Intuit Grant Gives Lucky Birds a New Lease on Life

Tropical parrots are among the most exotic, beautiful, and intelligent creatures that may be kept as domesticated pets. As such, they’re always in demand. But caring for the birds — which are known for their colorful plumage, hooked bills, and blunt tongues — is a massive responsibility that many owners are unable or unprepared to handle.

“Parrots are very long-lived,” notes Judy Tennant, founder of Parrot Partner, a rescue and rehabilitation center based in Ottawa, Ontario. “Some of them can live for up to 80 years.” Many people are forced to give up their birds for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is how demanding they are, she explains.

“They are wild animals — semi-tame,” the bird handler and trainer says, noting that there are very few places for relinquished birds to go today due to the heavy demands of their care.

“We offer a place that will take care of them and train them,” Tennant says of Parrot Partner, which she formally launched in 2011. “We have a veterinary technician on staff, and I’ve got a background in exotic animal training and behavior modification.”

Beyond rescuing birds that need a new home, Tennant and her staff work tirelessly to educate current and prospective parrot owners. Their goal is to foster informed, responsible parrot care.

“It’s a very specialized service we offer — and I love it, obviously,” confesses Tennant, who was an educator specializing in leadership development and organizational behavior prior to founding her organization. “I’ve dedicated my life to it.”

Tennant’s passion for parrots inspired her to enter Intuit’s Small Business Growing Strong campaign. Her wish: to give all of the parrots she rescues a place where they can fly again.

“What we’re wishing for is an outdoor aviary to house parrots who have been relinquished or given up,” she says. “These birds are meant to fly. If they don’t, it’s like having a dolphin in a bathtub.”

Tennant thinks an aviary represents the only chance these birds will have to fly somewhat freely again. Domesticated birds, after all, rarely survive if reintroduced to the wild.  Over time, a parrot’s natural survival instincts — including their ability to find food — are severely diminished.

Today Intuit granted Tennant’s wish to build a new aviary for her beloved birds.

“This is amazing,” she says. “These guys [the parrots] struggle without being able to fly, and they are really going to just blossom because of this. … They are going to be able to play together, fly together, and hang upside down from branches.”

Tennant says she gets teary-eyed when she thinks about it. “We have 20 parrots right now, and we will probably be able to take on more because of this. Imagine 20 parrots being ‘let loose’ for the first time in years. The improvement in their health, happiness, and disposition is going to be overwhelming.”

Intuit’s Small Business Growing Strong campaign is announcing one winner a day through May 24, 2013. Check out the list of current winners and find out whether we’ve granted your wish!

About Michael Essany

Michael Essany is a former E! Entertainment Television host and nationally published author who was recognized by A&E Biography in 2005 as "One of America's Most Remarkable People." Michael currently serves as Vice President of Indiana Grain Company, LLC.
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34 comments
Jessica Campbell
Jessica Campbell

Thank you SO much Intuit! This is really going to make a difference in the lives of these parrots and the people that love them!

Jacque Zirtzman
Jacque Zirtzman

Congratulations! Lifting Others Visions Effectively L.O.V.E.

Jodie Olmos
Jodie Olmos

Intuit this is awesome. Thank you for giving these birds another chance. Congrats Parrot Partner.

Debbie Goodrich
Debbie Goodrich

So awesome! Thank you so much INTUIT for granting parrots a chance and a moment in the spotlight. These animals so need help all over the world and more importantly, it's amazing how much they can help us in return when we learn from them. Awesome job Parrot Partners! Proud of you!

DebbieGoodrich
DebbieGoodrich

Awesome.  Parrots are the best thing Intuit can help out with.  They are such complex animals and affect us in so many ways that we have yet to discover.  What a great business.

 

 

DebbieGoodrich
DebbieGoodrich

Awesome.  Parrots are the best thing Intuit can help out with.  They are such complex animals and affect us in so many ways that we have yet to discover.  What a great business.

 

 

Joe FromHell
Joe FromHell

Coquille Pet Supply still needs a small loan...thats our wish

Louis
Louis

This is awesome! Thank you Intuit and congrats to Parrot Partner!

Intuit
Intuit

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Ginger Bellerose
Ginger Bellerose

Many well-wishing from me to you Parrot Partner, I am so happy for you!!!

May Abu-Shaban
May Abu-Shaban

Thank you, Intuit!!! The parrots will have a blast in their new aviary!!! :)

John Nunes
John Nunes

It is true that Intuit is no longer performing payment processing for businesses that deal in firearms or firearm accessories and shutting them off with only 24 hours notice?

bird_lover
bird_lover

Thank you so much, Intuit, for granting Parrot Partner's wish!!! I have seen first-hand the work they do, and they're amazing!

Kim Zoe Cook-Fallon
Kim Zoe Cook-Fallon

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Louise Cinnamon
Louise Cinnamon

THANKYOU INTUIT-SO well deserved for PARROT PARTNERS ,and I don't even have or live near a parrot!! Cats and dogs are well loved and well known as needing adoptions and shelters-but I only learned about parrots plight from this Intuit contest!! WAY TO GO INTUIT! we all learned so much about needs in our local communities-WISH more organizations CARED like you do