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Post August 29th, 2012, 7:41 am

I live on Vancouver Island, Canada, and would like to show you how someone (Wendy Huntbatch) was able to make a difference for many neglected or abandoned parrots by founding the "World Parrot Rescue" - it is located 10 minutes from my home. It originally started out in the Vancouver area, but was moved to rural Vancouver Island when the threat of Avian flu became an issue.

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The World Parrot Refuge is an educational facility that provides a “Home for Life” for previously owned pet parrots, and is operated by the “For the Love Of Parrots Refuge Society”...

The Refuge has over 800 parrots, a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, and 23,000 square feet of heated indoor free-flight aviaries with plans for 16,000 square feet of easily accessed outdoor flights for the warmer months. The Refuge opened to the public for educational purposes on June 11, 2005.
.../Read more at http://worldparrotrefuge.org/

View the video below - World Parrot Refuge - A Home for Life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg9FKgQC ... ure=relmfu
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Post August 29th, 2012, 8:52 am

Thanks for sharing that, Van; very inspirational!

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Post June 18th, 2016, 5:40 pm

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The future is up in the air for several hundred parrots living at the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs.

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Birds at the World Parrot Refuge are given room to fly at the sanctuary. (World Parrot Refuge)

Sad news to report with regard to this Parrot Refuge which I first posted about here four years ago. The founder/owner died in February and the refuge has had to close. Below are links to a couple of stories and videos about the sad situation the Refuge and the birds are now left in.

This story and local TV news coverage: Rush on to find homes for 450 parrots from Coombs Refuge is from June 2.

This is such a sad story. Read more about it here: Once loved, forgotten parrots face uncertain future - Vancouver Island group now struggling to find homes for hundreds of twice-orphaned birds.
This story was on national CBC news today. :cray:
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Post June 18th, 2016, 11:37 pm

This just breaks my heart. I almost visited the refuge when I was in the area, but could not get there and back before our ship left. How sad for all these birds. :(
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Post June 19th, 2016, 6:50 am

It is heartbreaking, RB. Just so sad that things came to this, after such well-meaning intentions on the part of Wendy, the founder.

Here is another story dated today.
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Post June 19th, 2016, 7:37 am

Those birds are in terrible shape...most are plucked and totally stressed. I read that several hundred birds vanished as the number went from 800 to 500 plus. They are never going to find homes for these birds. They will probably be euthanized...so very very sad. These birds are very emotional and imagine what they are feeling now. It just makes me sick. I wish I had the resources to do something but I do not. I pray that there will be a favorable resolution for these birds, but I am afraid it probably will not be the case. :cray:
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Post January 30th, 2018, 5:41 pm

The story continues ...

Here is a recent news story about The Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary -
A Vancouver bird sanctuary that is still looking after dozens of birds from a defunct Vancouver Island facility and is about to see its lease expire ...
https://globalnews.ca/news/3960949/vanc ... sanctuary/

View the videos:

https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/1135230531742/

https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/1057589315786/

(There are more videos on the global news site)
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Post January 30th, 2018, 9:03 pm

They're still battling on :hello: ...
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Post January 31st, 2018, 1:06 am

So very sad for all these birds that need a forever home. :(
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