Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Results for Florida Parrot Rescue and the 24 hr Giving Challenge!

The results are in for The Giving Challenge with donations for Florida Parrot Rescue (FPR) totaling nearly $7,000 ($6,591 to be exact) from 69 independent donors! 

This is good news because as the organization grows so do the expenses! Take a look at the difference from 2010 to 2012! FPR's entire expenditure profile can be seen here.

My current foster bird, a Moluccan Cockatoo named Jojo, also fared well with his entry by reaching over 2,000 people and generating 12 responses on FaceBook. Watch out these photos are cute!

Monday, April 28, 2014

The 24 hr Giving Challenge - Jojo's entry

I was asked by my foster coordinators at Florida Parrot Rescue to write a piece on the bird I am currently fostering, Jojo. This piece will be entered into an online event for nonprofits to compete for large sums of cash donations. And after inheriting a large vet bill after a recent animal hoarding case Florida Parrot Rescue needs all the help they can get. The following is my help with their entry.

Jojo is a over 30 year old Moluccan Cockatoo, exact age unknown like much of his history. He doesn't act like other cockatoos which means he was likely caught in the wild. Jojo came to me as a bird needing help. He would run away or attack a hand or perch that came near him, did not care for human interactions, was deemed to like only one type of gender, and didn't seek out human touch.

I started target training Jojo after we built up a significant amount of trust. Here we are working on no-contact step up training. I was very wary of Jojo because of his distrust in humans as you can see in how far I kept my distance from him while he perched on his cage in the photo below.

Jojo has since graduated into a very loving bird. In three months he learned to enjoy what humans have to offer: love, security, play, and cuddles! Jojo steps up, seeks out human touch, does tricks, and a variety of helpful husbandry behaviors such as taking liquids from a syringe. As you can see he is now on my hand and in close contact with me, his foster mommy! What a success!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Quebec Bans Prong and Shock Collars

Certified dog trainer (CPDT-KA) Nancy Tucker reports on Quebec's latest law promoting a higher standard of ethics in the dog training community; the banning of prong and shock collars.

While this is a progressive law for Canada I do not see a strong and concentrated movement of animal behaviour professionals pushing for similar laws in the U.S., which is unfortunate.

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