November 10, 2012
Five years ago, my husband informed me that we were going to be owners of a macaw...in just a few hours. My only prior experience with birds was when I was younger I owned a parakeet that my cat ate a few months later. I knew nothing about owning a parrot or the extent of the care they would need for many, many years. People always think it would be great to have a bird that talks but don't understand their special needs or their history of living for 100+ years. Our bird "Boo" arrived and was very sad and very afraid of us. She had been neglected and later on we learned she had been beaten with a stick. Over time and with lots of patience, we learned how to trust each other. Unfortunately, she will always be a bird with serious trust issues. Boo is fine as long as me or my husband is home to take care of her, but becomes depressed if we are both gone. Leaving Boo in the care of a family member or even with our son is still not enough to make Boo feel safe and secure...Boo becomes depressed and won't eat when we are gone for a few days or a few weeks. We realized that we had to develop a plan for her long term care in the event something happened to both me and my husband....this is how we learned about Oasis Sanctuary. We have had the time to educate ourselves about long term bird care and the options available to us. We believe the Oasis Sanctuary is the perfect place to send Boo in the event we are unable or unavailable to care for Boo. Boo could never be re-homed due to her trust issues but now we know that she will have a safe place to live out the remainder of her natural life. I would like to visit the sanctuary and maybe even turn a vacation into a volunteer opportunity. All that I have read about the sanctuary is positive.
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