Birds-eye view

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I asked Lisa for permission on sharing this article and she of course agreed.
She asked that I add this though….

“I am just a link in the chain and there are so many out there doing the exact same thing.”

Here is a link to the original article:

Birds Eye View

Meet the woman who runs a parrot rescue mission out of her Owasso house.

Lisa Moser also houses parakeets, macaws, Amazons, Cockatoos, Cockatiels and love birds.

Lisa Moser also houses parakeets, macaws, Amazons, Cockatoos, Cockatiels and love birds.  Valerie Grant

 

“He’s flirting with you,” Lisa Moser assures me on a recent visit to her home.

The signs were there: the puffed-out chest, the slight cock of the head and the seductive sideways glances. But the gentle nips on my forearm and the constant circling threw me off.

Moser’s house is filled with parrots — everything from African Greys, like my flirtatious friend — to tiny parakeets and imposing macaws.

A cacophony of squawks and a riot of tropical color greet every visitor at Moser’s Owasso home. A true friend to the feathered, Moser and a sympathetic volunteer crew of avian activists have taken in countless parrots in need from across the U.S.

Through her nonprofit, Soft Landings Parrot Rescue Inc., Moser has matched over 30 displaced birds with loving humans, while fostering an additional 60 or so at any given time in her own house. What started out as a single rescue has turned into an all-out family mission, with Moser, her husband and her kids sharing their lives with an ever-expanding flock of flying friends.

“My husband and children are a huge part of this mission, and without their help and support I could not do what I do to the scale that we do it,” Moser says. “We have given up a lot of things to do this, but we have also gained things.”

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When not working nights as a nurse, Moser spends significant time rescuing parrots, caring for those she has saved and finding new homes for these birds. Her husband, Chad, and their six kids support her mission, whether it requires them to drive cross-country to fetch an abandoned pair of cockatoos, fill water bowls or clean cages.

“This is a complete family endeavor,” Moser laughs over a din of squawks and the flapping of wings.

The birds are messy and extremely intelligent. Some can live 75 years or longer. Moser says many owners don’t understand that when they bring one home. The result is countless abandoned or mistreated animals.

For Moser, the key is education. “Parrots aren’t domesticated,” she says. “We’ve brought the wild into our home. Often what gets labeled as a behavioral issue is a natural behavior.

“We have to understand that they are what they are, and to think out-of-the-box in order to accommodate them so they can have an enriched life.”

For more information, visit softlandingsparrotrescue.org.

 

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Love Me for Who I AM

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This was written by Vicki Knox LeClaire who runs
Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village, Inc

The most heartbreaking things I face on a regular basis revolve around the ‘less than perfect’ birds…not from the birds themselves, but from the humans who encounter them. Here are just a handful of the facts and theories I have about the topic of plucked birds…
1. Don’t feel sorry for a plucked bird to any higher degree than a non-plucked bird. All are captive; all deserve respect, not sympathy. We created the problem, so we need to stand by them. Seeing a plucked bird here, then giving the ‘Bless his/her heart’ is not helping that bird; adopting him/her is.
2. Don’t assume a bird is plucking because he/she is in rescue; that is rarely the case. We have only had two of hundreds, and I am sure other rescues have the same experiences.
3. Don’t assume plucked birds are bored, unhappy, or sick. We don’t see plucked birds in the wild because if they exist, they are plucked out of the gene pool by predators or death; that is natural selection.
4. If your bird is plucking, take your bird to the vet for a full check up, including blood work, to determine if medical causes are to blame. If so, fix them, if not, love your bird as they are. If you are providing a good diet, enrichment, proper sleep, a toxin-free environment, etc. odds are, this is your bird’s ‘normal’. Accepting is and loving him/her as they are is far better for them and you than to constantly be stressing over appearance. Doing this is far less expensive for you than buying every snake oil product out there aimed at ‘fixing’ the ‘problem’.
5. Don’t send your plucking bird to a breeder because you cannot stand how ‘unhappy’ he/she is. Odds are, if you are doing the above, the bird is nowhere near as unhappy as others make you feel the bird is. Sending plucked birds back to breeders is one source of the problem…taking plucked birds into the breeding gene pool that is already messed up, and breeding more birds with the potential genetic predisposition to plucking is only adding fuel to the fire. Mulligan, my M2 that started the rescue was one of these birds frown emoticon
6. Expect it to be a bigger problem in the future. Without the influx of wild parrots into the gene pool and so many breeders not doing their research, we are soon to be facing serious problems from inbreeding. Immunity issues, feather issues, new diseases and abnormalities we have never seen before…hold onto your hats folks…
7. Just love them for who they are. They do it to you every day, just follow their lead

COCONUT OIL FOR PARROTS? By Paula Rossow

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Here is “point/counterpoint” on this topic:

This article is spreading widely: Why Your Bird Should Try Coconut Oil
However, concerns about giving it to birds range from the issue of too much saturated fat to the lack of Omega 3 fatty acids. An appropriate balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 is optimal for bird health; please see this article for an explanation of why: Balanced Omega Fatty Acids: Why Do Birds Need Them?

In the group Nutrition For Pets, Dr. Scott Echols has commented that
“…not only is coconut oil very high in saturated fat (which is not all bad) but it has no appreciable omega-3 fatty acids. Besides the issues of destructive farming to get red palm oil (not an issue with all products) it is even higher in omega-6 fatty acids (and again no appreciable omega-3’s) than coconut oil. There are some beneficial fats in both oils including medium chain triglycerides and more that are used in a number of body systems. Some have touted the antioxidants and more. However, there are 0 refereed studies of feeding coconut or red palm oil in parrots. At least red palm oil has been shown to significantly increase omega-6 levels in the blood of chickens. There is generally already plenty of omega-6 fats in our and our pets’ diets. We really don’t need more. So until I can see some solid proof of benefit (I am open to research I am not aware of), I really cannot recommend feeding coconut or red palm oil to birds.”

Here are links for additional info on coconut oil; these links refer to *human* usage as, as Dr. Echols says, there aren’t any studies about its effects on parrots:
Coconut Oil
The Truth About Coconut Oil
Health & Nutrition Coconut oil

For more discussion please see Nutrition For Pets
or Feeding Feathers

Super Seeds For Parrots by Jo Lod Lease

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Super Seeds For Parrots

Written by Jo Lod Lease of Lair Of Dragons Bird Rescue

 

Chia Seeds

Ch-ch-chia! Chia seeds—particularly the Salba variety—are high in iron, folate, calcium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber. The superseed’s calcium and magnesium promote bone and dental health, while the omega-3s help your heart by lowering triglycerides, the bad fats in your blood that can cause heart disease. Their soluble fiber helps decrease cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and make you feel full longer.  The nine amini acids in chia make it a high-quality sourse of protein.  One ounce of chia delivers 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.

 

Hemp Seeds

Not just for hippies, these superseeds are a great source of complete protein and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They also contain phytosterols, plant-based compounds that help lower cholesterol levels. Hemp is loaded with protein.  Just one ounce of shelled hemp seeds contain more than 10 grams of protein.  Not only are they loaded with protein, they are also a good source of other important nutrients including iron, magnesium and zinc

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Also known as pepitas, these superseeds are a source of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, zinc, and protein, and are particularly rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which may help lower anxiety. Pumpkin seeds also have high levels of essential fatty acids that help keep blood vessels healthy and lower bad cholesterol.

 

Sunflower Seeds

These underrated superseeds are an excellent source of B vitamins, including folate (which helps prevent birth defects), and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage, helps maintain healthy hair and skin, and may work to prevent cancer. They are also rich in protein and heart-healthy fats.

 

Flax Seeds

These little, brown, nutty-flavored superseeds are a great source of soluble fiber (each tbsp. contain about 8 grams) as well as a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, copper, thiamin and magnese which helps lower cholesterol, makes you feel fuller longer, and aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Flax seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acid, which benefits eye and brain health, and can help lower triglycerides, protect against immflammation and high blood pressure. High in lignans, a plant-like form of estrogen, they may also help prevent certain cancers.

 

Wheat Germ

The nutritional powerhouse of the wheat kernel, wheat germ is loaded with protein, iron, and B vitamins such as folate. The high fiber content of this superseed helps prevent constipation and keeps your appetite in check although it is high in calories, so modertion is key. And wheat germ is low on the glycemic index, so it doesn’t spike your blood sugar.  The health benefits of wheat germ include a boost to the immune system and a preventative measure against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Wheat germ has anti-aging properties, and can positively affect mental agility, muscle development, stamina, and the healing rate for wounds. The nutrients in wheat germs can also aid in digestion, prevent damage to the arteries, and help in efforts to lose weight.   Adding wheat germ or certain types of wheat germ extracts to your diet can help you reduce the risk factors for multiple types of cancer.

 

Quinoa

This South American seed is at the top of so many superfood list.  One cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of complete proteinand 5 grams of dietary fiber.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Essential amino acids are the amino acids that must come from food, since our bodies can’t produce them.  Quinoa is rich in several of these essential amino acids, making it an excellent source of plant-based protein.  Since quinoa is cholesterol free and also full of fiber, it is a healthy alternative to animal-based sources of protein, including meat and cow’s milk.  In addition, quinoa contains more than 10% of the dietary recommended daily allowance for a wide range of vitamins that includes thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and folate and is packed with minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and magnese.

 

Amaranth

This seed is truly is the king of all seeds when it comes to protein.  One cup of cooked amaranth contains more than 9 grams of protein.  Unlike a lot of other plant-based proteins, amaranth contains all the amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that we need, making it a complete protein.  Amaranth is also a good source of fiber (5.2 grams per cup), unlike animal proteins.  When you consider the vitamins and minerals that are packed into this grainlike seed, you will be amazed.  One cup of cooked amaranth contains more than 10% of the RDA of vitamin B6,folate,calcium,iron,zinc,copper and selenium and it is a great source of magnesium,phosphorus and magnese.

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Adopted vs Purchasing a Baby Bird…..the misconception!

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I have seen many comments on this subject and it is clear that there is a misconception that Adult birds in a rescue need more bird education to adopt rather than just purchasing a baby bird. This is absolutely not true! It is in fact just the opposite. A baby bird is going to require a huge amount of time to even have the hope of reaching maturity and not having behavioral or health issues. Babies taken from their parents too early are more likely to develop behavioral issues like biting, plucking, screaming…and the list goes on. Babies should not be weaned for quite some time, some species require a year or more. So that two month old baby being sold as weaned??? Most likely a baby is going to have issues just from forced weaned to early.  It is also very important that birds have annual avian checkups. No matter if it is a baby or an adult parrot, everyone needs to do a huge amount of research to even begin to understand a birds wants and needs. Taking a parrot into your life at any age is a huge commitment. There are sacrifices that must be made if you are going to provide for them and meet all their needs.

Birds in rescues are not there because they just happen to be bad or have issues. Most of the time birds end up in rescues due to being purchased as a baby and then the owner was not prepared for what happens when they become adults. Birds are messy, loud, require special diets, loads of mental and physical stimulation and they will chew whatever they can get their beaks on. They require regular avian checkups due to the fact that they hide illness so well. There are many things that are toxic to them and so you must remove and quit using many household items. The list is very extensive and most do not take the time to learn and educate themselves prior to bringing home the bird. These are the main reason birds are given up, they were just being birds and the humans were not prepared for it.

The reason there are so many birds in rescue now is due to the lack of education prior to someone purchasing the baby birds in the first place…. impulse shopping! Now I do understand that there may be other circumstances where a bird is given up to a rescue, but the majority of cases are just that the human is having issues dealing with the bird being a bird. All Baby birds are sweet and cuddly, but as they mature so do their personalities and they are not going to always be that sweet baby you brought home. In fact they are most likely going to do a lot of changing especially when they reach hormonal maturity and then what? That sweet lil baby bird you brought up may decide they don’t even like you. Especially if you do not have the prior education to understand the emotions and changes that they are going through. Hormones can be dealt with and those who truly understand parrots know it is an annual occurrence and how to get the humans and bird through this very difficult times.

Rescues do require a person interested in adopting to fill out a questionnaire which does ask if you have bird experience.  And I have seen where some believed this was because the birds in rescues are bad and require more work than babies….this is completely an ignorant statement. They ask because they want to make sure that you have the skills, knowledge and commitment to give a bird what they truly need. Their greatest desire is to make sure that should you adopt from them, that the birds is going into a loving educated home and the bird will have his best chance of staying there forever. Birds that are shifted from one home to another are more likely to develop behavioral issues… like trust. Birds are flock creatures and since we become their family they do not understand being given away especially time and time again. Rescues want to make sure that they are giving the birds in their care the best possible chance of this not happening. Pet stores and breeding facilities that just allow you to walk in a purchase a baby without any questions….as long as you have the desired amount of cash….how much do they truly care about that babies future? Not one bit! It is all about the cash to them and nothing more.

There is also a lot of controversy over the fees charged by rescues. Nobody seems to question a breeder or pet store requiring payment though. Here is a fact that some may not be aware of. A legitimate rescue makes sure every bird coming in is seen by a qualified avian vet…this can be a couple of hundred dollars or more depending on what tests need to be done, species and where the bird is coming from. A rescue then must provide cage, proper food, toys, mental and physical stimulation for each and every bird and continued vet care. All of this can run them hundreds of dollars monthly per bird. Many times the fee charged for adoption does not even cover the initial vet fees. Rescues are NOT making any money! What they are doing is making sure that each bird is well taken care of and is placed in a home with the best possible chances for that bird to have a happy life. They are taking in these precious Feathered ones that others have cast aside and hoping they can make a difference for them.

Bottom line is the reasons rescues are full now is NOT due to the birds being bad or anything like that. It is because these precious creatures are so misunderstood and there is a lack of education prior to people purchasing them. Most people are not willing or understand the commitment needed to provide for these babies for 30 plus years and so.

Take the time to educate yourself properly on what these precious creatures need. Visit your local avian rescues and take a look for yourself. Volunteer at the rescues, ask for the education. Do your own research from many many sources. Talk with an Avian vet. Education is key into helping ease the burden on the Avian Rescues. There are literally thousands and thousands of birds in Rescues just waiting for someone to adopt them. To think that these are all bad birds is just ridiculous. They are just birds being birds and waiting for someone to look at them and see them for the beautiful creatures that God created and accept them as they are.

Let one choose you and you will forever be thankful you did. I have 11 all adopted and they are the most loving babies ever!

Cooked or Raw???

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Been doing some research as I was not sure about rather Sweet Potatoes were safe to be served raw. Well this is the info I found and I researched in many places and gathered this…


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 Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A and contain energy-giving carbohydrates, vitamin C, folate, calcium, dietary fiber and potassium. Serve them to your pet bird cooked or raw. (Peel or scrub thoroughly first.) Introduce young birds to mashed sweet potatoes so they’ll enjoy them all their lives! Even canaries love sweet potatoes. Discard sweet potatoes that have become moldy in the pantry, because cooking may not kill the spores.

Sweet potatoes and yams are actually two different vegetables. Both are tubers, but the sweet potato is native to South America, and the yam hails from Africa. The important difference is that, according to USDA reports, only the true sweet potato contains Vitamin A.

Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamin A. Birds will enjoy the seeds, fresh or roasted, as well as the cooked pumpkin itself. 


Brussels sprouts contain vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin C and folic acid. Feed them to your bird cooked or raw.

Cauliflower is a source of biotin and pantothenic acid.

Carrots are highly nutritious and readily available year-round. Cut them into sticks or chunks; offer them raw or cooked, and include the tops: small birds love bathing in the wet greens.

Cook hard beans (kidney, navy, black, etc.), potatoes, beets and white potatoes prior to offering them to your pet bird. Boil corn on the cob briefly to reduce the risk of mold. Many birds enjoy cooked butternut or acorn squash and pumpkin. Cut these vitamin-A-rich vegetables into chunks, or serve them mashed, like potatoes.

It isn’t necessary to cook most vegetables, such as broccoli, peas, string beans, peppers, well-scrubbed sweet potatoes or leafy greens, but if your bird refuses raw produce, try cooking it. Add a few hot pepper flakes for flavor if you wish.

“Sweet potato shows trypsin inhibitor activity. That means it contains an enzyme inhibitor that blocks the action of trypsin, an enzyme that digests proteins. The trypsin inhibitor prevents the digestion of protein. Sweet potatoes with higher protein levels have more of the trypsin inhibitor. This makes raw sweet potato difficult to digest. The trypsin inhibitor is deactivated by cooking.
One way the raw food diet helps people is by supplying food enzymes. Food enzymes do part of the work of digesting the raw food. Enzyme inhibitors increase the amount of work that your body needs to do to digest foods. Enzyme inhibitors force your body to produce more digestive enzymes. This uses up resources that could be used to produce detoxifying enzymes. When animals are regularly fed enzyme inhibitors in research, they become sick. Sweet potato should not be eaten raw”

In order to get the optimal amount of Vit A from sweet potatoes, or carrots that they need to be at least slightly cooked or steamed.

Love from one Moluccan Cockatoo to Another….

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Amy Lynn

AMY LYNN NEEDS OUR HELP!
Amy Lynn is a Moluccan Cockatoo that is currently in the care of Diane Dwyer in Chalk River, ON, Canada. She came to Diane in desperate need of help. There was barely a place, anywhere on her body that was not “self-mutilated”. Amy Lynn has now been to her first vet appointment and the results are staggering. She is suffering from heavy metal poisoning – most likely from the chain that is currently lodged in her stomach. Here is a picture:

chain xray

If that were not bad enough, somehow, it appears that almost all of her toes have at one time been broken. That is pretty tough for a creature that has little choice but be on her feet 24/7.
Amy Lynn is on injections for the next 10 days to try to stop the leaching of the metal into her system. With a great deal of luck, the chain will pass though but that is a big unknown at this time. Regardless, it as to come out of there somehow and she is going to require a lot of vet care. That, as we parrot lovers know, becomes very expensive, very quickly. (So far over $500 plus travel expenses etc.)
Bill, the Moluccan Cockatoo happens to be in the position to help. Bill is a legendary “carver”. Anyone who shares their home with a cockatoo (or any parrot) will understand. Her “Mom”, Diana Slater of the Too Crazy Birdy Hotel provides lots of wood around a window in her bird room for Bill to chew to her heart’s content. Here is what it looks like when it is a work in progress:

Bills carving wood

Diana saves the “carvings” for Gail, the Artist. Gail and Bill work well together as Gail can always see the design that Bill had in mind. She paints them for Bill and the result is amazing! The first collaboration was “Bill’s Selfie”

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Bill has also created a Lesser Sulfur Crested Cockatoo perhaps a rendition of her friend Billy:

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And also a Galah, probably inspired by Joey, who stayed for a few weeks at the Too Crazy Birdy Hotel:

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With the love and blessing of Bill, Diana, Gail and F.E.A.T.H.E.R.S. these three pieces of original cockatoo artwork are to be offered for auction to benefit Amy Lynn and Diane Dwyer of Second Chance Parrot Shelter.
Bidding will start on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time and run until Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. and will be administered from the F.E.A.T.H.E.R.S. Facebook page – Feathers in BC
To follow Amy Lynn’s story go to Diane Dwyer’s Page

Bird Shelter Operations – Part 4 – Security and Safety

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From The Squawking Macaw by Bob Kaegi

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Again we will discuss the criminal case portion of a shelter operation. After the main primary operation of a raid or criminal case there will still be ongoing parts of an operation that must be handled with a great deal of security.

If you are working in a shelter, you should know everyone in there working with you. If someone is there that doesn’t look like they fit in ask the Shelter Manager if they belong .You may see lawyers on both sides of a case, or others there looking in on the Operations. If you are questioned about anything, do not answer; state that you are just a volunteer caring for the birds. The Humane Agent or Shelter Manager should be the only one talking to any visitors.

One of the most difficult parts of dealing with a case is the Media / Social Media Craze. It is and will always be the job of Broadcast Media to get information, from anybody, and everybody dealing with the case. While they get paid to do their job, as a volunteer it isn’t your job to discuss anything. If you find a camera or microphone in your face, the only response you should have is “no comment”, or” I can direct you to the Shelter Manager “.

Social media is another area you should steer clear of in making any comments of what you hear, or see in the shelter; in some instances you may be asked to sign a media confidentiality agreement. Take it seriously, as anything you may say could land you in front of a judge, and may destroy the very case you as a participant you are a part of. Find out what is within limits or off limits before sharing anything.

Also depending on the case, security of the shelter may come into play. It is important to remember; each side has their supporters, and will do anything to assert their opinions. They may do anything they can to cause trouble for staff and volunteers alike. I have witnessed a shelter being watched, and those who would like to intimidate those who are trying only to take care of the animals in need.

In a Disaster

At some point the family may arrive to either collect their bird or even just want to visit. First they should sign in, and provide some identification; also they need to have some proof of address where they lived in the affected area. They should also be able to provide photos, and or anything that shows proof of ownership.

Remember, animals may have been left behind during the disaster, and Humane Agents or AC’s may have had to remove them.  They may have also been running the streets so making identification maybe difficult, and or tying them back to a certain address.

Things are not as always clear cut in a disaster, however when dealing with the media and social media the principles are the same, direct the press to your supervisor, Public Information Officer, or Disaster Operations.  Don’t post anything on social media about what you are seeing, that is what the Public Information Officer is for, they will make sure information they want out there is posted.

The security and safety is very important not only for you, but for that of each animal you care for, this is why it is important not to talk about anything you see or hear in the shelter.

 

Bird Shelter Operations – Part 2 – Disaster Response / Raid Response

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From The Squawking Macaw by Bob Kaegi

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This is where we go into the response methods in removing birds, or animals in either element of a Disaster, or Criminal Case. In a Criminal case most times there is already a Shelter, or Temporary Shelter that has been put in place. Once the warrant has been has been served, depending on the situation, all who are responding to the crime scene will already have certain directions and orders to follow. They will be given tasks they must follow. Some of these people will remove birds or animals from cages and be placing them into transport cages or carriers, a photographer will take photographs, and each cage will be given an Identification number. Animals that may appear to be ill will be removed first and a priority will be given. These are the ones who are to receive immediate veterinarian care first, much like a Triage Area.

Birds and animals that are paired up or caged together should try to be kept together to reduce the stress of the animal, they usually share the same ID number with a, b, or c and so on attached to their records. Depending on the number of animals to be removed, several transports may be required, with again priority given to the sickest, and most stressed animals first. In a criminal case remember you are handling evidence, but also handling a living breathing being. It is possible to be professional, and compassionate.

Make sure during the removal that all paperwork remains with the carrier until it reaches the shelter. Like any response there will be areas called staging, at the primary scene or response scene, and at the shelter. There will be many swift moving things occurring around you, with lots of noises, and orders being given, make sure you focus on your task only, unless otherwise told by the operations commander on the scene. That will usually be the Humane Agent or Animal Control Officer. While on the scene you may see other aspects of different agencies working the scenes, so be sure to stay out of their way, they will be collecting other evidence in the case.

Shelter Operations and Triage

During the day of operations, and while the animals are still being removed, some of the most critical care animals will be arriving for care. Depending on the size of the operation, there may be several exam areas set up to start a general exam and start care of the animals that start coming in
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A Vet Care team will do primary exams, and treat animals coming in. The team will consist of the following members.

The Veterinarian: who will do the primary exam.

Vet Tech: or experienced person to assist in restraining the animal during exam.

Scribe: who will take notes and record the Veterinarians findings during the exam and make notes of any medications prescribed on the animal’s records. Also keep a record of the team personnel.

Photographer: Photograph the animal, for ID purposes and or anything the Vet finds important to the case.

The team will work and stay together as a team until all animals have been examined.

Once each animal has been examined that animal will be handed off to a runner, and will go to the section of the shelter that has been cleared by the veterinary team. The animal will move on to Hot Quarantine, Cold Quarantine or General Population areas. (We will describe this later in a future part of the series).

The animals will be then placed in their prospective housing be it cages’ or crates. At that time they will be fed, and watered and also be observed be Animal Care Staff in the shelter to ensure they settle in without any issues. Should there be issues, they need to notify someone in the veterinary team immediately.

This will continue until the Primary Operations cease.

(On a personal note this is the most difficult day for everyone involved to deal with. It is very fast paced, and you will see things that you wish you didn’t have to ever witness. You may witness death, and need to take a moment. This will not because of anything you have done wrong, but because things went on in the case of abuse and neglect for too long. Again as in the first segment, this is not for everyone, and can be heartbreaking for a few, but joyful for others who made it out. You will have been a part of that escape.)

In a Disaster Operation

Many of the things such as Vet Triage and basic shelter care will be the same, it is important to maintain as healthy environment as possible for all involved. The biggest difference is that the animals are not going to be treated as evidence. BUT… Disasters occur without a lot of warning, so things move just as quickly, and without everything being prepped as neatly as one would like. So keep that in mind when responding.

Next in the series – Ongoing Operations and Shelter Support