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APR All Parrot Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of APR founders is: ~To inform and educate on proper nutrition, enrichment, overall care and behavior for all species of parrot. ~To provide a reliable network for reference on behavior, diet and safety. ~To remove birds from less than satisfactory living conditions and provide an adjustment period along with medical assessment/care, trust restoration, behavioral correction and nutritional adjustment. ~To place healthy parrots in stable, forever homes and within an environment most suitable for each bird. ~To assist in every way possible other rescues and sanctuaries that share our mission.

Results: We have re-homed Over 600 parrots into good loving homes since 2012 . we are currently needing to winter our GEO dome

Target demographics: The parrots in Crisis.

Direct beneficiaries per year: since 2012 600 parrots in homes

Geographic areas served: The shelter located in Graham,WA

Programs: Our mission has evolved since establishment. In the beginning, our organization consisted of few feathered friends with the primary goal of finding them loving forever homes. Within a short time it became apparent the need of forever homes was overwhelming. Parrots were coming to us with evidence of neglect and abuse. Calls were coming in from agencies that were not prepared, nor willing, to care for these animals. Finding forever homes was no longer the highest priority. For us, it still isn't. Too many questions arose over the process. Why so many? Why so many neglected and abused? The sick. The thrown away. How can this happen? While seeking answers to these questions, our mission became clear: education on behavior and care has become among our highest priority. The need or desire to re-home is often due to lack of patience and knowledge to understand the needs of your companion.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jennie B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

APR is a fantastic rescue that saves so many! The Brewers are caring, kind and are wonderful with all of those in their care-

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

APR and Sonya go above and beyond in helping the parrots -they take on the hard cases, both behaviorally and physically and rehab them and place them in loving forever homes. No small feat. Awesome rescue!!!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband Anthony and I have been following APR for many years now Sonya and Steve are compassionate and caring individuals who make sacrifices daily just so the birds in their care have the absolute best of everything. This rescue is amazing!

2 Anthony H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Steve and Sonya and the rest of APR do great things for exotic birds. They know what it takes to take care of them and try hard to rehome them to the families they need. With them it is all about the happiness of the birds!

2 Kat H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We followed APR online for a few years before deciding to add another bird to our flock. We weren’t sure if our current bird would like the idea of another bird, so we decided to foster. After filling out the adoption application we were contacted by the rescue to be interviewed and meet the current birds in care. This is a bit of a unique process but is actually the best way to find a bird that’s compatible with you because each bird will react to a new person differently, and when they like you they show it. This way you’re not getting a companion that won’t be a good fit long term, because every bird is an individual and, like people, may have certain preferences. However the bird we decided to foster was so depressed and terrified by being in rescue, he didn’t have the capacity to “choose” us. Having veterinary experience I was willing to take on a bird with medical issues, which Hanky, a Redbelly Parrot, had - a wing injury of unknown source. Unfortunately after weeks of veterinary visits, antibiotics, and x-rays, an infection in his bones required amputation of his wing. At that point he’d started becoming more comfortable with us and we felt committed to his care, and we formally adopted him. Hanky’s been part of our lives for 2 years and is a saucy boy that doesn’t let the fact he can no longer fly slow him down. He has his own followers on Facebook and is an advocate for disabled birds. Our original bird and Hanky tolerate but don’t enjoy each other’s company, so in December we adopted a second APR bird, Blu (blue-crowned conure) without having met her because APR is such a great judge of human and bird character and compatibility. She and our first bird are still in the process of bonding but she’s a great fit in our home.
APR spends time educating their followers and adopters on proper parrot care, networking with other rescues to help birds across the globe, maintaining over 50 birds in care including regular vet visits, provides excellent diet/nutrition/supplements and converts birds from a lifetime of poor nutrition, gives emotional and medical support to neglected and abused birds, and makes sure birds are only placed in homes committed to providing the same quality of care.

1 Jenya D. C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit group is just as it should be...they are educators, who sacrifice so much for parrots in need. Placements are not made hastily, and contracts are signed to ensure everyone is clear on adoption expectations. Their birds are so well provided for and loved...each and every one of them are treated as if they were already in their forever home. This rescue (their home) is full of love and patience, birds there are fed healthy homemade foods. All healthy parrots are given safe and open areas to fly in that are clean, full of toys and enrichment stations. If you want to adopt, do expect to be vetted and not just adopted to without references and homes being checked, and birds being met. Adoptions are not rushed, but you will have their support and guidance throughout your bird's life.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I started following this charity's website and when I was in the area, took a chance and stopped to visit.
I expected a hard-working parrot shelter with cages everywhere.
I discovered a sanctuary with free-flighted areas for parrots, cages with doors left open so birds, not humans, could choose whether to stay in a cage or come out, so many toys climbing areas and enrichment, and a fierce advocate for parrot welfare and care in the owner, Sonya Brewer. This rescue is the real deal.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parrot owner and lover for 40 years, as well as someone who has recently adopted a beautiful and loving Severe Macaw from APR, I can attest to their dedication, support and love for every parrot they care for. They not only took the time to vet me thoroughly, but went out of their way to meet me when I picked up my bird and make sure things went smoothly. They win the prize for giving abandoned parrots a wonderful start in finding a forever home. I'd give them 10 or more stars if I could!

1 likasancanta

Donor

Rating: 5

All Parrot Rescue is such a dedicated rescue. They take in birds from bad situations and change their diets, have them vetted and allow them to live freely in their aviaries. They have lots of toys for enrichment, ropes for climbing and perches for hanging out. I adopted Mya, who is 45 years old. She is a blue and gold macaw that was a breeder bird and was living in a sanctuary. Mya is a sweet bird that needed extra care due to severe arthritis and deformed toes. Sonya knew what I was looking for and suggested Mya. Mya is my feathered lap dog and a perfect fit for me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Mtoto(Blue Headed Pionus) from APR Feb 2016. He was 24 at the time. I found APR through a friend. I filled out an application and being that I'm in the midwest Sonya picked the perfect fit for me and my flock. He was in rescue for 2 years prior and was overlooked as he is quiet and shy. I picked him up from the airport and he was an immediate fit. 3 years later and he is the most sweet and loving bird. I would recommend APR to anyone! APR is a great rescue thanks to the Brewer's and all their tireless and hard work for the birds. Thank you

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love APR. I already had one parrot and was looking for another. 4 years ago I met my African Grey, Curly at APR. Not only did they help me find a perfect companion for our family, they gave us lots of education. I am a better parrot owner because of them. The network of people you meet helps so much when needing advice.

1 Dawn H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Six years ago we contacted All Parrot Rescue to sign up to foster a single parrot. Today we are proud to be the parronts of a handsome 24 year old Blue-fronted amazon that we adopted from APR. Through the years I've seen over a hundred parrots find loving forever homes thanks to Steve and Sonya, the directors of APR. Their dedication, passion and tireless commitment to helping unwanted, abused and abandoned parrots is unparalleled. These intelligent animals, many endangered in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss, find themselves victims at the hands of people who don't understand their needs. APR understands and helps the ones in need.

1 Leslee F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our first parrot, Clawdia from APR (All Parrot Rescue) about 5 and a half years ago now. I had owned parrots before, so I had some experience in care- but APR made sure I had the support and guidance for a successful permanent home. Once you adopt from them, you become part of a family, a total network for questions about bird behavior & nutrition. It didn't take too long for us to adopt another parrot from them (our African Grey, Milo) & then to start helping with the rescue network (where we ended up with 2 quakers & a cockatiel!). I love that one of requirements for adoption is that you get to know the birds- so the humans can be chosen as well, and so you get first-hand knowledge about how the birds are cared for.

1 M Edgar S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Brewers are amazing. Their dedication to animals in need is constant and unconditional. They've opened their home and poured resources, time and selfless love into the APR All Parrot Rescue operation. The birds at APR receive proper care, medical attention, have healthy diets and an environment conducive to letting the birds just be birds. Which includes free flight areas. We permanent Foster for APR and volunteer as much as we can. We fully support their efforts to provide rescue parrots a better and safe environment

2 Tricia W.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow APR on their Facebook page. Not only are they amazing at posting daily with adorable video's and pictures of their birds in care, but they provide a wealth of information about caring for your birds. I have been able to give my birds a better quality of care because of the information provided on their page. As the saying goes, 'if you know better you do better'. I'm a first time bird owner and my love for pets is huge. I am finding lots of valuable information in their posts that provide me with a greater knowledge of bird care. It is my hope that one day I will be able to adopt a larger bird from their rescue. But for now, I pay it forward by donating in any way that I can. I'm not always able to match my huge appreciation with a huge donation. But APR is majorly thankful for all efforts great and small. I am not a paid reviewer, I am receiving NOTHING in compensation for my review. I am just a humble animal lover who wants to make sure my thoughts and feelings are shared. It is easier to say negative than it is to say positive. And I want to make sure my positive IS said. Thank you APR for doing what you do.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sonya and Steve are some of the most dedicated people I've ever met. I was blown away at how much space, time and endless love they sacrifice to care for someone else's unwanted animals. We were so lucky to adopt 2 birds from APR. Their dispositions and ability to trust us immediately, I believe, has a lot to do with their transitional care with Sonya and Steve. Their care is so exceptional that the birds who leave their home, leave with less issues than what they came in with. It's the love they receive from Sonya and Steve, no doubt! I cant think of 2 more deserving people to help, knowing its growing and continuing to enrich and stabilize the lives of these precious animals. Any animal (and adopters) would be lucky to receive the care and love that Sonya and Steve are willing to give.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sonya has dedicated her life to the parrots in her care. You can tell she is passionate about giving them their own best life. She has taken neglected birds and turned them into friendly, socialized birds ready for their forever home.

2 Svetla K.

Donor

Rating: 5

In my opinion APR is one of the best bird rescues out there.

Sonya and Steve take wonderful care of the birds in need: the birds are fed a nutritious diet, they have plenty of enrichment in the form of toys, ropes, nets and perches to move around, as well as the opportunity and space to fly, including in an outside aviary. The old and the disabled ones get special attention.

All the birds receive competent and loving veterinary care as well.

Potential adopters are carefully screened and given all the advice and education they might need to properly care for any bird that might come into their care, and this support doesn't stop with the completion of the adoption.

At APR the birds and their well-being are the top priority, and that is how things should be.

2 m0tz3r1s

Volunteer

Rating: 5

APR in Graham by far sets the standard for the Care of Disabled, abused, & Abandoned Parrots not only in the Pacific North-West but in the Whole of the United States. The Brewers Dedication to their well being and Enrichment is above and beyond the base care required. We first Applied to be picked by a Parrot in their care in November 2016. Sonya didn't skip a beat in making sure the Animals I had were being provided regular vet care. After confirmation we came out and hoped we would be picked by one of the flock. Reno a now 7 yr old Congo African Grey chose me. He has been my sidekick ever since. Our kids took home some Cockteils, sweet pea , charcoal and Greyhawk. In July of 2017 My husband was chosen by Tricky another Congo African Grey , shortly after we brought home Phoenix a Yellow Indian Ring neck. We have become more then just apart of the flock we have become family. They are inspiration to everyone they come into contact with. You cant help but love them and all they do. To recognize them for all they do is to aid in the helping so many more Parrots who are in need, as well as the one currently in thier care. They work tirelessly daily to educate and assist in the rehoming of countless birds to avoid them ever having to see a rescue. Rescue should be the last resort a loving home is the goal.

2 Robert M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been married for 12 years this June. Ever since we got married, and my service in the army, we've dedicated our lives to serving others and working with non profits. We've mostly done dog rescue work but since the army stationed us in Washington state in 2011 and bought our house in 2015 we decided to branch out more which led us to farm animal rescue and all parrot rescue.

In 2016 we decided we would love to open our home to parrots. Meeting Sonya and Steve (directors of apr) has been life changing. Hearing how they got started with a rescue of a bird named mealy and after multiple visits we developed a friendship and got rejuvenated in our pursuit to try and join the journey of making this world a better place. November 2016 we were adopted by our first parrot, a Congo African gray, named Reno. Hes made every day enjoyable again.

Since then weve adopted a few other birds also. Tricky (a Congo African gray), Phoenix (a yellow Indian ring neck) and a few cockatiels. I would highly encourage others to join our life journey to advocate and educate others on the need to adopt and not shop. Thank you apr for changing my life.