In 1994 our love for an abused African Grey named Joshua ignited a passion to provide the much needed service of providing a safe and protective environment that allows them to thrive and flourish. We started our journey in a three car garage. We were based out of Fairfield, California. After Hurricane Floyd, many homeless birds filled all the rescues. We were cramped, and birds were fussy, we had to start turning them away. That was heartbreaking! We needed to expanded.

In 1999 The Joshua Rescue Foundation had started as a new 1,600 square foot aviary in Paradise, California. The aviary had central heating and air conditioning, its own kitchen with dishwasher for sanitizing their dishes. Large refrigerators and freezers allowed us to provide bulk supplies and organic fruits, vegetables and nuts.

A Bird's First Day

Upon arrival, each bird is given a complete physical examination by an avian veterinarian. Many new occupants require extensive care, as they are often malnourished and depressed; and some suffer physical injuries and broken bones. Test were done for any diseases.

All birds are transitioned to a high quality pellet, fruit and vegetable diet. This is done over an extended period of time to make sure the bird is becoming used to the diet and doesn't lose weight. Many birds have been fed a very poor high fat diet which is the cause for fatty liver disease, a disease that often kills birds who eat high fat and or poor diets. Because birds are very sensitive to pollutants and pesticides, we use organically grown produce. When possible we grow our own.

Indoor FlywayIn the aviary, each bird was given his or her own condo (cage) to allow them to escape from prying eyes, cranky neighbors or just a quiet space to snuggle up and sleep. (Some birds are actually cage bound from being confined for so many years; taking their space is traumatizing). However when they feel like it, they can socialize with other birds, form friendships, dichotomies and hierarchies and flocks. This is their natural order in the wild.

Outdoor FlywayOn warm days, the birds were placed in outdoor aviaries to sun and socialize. We were really enjoying watching the birds "transform" into relaxed, inquisitive parrots with special personalities, being curious and having fun, not fearful and neurotic. Unfortunately there were many birds in need of rescue, and again we out grew our facility. With much thought the decision had to be made; we needed to expand. We decided to move to a family ranch located in Prineville, Oregon.

Outdoor FlywayIn 2004 construction began. This was to be a State of the Art Rescue Facility. We were operating off of donations from contributors, such as The Humane Society of The United States. This allowed us two beautiful buildings with indoor/outdoor flights in which the birds could be separated by social group. There is enough room in each indoor aviary to allow them to have their "condos", trees to climb on, and lots of acrobatic swings. Each flight has special equipped windows to allow the birds access to their own outdoor flights. This was a new environment to many of the birds as some had never seen outside let alone played in the sun! This was a very emotional moment watching some of the birds take their first apprehensive steps into the great wide world, they would sit on the ledge for hours, gingerly take a step and scurry back inside, the step was repeated sometimes for days until they felt comfortable. Then you would see them sunning, preening their tattered little feathers or the sweet naked chest. A sight that we will never forget!

A unique feature of the aviary is apartments that are set up on each building. This provides physical and visual access to the interior of the flights. There are caretakers who live in the building at all times and have been there since conception. They are an important part of the birds lives and can observe their behavior 24/7, keeping record of activity and any social discord. We also accommodate clients and provide a beautiful sleeping suite that allows owners to visit the aviary as they make that big decision.

Each of the two aviaries has its own kitchen with dishwashers, stoves and refrigerator/freezers. The large aviary has an apartment where a full time caregiver lives so birds are never left unattended. There is also a workshop where volunteers make toys for the birds.

At the present time, landscaping is being done in and out of their flights as well as the grounds themselves. We have toy production so the bird are always chewing and foraging to keep with their natural instinct. It is very expensive to keep up with buying toys so we make our own and ask for donations when possible.

Some families must part with their bird for a number of reasons: health, economics, move, or the arrival of a new family member. When this occurs, we are able to obtain the bird's history, as well as its likes and dislikes. The bird will often go through a period of mourning. Generally within a few weeks, the bird seeks companionship as a member of a bird flock.

Each and every bird is their own special soul. Their life is just as important to them as ours is to us. If it were not for the human interference and indifference, there would be no need for rescues. All parrots would be in their natural habitat, living free and happily. Of course we love our babies, but we must look at the big picture. It is not possible for any of these parrots to live as their cousins and ancestors have, so it is up to us to do what is right. This is not a perfect world, but each and everyone can do their part to make "their world perfect or close to it." Giving to those who can't help themselves is the by far the best gift to get.

Saving one parrot may not change the world... but it will change the world for that one parrot!

Bless you all.

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