In 2003 I opened my parrot supply store, Avalon Parrots, with the dream of helping companion birds while running a small retail store that specialized in companion bird supplies. My long term goal was to also have my own space for selling and displaying my art. After almost a decade of traveling around the country attending art fairs I was ready to stay in one place. But as my business grew it was my rescue efforts that began to consume all my time and energy, with more and more people contacting me and asking for assistance. After years of funding it myself through the store profits I realized it was time to create a nonprofit. I applied for and received nonprofit status and Parrot Rescue Services became a reality. For a number of years, from 2011 to 2018, I continued to operate my retail shop and the rescue in the same building, and worked on my home based business, which now included handcrafted soap, jams, salsa, and the occasional piece of art. I began attending areas farmer’s markets to sell my products in addition to running the store and rescue. After several years of planning, I have made another big decision. In order to better care for the parrots in my rescue and grow my home based business, I decided to restructure my retail store to an online store and no longer operate a retail storefront. The shelter is no longer open to the public, but visits are scheduled through http://www.parrotrescueservices.org. I continue to sell a variety of bird products as well as home crafts online.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” – Anatole France