Kenny is a Senegal parrot, who is part of a weekly video diary. He was almost naked from feather destruction, but he’s slowly gained back his health and feathers.
Most parrot rescues accept any parrot in need, regardless of species. Other parrot rescues evaluate the temperament, health, and needs of their rescued parrots and then provide as much training and enrichment as their resources allow.
Ginger? Parrot Rescue ?a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in Gilbert, Arizona ?takes a different approach to the usual parrot rescue: they focus on Senegal parrots and cockatiels. “We do occasionally accept other species but with rare exception,?says Ginger Duplisse, founder and president of the rescue.
The rescue then provides extensive behavioral rehabilitation for each bird. Behavioral issues such as screaming, plucking, and biting are reduced or eliminated. Individual taming and training is completed with each bird to build a solid bird-human relationship.
“We are also different than most rescues because we do not clip a bird’s wings. All our birds are flighted unless they are physically incapable. We believe that birds are happier, healthier and more well-rounded when they are allowed to be in their natural state,?Duplisse said.
Because Ginger? Parrot Rescue is small, they must limit the birds that come in to allow for proper training and rehabilitation. Some birds can remain at the rescue for years or even become permanent residents. The average population of Senegal parrots is 15 at any one time. There is a waiting list of people who want to relinquish their Senegal parrots to the rescue.
Duplisse said, “We average 20 cockatiels at any one time; we have had as many as 30 and as few as 10. We have many that are special needs birds and are permanent residents. Those that are geriatric, have severe FDB [feather destructive behavior], are blind, have one leg, and so on are dependent on us for life care.?
She added, “Adoptions are not anywhere near the amount we’d like where the Senegals are concerned, but we have had 25 cockatiels and parakeets adopted this year. It is a challenge finding committed adopters who understand what it means to own a parrot, including the good and the bad of ownership. Funding, of course, is always a challenge for all rescues.?
Ginger’s Parrot Rescue works with cockatiels and Senegal parrots only (and budgies/parakeets at times too).
Duplisse credits a little lost lovebird as the start of Ginger? Parrot Rescue. “I called the parrot rescue in my area to find out how to save him. After numerous attempts I was unsuccessful, but I agreed to meet with the parrot rescue to learn more about parrots. I spent several hours there with the owner, who asked me if I’d be interested in fostering. It all began that day when I left there with a Senegal parrot to foster for the rescue.?lt;/span>
At the time that Duplisse began the parrot rescue she was volunteering with a wildlife rescue, taking care of adoption arrangements. The rescue would occasionally get calls about found parrots. Because she had a parrot of her own, and most of the wildlife volunteers were scared of parrots, Duplisse was given those calls. Although she enjoyed the wildlife side of rescue, it became more difficult to split her time between that and providing rescue for parrots. It only made sense to start the parrot rescue.
Duplisse is an offsite adjunct staff member of the Oasis Sanctuary in Arizona, a Humane Society of Arizona Adoption Partner, an AFA certified aviculturist levels I and II, and a 2012 graduate of the Susan Friedman Behavior Works Program.
Ginger? Parrot Rescue works with the Oasis Sanctuary and other rescues with everything from fostering to volunteering for open houses.
The most recent project was a cooperative effort between several different rescues to coordinate rescuing 20 cockatiels from a hoarding situation in Michigan. The Oasis Sanctuary agreed to provide them with sanctuary, but the birds needed a place to acclimate to the climate and remain in quarantine.
Ginger? Parrot Rescue has several outdoor aviaries and kept the birds for a couple of months. Once the quarantine period had lapsed and all the testing proved the birds were disease free, they were moved into the Oasis Sanctuary Aviary.
“It is always such a great feeling working with other rescues to accomplish a like-minded goal,?Duplisse said. “I love it when it isn’t viewed as a competition, but a collaborative effort for the common goal of giving excellent care for the birds in need. We all need to continue to work together.?lt;/span>
While Ginger? Parrot Rescue is committed to education, they no longer participate in bird marts. Duplisse explained, “We have found that it isn’t a good target audience when it comes to education. We don’t participate in mass marketing efforts either for the same reason.?
Instead, the rescue has held many seminars with Michael Sazhin, the Parrot Wizard. He has provided countless hours of training that have helped shape the rescue. His Senegal parrot. Kili, is world famous. She has been on Steve Harvey, David Letterman, America’s Got Talent, and many other venues through the world. Duplisse herself speaks at local bird clubs on many educational topics.
Ginger? Parrot Rescue provides a lot of online resources. Perhaps the most fun is the weekly video diary of Kenny, a Senegal brought to the rescue on Valentine? Day 2014. Practically naked from feather destruction, Kenny has slowly regained his health, his confidence and his feathers. Duplisse continues to train Kenny, and the recorded sessions are helpful for people who want to train their own parrots. The rescue also has a YouTube channel, a website and a Facebook page.
To volunteer, adopt (if you live near the rescue), donate, or get involved with Ginger? Parrot Rescue, just send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 480-382-5411.