Success Stories

Rescue, Educate, Share Experiences

Haley & Joey

Haley came into the shelter, after having visited us on Facebook, to see which bird she may be interested in adopting. Joey spotted her... it was love at first site.

Joey, a large Scarlet Macaw, had been at our facility since fall 2016, and he was starting to get a little agressive at times. While volunteers did their best to play with Joey and give the attention he craved, it just wasn't ever enough for him.

Haley with JoeyThen, Joey saw Haley and that was it! He climbed on her shoulder immediately, seemed to act like a perfect angel, and didn't want to let go. It was apparent that these two were meant to be together.

Macaw placements present many challenges. They require a bird owner who knows how to provide the proper care needed to maintain their health and happiness. They can behave like spoiled toddlers at times, and their beaks are very intimidating to many people. They require wood chew toys to satisfy their natural chewing instincts. Many have plucked their feathers when not given attention, wood chews, and proper diet. Adopting a Macaw is a serious committment and should not be done in haste. These are sensitive, intelligent creatures with an average lifespan of 60 plus years.

Since Haley had done her research and knew what Joey would need to flourish in her home, she was a good choice for Joey. She had ordered the proper cage and visited him often. Once her new cage arrived, she took him home.

Joey has already shown great progress adjusting to his new home. It is wonderful to know he is well loved...and makes our shelter work so worthwhile!


August 2017...
Joey visits with Haley at our
August toy making event and meeting.