Having To Give Up A Bird
Posted 08 February 2008 - 10:36 PM
Posted 25 February 2008 - 11:39 PM
Several years ago I worked in the clinic of my county's animal control facility and every day i went to work it was a constant battle not to take home more and more needy animals. Especially when it was litterally a situation of, this one can't go out for adoption, if nobody here will take him, it's off to the euthanasia room. This is how i got my very first cat, Vianne. I can truly say i saved her as she was scheduled to go down about 2 hrs before i piped up and said, no way! She's mine.
When I started there i had 2 pet rats, then took home the cat and things just escalated from there. At one point i had 9 rats, 3 mice, 2 hermit crabs, 10 gal fish tank with too many critters in it, 3 foster cats, and i was also fostering wild baby grackels. Nearly all of my free time was spent feeding and cleaning. It was very expensive and down right exhausting. I eventually had to rehome 5 of my ratties which really broke my heart, especially Pixie my old girl that was one of my original crew. Some died naturally, and a few i euthanized due to old age and severe health problems. (not from lack of care, mind you--i was adament about vet care for everyone who needed it)
As time wore on and my number of animals dwindled, i didn't replace any of them. Eventually, just 2 yrs ago, i found myself down to my one cat, Vianne, who i will never give up no matter what. It was just me and her for awhile, which while i desperately missed my ratties, especially my old big male Elliott, it was somewhat of a relief also to have all that pressure of responsibility off my shoulders. I would take Vianne with me everywhere and it was easy just me and her. To the beach, walks downtown on the avenue, road-trips to South Carolina to see my sister, shopping, walks through the neighborhood, etc., it was great!
Eventually Pugsly found his way to me and i just happened to have an empty bird cage from my previous bird fostering, then my little abandoned Panda Bear found me and i couldn't say no. Fortunately, I work for a veterinarian so this was an ideal find for him since he has health problems and he's no cheap free cat off the streets. I'm lucky that because of my job i can adequately take care of my pets and not have to worry about costs and i know that's not the case for every pet owner. But i also realize that since taking in 2 more pets i have taken time away from Vianne. She has gained a playmate when i'm at work, but lost her training sessions with me that she enjoyed so much. I'm truly at my limit, especially since i like to travel and its not always easy to find someone willing to watch my bird if i can't take him with. Now when ppl ask me if i want another pet, i just say "no way, too much poop!"
Posted 29 January 2009 - 03:42 PM
We currently have 7 birds, 2 of which are foster fids. We also have 2 dogs, one of which our daughter brought home with her after Hurricane Katrina.
I totaly admire those volunteers who have no fids of their own but foster one or more birds and give thim up to a new forever home when the time comes. They shed tears when they leave. Tears of sorrow to see them leave and tears of joy to see them get a new home.
Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:29 AM
It's easy to get over your head, and have great plans to do good and fight evil...but I have to remember, I AM ONLY HUMAN! I am not a super hero (though I try to play one in my own mind)and I have limits...and I am there. I still have too many for Axel's comfort. BUT things are pretty good where they are, and I still have a lot of animals, but I'm ok with it. IT's a managable number for me, as the Seniors pass on, I don't think I'll be getting new pets and we'll just let the numbers go down. I know I'll always have a couple of dogs and the birds and maybe a ferret or two, but no more than I have now (and no more kitties, I love them but they are deadly to the roos).
This is a great thread, and the point I'm trying to get to is yes, birds/pets are addictive and we let them fill the broken places in our lives, and it's euphoric. But like any drug, you hit rock bottom and it's from that point you find out what you're truly made of and what your limits in the physical world are. There is always help, and here on this forum it's available.
Posted 20 May 2010 - 06:20 PM