| Photo by Imtiaz Khan |
I would like to share a portion of a letter from Treasurer and board member Beth Rising. This letter was sent out to her personal friends and family asking for support.
"...Our volunteers care for and work with our birds seven days a week. These volunteers may be seeking a companion bird, or may simply be interested in helping with the daily work associated with running a parrot rescue...The volunteer learns what daily specific needs birds have such as clean bowls, water, pelleted food, a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits; the correct cage size, different shapes and kinds of perches, toys, foraging opportunities, direct/indirect play, lighting, and bathing. Seasonal hormonal changes, vet care of yearly health exams and grooming, as well as the noise a single bird can make in a home are also discussed.
...CEO Sabra Khan is at the rescue 6 - 7 days a week. In her spare time she helps support the rescue by making seasonal jams, salsa, home-baked goods as well as a line of handmade cold process soap and other bath products sold under the label Parrot Bay Botanicals. These products are sold at the rescue as well as area farmer's markets. Currently our monthly expenses associated with running the rescue average out to $2200 a month. This includes food and rent/utilities, toys, perches, and veterinary bills. No salaries are paid by Parrot Rescue Services to board members or staff."
I felt strongly about making her letter part of our fundraising campaign because not only am I deeply touched by her commitment and the work she has done to reach out to her personal connections, but also because every word of it is true. All companion birds require all these things, and we work very hard to see that they get them. Since I founded PRS in 2011, I have relied heavily on my store, Avalon Parrots, to keep it going. Most of the revenue the retail store makes goes to support the rescue. This is a personal decision I have made and am comfortable with, but we have reached a point where the rescue needs more. We would like to improve the quality of life our birds have by adding more foraging stations and perhaps even indoor environmental features, or even moving to a larger space. I will continue to do everything I can to support the birds I have taken in but am also asking for help. Our basic expenses to keep going are just over $26,000 a year. This includes absolutely no salaries or expenses such as advertising or mailings. Every penny donated will directly benefit the birds. As we are open to the public 5 days a week, you can always check out for yourself just how our birds are doing. Please help us meet our fundraising goal between now and the end of the year of $20,000. All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support!
Founder and CEO of Parrot Rescue Services, INC.