Jailbirds help rescue parrots


Rhode Island Parrot Rescue, based on West Shore Road, recently put out requests for “bail” to free volunteers from cages, raising about $3,500 to help the organization continue its work. The rescue currently is looking to place 45 parrots that either have out lived their owners, or given up by their owners, as was the case of one parrot that was left outside the office door one night earlier this fall. Erica Collins (pictured with one of the parrots up for adoption), a coordinator of the rescue, said that while jailbirds didn’t attract a big turnout because of weather, there was a big online response to the fund drive. She said the rescue’s Facebook page has more than 10,000 friends and the weekly “bird bath day” that is videotaped on Monday is a huge attraction. The video is also posted on the website riparrots.org. Collins said parrots aren’t ideal pets for everyone and, therefore, the rescue takes extra care in ensuring that its rescues are properly placed. Volunteers are diligent in operation of the rescue, cleaning cages daily and providing the human contact many of the birds crave. Among the jailbirds who helped raise funds – they were caged for more than two hours in some cases – are Corrie Butler and Christine Spanedda. (Warwick Beacon photos)


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