The Thrift Store at the World Parrot Refuge near Coombs, BC will be closed during the week and ONLY OPEN on Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) hours: 10am-4pm
For those interested in what is happening at the World Parrot Refuge – Until further notice the Refuge itself is Closed while the birds are being examined and catalogued by a world renowned avian vet from “The Night Owl Bird hospital which is a Vancouver based veterinary hospital, wholly dedicated to the provision of exceptional avian veterinary services. Our head veterinarian is Dr. Anne McDonald, who, like the entire staff, shares a special interest in your feathered friends.” We can’t thank Dr. McDonald enough for donating her time and resources to ensure our birds are healthy and any injuries or age related issues are being treated properly. So far the birds have passed inspection and are considered well and have no disease. Great news for anyone who surrendered a much loved pet to the refuge. Further news will be posted as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.
The Refuge Thrift Store remains OPEN – Please drop in and assist us in feeding the birds and maintaining the building they occupy. All sales from the Thrift Store go directly to the birds. Thank You for continuing to support these magnificent creatures.
A memorial will be held at the Parrot Refuge Thrift Store on Saturday, February 13, 2016 between 11am-3pm. Please join us for coffee, light refreshments and memories.
To assure all those concerned, I would just like to officially state that although we morn the loss of one of the founders of the World Parrot Refuge, we are not closing/ shutting down / rehoming birds. The World Parrot Refuge is an officially registered charity and the necessary support to continue has been in place for some time now. We thank all for your support and assistance over the years and we hope this will continue as we will continue to be providing a home for life for these beautiful, intelligent, amazing birds….Sue Watkins, Director
On February 3, 2016 the world lost one of it’s most beloved animal rights activists and carer. Wendy Huntbatch passed away at 3:05pm pacific time, she died after a long fight against cancer. She was most notably known for operating the Charity “For the Love of Parrots Refuge Society” and the facility “The World Parrot Refuge”.
She devoted the last 25 years of her life to the health and welfare of caring for ex breeder parrots and ex pet parrots. Her goal was to educate people why parrots should not be pets, to stop the trafficking and importing of parrots into Canada and to provide a home for life for those parrots that were here already.
She educated so many people and touched so many lives that she will be greatly missed by all. Her efforts have not ended as the Society and the Refuge will continue on. We ask that everyone who was touched by Wendy’s life not to send flowers but to instead donate to the World Parrot Refuge via their website so that we may continue on the work that Wendy has left for us.
We will let everyone know in the next few days when a memorial will be held for Wendy. Please keep an eye on the website www.worldparrotrefuge.org and the Facebook page for updates.
Justin Huntbatch (son)