016 we took part in two large rescues. In May of 2016, due to the Wild Fire State of emergency in Fort McMurray we provided care for 127 displaced evacuated parrots. In the fall of 2016, we started assisting Greyhaven by transferring 36 large parrots from the World Parrot Rescue in British Columbia to us here in Sherwood Park. In the spring of 2017, we received a call regarding the displacement of 83 parrots. A Hobby breeder had passed away and there was no one to look after these birds. None of these birds had cages, perches, toys or any other items that could be used to assist them with their transition. We were lucky to receive donations to buy new cages and other items for these birds. This was a huge undertaking for us, and during this period we were still accepting owner surrenders for birds that no longer had homes. In 2018 and 2019 combined we have helped with over 200 parrots from sanctuaries that needed to downsize to Animal care and control lost and found birds that never found their way back to their homes as well as the great hoard of 2018 where there were over 40 birds kept in deplorable conditions.
We would like to continue to help birds in need for many years to come and with your help we can make that happen. In Alberta, there are limited resources for the Care of Domestic Birds as they are quite unique and require different care than other animals. We have lots of really great plans for the upcoming years and we REALLY would like to follow through with them with your help!
How things are going now? With the Covid-19 virus wreaking havoc on everyone physically, emotionally and economically, we can sure say we, too, are feeling the effects. Foot traffic has slowed down, fundraising has slowed down with no events for us to be able to attend, and we are still getting calls every week to take in birds that folks can no longer care for. We currently have 40 birds in care ranging from finches to macaws. Our main bird room is closed to the public for now because of the tight quarters in there, we want to make sure we keep everyone safe. We cannot do house visits or vet health checks right now while physical distancing is in effect, making any potential adoptions forced to be put on hold. We are praying this is temporary and we hope to resume normal business as soon as possible, but right now we are feeling the effects of this pandemic and we could sure use your help with the care and upkeep of the birds we have here. We appreciate so much any help, big or small, that you can provide. Thank you!
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