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Helen & the gang at Charlie's
|We were honored to have been selected to participate in the Petsburgh Pet Site of the Week Award for the week of October 30-November 4. And, Thanks to All of You that voted -- We Won! See our award below. Thanks Again!|
|CHARLIE'S BIRD HOUSE
Home of Cast Away Treasures
Charlie's Bird House is a home for homeless companion and breeder birds. Charlie's is the "end of the line" for many of the inhabitants. It is the mission of Charlie's to provide a clean, healthy, emotionally stimulating and nutritious environment for the remaining days of its residents. It is also the goal at Charlie's to provide an environment of education to the present owners of companion and breeder birds.
Charlie's Bird House opened its doors in 1993. Taking in one mutilated budgie. The rehab effort that followed was the start of this adventure. Charlie's is privately operated, it is not incorporated, nor is it qualified as a charitable organization. The efforts at Charlie's are private and personal.
Although a number of "perfect parrots" have found their way here, most of the inhabitants have, at some time, been physically, mentally, or nutritionally abused. The primary reason for "throwing away" these feathered wonders is lack of education and knowledge on the part of the owner, breeder or pet supplier.
IMPULSE PURCHASE + LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
UNHAPPY BIRD OWNER & NEGLECTED BIRD
Sharing knowledge on the care and treatment of exotic birds is a primary focus at Charlie's Bird House. It is the hope of all involved with Charlie's that one day there will no longer be a need for places like this. That one day all bird owners will realize that their feathered companions are a lifelong commitment. That one day breeders and pet shop owners will not sell a bird until minimum knowledge has been imparted regarding the care, feeding and nurturing of the companion.
WHO IS CHARLIE
Charlie was my best friend and companion for 13 years -- a black lab that was a "cast-away" because he had ulcerative colitis and bad hips. He was dumped out to be put down. He was also my hero. He alerted me once to a house fire and allowed me and the few birds I had at the time to get out before it was too late. He also had the wonderful ability to know when I was about to have a seizure and would warn me....then stay by my side until I told him it was OK.
Charlie had a totally different outlook toward the birds than I do. He always seemed to have the phone number to Col Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken on his mind when he entered the bird room. I lost Charlie in 1998 -- the body was not that old, but was definitely worn and tired. I loved him as much as my birds and he taught me that love is unconditional. In his memory, his picture and name are the focal point of this program.
WHO AM I AND WHY AM I HERE
I was born and raised in Iowa -- rural -- and I know the difference between a boy and a girl when it comes to most animals. I learned at an early age where babies come from and that not all parents care for their young. When they don't, it is my responsibility. Fortunately I had a Grandfather and a Mother that firmly believed God put us here to care for His dominions and that included all of His animals. So begins my story.
By vocation and education, I hold degrees in psychology, law enforcement, nursing and microbiology. That and $1.00 will get me a cup of coffee. I have worked in law enforcement and as a nurse and I have served in both the US Army and the US Navy. Recently I retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. I was a Registered Nurse at one of the women's prisons in the state.
By avocation I am an animal lover and a Certified Avian Specialist. Nothing pleases me more than to be able to make a better home or life for some critter in need.
|Charlie's Bird House
Home of Cast Away Treasures
PO Box 1044
Gatesville, TX 76528
|CLICK & GO INDEX TO THE REST OF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THIS SITE|
|What will happen
to your bird
when you die?
A "Must Read" for every companion bird owner
|Meet Charlie's Angels|
|Are You Prepared
for an Emergency
|Making Plans & First Aid Kits|
|We Call Charlie's "Home"|
|Meet some of the residents|
|A THINKING PLACE
|MONKees come to Texas|
|3 splay-legged quakers find a new home!|
|"Bird Breeder's Lung"
the symbol of peace
|Join our E-Mail Support Group|
|My Favorite Things
My Page -- A few things that
are important to me.
|A Little Birdy Told Me
Nice to know info
|Links to other informative sites|
|Not All Pigeons
It Can Be Corrected
|You've Found a Baby Bird
|A Holly Jolly Christmas Story|
|Holly's Christmas Adventure|
|Lost, Missing or Stolen Birds
Information and Help
|Histoplasmosis & Aspergillosis
|Just for Fun
Back To School (School Days)
|CHARLIE'S SPECIAL PROGRAMS TO HELP OTHERS|
|LINK UP -
|<<<<DON'T MISS THESE EVENTS>>>>|
|PARROT FESTIVAL 2004
An Educational Conference
The National Parrot Rescue &
Held in January
|TEXAS BIRD BREEDERS & FANCIERS ASSOCIATION
Early Bird Fair
March 20, 2004
|Please visit Charlie's other website. The workers at Charlie's have created a place for us to play, to relax with our friends and to celebrate the holidays. Take your shoes off, run your feet through the grass and visit Charlie's Place in The Park. http://www.geocities.com/cbh_castaway See you there!|
|A Very Special THANKS To Some Very Special People
Click on the Awards and visit their sites.
|My First Award - June 2000
|Visit Skye's Madhouse Flock|
|"Hear and Bless Thy Beasts
and Singing Birds,
and Guard with Tenderness,
Small Things that have not Words."
|Thanks to the Gang at Lilley Pad for the Butterfly Kisses and Angels Wishes!|
|"May you always find three welcomes in life,
in a garden during summer, at a fireside during winter, and whatever the day or reason,
in the kind eyes of a friend."
|A Special Thank You to the Folks at GeoCities/Petsburgh for this award.|
|Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2000