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Review for Gabriel Foundation, Elizabeth, CO, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

Obviously the people giving one-star reviews are Lisa McManus or her friends. (In fact I recognize some of the online IDs as such.) Yes, they have a lot of birds -- probably too many -- but they also have a ton of volunteers to help clean, feed, and play with them. They are fed twice a day -- they get a bean mix in the morning, and some seeds/nuts and "chop" in the afternoon. Most of the birds are in spacious enclosures and, weather permitting, they spend time outdoors. They are showered regularly.

The Department of Agriculture and animal control needed the Foundation to take in more than 100 birds when McManus was busted for neglect and hoarding. The only place to keep the birds (as they had to be in quarantine) was in Murad's three-car garage. They were moved as soon as quarantine was over.

So this poor review is obviously by someone who was on the wrong side of the law. Again, while I am unhappy that they've taken in so many birds (and don't adopt out as quickly as they could), given the fact that so many birds need homes and that there are so few facilities to take them, the Foundation may be doing the best job they can.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Learn to say no.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Flock Together Bird Rescue Inc, Windsor, SC, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Bird rescues should not be breeding. Yet this "rescue" does. Their current Facebook cover photo is of two hybrid macaws that were bred by the owner of this "rescue." To add insult to injury, she bred two endangered parrots in order to produce these babies. Scrolling through their Facebook page revealed other pairs of birds with nestboxes attached to their cages/flights.

Legitimate rescues are there to place birds in new, loving homes. Just about every rescue in the United States is beyond capacity because a million new birds are added to the marketplace. Too many birds see several homes in their lifetimes and many ultimately end up in rescues.

This "rescue" is contributing to the problem of overpopulation by breeding. Anyone interested in adopting a bird should go elsewhere.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

STOP BREEDING. Find homes for birds needing homes.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  General Member of the Public