Published: May 29, 2017
A year ago, nearly 600 parrots who lived at a Vancouver Island refuge needed new homes.
In February 2016, the owner of the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs passed away. Wendy Huntbatch had devoted much of her life to caring for parrots abandoned by owners and breeders.
The refuge stayed open until August, but as documented by former Sun columnist Pete McMartin, conditions were dire at the end. Caregivers have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars nursing the sick birds back to health.
There were 584 parrots at the refuge a year ago, looking for a new home.
There are still 190 who remain without a permanent residence. Most are currently in the care of bird sanctuaries in Vancouver.
But the care is expensive, and the volunteers caring for the remaining homeless birds need help.
“We have seen illness transform into glowing health, fear turn to trust, and despair turn to hope. But this has come with a huge price tag. The cost of caring for hundreds of parrots with some paid staff and veterinary fees for the many injured and ill birds, is staggering, and both Greyhaven and Night Owl Bird Hospital have been struggling to stay afloat,” an emailed statement from Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary reads.