Parrot Outreach Society Inc

Giving Parrots a Brighter Tomorrow

aka no   |   Punta Gorda, FL   |  www.parrotoutreachsociety.org

Mission

The Parrot Outreach Society is a non-profit organization whose sole concern is parrot welfare. We are an outreach and placement program which places into safe custody, parrots which are abandoned, abused, or in need of a home for any reason.

We actively support networking with other parrot welfare groups, animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community, and the general public. Education is of the utmost importance concerning the well being of a parrot and its ability to successfully live with its human companions.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Pam Hill

Main address

1205 Elizabeth St Suite I

Punta Gorda, FL 33950 USA

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EIN

27-0932623

NTEE code info

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Adoption

Our goal is to find a good match and loving home for every bird that enters our facility. We have established a structured screening and adoption process that requires applicants to complete an adoption application and home visit. A background check is completed to confirm no record of animal abuse, domestic abuse or violent criminal  offenses. Multiple onsite visits are required of applicant with the bird of choice. The birds housing, routine care, personality, history and inclusion into the adopters home are discussed at great length with the adopter. The bird of choice must respond well to the applicant. We invest a tremendous amount of time and resources pre- and post-adoption to ensure the best fit possible between adopter and adoptee.  We offer counseling to families in need of help to keep their beloved friend in their home, which is invaluable in reducing the number of intakes and cases of abandonment or release.

Population(s) Served

Without education more birds will continue to be relinquished. We have developed printed materials related to basic parrot care, nutrition, behavioral problems and species specific care in hopes of educating people who already own parrots or potential adoptive families. Volunteers attend outreach events to encourage education. We have a monthly newsletter that is circulated on our Facebook page and our web site. Our President also writes a monthly educational article for Pet Gazette magazine. We believe a well educated parrot owner will make for a long term parrot owner. Education is aimed at keeping the parrot in it's home. We also provide consults regarding behavioral issues to help the owner better understand their bird's behavior and how to successfully retrain behaviors to make them acceptable to living in harmony with humans. We provide an online library of links to educational websites and field up many emails and calls daily providing educational opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Parrot Outreach offers short term fostering of up to 90 days to families in need. There are several situations that may warrant short term fostering such as foreclosure, loss of a job or an owner being temporarily incapacitated. We do ask for a donation for this service unless the reason is financial hardship.

Population(s) Served

Currently many areas of FL have feral colonies of non-native parrots that compete with native wildlife for food and shelter. Some have even been recognized as nuisance species. Some of these birds create large nests along power lines that interfere with service and maintenance of lines and transformers. By offering the community a safe place to relinquish their unwanted parrots we are helping to protect of native species and environment.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission 2018

Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations 2018

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce 2018

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Goals & Strategy

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Continued increase in adoptions through networking with other organizations and publicity. Our largest current goal is to obtain property with buildings so our organization can have a permanent home. Continue to increase retail sales to support operations and add to building fund.

Continue working with realtor to obtain land with a lease to own option. Aggressively seek grants to aid in the purchase of property. Reach out to the public via written literature, website and social media to increase donations to the Raise the Roof for Parrots campaign.

We have a large online presence via social media, Petfinder.com, Adopt-A-Pet, Facebook and our website that aids in outreach to the public and to make our needs known. We have continued to increase our retail sales each year and continue to do so. We have dedicated volunteers who also do outreach to the public and aid in daily operations. Each year we have increased our building fund by a minimum of $10,000 and will continue to do so.

We have increased our retail sales yearly since beginning sales in 2011. We have increased our public visibility through paid ads, publications for awareness with a published local magazine and online articles written by the President. We have replaced all of our cages in 2017/18. $45,000 has been set aside in the Raise the Roof for Parrots campaign toward purchase of land. Our adoptions continue to increase as public awareness increases. We have expanded our Board of Directors and have a full Board. We have recently expanded to 5,600 sq ft, twice the space we occupied before. Our birds now have 3,600 sq ft of space, our retail has expanded to 1,500 sq ft and our bonding room has been completed with multiple seating areas where adopters can bond with the bird of their choice. Our retail space has been completely remodeled as well. Our adoptions for 2017 totaled 199 birds placed in loving homes.

Financials

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Parrot Outreach Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2020
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Board co-chair

Mrs. Pamala Hill

Parrot Outreach Society

Term: 2002 - 2025


Board co-chair

Ms. Diane Regan

Parrot Outreach Society

Term: 2017 - 2025

Pam Hill

President/Founder

Diane Regan

Vice-President

Eve Butler

Secretary of the Board

Susan Jennings

Adoption Coordinator/Board Member

Stacey Hafeli

Board Member

Greg Bush

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