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)
Now’s the time to donate special or heirloom items to our upcoming Silent Auction!
Please bring donations to the Thrift Shop.
Some items we already have:
- Bicycle Built for 2
- Antique Cradle
- Heirloom Jewelry
- Fine Crystal and China
- Original Artwork
Help us make this the BEST AUCTION to date. Winter is here and our wonderful birds need to be kept warm in their 23,000 sqft facility.
It was the Centennial for Coombs and French Creek this past weekend. The celebrations were held at the French Creek School (just over the bridge after Goats on the Roof). Many organizations had displays and it was very well attended. Wendy, Horst and the WPR volunteers spoke to an endless line of people of all ages. Needless to say they all fell in love with Iago and Peaches!
And…there were chickens there the local 4H club was displaying! They had 3 black Bantam chickens free to a good home… so guess where they are now! They are just young, but it looks as if one is male and the other two are females. They are now currently living in the old conure house at the Refuge, so they are safe from raptors. Their names are Meeny, Miney and Mo – Mo is the rooster. When you go to see them they come running for a cuddle – they really are very sweet.
Wow! Are we ever excited! Cathy Carroll has finished up the ribbons that we’ll be using to award the winners of the Pet Parade, one of the special events we’re having to celebrate World Animal Day at the Refuge October 2. Cathy is also sending the Refuge two bags of knitted items for the store and a box of parrot toys! Thank you Cathy, so much!
Have you heard about the WAD celebration? It going to be fantastic, with volunteers from the Refuge giving tours, a Vegan fundraiser buffet, and many other fun activities. Check out our detailed post here.
We are also thrilled to tell you that Eric Marquis from Hagen has also arranged to donate $750 worth of Tropimix food for the event. Thank you so much, Hagen, for your generosity!