I recieved a phone call from Jacque Johnson at Best Friends on Sunday. I would like you to carefully consider sending just five or ten dollars to this fledgling rescue to help out these birds. It’s a horrible situation and they desperately need our help. Just giving up one Starbucks latte would make an enormous difference to these birds if we all do it. We did it before for the Alex Foundation. We can do it again for the Troy, Ohio birds. I don’t often ask for donations. I know how tough it is. But I “walked the walk” today and sent a hundred dollars to them. It’ll sting, but I don’t have the time to go up and help. Here is Jacque’s explanation of the situation in Troy:
“There is a dying man in Troy Ohio who had 130+ birds. He is an item hoarder, and his house has been condemned due to the filth and garbage. He had no power or water. So he moved in with his sister, leaving behind his birds in 105 degree weather. No food, other than piles of raw peanuts and no clean water. Many of the birds were just turned loose in the home. After much red tape and foot dragging, the small (and brand new) Miami Valley bird rescue was able to get permission to get into the house and feed/water birds and assess their condition. The humane society has given the man 2 weeks to clean things up before they will seize the birds. The ladies found dozens and dozens of dead birds. The remaining 80+ birds were all extremely stressed, hot and starving. Reports are that they actually lunged at the food they were so hungry. The ladies fed out more than 40 lbs of pellets. They will be going back every day to feed and water the birds. However, they don’t have the necessary funds to keep buying this amount of food. I shipped them off 2 50lb bags of pellets this morning and contacted Harrison’s and Lafabers for some donations. I paid the shipping on the nutriberries so they could go out today. They really need donations of either cash or food. I’ve found the easiest way to send food is to just call and order it and have it sent directly to the bird group. They will also need help placing these birds once they are relinquished. I have room at Best Friends for the greys, but there are dozens of macaws and some cockatoos needing placement. All in all, about 80 birds are going to need somewhere to land. They also need some experienced assistance. If anyone is up for a road trip, now would be a good time. If you can help at all, food, cash, money or time you can contact Kim Seitz, 937-440-0016 or 937-308-2509 . Donations can be sent to Miami Valley Bird Rescue, Attn Kim, 4445 E State RT 41, Troy, Ohio 45373. They also have a PayPal account set up at Kim’s email address: email@example.com If you would like more info, you can contact me at Best Friends: 435-644-2001 ext 4211. I should also have pictures by tomorrow, but my understanding is that they are probably too graphic to share….”
August 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Have shared this information with our Facebook and Twitter followers.
August 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Just a terrible situation and while my rescue is in central PA, we’re on stand by to take 2-3 of the macaws when they’re ready to leave that H@ll hole!!!
August 3, 2011 at 7:17 am
shared on facebook…..I’m a bit sick to my stomach just thinking about it. Thanks you for reaching out on behalf of these poor birds…
August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm
I have offered my home for a foster sittuation . Im right down the road from troy ohio , in springfield . I hope they will call me and let me know if I can foster or help in some way .
August 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm
Such a sad situation, my heart goes out to the birds. I cannot imagine what the rescuers are enduring but know it must be just awful. I’m donating til it hurts…first of the month and all but it is only hurting my pocketbook. Am sure it hurts a lot worse emotionally for those involved.
August 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Just sent a donation as well. What a sad situation for all involved…..
August 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm
AVIAN ANTICS BIRD TOYS & SUPPLIES is offering a 10% DISCOUNT AND FREE SHIPPING FOR ALL ORDERS DONATED TO MIAMI VALLEY PARROT RESCUE FOR THE CARE OF THE 80 BIRDS RESCUED IN OHIO.
*Enter Coupon Code: OHIOBIRDS at Checkout
*Select LOCAL PICK UP as Shipping Option.
ALL ORDERS PLACED USING THE OHIOBIRDS DISCOUNT CODE WILL BE SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO MIAMI VALLEY PARROT RESCUE
Shop at: http://www.aviananticsbirdtoys.com
August 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm
This is incorrect, we are offering a 25% discount which brings the price down to or below our wholesale cost!
We have generated about $300 in donations as of 3pm Saturday, and the first shipment of food will go directly from our distruibutor to Miami Valley, Monday. Special thanks to all who have donated.
August 12, 2011 at 10:08 am
Thank you Shelly for what you are doing. I just donated on your site.
August 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Avian Antics Bird Toys & Supplies is offering a 10% Discount and FREE SHIPPING for all orders placed and donated to Miami Valley Parrot Rescue for the care of these birds.
Visit the online store at: http://www.aviananticsbirdtoys.com
Place your order and enter Coupon Code: OHIOBIRDS at Checkout. Select LOCAL PICKUP as the Shipping Method.
All orders placed using the OHIOBIRDS code will be shipped directly to the Miami Valley Parrot Rescue.
August 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm
Sent $$$ to paypal………
August 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm
BoBo’s Playhouse.com http://bobosplayhouse.com/sunshop/ is offering at cost supplies for these birds and the 116 Portland, TN birds http://www.animalrescuecorps.org/2011/08/arc-rescue-116-exotic-birds-from-alleged-exotic-bird-mill/ The items will be dropshipped direct from distributor and absolutely NO MARK UP. So if you’d like to send any supplies please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
August 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm
I’m so sorry to read of this situation!! I am available to foster in Oklahoma!! I have a large outdoor aviary with one M2 and 2DYA’s. Let me know if you need me!!
August 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Donation sent with heavy heart…so very sad that this individual let hundreds of birds die or that his family/others sat back and said nothing…prayers for those remaining 20-30% of the flock…
August 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Patricia, Thanks for giving us the info and confirmation on who to send our monetary donations to. I posted it to my FB page and asked the same as you for all parrot lovers to give up a cup and send it to her. These parrots are the same as ours and we’d give up the world for ours… so! I sent my $50 via Paypal a few minutes ago, a months worth of my tea at SB, well worth it!!
August 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm
Just sent 20.00 directly to Kim. Being in PA, I can’t be on site to help.
Having worked in hospitals, I can attest to the fact that this horrible situation is a direct result of the incredible neglect of mental health issues this country is so guilty of.
Godspeed to those who will work so hard to save those poor birds.
August 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm
Oh my God, so sad. Poor innocent birds 😦 And that’s called providing our birds a better life from what they’d have in their natural habitat?
Thank you for sharing this.
August 6, 2011 at 1:54 am
Just donated! This is so horrible….I’m so happy these birds are finally getting the care they need! I wish I was able to help more!
August 6, 2011 at 3:22 am
I just ordered some food,it’s not much but I am sure every little bits helps. Thank you for helping these birds,it breaks my heart to think of what they have gone through and the images will haunt me for a long time (((hugs from me and my flock to you and yours)))
August 6, 2011 at 7:03 am
I just made a donation via Avian Antics. I am available to adopt any bird able to get along with my 2 Goffins Cockatoos. I have an outdoor aviary they spend a few hours outside flying around together each day, in addition to large separate cages inside the house in their own room. I live in South Carolina.
August 6, 2011 at 10:29 am
i will open my home to any birds that can be sent to me for rescue
August 6, 2011 at 10:31 am
I unfortunately don’t have the ability to donate right now, but I did post this to my forum, http://www.parrotparadiseforum.com.
August 6, 2011 at 11:01 am
I would be happy to adopt an african grey if there is one available.
August 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm
I am sending a check – today. How horrible… praying for the remaining birds that they get the healing and care they so desperatly need! ~Linda in GA
August 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm
I’m sending $100 and urge everyone to forego eating out one day this week and sending in $10 to help these poor birds!!
Holly D in Houston
August 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm
Im in Kentucky, I dont even want to think about what thies poor birds have hade to endure .And PRAY the ones that have made it get GREAT homes. If I can help please let me know. Cant send monies this week need food for my Parrots now , But can help next week. I can also take in some of the Macaws,If need b.
August 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm
You talked to Vickie Neubauer tonight our group Second Chance Flock, will make it’s self available. Please let us know what we can do…
August 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm
I just email the mayor, please do the same. Only takes a minute and maybe someone in the office will take action to get things moving. There is NO excuse for those birds to still be suffering. They were discovered several days ago and they are still suffering? What is the major malfunction that so many people want to help but aren’t allowed?? What exactly is needed to let the rescue groups in?
Maybe the rescue group should just go in and take the birds now, pay a fine later. Or make the owner pay the fine……..
August 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm
Carla J, What is the Mayor’s email address? I’d be glad to email them, too.
August 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm
August 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm
I took a few minutes to look up Ohio’s Animal Cruelty laws and this is what I found (applicable excerpts only):
(1) “Companion animal” means any animal that is kept inside a residential dwelling and any dog or cat regardless of where it is kept. “Companion animal” does not include livestock or any wild animal.
(C) No person who confines or who is the custodian or caretaker of a companion animal shall negligently
do any of the following:
(2) Deprive the companion animal of necessary sustenance, confine the companion animal without supplying it during the confinement with sufficient quantities of good, wholesome food and water, or impound or confine the companion animal without affording it, during the impoundment or confinement, with access to shelter from heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight, if it can reasonably be expected that the
companion animal would become sick or suffer in any other way as a result of or due to the deprivation, confinement, or impoundment or confinement in any of those specified manners.
In addition I have emailed the following Ohio government officials, with the exception of the Animal Shelter Director, whom I shall call tomorrow. I urge you all to do the same. Let’s bombard them with emails and phone calls, until they do the right thing!
Ohio Attorney General
Email Contact Form: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Contact
John R. Kasich
Email Contact form: http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx
Mayor, City of Troy
Miami County Humane Society
Teresa Lynn, Director
Miami County Animal Shelter
Marcia Doncaster, Director
No email address published
Telephone Number: (937) 332-6919
August 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm
Please contact Gary Nasal in the Miami County Prosecutors Office. Apparently it is he that is dragging his feet on this, and forced those tying to help to leave the birds in that house. Telephone Number: 937-440-5960 Please call and make your concerns known.
August 7, 2011 at 4:27 am
This is beyond words! All animals trust in us humans to provide. As someone commented before the people who knew of this & ignored are just as guilty if not more so! I am posting everywhere I can & hope all who I have posted will do the same. Prayers to the living & to those fids over the rainbow bridge! Thank you to the rescue league who first stepped in as well as the others. A gruesome ordeal for all!
August 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm
Looking for an update…….
August 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm
OH, his breaks my heart. I’ve always wanted a Macaw and he is a man who has dozend and doen’t give a D#*# abut their wellfare. This man need MENTAL HELP. ZHe, Legally, should never be allowed pet owenership EVER. These Parrots need to be legally taken away and re-homed to loving Parrot lovers.
I’ve dontated $$$ to PAYPAL and will most likely send more.
Here is an IDEA…..have this guy arrested and jail him, in his HOME (Parrot jail), and allow, if he has any, family bring him food & water. OR, let the Politicians who are dragging their feed to do the honors. This guy is MAJOR sick. I PRAY that he is never allowed any kind of pet from here on out !!!
August 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm
I am sooooo confused. A quote about the parrtos from whiotv.com said …….”The Miami County Humane Society has the authority to remove the birds, but an agent with that group told News Center 7 that they have to give the owner two weeks to bring the living conditions up to acceptable standards.”
Now a quote from whiotv.com about dogs and cats found in Huber Heights said….”Officials said they have removed 45 dogs and 85 cats. Authorities said they believe by the end of the day, they will have removed close to 131 animals from the house.”
Why are the dogs and cats removed immediately but the birds are not?! This is unfair and just pisses me off to no end while the birds suffer….
August 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm
I am not a rescue or anything but if any come to Ca. I have an extra cage and lots of love I can offer.
August 20, 2011 at 7:13 am
Hi Sadly those pictures are common all over the world. I have been doing rescues and rehomes for about 6 years now and it never seems to end. I am in Canada and I wish purchasing rules would become more restricted for owning companion animals. If people are not willing to learn what it takes to have an animal THRIVE in their care then they should not be able to buy them! Maybe rules might help stop the glut of unwanted or uncared for creatures. Dee Hart Hartsrus Aviary, a non breeding educational group
February 21, 2012 at 9:10 am
As of the writing here, no one seems to be aware that 14 of the Macaws are now at the Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue in Palmetto, Fl. Debby Huckaby is the driving force and owner of this fledgling rescue. These Macaws are now in a beautiful, large free flight aviary and are being rehabilitated. They are coming around very well and some are already interacting by flying down to shoulders for love and attention. Debby, with the help of volunteers, is making a huge difference for these and other birds from similar situations. She needs lots of help and definitely can use any monetary donations anyone can afford, no matter how small. She is in the process of getting the 501 designation so your donations will be deductible but anyone who can afford not to wait for this, you help will be much appreciated. If you can do anything at all, you can find her on Facebook under Debbie Huckaby. You can also contact me and I can put you in touch with her.