About The Organization
A Parront’s Love Small Bird Rescue began operating in May 2016. As we became involved in the local community and their mission to reunite lost and found pets with their people, we became known as the bird folks in the Austin area. Our numbers rose very quickly during the spring and summer of 2016 as we took in strays to prevent them from being given away or re-homed prematurely. Since our intake had skyrocketed, it was then that we decided we would not be able to provide a forever home to all the birds we crossed paths with.
We began keeping birds in 2011, and by 2012 we were aware of the great over-population issue that nearly all domesticated animals have been facing. Sadly, because it does not cost a lot to acquire a bird, but it does cost a lot of time and money to upkeep birds and keep them healthy and happy, people often buy a bird on a whim and then re-home or give them away a year or two later. Because of this and the fact that birds live for so long, they often go through an unimaginable amount of homes throughout their lives. This is emotionally tolling on birds because they form flock bonds with every person that they live with.
We decided to focus on small birds because it is not only what we have the most experience with, but also because there are not any other bird rescues in Texas that focus on small birds. The other Texas bird rescues we are aware of focus solely on medium/large birds.
We are not currently at non-profit status.
On May 21, 2012, Allie came into my life. She was an old Whiteface Cockatiel hen, who had an overgrown beak, deformed feet with overgrown toenails, dirty feathers, terribly arthritic droopy wings, and the most beautiful personality I had ever met in a bird. She didn’t have a name before we met. Humans had done her so wrong, but she immediately showed me an abundance of love and trust and she stole my heart.
A Healthy And Happy Allie
Allie’s health improved quickly with the help of a veterinarian, full spectrum lighting, lots and lots of love, and the persistence to convince her to eat healthy foods. She lived a fulfilling and healthy life with me for about 17 months before she fell ill. After extensive testing and supportive care, she was finally diagnosed with Avian Gastric Yeast in December 2013. $3000+ later, she had been successfully treated for AGY. On her final check-up in January 2014, the one that was supposed to clear her and give her a clean bill of health, my very wonderful vet found a mass growing in Allie’s crop. It was only a matter of time until we had to tell her goodbye. Allie showed me love until the very end. We had her humanely euthanized on April 7, 2014.
Allie is the reason APL exists. Rest in Peace, Miss Al.
The First Time Allie Played With A Toy