Anyone Can Give, Even A Parrot!
I consider myself a fortunate parrot. I live with my humans who love me very much. They provide me with nutritious foods, many toys and an enriched environment. Unfortunately, this is not fate of many pet parrots. People often keep parrots without knowing all our needs. Often, we are put in a cage and ignored because we bite or scream for attention. We want to be understood and loved! We are fed an unhealthy diet of seeds. An all seed diet is the equivalent of a human only eating french fries. We need a diet of fresh foods. When people discover we are “too much work”, the wonderful people who work at the Wings of Love Bird Haven come and rescue us. They work tirelessly to give us safe haven and nutritious foods. Best of all they find us a forever home, and educate our new owners about our needs. To do all that is required, takes a lot of money. I give to the WOL out of gratitude. Knowing that I am giving back to those less fortunate than I. This makes me feel blessed and I do so with a happy heart!
Einstein- and your awesome parronts... we so much appreciate you and all you do to help the birds.
Review from #MyGivingStory
My support for Wings of Love Bird Haven means life... the life of these beautiful creatures. They come into this world being given wings to fly- yet humans have for the most part taken this away. They are put into small cages, feed a single pelleted morsel with no variance of variety and are given little time for exercise or sunshine. Their cages are not cleaned until they are disgustingly dirty and the only time that is spent with them is when they are wanted to be put “on show”. Then people wonder why they scream, bite, pluck their feathers and mutilate their own bodies.
As a financial supporter of Wings of Love Bird Haven, Inc. I know that my contributions are helping to give many birds a better life. Not only the birds in their care but others around the world as they continue to educate people on the best care possible for these sentinel beings.
One specific donation memory for me was in early 2011 when Wings of Love and another local rescue did a seizure of 40 or 50 birds at one time. There were cockatiels, Quaker, Conure, Amazons, Eclectus and Macaws. These birds were being housed inside a small, filthy and totally pitch black building. They were in terrible condition. One pair of Eclectus was found with over 40 eggs in their nestbox. Of course the birds were in such poor health that there was no way the eggs could be fertile but just the thought of one hen laying that many eggs made me cry.
The female’s name was Angel. This sweet little girl crawled around on her belly- most likely due to calcium deficiency. An Angel she is. Even though life has dealt her a bad situation she has the sweetest disposition. She was adopted into a new home and to this day is being loved on and pampered by her owners. She still crawls on her belly... she still has health problems including heart problems. She still has to have medicine every day. Despite it all... she is an Angel. Her owners live in an Assisted Living Community... she is loved and pampered by the entire community.
Why do I support Wings of Love Bird Haven?
Not only do the funds allow them to keep their doors opened and able to continue taking in these birds that need their care, it also allows them to continue to educate the public as well as other bird owners on the best diet, proper housing requirements, need for sunshine and exercise and proper vet care; things that literally save the lives of these birds over and over again as new owners learn and follow these better guidelines. Their mission... in a nutshell is TRIPLE R-E. This stands for Rescue-Rehabilitation-Re-home and Education.
Wings of Love Bird Haven, Inc. has taken in, rehabilitated and adopted out hundreds of birds over the past 13 years. This coming year, with the help of generous donors they are wanting to do even more. They are currently raising funds to purchase acreage so that even more birds can be helped. As of now birds are being turned away weekly due to lack of space. With my donation, and the donations of like-minded people around the world the Haven will be able to provide more homes and better education for the birds in their care and around the globe. Please go to www.givingtuesday.org and support Wings of Love Bird Haven today. Their website is www.bird-haven.org. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bhrescue.
Review from #MyGivingStory
Bird Haven is amazing! They have rescued so many parrots, are always careful to quarantine the new birds and go the extra mile for each bird. De, the director, has a unique talent with parrots and works hard to help those birds with behavior problems. She truly cares about the birds and provides them individual attention every day. Adopting parents are screened carefully to ensure they are a good match with the parrot and will provide the parrot with a loving home. I HIGHLY recommend this charity!
Thank you so much for your continued support. We can't do it without the help of our supporters.
Bird Haven is dedicated not only to rescuing parrots and finding them loving homes, but also to educating parrot owners on training their birds. De is excellent at helping troubled birds overcome their issues. She truly loves all the birds that come through the center and helps to find them a great forever home where they will be loved and cared for.
Thank you for your continued support.
In Dec. 2010 I inquired about adopting an Africian grey. Well as it happened De had a rescue of a "package deal" I was like huh me I could never own a Macaw! The deal was these two birds ha to stay togetther it was and african grey AND a catalina macaw! I fostered them for a short period and then decided I could bar to let them go. So we fully adopted them. De was a great help with the ins and outs of keeping these birds safe in an enviroment that these BEAUTIFUL animals deserve!
How well I remember this situation. Angela stepped right up and took the bull by the horns and just "did it". So happy we have such wonderful volunteers, adopters and supporters.
I called to inquire about rescuing a parakeet and spent time talking with De. She asked me questions that helped not only her but myself realize how open I was to adopting a parrot. She introduced me to Taz, a nine year old quaker parrot who has brought such a joy to my household. I feel so thankful that De made such a wonderful match. She is a very gifted and caring individual. The bird world is lucky to have her.
Thank you Sharon. We appreciate your support.
Wings of Love is well organized, dedicated, educational and commited to caring for the birds that it takes in. Dee is truly an amazing human being. She works tirelessley and is so comitted to the health and welfare of the birds she takes in and allows to be adopted from the rescue. I've adopted two parrots from this organization and just can't say enough good things.
Thank you Inga. We so appreciate all you've done to help us out. Yes, not only financially but as a birdy mom to our feathered friends.
We were part of your, rescue two years ago. We decided to keep
our little Timnah Gray [Sammi] after rescue.
De, you are a wonderful Bird Lover! Thank You for your efforts!
You are welcome to Austin Parrots Society anytime you come
Although George is not with us anymore I will say that he stepped in in a big way when duty called. We had a situation of several birds coming in all at one time and didn't have room for them all. He not only PAID FOR the rental of the trailer to transfer them but he also took in one of the birds so that we could find a place for them all. He and his wife Carole also helped us in other ways financially.
WINGS OF LOVE is a necessity due to the misfortune of these birds, through no fault of their own. Most people do not think about the fact that many of these birds outlive dogs many times over. De has the perfect temperment, personality, and outlook for this important work. I am very thankful this organization exists and hope that the need for it will decrease at some point in the future. Until then, I encourage anyone who can help with support in any way, will do so as soon as possible.
Jeff helped us with some of the repairs around the Haven. Even in the scorching heat he was willing to continue working. He also did a foster for us. Thank you Jeff. We lost touch for a while but I'm glad to know where you are again. :) Still in Texas anyway.
About two years ago I had to leave Dallas for professional reasons. We were the happy owners of a wonderful black headed Caique, called Ravi. Our new journey would take us to the Hawaiian Island of Maui, while filling out paperwork for our two dogs Lola and Kasimir and our cockatiel Pancho, we soon realized that Ravi was on the not allowed avian list. This was a shock to us. My husband had already signed the contract for his new job and saved guaranteed his position for the next two years.
We were very sad and frustrated, we did not know what to do. I tried to call the Dallas Zoo, the Fort Worth Zoo, the Dallas Aquarium and inquire about options to donate Ravi. I am from Europe, I had some friends in Dallas, but mostly dog lovers without any avian experience.
DeAnn from Bird Haven was the only one able and willing to help. She arranged a board meeting, Ravi's case was discussed and shortly before I left I was able to foster him at her avian sanctuary. By now he was successfully adopted out and so she tells me, loves his new parents. It is still heart breaking for me, but I should have his happiness in mind. I just hope one day, I can see him again and let him know that I love him.
This was indeed a great story with a happy ending. We normally don't even do foster care but since this family were going to be gone so long we agreed to keep their bird. They willingly paid for the bloodwork required and a monthly fee to keep the bird here. After two years of them being gone we decided it was best to provide a permanent home. Once of our volunteers at the time fell in love with Ravi. Ravi is still with them today and doing super. In fact- Ravi has been featured on some of our website and facebook pages.
Earlier this year I adopted Sonny and Cher through Wings of Love Bird Haven. De walked me through becoming educated BEFORE I went to pick up my babies. She worked to make sure that I was making an educated decision to make the transition not just good for the babies, but also for my family. I had the chance to meet De and think that she is an amazing woman who works very hard for the birds.
If I lived closer I would so be there to lend a hand to her.
Lisa. We do appreciate you taking these two girls and giving them a new life. And look what this started. :) YOU are now the leader of your very own rescue. I'm so glad to know that you are helping others now in this same way.
This is a fantastic group to work with. It is all about what is best for the birds. From starting in Quarantine, to daily diet, to finding the perfect home.
I have worked with them to get the word out in the Avian Community for almost two years now. From setting up cage donations to fund raising when possible De does it all for the birds. And she makes the little bit of money go a very long way.
Wings of Love Bird Haven is a wonderful resource for both birds and people.
Cyn D. was a great help to us in many different ways. She donated tons of ready-made toys to us as well as helped us with different fundraising efforts. Cyn is no longer with us and we do miss her alot. The entire bird community is less fortunate with her absence.
WOL is a dedicated & organized parrot rescue. Wings of Love has demonstrated great care to all parrots entering their rescue as well as detailed and careful adoptive pet parent selection. All the birds are fed homemade diets that include bird mash (recipe is on their website) sprouts, dried fruits & veggies as well as appropriate seeds and nuts. They strive to use all organic food & green, parrot friendly cleaning supplies. Their website is packed with helpful information for any parrot owners or person considering a parrot as a mew family member. Parrot adoption is a huge commitment due to the life span of the Parrots, in depth feeding requirements, exercise, socialization & physical care such as nail & beak trimming, birdbath, & required sun exposure.
You have helped us in so many ways. As a former boardmember you were active in all or our different events. It is good to know that I can still always count on you to help out in a time of need.
Wings of Love is an amazing nonprofit run by a terrific and caring person. De has a way with birds, and it shows through they're development and recovery at the Haven. I wish I had more resources to show my support for Wings of Love; it definitely deserves it!
Thank you Lauren. We are very grateful for your support.
De Waggoner, who founded and runs Wings of Love Bird Haven, is one of the most dedicated and caring people I know! She is a tireless advocate for parrots and continually goes above and beyond in her efforts to feed, protect and find new forever homes for her feathered charges! Despite the financial challenges facing Wings of Love and indeed, all animal rescues, De cultivates a dedicated group of sponsors and volunteers who together help her provide a healthy and happy environment for the parrots in her care. She was recently called upon to take charge of 20 + parrots rescued from two hoarding situations, one in Texas and another in Tennessee. I enjoy volunteering for Wings of Love and plan to escalate my commitment to the group when my last child leaves for college next year.
Annette - thank you for your support. You have helped us financially and at various events and we are very grateful for your support.
The Wings of Love bird Haven is an organization committed to the welfare of all birds that enter their doors. The birds are very well cared for. Cages are kept clean, they get a fresh diet of wholesome foods as well as lots of attention. De and her staff work to make sure that the Haven is a safe place until the birds can find forever homes. It has been my privilege to work with De at parrot training seminar and raise funds for the Haven. The Haven is a place of Love and Compassion as well as a refuge for un-homed parrots.
Ms. Einstein and her parronts have been a god-send to the Haven. They have helped us financially as well as in volunteer efforts. They even went on TV with us to share about the Haven on Good Morning Texas earlier this year. Thank you Einstein and parronts.
I am truly honored to be a member of the board for Wings of Love. I have learned so much from De and she has made me a better birdie mom. I respect the amount of effort put into providing each bird with the best possible diet and environment. Not many bird rescues will go to the work of all the fresh, organic fresh foods and sprouts. I have also met so many great people through my role with WOL, it has been a rewarding experience.
As a volunteer and board member you have been a great asset to the haven. Even though you are no longer a board member due to other responsibilities we know we can always count on you to help in time of need.
I was lucky enough to do a two week 'internship' at Wings of Love. De was very nice, welcoming, and she taught me a lot about the birds. Wings of Love is completely dedicated to the welfare of their birds. No matter how full they are, De makes sure that each and every one gets their needs fully met. I think it is a great nonprofit and that they are making a difference. After my first intership was over, I came back a year later- so that must say something. If you are to adopt a bird from there, rest assured that they will be completely honest and upfront about all they know, and that they will have given it the greatest care while it was in their posession.
We indeed were the lucky ones Lauren. You were such a help to us (two summers in a row). You worked tirelessly to help in any way we needed your help. I know you will make an awesome vet tech.
2 1/2 years ago my husband and I adopted an African Grey from Wings of Love. They have such a commitment to the birds they take in. You can tell by just being there that they truly care about them and want them to go to people who are really committed to having the bird. They are very educated about all aspects of their birds and pass that along to the adoptive "parents". Our little bird brings us laughter and joy everyday and we are so happy to have him in our family!!!
Thank you Tammy. We are very grateful for all of our adopter.
My Non-Profit Organization is North Texas Pet Food Bank. We were led to the Wings Of Love organization during a particularly trying time for them. They had just assisted in a rescue of 35 birds from a horrific hoarding situation. They amazed everyone with their commitment, knowledge and love for these birds.
We are so very grateful for you. Any time you have something that you think we might need you will contact us. Thank you for what you do for all the animals.
I started working w/ Wings of Love Birdhaven when my 9yo son was pursuing a Bird project through 4-H. We were looking for places for him to volunteer, and the Rescue wasn't far from us at all. They immediately listed ways that even a 9yo could help: from making toys, to cleaning cages, to baking bread and fundraising. We were thrilled to be able to help, and as an adult volunteer I was able to start volunteering at the Haven itself-- learning to feed and care for the birds while the staff was out of town. I found that the protocols and routine that was set up were incredibly efficient and easy to step into. As I grew in my ability to volunteer, I also learned a lot about the policies in place-- the quarantine building, the testing, the medical treatments, the adoption procedures, and the aviary rules. The experience has made me a better 4-H Bird Project Leader, a better mom-to-a-kid-with-birds, and a person with a greater understanding in general of rescues. Their outreach seminars and daily handling of the birds are incredible and do a lot for the community. Thank you, Bird Haven, for being there not only to help the birds, but to teach us as well!
YOu have alway been only a phone call or text message away to help in any way you can. We are very grateful for your help.