Update June 5, 2016

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Jun 052016

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.

Feb 052016

Wendy Huntbach
Lost her valiant fight with cancer – February 3, 2016

Press Release
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.

Thank you
Justin Huntbatch (son)

The Lavender Cottage is OPEN

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Aug 022014

July2013 049July2013 048August 2, 2014 the newest addition to the World Parrot Refuge, Lavender, is now selling in the Lavender Cottage. Location: World Parrot Refuge, Coombs, BC

Nov 112012

-Written by Judith Lavoie.

One artist is blind, another is epileptic, and they all paint with their feet and tails.

Geriatric and chronically ill parrots at the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs are creating artwork for cards, which are then sold to raise money for a parrot palliative-care unit.

“In the last couple of years, we have become the go-to place for senior citizen parrots,” said refuge president Wendy Huntbatch, who is caring for almost 900 birds.

Some are blind, some suffer from arthritis and some don’t seem to be quite as sharp as they used to be.

“Some of them just want to sleep and watch Littlest Hobo on TV,” Huntbatch said. “Their minds seem to wander.”

That makes it difficult for older or sick birds living in flocks where friends or relatives try to persuade them to take part in parrot activities, Huntbatch said.

The answer is a 111-square-metre trailer with electricity, plumbing and a steel lining.

The renovations to create the geriatric parrot centre will cost about $15,000, and Huntbatch is hoping the cards, sold in the gift shop and online, will help.

The artists include a macaw called Hello, who is more than 60 years old and blind because of a vitamin deficiency; Bailey, a 20-year-old umbrella cockatoo who had a foot amputated after catching it in a toy; JR, an Amazon parrot caught in the wild 38 years ago and treated for epilepsy for the past 36; and Lago, a 22-yearold Moluccan cockatoo with bone and lung cancer.

Huntbatch started providing the parrots with finger paints last year. Some throw paint at the canvas, others like the sweeping effect of tail feathers and some enjoy using their feet.

Money raised through the cards, which cost $5 each, will go directly to the palliative unit, but Huntbatch is also struggling to raise money for the refuge’s day-to-day operations.

“I don’t know if we’ll be able to make the next payroll. It’s really tight.”

The refuge is the only one in Canada and takes birds from across the country.

“We have received a large number of birds this year that are not financially supported. Many are coming in from rescue organizations that cannot find homes for them and cannot afford to keep them,” Huntbatch said.

Even though all fruit and vegetables are donated by Save-on-Foods, it costs $1,339 a day to run the refuge.

In addition to volunteers, there are 18 paid staff.

“There are 295 water dishes to be washed and refilled, 505 seed and nut dishes and trays to be cleaned and refilled, 236 fresh fruit dishes and trays to be filled every single day – and that’s just a small part of the enormous amount of work it takes,” Huntbatch said.

To purchase your own set of Parrot Painting cards, click here.

Article originally published November 7 in the Times Colonist here.

Nov 112012

From Wendy: “Bruce Williams of CTV2 did another fantastic tv slot for us. He is a great man and always does his best to help all animals – and he loves coming here. He even purchased a set of cards to start the ball rolling!”

If you are interested in purchasing your own set of cards, just click here.

Apr 222012

The refuge recently had the team from Global News visit. They write:

Parrots are among the most intelligent birds in the world. As a pet, there is something undeniably remarkable about them. But the woman with the largest collection in Canada says they shouldn’t be in North America—and they belong in the wild.

Wendy Huntbatch is the owner of the world parrot refuge on the east coast of Vancouver Island–A home to over 800 unwanted, abandoned or abused parrots in North America.

Wendy says these birds belong in the wild–and she’s hoping her message is strong enough it’ll put her out of the parrot rescue business.

You can also view some photos they took here.