Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We are here on the ‘Gofundme’ Site to raise money for the Ongoing Cost required to provide care to the many adoptable parrots we have in foster care. 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 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 400 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.
You may be curious about our Income from Donations and from Adoptions. In 2017 our income was $21,431.05 while our expenses were $22,315.52 which left us with a deficit of ($884.47). There are three major areas of expense including cages, supplies such as perches, locks, bowls, cleaning supplies and toys, which totalled $7,293.50. On food we spent $6,721.29 and on Veterinarian Care we spent $6,112.38. We have participated in some fundraising campaigns which have had some operating costs (Chocolate Almond Sales, Booster Juice Sales) which were $2085.46 and Bank Fee’s $45.50. We currently have decreased our cost associated with banking thanks to our Not for Profit Status.
We would like to continue to do this 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!