Avian Rehabilitation Center

aka ARC   |   Jamul, CA   |  avianrehabilitationcenterusa.org

Mission

Avian Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is a 501(c)3 aviculture organization providing educational outreach and sanctuary for large exotic birds.

Ruling year info

2017

President/Founder

Mr Eric Kern

Co-Director

ms Melanie Ariessohn

Main address

13751 Jamul Dr

Jamul, CA 91935 USA

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Formerly known as

Avian Rehabilitation Center

EIN

82-1505613

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Parrots are one of the most popular "pets" in the USA and are among the most long-lived. The number of unwanted and abandoned parrots in this country is staggering, and continues to grow. A popular misconception is that this can be solved by releasing them into the wild to bolster the endangered population; however, a companion bird released into its native habitat has none of the necessary skills to survive. Education of current owners and the general public about the difficulty in caring for these complex and intelligent sentient beings, as well as their physical and psychological needs, is necessary. If parrots are to avoid the fate of six million cats and dogs euthanized yearly, only by supporting ARC's adoption program & sanctuary and enabling ARC to build its infrastructure to support rapid growth & development, can a catastrophic scenario be avoided. To emphasize the problem, ARC opened on 5/25/2017; as of today, we have been approached with over 100 parrots for relinquishment. In some cases, we've provided counseling on behavior, diet, and husbandry, which have enabled the owners to keep the birds. Some others, we have rehabilitated and adopted out to homes we have carefully screened. Others, we have been unable to rehabilitate to the point where they're adoptable; these have remained in sanctuary with us. And finally, there are those we simply cannot help at this time, primarily due to our limited infrastructure. Some fall outside the realm of the select species we work with; these owners, we refer to other organizations with whom we work because they have passed our vetting process. Sadly, however, these rescues, like parrot rescues everywhere in the USA, are nearly filled or already full with unwanted parrots. It's tempting to think, "Why should I help ARC, when any new infrastructure is going to be filled up as soon as it's ready to use?" The answer is always, "Because we can't save them all, but your help will make all the difference to the lives of those we do save."

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Seminars

The following classes are offered at the ARC facility:
1.) Adoption Seminar
2.) Living with a Macaw
3.) Living with a Cockatoo
4.) Addressing Behavioral Problems
5.) Feather Destructive Behavior: A Proven Approach

The following class is offered off site:
Humane Society Animal Control Officers' Training

Population(s) Served
Adults

This Program is two-pronged. First, it offers the opportunity for both adults and families to have an "up-close and personal" visit with an exotic bird sanctuary, to learn a bit about the birds that call ARC home, as well as the plights of both wild and captive parrots. Secondly, this Program offers an opportunity for adults to gain experience handling large parrots. The latter of these is provided primarily to those wishing to adopt a large parrot, and is done only under close supervision by ARC representatives.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rehabilitation is the first step in the recovery of a parrot that is relinquished because of unwanted behaviors. Your donations will assist with day-to-day care of ARC's adoptable and sanctuary parrots and to fund the construction of additional naturalized, outdoor enclosures for exposure to sunlight and fresh air, for a population of parrots that are now ready to move from rehab to adoption or sanctuary at the ARC facility. This move will help further their development, and also will free up rehabilitation space for new arrivals to ARC. With your help, the organization will also provide funds for expanded public educational outreach, including our Pet Therapy Program.

Donations from the private E.K. Foundation and Trust cover all staff salaries so that all of your donations go directly to expansion of the facility and care of the ARC flock.

The long-term benefits of the 5-year plan are three-fold. Life in an open enclosure with other parrots will provide the birds with a quality of life that they have never before experienced. Relocation to the planned environment will provide space for newly-rescued parrots. In addition, the setup and configuration of the new enclosure off the bird playroom will provide ARC students and visitors with an education about these species, as well as enhanced public awareness about the crisis that surrounds companion parrots in the USA and abroad. Evaluation of the bids received for construction of the new enclosures is now underway.

Regarding public education, we are scheduled to participate in seven outreach events for late 2021, when the Pandemic is under control. We are a Board-run organization with a paid staff and no volunteers, and have set up our organization so that our Board of Directors actively participates in some of our day-to-day operations. The public will see evidence of this by attending our outreach events, where members of ARC's Board will be helping to man our booths and interact with the public.

We have completed PetSmart's vetting process so that we may participate in their adoption fairs and compete for PetSmart Charities grants. We will be setting up our Pet Therapy Program in late 2021. We are researching setting up a college and perhaps high-school Internship Program, to give people interested in going into a field related to avian welfare the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with parrots and other exotic avian species, as well as experience in researching and designing protocols for our Pet Therapy and other Programs

ARC believes that the best way to effect positive change is to start with the younger generation; so we have purchased a supply of a coloring book which we hand out (for a suggested donation) at family-oriented events to children under 12. The coloring book explains, in a language children of that age group can understand, the proper physical care and other requirements for successful parrot ownership.

We have formulated a 5-year plan for expansion of the facility, with goals that are realistically obtainable, based on the support of our donors. We are constantly researching availability of the items our parrots require for food, enrichment, housing, etc., to keep our costs down. We only feed human-grade nuts; home-grown sprouts from a specific seed mix from ChinaPrairie.com; and locally sourced, and all-organic produce from our local produce stand. We have given each member of our bird-handler staff good salaries, as well as one-on-one training in parrot body language, physiology, daily needs, etc., so that they are able to not only address our parrots' physical requirements, but also to help socialize the birds, which is a vital aspect to molding acceptable behaviors and readying a parrot for a new life in a permanent home.

We are capable of reaching our goals through fundraising opportunities. Current platforms we utilize for obtaining the funds necessary to keep ARC running, in addition to GuideStar, are Globalgiving (from the GG webpage, goto.gg/30226, as well as Text-to-Give $10), PayPal, our website (www.AvianRehabilitationCenterUSA.org), and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/avianrehabctr). We also have made up a spreadsheet of grants for which we can apply, and the grant-writing process is currently underway.

We currently provide care for over 70 individual endangered and rare avian species. We have been working hard on finding proper homes for the birds that we feel are suitable to be adopted as companion parrots. But there is much more that many of you don’t know about that’s been happening within the organization, and we’ll talk about that today.

So, we’ll start out with the adoptions in progress. Dodi, who came to us just a few weeks ago, is already in the process of being adopted. Her new dad-to-be had an instant bond with her and she with him.
We have finally approved the adoption for Contessa, our toucan. She will be going to a private home in Reno, NV.
We would like in this report to mention the newest member of the staff here at ARC. Jackie has been with us since January of 2019 and is a fantastic addition to the team. . Here at ARC, we continue to work diligently at offering employment to those who might have a challenge finding a fit elsewhere, for any of a variety of reasons. We feel by offering employment to members of our community who might have a unique situation, we are giving back to the community that has given so much to us and our mission. ARC is about enhancing and working with the unique relationships avian species can bring to our lives.
With the start of 2019, and this being our First-Quarter report, we want to take the time to educate you on where your donations go, and why we always seem to be asking for donations and financial help. Here at ARC, we do not cut corners. We only feed high-quality products to our birds.
To feed some of the other non-parrot avian species we have here at ARC, we use Mazuri diets for cranes, gamebirds (such as peafowl), and waterfowl. We do not have a local feed store that carries this particular company’s line of feed, so we are stuck with ordering it online directly from the manufacturer. With these avian species we also offer chopped fresh kale every morning. As you can see, our food bill is high, feeding the best money can buy for birds that all too often are the lucky ones that find their way to ARC
Challenges continue to test us all here at ARC. Last month we took in three new parrots: Dodi, a female umbrella cockatoo, Waffles, a male Timneh African grey, and last but by no means least Gus, a male Moluccan cockatoo.
This past year we installed a new roof on the main building, painted the main building with a fire retardant paint, and installed a solar system to generate our own power. These are but a few of our accomplishments and we continue to move forward.

Financials

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Avian Rehabilitation Center

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Eric Kern

Avian Rehabilitation Center

Term: 2017 - 2022

Melanie Ariessohn

Avian Rehabilitation Center/Board Secretary

Robbie Gimblett

UCSD Retired

Francesca Thiem

Trade International Group

Adonis Reece

Illumina/Board Treasurer

Jeff Jenkins, DVM

Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital

Brian Jackson

entrepreneur

Board leadership practices

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    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/30/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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