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So for those of you that remember the article I posted about the Calgary Parrot Rescue that's house burnt down losing I believe 26 birds? Well they are in DESPERATE need of Foster homes. They don't have a location right now to house rescues even though they are still getting TONS of requests each day to surrender Parrots to the rescue.
Well, I have decided that I am going to ask Mike if I can Foster a bird or two!
I AM going away to BC for 3 weeks or so at the end of the month but I am going to text Mike and ask him if I can Foster a Parrot! (he is away on a course for the Military for 2 months).

Anyways, I think I'm going to send in my application NOW so that it has time to get processed and then once I am back home from BC I will hopefully have a new Foster!

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So Mike doesn't want me Fostering right now. But depending on how much we get back from our tax return I am going to use some of my half of the money to put towards getting a Parrot. 8) Might have to wait until after summer but that would be worth it!



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That's too bad you couldn't foster! That probably would have been a big help. I don't understand why Mike won't let you foster but will let you have your own bird in a few months? I really hope you can get one, that would be amazing! Are you still hoping for an African Grey?




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He said he doesn't want to deal with a Parrot on his summer leave (would have to bring it on a 12 hour drive to BC...), and he just doesn't want to deal with one "at this time in general".
To be fair, his Grandpa died a couple of days ago, and he's on course 2 Provinces away that is just wrecking him already. (They get about 5 hours a sleep a night...)
Once he's home and settled in again I think he'll be more inclined to being up for it.

And yes, I want to get a Grey!



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Fostering is hard, especially if the birds haven't been disease tested. Luckily a lot of rescues across the pond DO test so that's alright but you don't want birds going down on you when you've got no reason why what else makes it very hard is knowing you're going to have to say goodbye. By all means you can apply for a bird you foster but they may not give them to you still. It is really difficult. Rewarding nonetheless!

I hope Mike lets you get a bird when he's back, we all know you want one! I know I have my aviary birds at my grandparents still but it simply isn't the same. I don't have any to care for here and it drives me around the bend! My nan asked me the other day why I didn't take one of my budgie chicks for myself and I was like, whoah whoah whoah. I've had enough hardship losing birds in this house and I'm not losing more! Sigh. I want one so bad


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You are too far away to be a foster of that particular rescue. It's as simple as that. The usual rule for foster homes is that they need to be within 50 miles because the prospective adopter would not want to travel so far away and, besides, part of being a foster is taking the animal to the doctor the rescue uses and allowing periodic inspections of their facilities (too high a risk of hoarding, especially in the bird world). Also, all the birds in the house must have tested negative for EVERYTHING!

An adoption is different in that, if you are willing to travel back and forth all that way several times to visit with the bird and have good avian vet and personal references, the rescue might (and the operative word here is 'might') be willing to make the trip to inspect your home because it's only once.
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Fostering is hard, especially if the birds haven't been disease tested. Luckily a lot of rescues across the pond DO test so that's alright but you don't want birds going down on you when you've got no reason why what else makes it very hard is knowing you're going to have to say goodbye. By all means you can apply for a bird you foster but they may not give them to you still. It is really difficult. Rewarding nonetheless!

I hope Mike lets you get a bird when he's back, we all know you want one! I know I have my aviary birds at my grandparents still but it simply isn't the same. I don't have any to care for here and it drives me around the bend! My nan asked me the other day why I didn't take one of my budgie chicks for myself and I was like, whoah whoah whoah. I've had enough hardship losing birds in this house and I'm not losing more! Sigh. I want one so bad


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This rescue is VERY highly regarded within the Parrot community across Canada. They are the only great bird rescue that I have heard of or found in Canada.
You make a good point though about Fostering, I don't know if I could give the bird back after having it for a while! I really, really want my own though.

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You are too far away to be a foster of that particular rescue. It's as simple as that. The usual rule for foster homes is that they need to be within 50 miles because the prospective adopter would not want to travel so far away and, besides, part of being a foster is taking the animal to the doctor the rescue uses and allowing periodic inspections of their facilities (too high a risk of hoarding, especially in the bird world). Also, all the birds in the house must have tested negative for EVERYTHING!

An adoption is different in that, if you are willing to travel back and forth all that way several times to visit with the bird and have good avian vet and personal references, the rescue might (and the operative word here is 'might') be willing to make the trip to inspect your home because it's only once.
How do you know that? Calgary is only a 3-4 hour drive away and they are in desperate need or Foster homes. They have people all over Canada that adopt birds from them, etc, not just from the area. Also, I don't have any Birds of my own right now so there is no issue about diseases already being in my household that could spread to the Foster.

I have adopted animals before, I know what the process is like and I know what it entails. Thanks though.



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LOL - Do you really think that a rescuer is going to allow anybody living 4 hours away to foster one of his animals? What if there was an emergency? You could take it to your own vet but, usually, rescues would not accept that because they are the ones that evaluate the situation and decide whether they a) can get a regular apt at the vet b) it's something they can deal with c) it's an emergency. They have deals with a couple of local vets (they get discounts, they can pay monthly installments, they get free medicine samples, etc). If they send an animal so far away, they would lose complete control of the animal's health and wellbeing. I did full time dog and cat rescue with a group (was a VP and the shelter manager) for 6 years and one of the rules was that neither the adopter, nor the foster homes could be more than half an hour away and, if you look online at different rescues, you will see they always have some sort of statement to this effect.
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LOL - Do you really think that a rescuer is going to allow anybody living 4 hours away to foster one of his animals? What if there was an emergency? You could take it to your own vet but, usually, rescues would not accept that because they are the ones that evaluate the situation and decide whether they a) can get a regular apt at the vet b) it's something they can deal with c) it's an emergency. They have deals with a couple of local vets (they get discounts, they can pay monthly installments, they get free medicine samples, etc). If they send an animal so far away, they would lose complete control of the animal's health and wellbeing. I did full time dog and cat rescue with a group (was a VP and the shelter manager) for 6 years and one of the rules was that neither the adopter, nor the foster homes could be more than half an hour away and, if you look online at different rescues, you will see they always have some sort of statement to this effect.
I fostered dogs and this is true. They like to control everything.

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LOL - Do you really think that a rescuer is going to allow anybody living 4 hours away to foster one of his animals? What if there was an emergency? You could take it to your own vet but, usually, rescues would not accept that because they are the ones that evaluate the situation and decide whether they a) can get a regular apt at the vet b) it's something they can deal with c) it's an emergency. They have deals with a couple of local vets (they get discounts, they can pay monthly installments, they get free medicine samples, etc). If they send an animal so far away, they would lose complete control of the animal's health and wellbeing. I did full time dog and cat rescue with a group (was a VP and the shelter manager) for 6 years and one of the rules was that neither the adopter, nor the foster homes could be more than half an hour away and, if you look online at different rescues, you will see they always have some sort of statement to this effect.
I used to work at the local Humane Society, I have volunteered at local shelters my whole life, I know how things work.
You live in another Country than me, so no offence but you cannot just automatically take YOUR knowledge and just think that it applies to the rest of the world.
Either way, I am not going to Foster any more any ways as was already said before you posted your first comment. Please only reply to threads where your comments would still be relevant and welcomed.



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LOL - Do you really think that a rescuer is going to allow anybody living 4 hours away to foster one of his animals? What if there was an emergency? You could take it to your own vet but, usually, rescues would not accept that because they are the ones that evaluate the situation and decide whether they a) can get a regular apt at the vet b) it's something they can deal with c) it's an emergency. They have deals with a couple of local vets (they get discounts, they can pay monthly installments, they get free medicine samples, etc). If they send an animal so far away, they would lose complete control of the animal's health and wellbeing. I did full time dog and cat rescue with a group (was a VP and the shelter manager) for 6 years and one of the rules was that neither the adopter, nor the foster homes could be more than half an hour away and, if you look online at different rescues, you will see they always have some sort of statement to this effect.
The "LOL" part of this post came across as very rude and we do not tolerate that. You may voice your opinion without being mean about it. Just a reminder to everyone to stay kind, always.




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And that is how I took that comment, as rude. I don't appreciate people treating me like a child that doesn't know what they are talking about.



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I am sorry the LOL part of it came off as rude. It wasn't meant as demeaning, it was just a natural reaction to the assertion that a foster home 3 or 4 hours away is OK. I did not mean to treat Kayla as child, just to clarify why is not. Often, volunteers see things from a different perspective than the people in charge of the rescue. It's a HUGE responsibility to be in charge of lives and the funds that will allow these lives to prosper. So rules are needed and this one is pretty much standard -even for third world countries, believe it or not.

I could also say that the 'you are from another country' was offensive as well as disingenuous but I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt because, when one is typing and reading, one cannot see the other person's expression or hear the exact tone of voice. I think that's kinder than calling the attention to something that we have no way of really telling whether it was done to offend or not... Just saying.
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LOL - Do you really think that a rescuer is going to allow anybody living 4 hours away to foster one of his animals? What if there was an emergency? You could take it to your own vet but, usually, rescues would not accept that because they are the ones that evaluate the situation and decide whether they a) can get a regular apt at the vet b) it's something they can deal with c) it's an emergency. They have deals with a couple of local vets (they get discounts, they can pay monthly installments, they get free medicine samples, etc). If they send an animal so far away, they would lose complete control of the animal's health and wellbeing. I did full time dog and cat rescue with a group (was a VP and the shelter manager) for 6 years and one of the rules was that neither the adopter, nor the foster homes could be more than half an hour away and, if you look online at different rescues, you will see they always have some sort of statement to this effect.
Not to add fuel to the fire, but I'd like to add that your statement is not true in all cases. The humane society by my old home would gladly adopt out animals to people thousands of miles away. Literally thousands. If needed they would actually coordinate travel with people, sometimes not even the adopter to get the animal to its destination. I have no experience with fostering so cannot speak for that, but there are exceptions to rules. We lived somewhere isolated and if they weren't willing to do so the kill rate would have been astronomical, so in that case, it was a better option for our community and the animals.
Regardless, all that matters in the end is that the animals have good care, and that is all any of us on this site truly want anyway, or I doubt we'd be here.
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I am done with this conversation. I won't be Fostering, at least not for 6+ months, so this thread is basically irrelevant now. Thanks for the input guys.



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Not to add fuel to the fire, but I'd like to add that your statement is not true in all cases. The humane society by my old home would gladly adopt out animals to people thousands of miles away. Literally thousands. If needed they would actually coordinate travel with people, sometimes not even the adopter to get the animal to its destination. I have no experience with fostering so cannot speak for that, but there are exceptions to rules. We lived somewhere isolated and if they weren't willing to do so the kill rate would have been astronomical, so in that case, it was a better option for our community and the animals.
Regardless, all that matters in the end is that the animals have good care, and that is all any of us on this site truly want anyway, or I doubt we'd be here.
Yes, many high kill shelters adopt out of state (there is one about 15 minutes away from me that does, as a matter of fact). Even some no kill ones do. The rescue where I used to volunteer (strictly no-kill) would also by coordinating with another rescue the home inspection (we would do it for them and they would do it for us). But adopting is one thing and fostering is another. When you adopt, you become the owner and acquire all the responsibilities and expenses, when you foster, you don't, the animal still 'belongs' to the rescue.
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