Update July 6, 2010: Thank you so much, everyone! All you wonderful “friends of parrots” have been so fantastic and generous that we’ve got everyone back to work again. It is truly with your support that we are able to continue helping the over 800 birds here. Thank you so very, very much!
17 MORE PEOPLE FACE THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE: LOSS OF BC GAMING GRANT DEVASTATES THE PARROT SANCTUARY.
The closing of 2 large rescue organizations in Canada in the last 2 years has dramatically increased the flow of parrots to the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, BC, which is now housing more than 800 birds. The loss of the BC Government Gaming Grant has almost crippled this organization.
With the generosity of loving people and the fund raising ventures of volunteers and staff, the sanctuary has kept its head above water – until now. We need to raise about $30k to get through till the tourist season is under way. Tourism season puts us back in the black for a few months and gives us the chance to apply for grants.
We need the hard working, caring staff to provide this loving home to these previously owned pet parrots and aging ex-breeding birds. Our staff work for just above minimum wage and add hours of volunteer labor because of their devotion to the birds they love.
Now they face the unemployment line.
|Please help the World Parrot Refuge keep its dedicated staff until tourist season.Please be assured that we use a secure cart, so your information is safe. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation.Every little bit helps. Together, we can keep the refuge functioning. Together, we can show the government that it can’t close our doors.
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Thank you so very much for your support.
If the government had used common sense, they could see that it is far cheaper to donate $100k of the Gaming Funds to this charity instead of now having to pay out EI funds. The job market on Vancouver Island is bleak to say the least. To be able to provide steady employment to 17 people is a great help to the economy. These people have families and they spend money. The loss of their jobs will not only devastate them, but will cause great hardship for those of us who volunteer to care for the parrots.
The government gladly takes the tax money from the sale of parrots to the public. Happily grabs tax money from each and every sale of cages, toys and bird food, but bears no responsibility for the problems associated with a trade that should not even exist.
We add a great venue to the tourism industry and provide tax dollars to the government. We want to be open for the upcoming tourist season, but we need the funding to make this possible.
If you are able to help sponsor our staff until tourist season begins, we would be most grateful. The birds depend on our staff, and without them we won’t be able to give them the type of care that is needed to provide a Home For Life.