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Medical costs for parrot rescue

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When the World Parrot Refuge in Coombes BC, closed due to its owner's passing in February 2016, conditions at the facility quickly deteriorated due to a lack of funding, and the facility fell into disrepair. A decision was made by Dr. Anne McDonald of Night Owl Bird Hospital, an avian specialist vet in Vancouver, in conjunction with Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome the over 584 parrots. This is possibly the largest animal rescue in Canadian history.

Dr. McDonald visited the facility when it closed and this is what she found, “The facility was just dreadful. They had a huge rodent infestation — huge — and the cleanliness level was very poor. The air quality was poor. I would go in and my eyes would hurt. We cultured several different bad bacteria out of the drinking water."

Some of the birds were injured and sick. “There were a lot of aged birds with fractures and disabilities. And the birds would be fighting and injuring each other … As time went on, I would find myself coughing. It wasn’t a good place to work.” Many of the birds are middle-aged or older, and the list of ailments include chronic sinusitis, diarrhea, respiratory conditions, arthritis, herpes, self-mutilation and fight-inflicted injuries.

Medical costs--veterinary care, lab work, and additional staffing--for these rescued birds is in excess of $500,000 for the Night Owl Bird Hospital. This includes the intensive care treatment of the sickest 100 birds.

Roughly 200 of the rescued birds are still awaiting adoption, you can help in one of two ways:

1) Donate to my campaign to assist with ongoing medical costs of the rescued parrots, or

2) Adopt a bird who desparately needs a new loving home for their continued improvement and well-being. You can do so by contacting Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary at 

These highly intelligent and social animals will warm you heart and soul.

Here's a CBC interview with one of the adopters:


Patricia Tallman
Langley Township Northwest, BC

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