2017 charity was the Parrot Trust Scotland
Our charity explain themselves and what they are about…
The charity was originally founded on the island of Kerrera as a family run sanctuary and expanded to the extent that it relied upon the kindness of volunteers in order to survive.
Many of the birds we had in our care were crying out for human interaction as they had come from family homes and were human imprinted. Therefore, the decision was made to begin a fostering programme to allow as many of these birds as possible the opportunity to live in homes where they would be given all the one-to-one attention they so craved and with any luck, perhaps even spoiled. This was a complete change of direction for the charity and fundamentally we felt this merited a change of name as a result. It was decided to officially change the name of the charity to Parrot Trust Scotland (SCO41254) in February 2016.
The charity aim remains as before, that is, our parrots’ health, happiness and welfare but this new identity also allows us added direction of more accessible education and parrot owner support plus the opportunity to become the centre for excellence that our current birds and any who come to us in the future deserve.
A story of success from the Parrot Trust Scotland…
Welcome back to Parrot Trust Scotland’s new feature: Saturday Success Stories!
Here we will share with you one of our fostering/adoption success stories, written by the bird’s adoptive parront(s) themselves. Fourth up is Sparky, a Timneh African Grey:
“I still remember the moment I received the email – I was on my break at work. I was already in the midst of planning to shave my beard to raise money for the charity in memory of our family member, an amazing cockatiel who sadly passed away. The charity was based on Kerrera at that time and whilst we were making comments along the lines of “I wish there was more we could do to help”, it turned out that there was a way to help the charity without leaving our own home. They were in a bind regarding a particular parrot, Sparky, a Timneh African Grey who was suspected of having a rather nasty disease after prolonged exposure to another parrot (a confirmed case). The burden of procedures to protect the other parrots in the vicinity was a labour intensive one and best case scenario for everyone was to find another home without other birds for Sparky to live in a “medical quarantine” of sorts for a few months.
We were welcomed into Sparky’s life with a “hewo” – an adorable attempt at “hello” with a slight slur. Sparky is extremely shy and appears to favour solitude over company of any shape/size/feather/skin. Eighteen months have passed since the princess’s arrival and many laughs have been had ranging from comedy timing to food stealing. She has earned the nickname in this house due to her demeanour and expectations to have her servants perform her every bidding e.g. will patiently wait at a door and look at the servants to open it for her, or simply to turn the lights on for her. I forget why the circumstances arose leading me to ask my flatmate “is it me you’re looking for?”, but Sparky wasted no time in announcing “hewo!” only to look bemused at everyone crying with laughter. There was also the schoolboy error of offering Sparky a thumbnail-sized piece of salmon from my dinner plate, only to have her step onto my plate and pick up my entire fillet and run away with it. She tricked us into thinking she was shy! I for one am just glad that there is someone else in this house who loves fish as much as I do. I am tempted to record the excited begging noises she makes when she sees me with her favourite meal of trout/salmon with sweet potato, parsnips and babycorn fingers!
Sparky has come a long way in these eighteen months – she still won’t step up onto a hand/arm and is not exactly “hand tame”, but instead of quietly cowering away she will now occasionally sit on our knees and play with foot toys. It’s slow progress, but a rewarding one to see how far she has come in this time.