Nice article today in the Albany Times Union on the Capital Region Parrot Society, a Ballston Spa-based parrot sanctuary (Ballston Spa is about 40 miles north of Albany). Run by Sandra Preisman, the 40-member strong organization has been active for many years serving the cause of giving “discarded” caged birds good homes where their essential needs are met.
As the article points out, caring for a large number of these birds takes dedication, hard work, and plenty of money (given the costs of providing suitable tropical temperatures during upstate New York’s legendary cold winters, plus quality nutrition, toys, and suitable enclosures). The CRPS has been doing this since the 1970s, and today, successfully places dozens of birds seach months with new owners who must an application and home trial process.
The good people who do this kind of work deserve our praise, and their message — that buying a parrot should never be an “impulse buy” but should be a decision that’s as carefully considered as that of adopting a human into the home — should be heeded. Parrots are intellgent, high-maintenance, social creatures who live a long time, and deserve better than to be relegated to a caged-in life with insufficient emotional and material support.
If you’re in the Albany area and wish to adopt a parrot (and are prepared to undergo the CRPS’s screeing process), please visit the organization’s web site or call 518-982-3495. You can also donate (via Paypal) to the CRPS on the site.
The Central Region Parrot Society:
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