Parrot Outreach Society is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose sole concern is the welfare of parrots in captivity and the wild. We are comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers who are also parrot families. Our purpose is to assist parrots in need of a new home to transition smoothly. When owners can no longer keep their companion parrots we take them in, provide medical help if needed, re-train problem behaviors through positive re-enforcement techniques and provide love and environmental enrichment. Our parrots are provided with appropriate housing, nutritional diet comprised of pellet, fruits and vegetables, birdie bread and other treats. They are given toys and enrichment opportunities enhanced with foraging oppportunities as well. Out of cage time on humans and playstands is provided daily.
We also promote conservation in the wild through educational opportunities in the community. Our volunteers make themselves available to the public to provide support and direction to prevent relinquishment due to behavioral issues. We also assist families in need of temporary food assistance or fostering short term. Parrot Outreach provides a safe haven for birds belonging to victims of domestic violence. We network with other rescues/shelters, local Vets and Animal Control. We are licensed and inspected by FFWC.
We are PETCO partners. We also attend local animal welfare/adoption events throughout the year. Our organization runs solely on donations, grants and adoption fees. All monies earned are used for the care of our charges and to promote the rescue and education. We have no paid employees, no waiting list and each bird is comes through us where it is well known by our volunteers and gets daily interaction.
All of our birds are tested for infectious diseases, polyoma, PBFD and chlamydia and vet examined. The next step in our plan is to have our birds polyoma vaccinated prior to adoption. It is our hope that in the future, when finances permit, that we can also have a basic avian blood panel done prior to adoption.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our President and founder is a Registered Nurse, AFA level 2 certified and is also a Certified Avian Specialist, through PIJAC, with 20 yrs. of avian experience in rescue, rehabilitation, behavior training, husbandry and hand feeding. She is also part of the local Pet Friendly Shelter Disaster team and FEMA IS10 certified as well as ICS100 certified for disaster response.
Diane Regan serves as Vice President and has volunteered at Parrot Outreach Society since December of 2013. Diane volunteers 4 days a week cleaning, feeding and socializing with the birds.
Diane originally from Chicago became involved with birds when she bought a car from a private owner. The owner’s wife raised Cockatiels and loved birds. She gave her a cockatiel as a bonus for the purchase of the car. Sadly, Tony the cockatiel passed away a few years later.
In 1998 Sophie a Sulfur Crested Cockatoo joined the family. Sophie earned her own frequent flyer miles while commuting between Chicago and Punta Gorda. Peaches, a Goffin Cockatoo, joined the family in 2004, a week before Hurricane Charley struck.
Diane currently continues to monitor the municipal software and collection companies in Chicago being operated by the family.
Jacqueline Coleman is a board member at large with Parrot Outreach Society and has been a volunteer since 2015. Jacqui enjoys socializing with all kinds of birds, but specializes in taming and training cockatiels. Jacqui lives in Punta Gorda with her two cockatiels, Moses a female and Zippy a male. She has two grown children and a beloved grandchild living in upstate NY.
She is self-employed after a long career with the Internal Revenue Service in Rochester NY. Jacqui has a BA in communication and marketing from George Mason University She is an enrolled agent with the IRS and continues to prepare tax returns and represent clients in tax court.
Diane Skipski started her volunteer career in 1992 by joining the Development Committee at a no-kill animal shelter, Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, Delaware. She chaired their largest fundraiser, Walk for the Animals, for 16 years, continually growing it to an $110,000 event. She served on their board in the early 90′s as secretary and again in 2000. In addition, she served as chairperson of the Special Events committee for several years.
When a Sun Conure came in to the shelter in 2007 (an unusual occurrence) Diane adopted her not knowing anything about birds. This adoption opened up a whole new world for her. In 2016 upon arriving in Punta Gorda, she immediately started to volunteer at POS cleaning and coordinating a few fundraising events.
Diane currently serves on the Board of Senior Dog Haven and Hospice in Delaware as a Events Coordinator. She shares her life with her husband, Bob; her rescue dog, Cecil; her Sun Conure, Cuerva; and an African Grey, Joey recently adopted from the Parrot Outreach. She worked for 38 years at the DuPont Company after receiving her Associates Degree from Brandywine College in Wilmington, DE.
Diane hopes to help raise money for a new facility so the birds at POS can spread their wings.
Susan Jennings has volunteered for Parrot Outreach Society since 12 / 13. She was volunteer coordinator for a couple of years and now holds the position of adoption coordinator as well as manages retail three days a week.
Susan looked for years in Vermont for bird people and was very excited when she moved to Punta Gotda and found Parrot Outreach. She knew instantly that she would be accepted and understood in the bird world.
Susan lives in Punta Gorda with her blue and gold macaw Micky and her orange-winged Amazon Willie as well as two Maine Coon kittens named Jack and Izzy.
Susan has a master’s degree in Human Service and worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. She also has a law enforcement degree and worked as a police officer for 15 years. She loves her retirement though in Punta Gorda with the birds.
Eve Butler serves as Secretary and has been a volunteer at Parrot Outreach Society since 2014. Her love for birds and a desire to make a difference was what brought her to Parrot Outreach. Eve is a member of The American Federation of Aviculture and has completed the AFA level 1 certification. Eve lives in Miami with her husband, an African Grey named Zeus, Gofin Cockatoo named Fiona and two cats, Primrose and Mena. She commutes on the weekends from her home in Miami to help with cleaning and socializing the birds. She has her PhD in nursing and currently works as a Nurse Scientist.
Stacey Hafeli has been a volunteer since 2014 and visits weekly to clean and spend time with the birds. While living in Michigan, she worked for eight years in a retail setting raising, boarding and grooming birds. She spent another year caring for a private collection. She found Parrot Outreach while looking to connect with others that share her interest.
Stacey and her husband live in Venice. They share their home with two parrots, an Eclectus named Sonny and Smokey the Senegal.
Stacey works as a Radiology Tech for a local physician group.