Our story started in Mendoza Argentina around the 1960s. My life with parrots began with zero knowledge about them. I was a person who was simply fascinated and amazed by their beauty and I wanted to own one. I came across vendors selling blue fronted Amazon chick parrots that they have robbed from nests in the adjoining country of Paraguay and brought over the border to sell on the street corners for two dollars each. I buy one and I am told not to give him water but just a cornmeal mash to eat. The first one died in 24 hours and I returned it. I got another one which by some miracle lived despite a completely wrong diet.His care was totally inappropriate as I knew nothing and didn't even know about or recognize the horror of poaching of these unweaned parrots from their nests.Our blue fronted was named Freddy and he came with us to the US, several years later. This began my love affair with parrots. I wanted to learn more and cause awareness and somehow spread my story so that they wouldn't make the same mistake I did when I started. I educated myself and many years later I rescued a blue and gold macaw named Horace who had been seriously abused. Suddenly I began to see the dark side of parrots in captivity and realized it was everywhere. Cruelty and abuse horrified me and I realized there are no laws to protect parrots. What I have seen in all the years since is parrots in captivity do not fare well. People knowing nothing about them buy them and keep them in cages where many never see sunshine or another parrot their whole life. They are bored, frustrated and often never let out of their prisons, fed only seed and the owners soon tired of the mess, screaming and biting get rid of the bird and off it goes to the next home. Parrots are long lived creatures, often outliving their owners. Breeders flood the market with more parrots to endure the same fate. I knew my mission had to be to try to help whatever way I could and Sabra's Parrot Rescue was born. What I have seen in the last 35 years is almost more than I can bear. Now I am much wiser and more educated in their care and needs.Parrot rescues, true rescues that do not breed or sell, are all overwhelmed with unwanted, dumped and abused parrots. Funding is a constant concern as maintaining the needs of these wonderful birds is very expensive . My nut bill for my flock is $500/ month and I won't even get into the vet bills, produce, toys, supplements and hard food, pellets and seeds etc. The labor is constant. There are no holidays in a rescue center or vacations. The work is constant 365 days a year. I do this because it is my passion and because of my love for these amazing creatures. I am not a particularly religious person but I see a divine creator in the wonderful wild faces of parrots. I am happy to have them all in a free flighted aviary where they can be as close to a natural environment as possible.
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"She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot." Mark Twain