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.