On an internet message board recently, someone posted that RESCUE has become a BIG BUSINESS.. here is my response: Rescue isn't big business... quite the opposite, it is a money losing business. You don't make money running/operating/having a rescue and doing it the RIGHT WAY. When a breeder sells hundreds of babies, doesn't vet most of them, feeds crappy diets and sells birds to anyone with a buck- that may be big business. But when a rescue takes in a bird with medical problems, properly vets them (doesn't ask for free medical advice online and treat with over the counter drugs), feeds them the proper diet, gets the right cage and supplies- a FREE to the rescue bird, at the end of the first week costs over $500- $800. For example, take a Blue and Gold Macaw
Vet bill: first visit, complete bloods, cultures, meds as needed etc $200 PLUS
Cage: they usually don't come with one, or if they do- its crappy: for a
macaw (WITH A DEAL CAUSE YOU KNOW THE MANUFACTURER) $400
Toys, Perches, Bowls: $50
Food: Pellets, fruits, veggies, grains, oats, some mix: $12 plus
FIRST WEEK....... $672 or there abouts..
TOTAL PRICE- Priceless, because you know you helped save a bird.
But it ain't big business.... in the $$$$ $en$e of the word...
but it is worth it everyday !!!
help a rescue... there are so many out there who are doing such great work !!